The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs




St. Charles

St. Louis


Square One Brewery
1727 Park Ave
St Louis, MO 63104
(314) 231-2537

Square One Brewery is a neighborhood bar in a mature St. Louis neighborhood.  Relatively small, the dark and cozy bar area seats perhaps 30 with a small dining section in the rear, as well as an outdoor area used in nicer weather.  The brewing operation takes up lots of room and is visible on either side of the hallway to the back of the restaurant. The beers are good and seem true to style.



The Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust Street (at 21st)
St. Louis, MO 63103

The Schlafly Tap Room is in a large, renovated brick building near downtown St. Louis, Mo.  The medium-sized bar is separated from the dining area by a small partition.  One can look through a window into the smoking bar in another wing of the building.  This Questor was there twice.  The first evening they had 12 beers on tap and a cask.  Two nights later, 5 of the 12 beers were different, with two different casks.  All of the beers are good, inexpensive, and true to style.



Morgan Street Brewery
721 North Second Street
Saint Louis, MO 63102

The Morgan Street Brewery is huge.  It takes up half a block of the trendy tourist district, and parts of the building have as many as three levels.  Although the main bar area is spacious, the bar itself has only three stools; one is encouraged to sit at a table.  The brewing operation is behind glass at the main bar.  They have five of their own drafts as well as Bud and Miller Lite guest bottles. 


Springfield Brewing Company
305 South Market Street
Springfield MO, 65807

The Springfield Brewing Company is in a large renovated brick building in an older section of Springfield, Mo.  A very large, modern brewing operation takes up about half of the ground floor and is behind glass walls.  The rest of the floor space is bar area; a large oval bar and about 20 tables and booths.  The dining area is on the second floor.  They have six of their own beers on tap.   The beers are good and seemed true to style. The pub grub is tasty and reasonably priced. 



Trailhead Brewing Company
921 S. Riverside Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63302
(636) 946-2739

The Trailhead Brewing Company is a large stand alone building on the Missouri River in St. Charles, Mo.  The very large bar, seating about 30, along with tables and booths, is upstairs.  Dining is on three floors, and the brewing equipment is on display throughout.  They have five full-time beers and a seasonal.  They sell high end pub grub.  The bar staff was quite busy and had no time to chat.