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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

First Look: Alpha Brewing Company Opens on Washington Avenue

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The bar top has coins from all over the world set into the epoxy. - CAILLIN MURRAY
  • Caillin Murray
  • The bar top has coins from all over the world set into the epoxy.

The bar itself has an intimate feel, with seating for 50. There's plenty of space at the bar, but there is also seating at a long wooden table for larger parties and a couch if you want to get more comfortable with a pint. A colorful mural decorates one wall, but it's hard to notice when the bar top is a work of art in itself. Set deep into the epoxy of the counter is what Gut Check assumes to be thousands of coins from different countries. "I like traveling; I guess it's my thing," Langeneckert claims. He has been to 43 countries, so it's obvious that it is, in fact, his thing, and the bar top reflects that. His taps double as artwork as well -- they're custom-made by an artisan welder in Wentzville.

There's no food at Alpha, but there's a list of menus from local restaurants behind the bar, which patrons can order from and have food delivered to the tap room. Currently in the works is a partnership between Alpha and Guerrilla Street Foods food truck, which slings Filipino-inspired dishes from the back of its intimidating jet-black rig.

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