Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 19
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Realale:
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well, it's been about 18 months since I seriously knocked down the Bottleworks for a series of incredibly inconsistent meals. The last three I've had have been consistently excellent, so it's time for a re-review - Excellent food has continued over the past 6 months - 11/14/06).
It's a beautiful building. Nice outside beer garden. Stunning picture windows showing off the brewing plant and bottling line.
The main bar area has plenty of stools at the bar, and a lot of nice, comfortable chairs and tables. There is also a section of leather couches, chairs and coffee tables, so it can really seem like a home away from home.
The new restaurant is a large open space with a wall of windows and a large open kitchen. The menu is quite varied and interesting with a large emphasis on local products, and plenty of vegetarian selections. There is some seasonal rotation to the menu, and new items seem to continually pop up. There is very little overlap with the restaurant at the Tap Room, so one can scratch two separate itches with the Schlafly brewpubs.
As noted above, the food has improved a great deal over the past six months or so. The quality of the ingredients has always been there, but more care is being lavished on how the dishes leave the kitchen. Hot dishes are hot, and the cold ones cold. Dishes are built around the excellent local ingredients being sourced, rather than the ingredients being (sometimes oddly and awkwardly) forced onto existing recipes. Servings look attractive and are not drowned in sauces and dressings. Well done!
The bartenders and servers seem to know their stuff. The service is another area of improvement - the current staff has been attentive and friendly. A big step up over some of the prior employees. The beer selection is nice, although not as full as the main bar at the Tap Room. No cask (yet) at this location.
There's a well-stocked Schlafly store, including bottled beer, and a very interesting collection of St. Louis brewing breweriana. Well worth visiting.
07-13-2006 01:08:59 | More by Realale
More User Reviews:
4.54/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
There modern bottleworks facility is definitely worth a visit. They provide a good tour and usually ample refreshments in the sampling room. Excellent food and often have good bluegrass style bands. Their beers are very good, and they do provide a menu that gives you information on them. Selection is fair, very slanted toward IPA. While this is the case, anyone can find something that they can enjoy here. One of my absolute favorite places to go when I lived in the St. Louis area.
05-31-2014 18:40:13 | More by east_tn_gk
Schlafly Bottleworks in Saint Louis, MO
90 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.