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Square One Brewery & Distillery

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Square One Brewery & DistillerySquare One Brewery & Distillery
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3.8/5
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32 Beers
233 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 76
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1727 Park Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63104-2941
United States
phone: (314) 231-2537

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @squareonebrews

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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This small brewpub is located on Lafayette Square immediately south of downtown St. Louis. The history surrounding this old neighborhood is fascinating, and some of the homes and townhouses are beautiful. The neighborhood used to be the center of nineteenth century brewing in St. Louis, and the building that Square one occupies used to be a Budweiser owned tavern that only served A-B brews...thank God that it's changed hands since then!

My fiance took me to St. Louis to visit some micro breweries for my birthday, and we went to this place Sunday morning at ten AM. They open at ten, and at least half of the twenty or thirty people there were drinking beer! Now this is my kind of place!

This place has the ambiance of a European bistro, and the menu is quite expansive and interesting. I don't like brewpubs that are too fancy, and although this one is really nicely decorated, it still has that homey feel of a good ole pub. You can tell that the beer is the priorty here.

The place looks small from the front, but there is a large and airy back room with high ceilings typical of 1800's buildings, and there is a nice beer garden outside that we were unable to enjoy as it was just above freezing that day.

The service was outstanding...I don't remember our server's name, but she was very nice and was quick to ask if I needed another beer when my pint glass was less than a quarter full.

The menu look like it offers some really nice grub, but since it was ten am and I was a little hazy after visiting A-B and Schlafly the day before i ordered the porridge which was excellent.

I tired the biere de garde, barley wine, triple, and imperial stout while eating breakfast there...I expected to get an evil eye look for ordering so much beer in the morning, but the waitress didn't judge. I saw several other guys there drinking more than one beer in the morning, and there menu even says "good beer is still good beer before noon!" Like I said...my kind of place.

I took home a reasonably priced growler of the excellent dubbel. I highly recommend this place ....see my reviews of their beer to see just how highly I think of this brewery. Kudos to them for brewing such big beers, and such an odd style as a biere de garde. Too many micro breweries offer only the standard stout, IPA, amber ale, brown ale, and pilsener. I was happy to try a trippel, RIS, and barley wine at a microbrewery.

Oh, and if you have a pet, stop by Four Muddy Paws just down the street. They offer homemade baked doggie treats and lots of really neat stuff for you dog or cat that you won't find at PetSmart.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Get_Lowell
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Large patio to enjoy a lengthy list of their brews which includes rotating seasonals. Beer has always been decent, their maple stout sticks out to me as an outstanding beer. Food has always been pretty tasty.

Photo of ILBeerCop
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Not a bad brewery but not one of my top 5 in STL. Very good food with a nice dinning area. I wasn't overly impressed with the beer but the Hop Harvest IPA was good...not on the same level as a Stone or Lagunitas but decent none the less.

Square One is a solid brewery and one you'll want to try but don't pass up Six Row, Urban Chestnut or Four Hands for it.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.09/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

I must say I really like the building and the atmosphere of the place. I did a flight and the beers were good but not great. There was a good selection though and if you're into whiskey they do that too. I do not believe there was any food there. If in that neighborhood I will consider stopping but there are so many other places in the St. Louis area I have not gotten to yet...

Photo of bound4er
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I decided to stop here based on other BA reviews. What a great place. Situated in a hip neighborhood in an old building that is nicely remodeled. I had a single hop IPA called Lomik to start things off - it was excellent. I followed that with a Belgian IPA that was very good. Cuban Pulled Pork w/ beans and rice for dinner was fantastic. This is a great stop if you're visiting St. Louis - big time recommendation.

Photo of BonneyfiddlePapa
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I've been to Square One a few times, and the fact I've made it a point to stop by when traveling through St. Louis should go a long way in conveying my thoughts. The atmosphere is pleasant, the food good and the beers above average. Whilst there have been a few average brews, the few that have been less than desirable were nonetheless interesting experiments (ie. an IPA utilizing only one hop) and as such, I don't fault Square One. A nice combination of food and micro-brews, and definitely worth visiting at least once when in the St Louis area.

Photo of Lotharsdad
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Situated in Lafayette Square district, less than 1 block from Lafayette Park where we play vintage base ball frequently. Each time we have a match there we always allow time for Square One afterwards.

Usually around 12 different types of own brewed on tap, I've tried around 7 or 8 of the 12 and found that I really liked the Spicy Blonde, the Light Squared and the Barvarian Weizen beers.

Overall their menu is very reasonably priced with a nice selection of salads and appatizers to start off with. Sandwiches are generally priced around $6 to $9 (the Jerk Chicken and Reuben are awesome) with fuller dinners in the $15 range.

Overall very nice place to take friends or visiting family for dinner or hang out in the bar area with buddies on a warm afternoon.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

really cool spot. old wood bar with an old church style window looking out to the back patio. bit copper still visible and a large chalk board with the days beers posted. all of the beers we tried were good, with the single malt scotch ale maybe being the pick of the day. food was nice, homemade sausage plate, very tasty. and the beer pretzels were amazing as well. tried a glass of their whiskey too, which was surprisingly mellow. service was very friendly and knowledgable, while the bartender wasnt too hard on the eyes. overall a great place to have some late lunch and beers, as prices were fair and the atmosphere was awesome.

Photo of jophish17
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited on a tip from BA bhalter, thanks Ben!

Situated in the Lafayette square area, we were able to visit for a late lunch on a Friday. The bar area was half full and only a few tables were occupied in the dining area. Pretty cozy area with a variety of rooms, we sat on the heated patio. Brewing rooms litrally in the middle of the building, and they were brewing while we were there. Outdoor biergarten looked like it would be great in summer. Overall a solid facility, though I would suggest that the bar might be a tad too small for Friday nights.

They had about 12 of their own beers on tap - one of the wider selections I've seen in a brewpub, especially considering they varied a lot in style: I did 2 samplers and was able to try 6oz of 8 of their beers. Frankly, their beers were average on the aggregate. Nothing was bad but nothing spectacular either. I had the maple stout, weizen, ipa, German ipa, porter, french oak saison, dubbel, and scotch ale. The Saison that was probably my favorite. I would have liked to try some of their spirits though - nice to see craft distilling taking off!

Real star here was the food. Fresh with some creativity and presentation style. I went with a Cuban pork and black beans/rice dish, which was tasty. Others in my group raved about their meals as well. The pretzels we shared as an appetizer weren't traditional but were excellent, and we split two dessert dishes and both the brownie and apple empanada were good. I can't remember the last time I had 3 courses at a brewpub but everything was so good we just wanted to keep eating! They were pretty dead, so we got some especially attentive and helpful service.

Overall I really enjoyed square one. So glad I went here as my only real beer-dedicated stop in St. Louis. Go to enjoy the beer, come home raving about the food. I've been to countless brewpubs and this is one of my favorites.

Photo of Chincino
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think that Square One Brewery is an excellent place and a must go to spot if you're in the Saint Louis area.

I went to Square One Brewery three times during a recent four day trip to St. Louis because I liked it so much. The atmosphere is great. You can see some of the brewing process such as tanks from the restaurant and there's even a glass pane on the floor in one section where you can look down and see part of the brewery. There is a restaurant section inside, an outdoor patio seating area, and a bar section where there is a really ornate bar.

The service was excellent on all three of my visits and our bartender Art provided great service and put in extra effort to take our picture outside by the waterfall.

The food was delicious and the menu was extensive. I recommend the grilled polenta. For dessert, check out the chocolate stout brownie!

The beer selection was excellent. I tried the Maple Stout which was brewed with pure Vermont maple syrup and this beer was incredible. My friend and I also tried the spicy blonde beer which also was very good. Other beers we tried that were good include the Bavarian Weizen, Oh Honey, Irish Stout, and the Light Squared.

I can't say enough good things about Square One Brewery. I'm glad I got to visit there three times and hope to go again someday!

Photo of JRorie
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The atmosphere of this place is great. Lafayette Square, historic building, great patio.

Beer is okay to good, nothing I have had has been spectacular. Carry out growlers are expensive, if you want a higher ABV beer.

The pulled pork I had there was definitely microwaved. Just really disappointing. It tasted okay, but a reheated mess.

Their selection is nice, a ton of decent beers to taste.

The smell? I am not sure what it is, but the smell there is weird. It kills my experience every time.

Overall, it is a must stop in St. Louis. Don't expect great things, but expect good things. If nothing else, the patio is good.

Photo of paxchristi
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I went to Sauare One Brewery on a Sunday evening about 7:45pm. We sat outside in the patio area, and it was absolutely fantastic. There was a fountain, an outside bar, and a very comfortable, spacious seating arrangement that was nestled in their corner of the city. Very urban setting.

The quality of their beer is excellent and the consistency of the quality of their beer is outstanding. The evening that I went they had one of their new beers on cask. Pretty rare for an eatery. I didn't eat, but their food looked delicious. Their menu was select, but anyone who knows anything about eateries know that quantity less than usually amounts to quality. I had five different types of beer and the waiter knew the beer fairly well and was able to give me recommendations when creating a lineup for my sampler. My lineup had four beers in 5 oz. glassware and were identified accordingly.

The service was a bit slow this night. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt that this was an exceptional night, because I hear nothing but great things about this place. My biggest complaint was that my first beer took me approximately 20 minutes before I received it, and whenever I received it, it had lost some of its coolness. The beer kicked ass, so it made up for it. :-)

Will be heading back here soon. If you are in Saint Louis, you must stop here. If you live in Saint Louis, you should support this place. They are doing some very creative things.

Photo of StLThrash
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was a tourist in my own town recently and finally checked out Square One. Man, I've been missing out.

This is a great place with a wonderful atmosphere, in the revitalized Lafayette Square neighborhood in St Louis. We ate inside because of a threat of storms, but they have an awesome patio. Next time I go, I will go on a nice day to be able to sit outside. Inside, you can view the brewing equipment, still for the spirits, and also have a glass window in the floor to see the brewing operations downstairs.

We went for lunch and got great service. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu and the beer choices, and was friendly and prompt as well. We had our 2 year old and 1 month old, along with my 14 year old son with us. The owner / manager brought my 2 year old a plate of celery / carrots with peanut butter which was cool. Server brought hot water to warm up our baby's bottle. Really nice people.

I ordered the sampler which gets you 4 6 ounce beers for $6. I tried the Double Red, Maple Stout (my favorite), IPA and Spicy Blonde. They were all very good and I'd have any of them again. My wife tried the Oh Honey! and really enjoyed that too.

Food was good - nothing spectacular. We had a nice appetizer with some pretzels and delicious cheese sauce / mustard. My wife got the reuben and I got a burger. My son got fish 'n chips. We all enjoyed our food. Nicely diverse menu with something to please everyone.

Not only is this a brewery, but it's also a distillery. They make spirits on site as well. I didn't partake of any, but heard they are very good.

All in all - you won't be disappointed if you check out Square One. Whether you are just going for beers, drinks, sample the spirits, or have lunch / dinner - you'll really enjoy it.

Photo of Ragingbull
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My wife and I stopped in here on a recent vacation to Saint Louis. Wonderful. There wasn't really any one thing that blew me away, but the synergy of the place was tremendous. Everything was good, but the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Comfortable feel, great food, good beer. They have a nice little courtyard, family friendly at the time of day we were there. The real kicker that boosted this place into the stratosphere for me was the fact that they also distill their own liquour. I know this is "beer" advocate, but surely we who enjoy beer can also appreciate craft liquour. I highly recommend this place to everyone. Beer, food, liquour. . . you can take anyone here.

Photo of phaleslu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located right on the booming Lafayette Square, and seems to be doing a great business. I didn’t spend much time inside, instead going straight for the patio, which I have to say is one of the nicest in St. Louis. We ordered samplers, which you can customize- 4 for $6 or so, I believe. Didn’t order any food. The server was weird, but fine. The beers varied in quality and we all had some differing opinions, but I’ll be coming back here a lot more to try more. Another cool brewery-distillery in St. Louis.

Photo of ptwnbwlr
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Me and my wife came here on a Thursday night and the bar area was really hopping. We finally found 2 seats in front of the tap handles. They had 12 of their own beers on tap as well as an APA on cask. I had that, a black and orange with their pumpkin and maple stout and it was awesome. She had a harvest IPA that was really fresh and grapefruity. Lots of regulars took most of the bartenders attention what little he had, also didn't express much knowledge of the beer... Overall good experience and good beer.

Photo of tedsox31
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere- The brewpub as a whole has a nice feel to it: a main barroom, back restaurant area, and beer garden make up the space. Exposed brick and an area in which to see the brewery exists between the bar and the backroom. It can be either quiet or noisy, depending upon the time in which you go. Last night when I went it was quite loud due to a large party in the back.

Quality- The quality here is excellent. I have not had a beer or dish of food that I have not liked. Of particular interest are their seasonal beers and cask ale. Very, very good.

Service- The service is fine, if not stellar. I've had to wait several minutes before even getting a glimpse of my waiter, although once they come, it is prompt, and their knowledge of the drinks is good.

Selection- The selection is around 8 beers or so, along with three guest taps and some bottles. I have never felt wanting for selection, as all of their beers have been very good.

Food- The food is very good. I have had several different dishes, and they've all been tasty. Their mashed sweet potatoes are excellent, as are their fries.

Overall- Very good price and very good beer and food. I keep coming back here, and it never disappoints. Just be aware that you may wait a bit before your server comes to the table.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here quite some time back when I was in St. Louis picking up some custom automotive parts. This location was suggested by the guy I met up with. Finding the location was quite easy and there was a nice little parking lot right across the street which made access to the brewpub quite easy. Upon walking in the interior was very nice with wood floors a nice sized bar on the right side and the hostess station in the back. To the right of the hostess station there was a room with a large window where you could see all of the brewing vats clearly. They as had an outside sitting area where you could eat with fountains and trees with a brick wall and iron gate as an entrance/exit. Sat outside and ordered a brew (their IPA at the time) and some food. The IPA was quite nice as I recall (hadn't started reviewing at that time). The food on the otherhand was quite excellent. Both myself and father enjoyed it. Service was nice as well and I never had an empty beer glass in front of me. I would say that it is totally worth stopping in here to sample some of their offerings or just to grab a bite to eat. I will be going back if/when I go to St. Louis again.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by Square One while I was visiting St Louis a couple weeks ago. We went about two o'clock on a Monday and had a seat at the bar (don't judge me, I was on vacation!).

Our bartender seemed a little overwhelmed when we sat down. She answered our first couple questions with one-two word answers and went right back to what she was doing. I am in the service industry as well, so I understood and we had a look at the beer selection while she got caught up. She poured us a flight of samplers to try, including the Maple Stout, Whiskey Barrel IPA, Spicy Blond, and Bavarian Wheat. After that she was able to spend some more time talking with us and answered some questions about the beers we were drinking.

Other offerings on the board include Park Avenue Pale Ale, Dry Stout, IPA, and Light Squared. We really enjoyed all of the beers we tried, which included the flight, Dry Stout, and IPA. For an afternoon snack, we decided on the Mahi Mahi Tacos and really enjoyed them as well.

I went over to look at the brewing area, which was located behind some double glass doors. John, the brewer, noticed me and came out and spent some time showing me the equipment and talking about the beers he was working on at the time. Square One is also a distilery, so he showed me some beers that he had resting in some of their Whiskey barrels. It was very cool and he definately went above and beyond what was expected. He even stopped by as he was leaving for the day and met my wife and spoke with her for a minute.

All in all, we had a great trip and will definately go back next time we are in the area!

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited Square One on Friday 7/9.
Great little place on the corner. From the outside you can't tell how much space they have. As soon as you walk in there is a bar to the right, and some high tables on the left. They have a back room that is quite open, as well as an outdoor patio. The walls of the backroom are a combination of a local artists designs that also encorporates and exposed brick look.
For wandering in on a Friday night at 6:30, we were seated right away. The gf and I decided to do up some appetizers - mahi mahi tacos, an artisean meat/cheese plate, and a three dip plate. The food was very nice and I liked on the menu how it suggested which beer to pair it with. You could tell that a lot of the diners there were there for the food, not necessarily the beer.
Beer selection was pretty impressive for such a small place. They offered roughly 8-10 beers - a saison, triple, stout, pale, two different IPA's, and several others that I can't recall. These aren't beers that you are going to bowl yourself over to get, but they were solid offerings.
Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The manager came over to ask us how our experience was that evening. Overall, I was very impressed with how they conducted business.

Photo of baha773
2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Walked in on a Friday night and the place was hopping! Tried to get a seat in the restaurant part, not the bar area, and the hostess basically thumbed her nose at us, and didn't smile nor talk. Just turned and walked away.

Resigned ourselves to a seat at the bar. Terribly smokey and very loud background noise. Bar staff was courteous, but not outgoing.

Beer sampler came and looked great. However, the beers were only so-so. The IPA in particular was retched - imagine the ape house at your favorite zoo in August. Imagine the smell of those hot primates - that was how the IPA tasted.

I don't recommend going to this place - the quality of the beers (do they have dirty tap lines?), staff and atmosphere were quite a turn off.

Photo of bhalter8
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Another review I have been wanting to add from my trip home to St. Louis. Decided to try out Square One and was pleasantly surprised! It was a bit slow the afternoon my family stopped in for lunch, so I am not sure I got an accurate view of the atmosphere... it was slow. Unfortunate for those not there, as the beers and food were excellent. I felt the service was good, but sort of reflected the sleepy atmosphere of the place. I will say they had a nice array of beer for a brew pub, and did a good job with many of them. The Scotch Ale, DIPA, and barleywine were all excellent. The food was a more modern twist on classic pub fare, and used quality ingredients. Paired well with the beers. I'll definitely return, and look forward to trying more, but maybe not their distillery offerings...

Photo of Yetiman420
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made a quick stop for a late dinner based on the high rating on BeerFly and was right on target with the high rating.

Old building with tons of character. A nice courtyard for warmer days that you can see through a window sitting at the bar.

I had a sampler of a wet hop pale ale, IPA, spiced (pumpkin?) ale, and a robust porter. I had a full pint of the cask pale ale with my veggie gyro which was very good when an extra serving of tadziki was added.

A great beer choice although Missouri is still behind the times allowing indoor smoking.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is great. Let me start by saying that the best part is the atmosphere at least in my opinion. Me and some friends went there on a nice late summer afternoon and the temp. was mild and not too humid. We got to sit outside in the nice little garden they have on the opposite side of the bar. The bar area also looks cozy and inviting for summer and especially for colder days.

Tried the spicy blonde Belgian ale which was very good and refreshing with hints of ginger. Very palate cleansing I also tried the cask IPA which was above par.

Service is respectable but nothing to write home about. The beer selection is good for a small brewery. Food was very delicious a served promptly. the beers were good and very interesting (Agave Wheat Ale).

Would definitely go again.

Photo of Ambro
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Yesterday I went to Square One with my girlfriend. It was a very nice place. Parking was easy (across the street). We walked in and they asked if we wanted to site outside. Their patio was very nice and secluded with a waterfall type thing on one side (very relaxing).

We each tried tasters. Their tasters are four beers (with their specialty beers adding an extra .25 to the cost each). Everything I tried was pretty solid nothing too exceptional though. The exception is the Cask IPA I tried which was very good.

The food was pretty good. We got Mai Mai tacos for an appetizer and for a meal I got the Reuben which was about average for that type of sandwich.

Later after we ate the sun was beating down on us (they only had a few umbrellas) so we went inside to try our next beer. Through this experience the staff was very nice and pretty knowledgeable about their products. The bar was nice and relaxing. The music playing was pretty good and not loud. My favorite band (Modest Mouse) was even played which rarely happens at a bar for me.

The only small thing that I can say that I was at all bummed about was that the flyer I got showed pint glasses with their logo in yellow which I liked. When I asked if I could buy a glass but with that logo they told me no. That was the old logo and the new white ones were for sale. Bummer, but that was their right I guess.

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Square One Brewery & Distillery in Saint Louis, MO
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.