Beers, Burgers, Brats, Beignets and Modern Design Converge at Rockwell Beer Co. in The Grove
It’s been open less than a year, but Rockwell Beer Co. has already attracted a diverse following among St. Louis beer-lovers. The entrance to the 90-seat tasting room—under repurposed shipping containers amid the industrial buildings toward the east end of The Grove—sets the tone: This will be a different sampling experience.
The first impression is confirmed by the names of the beers on tap. They’re playful and intriguingly descriptive, from the Simple Needs blonde ale to the Moonbase porter. And what writer wouldn’t love an English-style mild ale named Oxford Llama after one of our most-debated punctuation marks, the Oxford comma?
The brewing techniques, however, are completely serious. The Rockwell team prizes experimentation, albeit within the bounds of proven methods that will yield exactly what they’re looking for in terms of flavor, acidity, color and other characteristics.
Likewise, the kitchen—called Brasswell—sets a high standard. St. Louis chef Gerard Craft, who won a James Beard award in 2015, partnered with the culinary team to ensure that the burgers, brats, potatoes and beignets would be first-rate. Notably for beer-loving parents, the tasting room is kid-friendly, and the menu includes a section just for youngsters.
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Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.