On Tap: Two 'Plumbers' Bringing Unique Brewery and Arcade to St. Charles

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Craft beer. Arcade Games. Fine woodworking. Sounds like a great combo, right? Well, two “plumbers”—microbiologist John Simon and animator Robert Schowengerdt—decided to combine their passions and are hoping to land their unique brewery called Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade in St. Charles. With both men left without jobs within a small amount of time, the duo wants their brewery taproom with vintage games housed in wooden arcade cabinets.

Photo courtesy of Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade

Photo courtesy of Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade

With a Kickstarter campaign rolling, Schowengerdt said they hope crowdfunding can at least get them enough for banks to take them seriously. Schowengerdt has already been making his custom-designed, artisan cabinets to house original electronic components of classics games such as Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Q-Bert. As for the beer, Two Plumbers will be offering several kinds of beer that will rotate seasonally. In addition to drinking in house from the tap, growlers will be available for carryout. A few guest taps from other craft breweries are also expected to make appearances. Simon, who has experience with STL breweries like Square One and Six Row, will plan on making some cider and sodas for the non-beer drinkers. St. Charles, spring 2016.

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