Ray Hill, CEO/brewer of Ray Hill's
, told me today that he'll be opening Ray Hill's Brewhouse
on New Florissant Road in Ferguson this summer. The 7,700-square-foot, fifteen-barrel microbrewery takes over a space previously occupied by a St. John's Liquor store, and is about a mile up the road from UMSL.
Until recently Anheuser-Busch brewed one pilsner for Hill, his only beer on the market, which has been available since 2007 at area grocery stores and a few restaurants (Pujols 5 Westport Grill
, Kitchen K
). But the new brewhouse allows Hill to do all his own brewing, and add to the mix. He says he'll be pouring six new styles of beer -- porters, stouts, pale ales. Hill says the brewhouse will also serve food. (Chef yet to be named.)
"It'll be a destination," says Hill. "I'm really proud of it."
Gut Check will be sure to let you know when the microbrewery opens.