On Tap: Stone Hill Winery Transferring Ownership, Schlafly Increasing Production in Maplewood

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Hermann, Mo.’s popular Stone Hill Winery was sold to new owners this week, but will remain in the family. As reported by Feast, Stone Hill’s second vice president and director of finance Thomas Held’s parents have stepped down from ownership and his brother Jon Held, Stone Hill’s current vice president and general manager, will take over the winery in Hermann. Thomas Held and his wife will take over the wineries at Branson and New Florence, Mo., with plans to rebrand the company from Stone Hill to Curling Vine Winery in March. Held is also planning to open Twisted Copper Moonshine Still Museum next fall, which will be connected to the Branson location of Curling Vine. 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, Missouri, 573.486.2221

Photo courtesy of Mardi Gras Inc.

Photo courtesy of Mardi Gras Inc.

Schlafly Beer announced plans earlier this week to increase the brewing production at its Maplewood location, Schlafly Bottleworks. The plans for the two-phase project include modernizing the bottling line this spring and expanding the brewery’s fermentation tanks—which will allow the brewery to almost double its current production. 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood

After recently celebrating its four-year anniversary this month, 4 Hands Brewing Co. announced an expansion plan yesterday for the facility as well as adding a distillery to its production. Plans for the brewery will include the addition of a new, 30-barrel brew house, more fermenters, a silo and a 3,200-square-foot tasting room on the second floor. In the future, 4 Hands plans to give STL fans a spirit line which will include whiskey and a barrel-aged gin in addition to seasonal gins. Expect to find the spirits line later on in the second quarter of 2016, with sales distributed from 4 Hands’ brewery as well as poured behind the bar of 10-15 local bars. 1220 S. 8th St., LaSalle Park, 314.436.1559

Jan. 22: Get ready to start celebrating Mardi Gras season by meeting the makers of more than 50 beverages from Missouri and beyond at L’Ecole Culinaire Wine, Beer and Whiskey Taste tonight. Sip and savor wines, beers and whiskeys while enjoying barbecue from local favorites such as Pappy’s, Bogart’s and Salt+Smoke. Tickets are $50 at the door at the Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park.

Jan. 22: In honor of National Hot Sauce Day today, 4 Hands Brewing Co. teamed up with Mission Taco Join to create a hot sauce made with its Incarnation IPA. Get a fruit and fiery habanero chile flavor for $7 a bottle at the brewery. 1220 S. 8th St., Lasalle Park, 314.436.1559

Jan. 23: Learn the ins and outs of all things beer at Science On Tap inside the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturday. Learn the chemistry and science behind the entire beer brewing and bottling process with samples from more than 80 beers, live music and more. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. 5050 Oakland Ave, Forest Park, 314.289.4424

Jan. 25: Schlafly will be hosting its 25th Annual Burns’ Night in the Club Room at The Tap Room. The event dates back to the brewery’s opening 25 years ago to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns. From 5-11pm, guests can enjoy the Parade of Pipers, an annual poem from Tom Schlafly, live music starting and Scotch Ale to go around. 2100 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.2337

Jan. 29-31: Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the largest international food and fine wine show in the Midwest next weekend for the 14th Annual St. Louis Food and Wine Experience. Enjoy more than 900 wines to sample and gourmet treats around every corner, this is sure to be a wonderful day. Visit foodandwinestl.org for more info and to purchase tickets. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End

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