Monday, March 31, 2014

First Look: 21st Amendment's New Brewer's Bar is a Secret Lair of 100 Beers

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge 4 Hands Chocolate Stout float with housemade ice cream. - PHOTOS BY MABEL SUEN
  • Photos by Mabel Suen
  • 4 Hands Chocolate Stout float with housemade ice cream.

Fans of PW Pizza and Vin de Set can now enjoy yet another concept from restaurateurs Paul and Wendy Hamilton in the same building: 21st Amendment: the Brewer's Bar (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-6969) opened in early March. Located in the basement of the building marked by signage leading down a couple flights of stairs, 21st Amendment feels a lot like a secret beer lair -- a candle-lit cave filled with booze and food.

See also: 21st Amendment: The Brewer's Bar on Tap for March 9 Opening

Exposed stone walls, leather couches and a lit-up bar backed by taps and fridges full of frosty bottles make up the space with some TVs, paintings and beer-themed signage on the walls, and the menu feels a bit like a brewery bible. Mounted on a clipboard, thick pages list local, domestic and International drafts, bottles and cans -- more than 100 collectively to choose from at any given time. Available information includes ABV, the city of source and the price per pour.

click to enlarge The bar.
  • The bar.

Hungry bar-goers can choose from a list of "Brew Snacks" conjured on the spot including pickled eggs, charcuterie, soft pretzels, Wenneman's beef sticks and a cheddar cheese ball rolled in IPA-poached walnuts. For something more substantial, PW Pizza cooks its full menu of pizzas upstairs and brings it down fresh from the oven on a wooden peel.

21st Amendment even offers something in the way of sweets: Get a beer float made up of your choice of a stout topped with a scoop of housemade chocolate-orange-ancho-chili ice cream.

click to enlarge PW Pizza.
  • PW Pizza.

21st Amendment: the Brewer's Bar's current hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring $1 off all drafts and half-price "Brew Snacks," with additional daily deals. For more information, check out the 21st Amendment website and follow it on Facebook.

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