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I recently discovered Center Ice, a relatively new St Louis craft brewery.
I hate to write a puff piece, but by the time I finish this article, it’s probably going to sound like a love letter.
My experience at this brewery was so amazing that I felt that they deserved to be spotlighted.
I’d describe Center Ice as a craft brewery/sports bar hybrid, with both hockey and baseball playing as I walked in.
They don’t serve food but are connected to arguably the best BBQ in St Louis, Pappy’s.
I was greeted immediately and was given a beer menu. I ordered and was promptly served, and here’s the amazing part, the beertender was friendly and even smiled!
I know, really! In a craft brewery no less, a friendly and helpful bartender with no sign of pretentiousness anywhere!
Before I finished my first beer, head brewer Bill came out and greeted me and didn’t seem to mind answering all of my questions.
In between beers, I was offered a few samples of others, it would have been rude of me to decline!
I was given a tour of the joint and was told about future beers on the way, including some barrel-aged specialties.
The “Grim Reaver”, a 7.5% delectable Red IPA.
The other, “Chirp City”, described as a Pale Ale that uses an obscene amount of lemon zest.
Bill liked to describe most of the brews as “approachable” and he’s not wrong, but all have subtleties and nuances that raise them well above just “approachable”.
I don’t think it’s enough anymore for a craft brewery to just be good. While many have chosen to become “Specialty” breweries focusing on the latest trendy style and customer service be damned, Center Ice has chosen to focus on the total package. Understanding the brewing process and making fine beer, yes, but also creating an atmosphere that keeps you coming back.
Center Ice, for me anyway, is the epitome of the neighborhood bar, in this case, the neighborhood craft brewery!
And yes, I will be back!
I Am The Beer Whisperer
Beervangelist, Prolific Beer Drinker
Purveyor of Wisdom and …
All Around Good Guy!