Beermentor’s Neighborhood: Tripel Brasserie (Beer 41)

My favorite restaurant/bar in St Louis is Tripel Brasserie.  To understand why, I need to tell a short story.  I will keep it simple:  Before I moved to St Louis in June I thought I was moving to Belgium.  My mind was wrapped around all those Belgian beers (supplemented with some good German ones).   When I found out that, no I’m not going to Belgium, I’m going to St Louis it was quite the letdown.  However, once I got here and saw the thriving Craft Brew scene I was immediately cheered up!  I went to the Heritage Beer Festival in June and it was even better!  As I was making my way back to my apartment from the fest I stumbled across this restaurant (Tripel) that wasn’t open yet … but they invited me in and I was hooked ever since.  Great Belgian/French food paired with Belgian beer (and local Belgian-style beers) matched with great folks?  Who can pass that up?  I make it a point of hanging out there at least once a week (usually Tuesday) … many times I’m there a couple of times.  Here are a few pictures to show how great the place is:

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 Oh look, Jim is coming out to meet me!

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 A little welcome mat …

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Plenty of beers on tap (local and Belgian)! And plenty in the bottle … they have a very nice selection.

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 Matt and Darla hanging behind the bar.

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A great space to have dinner — awesome decor.

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Terry getting ready to put together the day’s special cocktail!

Oh, I guess I should go ahead and list my 41st beer in my quest:  The Petrus Aged Red.  On Tap.  They keep their beers moving in here … this is a new one on tap.  Another nice thing about Tripel — they have the right glass for each beer.  Definitely a plus.  Oh, did I mention it is less than a mile from my place?  An easy “walk” home … 

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Enjoy!  Beer Mentor

 

Grant’s Farm … St Louis!

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In November of 2011 I flew to St Louis to visit some friends … of course, you know what that means–Tour the Anheuser-Busch Brewery!  Actually, we went to two A-B related activities: 1) Grant’s Farm, and 2) the Brewmasters Tour at the brewery.

First … Grant’s Farm. Words from their page:  The 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, located just south of the city of St. Louis, is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species. More than 24 million guests have visited this popular family attraction since it was opened it to the public in 1954.  The Farm takes its name from Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. In the 1850s, Grant founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres.

This is a cool place to visit once (to see the Clydesdales for sure!) … and it’s free.  Oh, and you get two beers at the end of the tour … free.  You only have to pay for parking.  haha.  Here’s some photos from my “excursion.”

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Here’s your free beer options!  The ladies were very nice and poured a nice mug!IMG_1636 IMG_1637

This is a trip worth making …

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And now … for some Clydesdales!  Really cool farm layout … such a beautiful area.IMG_1653 IMG_1655 IMG_1659 Yeah. I was there. haha.IMG_1661 Hey! I have some friends!IMG_1662 IMG_1663 IMG_1666 IMG_1669

 

Any beer geek who visits St Louis really needs to add this to your “to do” list … true American Beer/Brewing history.  Enjoy!  Beer Mentor