Thirteen Fifty-Six Public House Microbrewery Comes to Twin Oaks
Ballwin, MO (STL.News) It’s called “thirteenfifty·six Public House” and it’s the newest change to come to Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar in Twin Oaks. After months of interior renovations and the final exterior touches almost complete, it’s the perfect time to unveil the sports bar’s transformation. The only thing that’s not changing is the first rate food and friendly service.
The transformation is all part of a $53 million mixed-use project to what was formerly known as Big Bend Square at Big Bend Blvd and Highway 141. Now called the Villages, it is the site of the former Schnucks and the biggest project in Twin Oaks’ history. St. Charles County-based Haley Holdings Seven LLC, is the developer of the 11-acre site and Weldon Springs-based Propper Construction Co., the builder.
The entire project when finished will include 219 “high-end” apartments and incorporate about 45,000 square feet (17,000 square feet of new shops, 25,000 square feet of existing refurbished retail) and a 3,000-square foot single-use building being constructed along Big Bend Road. There will be special “walkability,” parking, security measures, and solar paneling is planned.
When the full project is completed by the end of 2018, it is anticipated that those apartments will house 300–350 new residents, a 70–80 percent population gain for the Village of Twin Oaks.
The architectural makeover for the existing businesses includes new facades for everyone and an eye-catching front of glass windows that will open up onto an impressive patio for “thirteenfifty·six Public House,” the main focal point of the first floor retail space. Add on to that an interior redesign that includes a trendy new concrete bar and several other customer-focused changes, and you’ve got an exciting roll-out of an already popular hang-out.
“thirteenfifty·six Public House” owner, David McDonald, is excited about all that’s been done to the area. “The new development is a big asset to the community and is sure to bring a lot more money to Twin Oaks,” said McDonald. “When the apartments are complete, we’ll offer delivery service to ever residence.”
McDonald served as Manager of the former Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar for two years before taking over the restaurant’s ownership in September 2015. Ever since, he’s been earning praise and numerous honors, both here and outside the St. Louis Area.
Almost immediately after taking over, Dave added 44 flat-screen TV’s and improved the bar program, offering a hefty 33 craft beers on draft with local labels from Urban Chestnut, 4 Hands, Civil Life, Ferguson Brewing, Six Mile Bridge, and Schlafly, as well as regional favorites like Logboat Brewing, Public House, Piney River, Charleville, and Crown Valley Brewing. There are also artisan brews from across the U.S., imports from Ireland and Australia, and all your AB favorites.
One of the most exciting changes to come to “thirteenfifty·six Public House” is that it will soon become a Microbrewery producing its own local label beer! “My plan has always been that down the road I’d have my own label,” said McDonald. “This way I can give my customers fresh in house brewed beer.”
The transformed brewpub will also be serving the latest new national craze, Nitro Cold Brew. The once relatively unknown item, mostly popular with coffee nerds, is now becoming mainstream in the world of Java. You might think coffee is an odd thing to have on tap at a microbrewery, but when you learn more about “Nitro Brew Coffee,” it makes good sense.
The appearance and texture of Nitro Cold Brew have been likened to Guinness® stout making some wonder if it contains alcohol. The answer is no…it’s simply a rich, foamy Cold Brew and a shot of nitrogen. Although several lighter beers are infused with carbon dioxide, darker stouts are occasionally infused with nitrogen, removing sweet flavors and a smooth finish from the beer.
The base ingredient, the rich, chocolate-y coffee cold, is brewed for up to 24 hours before being transferred to a refrigerated tank where a pressurized valve shoots an infusion of nitrogen bubbles into the liquid, resulting in an ultra-creamy, frothy delight. A 12-ounce serving of Nitro Cold Brew has a mere 5 calories and 0 grams of sugar, and to add icing on the cake…it is also more caffeinated. Coffee lovers…there’s your “caffeine-fix.”
There’s no doubt that the restaurant’s sports-minded concept and family-friendly atmosphere has earned it a spot as a neighborhood staple, but the exceptional food has made it a real dining destination.
When McDonald took over he nixed the frozen and packaged “Instafood” used by many bars in favor of fresh, house-made fare worthy of his customer’s attention. Everything from the homemade fried mushrooms and the house-made spinach and artichoke dip to the fresh pizza, gourmet burgers, and hand breaded chicken tenders is made from scratch daily. The handmade toasted ravioli, hand breaded with Dave’s own special recipe are some of the best in St. Louis.
Under McDonald’s ownership, customers can enjoy expanded Happy Hours, quite possibly the longest Happy Hour anywhere! Customers in the bar can delight in drink and appetizer specials from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day on Sundays. Then expect more late night Happy Hour specials 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Late night diners will tell you one of the best and most convenient pluses is the kitchen remains open until the bar is ready to close. They serve their full menu until a few minutes before closing. That’s a special feature that sets “thirteenfifty·six Public House” apart from other establishments.
McDonald’s main goal has always been customer satisfaction and he’s done a great job of always keeping his customers best interests at heart. You can dine in or order online for carry out and using their mobile app makes ordering even more convenient. Their Rewards program earns you immediate points and great discounts.
The “thirteenfifty·six Public House” party room is a great place to rent out for parties or large get-togethers. And if you’re holding your event at your home or office, they will come to you for outside catering events.
Besides the fun game night specials, and other entertaining events, like Trivia Night, the Ballwin/Twin Oaks location is just a great place to bring the entire family. The atmosphere is casual and fun, and on Tuesday’s, kids get to eat for free. So, stop in for a new “thirteenfifty·six Public House” experience.
Twin Oaks, MO
Phone: (636) 861-1618
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.