Thursday, October 8, 2009

FoodWire: Niche Hires STL Hops' Mike Sweeney for Beer Menu

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

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Mike Sweeney of local beer blog STL Hops, which last week was named the inaugural winner of Riverfront Times Best Food and Drink Blog, has been hired to rework the beer menus at Gerard Craft's Niche, Taste by Niche and soon-to-open Brasserie by Niche.

Sweeney tells me that at Niche and Taste, "Styles are going to be my most important thing." He hopes to offer examples of ten to twelve individual styles at each, with minimal (if any) cases of having two beers in the same style.

"It's going to allow for more pairing [with food]," Sweeney says, though he adds that the new selection will also provide more variety for those who aren't concerned with food pairings but just want to drink a beer.

At Brasserie, Sweeney says, "We're going to do more European and continental beers -- nice Belgian- and French-style beers. Not just from there, but also from the U.S. The U.S. is making fantastic versions of those beers."

Sweeney doesn't yet have an exact timeframe for when the new beer menus will be introduced, but work is already underway.

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