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Perennial Artisan Ales

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Based on:
76 Beers
9,418 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 22
Visits: 139
Avg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8125 Michigan Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63111-3500
United States
phone: (314) 631-7300

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @perennialbeer

Place added by: coryking on 06-30-2011

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 139
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.61/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Not a bad taproom, but certainly a let down for me. Maybe I was expecting too much. Location is out by itself with nothing much around it. The vibe was pretty weak and the taproom as a whole was pretty boring. The design was unimpressive as there was no view of the brewery operations/equipment. How does the brewery with one of the best barrel programs not have a single barrel to be seen from the taproom? Tap list was also a bit of a let down. Only 8 beers on tap and all but one were standard Perennial beers. Service was pretty good though.

Overall, not one of my favorite STL taprooms.

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Photo of Suds_Suds
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

One of my favorite brewery to visit for their beer releases. The staff is very friendly and super nice. The patrons have a sense of beer camaraderie and watch out for each other. Always a great time!

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Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Outstanding brewery and venue. I have not had a bad beer from Perennial. Abraxas Day should be experienced at least once. The bottle sharing prior to the brewery opening was great.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Perennial is an awesome place for beer, especially if you like Belgian styles. They focus mainly on traditional saisons and Belgian pales, but their seasonals/limited beers are phenomenal. Abraxas and its variants are probably foremost in the mind, but Sump, Savant Blanc, and their multiple Berliners are also great.

I can't say I've had much of their food, but the cheese curds and pretzels are very good. They also serve local Billy Goat chips, which are always a good snack.

As far as service, atmosphere, and value go, they are all fairly good. The staff is always quick and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is kind of modern. There is no TV, but there are board games and dart boards. The value here is the only minor knock. All of the standard beers are usually $5 for a full pour and $2 for a sample pour. The seasonals/limited are anywhere between $6 and $10. I find some of the $8-$10 pours a little underwhelming or just a little steep. That being said, most of the beers with this price tag are world class.

Overall, one of my favorite breweries to visit often on the way home from work.

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Photo of FreeKansas
5/5  rDev +12.6%

A bit tough to find if you're not firmilliar with the area. But once you've found it you'll be so glad that you did. Beer is awesome. Fun board games and stuff to play while you hang out on the porch on a sunny afternoon. Don't forget to try the pretzels. Oh yeah, and Rule #1 Don't Talk About Fight Club.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

The more beer I drink from Perennial, the more I like it. To be frank, I have found the opposite to be true for most U.S. microbreweries. All in all, I am fonder of Belgian, German, and British beers, because I find most American renditions of the classic styles lose sight of tradition for the sake of ambition. Creativity is a good thing, but when it is rooted in a solid sense of where beer comes from, it is even better. That is why Perennial is such a gem: its beers express a healthy level of creativity without forgetting the roots of this great tradition that we call brewing.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Perennial is located in somewhat of a sketchy area in the southern area of downtown STL.

I am not a huge fan of a lot of their main stays, but man does Cory know what he is doing with his stouts and barrel program.

He is up there with some of the best new brewers in the world and I hope he continues to do both Side Project and Perennial.

The outdoor area is fantastic and releases have been very smooth and painless.

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Photo of DooshBagalow
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

First review, let's give words a whirl.

I've visited the Perennial Brewery/Taproom on several different occasions now for both Perennial and Side Project releases and more. Ratings come as an average of all of those times. Love this place so much. Not in the greatest part of town from what locals have told me, but being easily accessible almost right off the highway makes it my most frequent destination when I'm in the St. Louis area and not heading there for a special release.

Good service from the bartenders and staff, they've always been very friendly and helpful even on release days when they're expectedly overwhelmed. Cory and Phil have always been super friendly to talk to about past releases, upcoming plans, etc. Emily and Pete have done a fantastic job running the show inside and out. Apologies to the other staff members and volunteers that I can't recall everyone's names right at the moment of typing this, but I know them by face. Again, all of them are polite, never have an issue answering questions and making suggestions on selection, and seem to enjoy what they do.

If you're in the area I highly urge you to stop by. They have their solid lineup of regular (in-season) brews on tap, Thursday night special one-off tappings are a norm, and you do find the occasional surprise vintage keg has been put on. You really can't go wrong.

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Photo of beerboy9960
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Drove up for the BA Abraxas release and was quiet impressed! Very low key atmosphere with good service! Prices were very reasonable and the beer was great! We didn't try the food this time, but it smelled good! Looking forward to visiting again sometime in the future!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A regular for their thursday releases and there's a reason I keep going back each week (for about a year now)

atmosphere: It's generally people I know (i.e. people I see returning weekly), with increasing new-comers that are readily converted by this brewery's unique draft lines, reasonable prices, sleek, industrial design, and expertly curated jams (miss you ruth...). The place is clean (nothing sticky about the bar, floors, or seating) and has great outdoor patio space (mostly used during releases, but also has a fire pit for general use - aka bring some marshmallows to go with that abraxas pour).
This may not quite fit under "atmosphere," but their bottle releases have been very well run compared to other brewery released I've attended (non-chaotic atmosphere & rotating food truck onsite)

service: From the brewers to bar staff, everybody is tremendously inviting and genuine (i.e. not just trying to suck the fattest tips from your wallet). There is a general acceptance of bottle shares (inside and outside), but just bring enough to share! My only complaint is during a big rush (i.e. releases) the bar staff's efficiency tanks exponentially :/

selection: I'm always impressed by the 10-ish taps (viewable on screen) and bottle sections (sometimes even side project bottles end up in the cooler), and can generally expect something tasty regardless of the season (i.e. 17 will sometimes be pouring in july). There may even be a guest line running at times (i.e. prairie, civil life)

food: fantastic rotating food selection that's kept relatively small, but always has seasonal flair and a beer pairing suggestion. I recommend the deviled eggs or pretzels as an app and a hand pie for a meal (all items <$15).

value: $2-5 tasters and all pours <$10, flights are available, and the brewery has decent access from the city (2-3 miles off of 55-south germania exit - aka reasonable taxi fares), great people, and HUGE local support (as evidenced by their releases).

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Photo of joebostonisdead
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The beers are awesome and not too expensive. I love that they have bottles available all the time. On Thursdays, they do tastings of new beers. The lead brewer of the beer talks about it as samples are poured for all. Also, the outside area is a nice touch when the weather is nice.

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Photo of Sparty93
3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

I was in St. Louis for business a couple weeks ago, and hit Perennial on one of the evenings. As other reveiwers have said, it's in an old refurbished warehouse in a blue-coller industrial area. Unlike some of the other breweries in the area like Urban Chestnut or 4 Hands, Perennial isn't exactly in a well-travelled area - you have to mean it to get there.

Decor isn't anything exciting, but it's clean and well organized. They don't have a huge tap list, but it's a nice blend of assorted styles, all leaning more towards the "artisan" or slightly experimental in style. They serve 5oz tasters for just a couple dollars, so there's opportunity to sample plenty of their offerings. The food menu is also somewhat small, but again high quality (cheese plate, unique sandwiches, etc). Every Thursday night they tap a small-batch version of one of their offerings. When I was there, it was a barrel-aged version of their mint chocolate stout.

All in all, I very much enjoyed Perennial. Good food, nice selection of very well crafted and fairly unique beers, friendly atmoshere. My only caveat is that it's not a place for the non-beer people. The location makes it somewhat difficult to get to, there's nothing else of interest in the area, and their credit card system seems to be somewhat sketchy.

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Photo of ksodemann
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Great beer, great taproom. Food is always enjoyable. I think everything is reasonably priced (both beer and food) for what you are getting. Awesome staff I have grown to know. My absolute favorite here in St. Louis. I feel very fortunate to have access to their beer. All the releases are run very well and make for a smooth, enjoyable day.

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Photo of Benvarine
3.43/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Nice place. Strange location, sort of industrial but seems to fit. Parking is just okay unless it's not busy. Acoustics are a bit bad, seems loud for such a small place. Staff are very knowledgable. Beers are great and they offer half pours which is nice when trying a bunch of 10% beers after work. Huge barrel program if you get a chance to see the brewery. You can't actually see the brewery from the pub, it is not a "pretty" sort of brew house that is displayed behind glass like many brew pubs, it is working brewery which is evident in the product. Must visit if on a St. Louis brewery tour.

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Photo of 4amepiphany
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Drove to Perennial in the later months of 2012 just to get the last of what they had left of Abraxas, my favorite brew to date. The very helpful staff was able to hold some bottles for me the day I drove in from Chicago. My friend and I ate pretzels and had the sump coffee stout on tap. That beer is thick coffee. Even after just one snifter, I dreaded the drive home.

The brewpub is clean, bright with natural light. Minimalistic but modern elegance is everywhere. A non-confining ceiling height. Merchandise. Ample seating, yet somewhat intimate. If only Perennial was in a closer proximity to Chicago. But I guess it's just close enough.

Gonna try all I can to get me a bottle of BA Abraxas which I am dying to bathe in...I mean taste. Dying to taste.

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Photo of APBTMarcel
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Decent beer selection. They ranged from good to really good. Nothing stood out as particularly amazing. Food was really good and unique. Decor and general atmosphere was better than usual. Service was pretty slow even though they weren't very busy. When they did help the staff was very nice although they weren't too knowledgeable. Worth a shot if you are in the area, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of RuthIsStrangerThanFiction
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

First of all, the staff is great. Very helpful and friendly. They are great to their regulars. Thursday nights are the time to go as they usually tap unusual alternative versions of their beers. They have a great outdoor seating area and the inside has plenty of space (as well as a few dart boards). They have a great beer selection and there is always plenty to try (which is why I often get a few 5oz pours rather than the full pint to start).

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Photo of JoshBrews
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I live relatively close (about a 10 minute walk) from Perennial and, while I don't get there often (not as often as I want to anyway), I love this place!

The beers, while not a large variety to choose from (decent for their size, though), are always top notch! I have yet to have a bad beer from them and always walk out of there with at least one bottle to go! Growler fills are reasonably priced as well, and I've walked out with those a few times too!

Last trip I spent over $100 on bottles of goodies, a growler to go and the two beers I had while sitting there. The bar staff is always friendly and willing to just shoot the bull with you while you are sitting there, even when they are busy (like they were when I was there).

Love this place and so glad that they are close!

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Photo of Domeshot14
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First off this place is a little confusing to find. If you just punch the address into the GPS, you will end up on the wrong side of the building looking at what appears to be a warehouse. Just continue on around to the other side of the building and you will be fine. If the address was the street on the other side of the building it would make more sense to me.

The place was what I was hoping for out of a small brewery. You walk in and have the bar to left with some seating at the bar and also tables on past the bar. A selection of various swag for purchase. The space is small though. Perfectly fine for their current size, but I could see Perennial needing to move or expand this location soon.

They have a good selection of their beers on tap as well as bottles available for consumption and to go. I didn't notice any guest taps, but they have a small selection of liquor and wine for non beer drinkers.

They had a menu of food items that were more snacks than a meal. The quality was very good though. We had the cheese plate and pretzels. The cheese plate comes with way more cheese than crackers and it was a buck more for extra crackers. Although I don't remember if actually got charged the buck or not. I wasn't too worried about it.

Overall we really enjoyed ourselves and will be stopping back in soon. Probably next month to pick up the BA Abraxas and Vermillion.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been meaning to stop by this place for quite a while now, because I've heard a lot of good things.

First of all, the place is really low-key. There's some music in the background but its a very social atmosphere and everyone acts like they know everybody. People aren't there to hook-up or to party, but to relax, talk about beer, and talk about life in general. The brewer and owner, Phil, is one of the nicest, most generous, and most authentic guy I've met in a while. The guy loves beer, knows a hell of a lot about beer, and takes some risks with his beer that not many have the balls to do. Just for that, this place gets an A-- even before trying the beer.

I had a lineup of 4 to start with. Saison de Lis, Vermillion, the new Black Walnut Dunkelweisse, and then the Abraxas. I can tell you without a doubt that these are all 90+ quality beers. In fact, they are head and shoulders above anything I've had out of St. Louis right now as far as innovative, creative, and then having the skill to pull it off. With a few more years of really honing the craft and getting everything consistent, Perennial will probably become the brewery that makes the most interesting beers in Missouri if he plays his cards right-- if they are not already after being open since like October 2011.

After I had my lineup, Phil invited me back to the brewery part and showed me around. I got to taste a sample of something special they have brewing up that shall be unidentified-- but it was brilliant. After we talked a while in the back we went back up front and Phil shared a Peace Offering with me...bought it for me! Then, after he made his rounds to all his other regulars, he gave me a free bottle of the new Black Walnut Dunkelweisse to take home.

Brilliant place. The culture at Perennial is very laid back, authentic, and generous. People genuinely want to not only treat people well, but they do not patronize people at all but instead invite them to get excited about their little beer community. Will become a regular stop for me for sure. Next time I hope to try their food, which I hear is unbelievable.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in for a sampler. Was very impressed with the beer, beyond my expections for a place I heard so little about. Service was also impressive, as I even was offered a free sample of a local whiskey I wished I would have written down. Selection was also good and it was obvious that this was a go to place for beer geeks in St. Louis. The building seemed to be new, very clean and other patrons also were very enjoyable in conversation. If I'm back in the area, this place is a must. I did not try any food, for afterward I wanted to make the trek to Iron Barley's. My only mark is it seemed near some sketchy neighborhoods, although that might just be me.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in the far southside of the STL not far from one of the nearby casinos.

Walking into the brewery the bar is striaght ahead and seating behid there.

There were about 8 beers on tap plus two guest taps.

They are trying some unique beers and take on styles, mostly Belgium. We tried their Saison, Belgian Pale, and their Imperial Stout among others. All of their beers had a "house flavor" to them-I bet it is the yeast, but the bar keep says these use different yeasts-but I doubt this.

Service was good and we didn't try the food.

We bought a bottle of the Imperial Stout. I think there is great potiential here but the common house flavor is a bit distracting. Would come back to see how things are during next visit home.

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Perennial Artisan Ales in Saint Louis, MO
96 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.