On Tap: A Sneak Preview of The Hill's Gaslight Lounge
It’s been a few months since Gaslight Lounge began construction on its unique venture of a music venue-meets-bar on The Hill—and we were lucky enough to check the place out at a soft opening last night. From a collaboration between JB Anderson of GC2, Green Construction Consultants; Matt Stelzer from Amsterdam Tavern and Cha Cha Chow food truck, Gaslight is the first of its kind for St. Louis. The space provides a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process that goes into audio and visual recording in a studio with a large window you can watch from a lounge.
Wine and local beers are on tap along with handcrafted cocktails. Eats will be provided from the first brick-and-mortar location by Cha Cha Chow Food Truck. There are parts that are still under construction, so Gaslight is expecting to open for business in January. 4916 Shaw Ave., The Hill
It goes without saying that hard root beer is increasingly gaining popularity these days, and two local spots are giving it a shot. Announced this week, St. Louis’s Fitz’s Bottling Company has teamed up with O’Fallon Brewery to concoct their own version of a hard root beer. Expect to taste the creation at each of their locations in January. Fitz’s, 6605 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.9555; O’Fallon Brewery, 45 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, 636.474.2337
Fans of the critically-acclaimed Union Loafers Cafe and Bread Bakery have been enjoying the handmade breads, soups and salads for the past few months. Now, you can enjoy booze as well, thanks to their recently acquired liquor license. 1629 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights
Dec. 11: Schlafly Beer is launching its Hop Trial Experience, a new interactive experience at both the Schlafly Tap Room and Bottleworks locations, tonight. With approximately 15 barrels in the works, the Hop Trial beers isolate a distinct hop to showcase the flavor profile of that variety. The brewery is planning to introduce 13 Hop Trial beers in 2016 on a four-week rotation. Guests who order the trial brews will be allowed to share his or her tasting notes on the Hop Trial Boards, which can be viewed on the brewpubs’ walls. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., Downtown; Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood
Dec. 12: Brasserie by Niche will begin hosting a monthly series of Brasserie Beer Brunches starting tomorrow from 10am-2pm with Shmaltz Brewing Company’s He’Brew Beers for a Hanukkah Feast. Guests can enjoy this unique two-course brunch from chef Nick Blue and bar manager Jeff Ward. This weekend, find beer pairings with dishes such as braised brisket tartine with caramelized onion, fontina cheese, egg and arugula or beignets stuffed with apple and sour cream served with beer caramel. The meals are $30 and reservations are recommended via phone or online. 4580 Laclede Ave., Central West End, 314.454.0600
All images by Katlyn Moncada