St. Louis’ New Brick River Cider
Hard cider, a worthy participant in the crowded world of craft libations, has been revived in St. Louis by Washington Avenue’s Brick River Cider. Founded by Russ John, Brick River Cider is rooted in tradition, history and, of course, Midwestern-plucked fruit. Located in what was once a large fire station just north of Union Station, John spent over a year renovating the building and preparing it to be what is now a bar and 100-seat gastropub. Menu favorites include the cast-iron steak with red-wine demi-glace, grilled salmon with saffron beurre blanc sauce and the classic cobb salad.
John and his family have long treasured the Midwest for its vast natural resources: John’s great-grandfather developed a farm in Nebraska in 1869 where the family grew apples, which has been part of the family tradition ever since. Brick River Cider currently offers four flavors of hard cider: two flagships, and two limited editions.
The Homestead, one of the flagship flavors, is one of the most popular: think semi-sweet farmhouse cider full of fruity flavor that tastes “as close to the orchard as it gets,” according to the organization’s website. The Cornerstone, the other flagship flavor, has a slightly more dry taste. Beer-lovers will be drawn to the limited edition Brewer’s Choice flavor, also a dry cider with hints of hops, while the Firehouse Rose is an elegant blend flavored with sour cherries and hibiscus tea.
Brick River Cider
2000 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Cover image courtesy of Brick River Cider.