On Tap: Craft Beer Cellar Opens in Clayton And Femme Ferment Welcomes Women In New Craft Brew Organization

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

This past weekend Clayton welcomed Craft Beer Cellar, a unique shop that places priority on providing easy access to a vast selection of craft brews. Co-owners and brothers, Brandon and Ryan Nickelson, franchised the store from the 4-year-old concept began in Belmont, Mass., which now has almost a dozen locations. Inside, more than 1,000 bottles are organized by region, which makes both browsing and hunting for a specific label a breeze. Best part is, all beers are available for purchase by the bottle so trying out a new brew doesn’t require committing to a full six-pack that might end up gathering dust. A small bar area in the back of the store has five rotating taps where guests can enjoy individual 4-ounce pours or full flights. A limited selection of wine and spirits are also available. Open Monday through Wednesday from 10am to 9pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.222.2444.

Image courtesy of Craft Beer Cellar

Image courtesy of Craft Beer Cellar

Women are staking their claim in the booming craft beer industry of St. Louis thanks to the recently established organization, Femme Ferment. The goal of the group according to their Facebook page is to promote the continued growth of women’s participation throughout the craft beer community. On Monday, May 19 from 5:30 to 8:30pm, Femme Ferment will meet for their first event at iTap Soulard. The happy hour atmosphere will allow those already involved in the organization an opportunity to mingle with curious individuals over a delicious craft brew.

Fans of the New Holland family of brews won’t want to miss Quincy Street Bistro’s beer dinner on Thursday, May 22. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:30pm when New Holland’s “Beervangelist” Fred Bueltmann will craft a cocktail to be enjoyed with passed appetizers, like confit chicken wings with herb gremolata or mussel ceviche served on the half shell with citrus and cilantro. The four-course dinner will start off with pastrami-cured salmon on a bed of local greens served with the White Hatter Belgian-style W.P.A. A smoked rib eye with coffee-roasted root vegetables will pair with Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout, while the Beer Hive Tripel will close the meal along with a ginger spiced carrot cake topped with a honey goat cheese frosting. Reservations required and the dinner is $55 per person. 6931 Gravois Ave., Princeton Heights, 314.353.1588.

Six Row Brewing Co. is the latest of a few local breweries now rolling out their brews in cans. Just this weekend Six Row released Arch Nemesis: Midnight and their pale ale/wheat crossbreed Whale. The 16-ounce cans are ideal for summer picnics, concerts and float trips where glass bottles can often be deemed as hazardous. Six Row’s Sunshine Slowdown, their super light cream ale, will also be available this summer in cans. Look for the cans at local liquor stores or swing by Six Row to pick up a pack. 3690 Forest Park Ave., Midtown, 314.531.5600. 

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