On Tap: Schlafly Brewmaster Jim Ottolini to Join Brew Hub Team
The new beer company, Brew Hub, landing in Chesterfield next year has hired Jim Ottolini as its new chief of brewing operations. Ottolini comes from more than 22 years of experience and growth with Schlafly, where his responsibilities included brewing and packaging operations at both of the brewery’s locations. Ottolini will spearhead the design and construction of the brewery and brewing operations once the building goes up.
Dave Winking has also been added to the Brew Hub team as the company’s first chief financial officer. Wilking has an impressive résumé in finance with breweries, which includes big-name companies like Anheuser-Busch. Plans for Brew Hub’s St. Louis location (its first location in Lakeland, Florida) are to break ground in its Chesterfield spot in May 2015. The opening of the brewery—which will include a 3,000-square-foot tasting room and biergarten—is expected to open in early 2016.
Jan. 9: Join Six Row Brewing Company, Ferguson Brewing Company and La Cosecha Coffee Roasters tonight for Tap Takeover, a collaborative benefit for Ferguson businesses at Cugino’s Italian Restaurant in Florissant. Starting at 6pm, guests can sample a variety beers, including the new collaborative beer by the sponsoring breweries and La Cosecha. Proceeds from the event will benefit the I Love Ferguson committee, which will ultimately help to rebuild the community and small businesses in Ferguson. 1595 U.S. 67, Florissant, 314.831.3222
Feb. 28: Beer enthusiasts will unite at FestivAle once again to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at Neo on Locust. Guests will sample handcrafted beers from 19 Midwest breweries including 4 Hands, Civil Life, O’Fallon and newcomers Earthbound and Modern Brewery. Restaurants participating include Strange Donuts, HandleBar, Pi and Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier. FestivAle will also feature a silent auction, entertainment and the event’s famous beer raffle. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased in advance. 2801 Locust St., Downtown, 314.570.9218