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Trailhead Brewing Co

Trailhead Brewing CoTrailhead Brewing Co

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 147
Beer Avg: 3.34

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
81
good

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.56%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

921 S Riverside Dr
Saint Charles, Missouri, 63301-3489
United States
phone: (636) 946-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @trailheadbrew

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damngoode

Indiana

2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.25 | $$$

This should be more appropriately categorized as a restaurant that makes its own beer. If you're going to offer all of the macros alongside your own beers, i'll assume that you just want to get people in the door to eat and not scare off the Coors Light crowd. No biggie.

Appearance had me excited. Big space, looks a little rustic. Nice clean bar with plenty of tvs. Then I started my meal.

Wings were smoked before fried, good & spicy - best part of my experience, even if they were the smallest wings I'd seen since I was stationed in Korea. Maybe they're using real, non-Frankenstein chickens, I dunno. Had their stout, which was thin and lifeless. Maybe this is your craft gateway bar. I passed on a second beer and opted for water. My sausage platter was edible. Large portion, but I didn't want to finish it. 3 sausages, all had chewy casings. Sausages themselves were OK tasting but nothing i'd seek out again. Also note, this is a smoking establishment. Skip it.

Update: I was coerced into coming here again (silent consent) for a work dinner. This time we sat in a non-smoking dining room (whew!) that was surprisingly well ventilated for the winter and I couldn't really detect the smokers in the bar area. Yay. Service was much worse than I had at the bar previously. Guy had little idea about the beer they served (what's the seasonal... uhhh... let me see...) and just wasn't very engaged with our party of 5. Open-faced prime rib sandwich was actually pretty decent so that saved the day. Beer still meh (I had a dark lager... their seasonal). Still skip it.

02-07-2014 15:52:26 | More by damngoode
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Offa

California

3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$

This is a good brewpub in Missouri's old capital city.

It's in a neat old brick building converted inside with modern accoutrements. There is seating on a couple different levels, some looking down into the brewing equipment through glass. There are different area to walk and sit, breaking up the place into an interesting, almost maze-like collection of different areas.

Beer quality is good, not great. It's solid but fairly pedestrian and nothing exciting, some beers had ranging from very good to mediocre.

Service seemed good and friendly.

Beer selection is good, fairly limited but with a decent range of standard styles.

Food was very good but not outstanding. Nacho plate which we shared as an appetizer was excellent. BBQ ribs, called baby back, were not baby back. Cole slaw was decent - the vinegary kind, which I do love, but it was not that good and seemed a bit old. Pulled pork was very good.

07-15-2013 20:50:02 | More by Offa
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MIngmire

Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$

The beer selection here is exceptional. They not only have the well known domestic brews. They also have a great selection of micro-brews which are brewed right there on site. The service here was so so. I mean we did have a large party but the waitress seemed like she was bored with her job and didn't want to work. The food selection was good with sausages, burgers, salads, and entrees.

04-04-2013 01:16:02 | More by MIngmire
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jettjon

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped by for dinner on a business trip to St. Louis. Went with a group of about 8, none of which were "beer people." (Fortunately, they let me pick the place.) This is your basic brewpub, nothing too fancy; just good beer and good food. I had the beer sampler and prime rib sandwich and managed to coax two others to try the sampler. Even though the two were self-described "not-beer-people" they enjoyed trying the different samples and the experience. The samples were OK; nothing to really write home about but pretty solid offerings for style. Food was a little bit above average; steaks are where this place obviously shines and the prices there were quite reasonable. My prime rib sandwich was excellent and the potato salad side was decent. Others enjoyed their food as well. The server was friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and was happy to explain the beer menu to the neophytes as well as answer general questions about the establishment. Atmosphere was definitely brew-pub-ish with lots of tanks and lines visible from everywhere I looked.

Overall, this place is definitely a worthwhile stop if in the St. Louis area. While it’s nothing spectacular, it’s certainly a solid brewpub that’s worthy of a visit.

09-23-2012 23:45:34 | More by jettjon
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tripelhops

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Trailhead is in a great locaiton and has a really cool, multi-tiered layout in old-town St. charles, right near the river. Lots of glass and seating allow a fantastic view into the brewery. The food is really great in my opinion with half price apps during their happy hour, and super hot and smoked, not fired chicken wings that are just fire up your mouth fantastic. the soft pretzels are great too. The downside is that the beer is just average, and maybe that's because they are trying to not scare off the typical AB folks that are there, but for beer people,. it's pretty non-exciting. Sometimes they will have a seasonal that is decent, and it's not that the beers are bad, just not super special, in my opinion.

06-29-2011 02:37:09 | More by tripelhops
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DCon

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $

Visited the Trailhead Brewing Co. after my graduation @ the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. Tuesday night. Was with many people off the tennis team and over 100 graduates as well. Great location as it is at the corner of Main Street and South Riverside.

As you walk in, there are two (at least) 50 gallon brew kettles and merchandise. The people were awesome and has great outdoors/urban architecture throughout the whole Brewery.

The quality was decent. When it came down to it, they didn't know their ABV's or much description on any of the beers. They also seemed like they were served into Chilled Pint Glasses!?!?! This was surprising for a BrewPub!

On the service, our waiter had NO CLUE about beer, their beer, and didn't help me in any way trying to help me pick out my beers of the night. I then went to the bartender and he was almost as clueless. How can you not know beer at a Brewing Co/BrewPub?!?! This baffled me to the point that I almost wanted to walk out. He did offer us a good happy hour deal but this was the only good part of the night (and of course the food).

Selection was average. They offered 6 beers and I tried 4 of these. When it came down to it, I wish they had more to offer at one time because I don't even need to re-visit this place soon because I would overlap on beers I've already had from them. There were 6+ taps at the bar and probably even more but didn't look into it.

The food was extremely good! I shared 3 pretzels and spicy mustard and then a Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza on a flatbread with my girlfriend and old tennis teammate. The french fries were also delicious. Would come here to eat their food rather than to drink their beer.

Very inexpensive when it came down to it! We also were here during a Late Night Happy Hour, so every beer was $3.50 and our entrees/apps were half off. Will come to again in the future and hopefully will be able to say their staff will be more helpful and friendly next time.

05-06-2011 03:47:39 | More by DCon
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Radome

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Trailhead Brewing seems to be the only place for a beer lover to try in St Charles. It is very close to any number of other bars and restaurants in the Old Town area, so you can easily make this just part of a pub crawl or night out.

A - The atmosphere was modern and clean with lots of aged brick and open space. It was comfortable and welcoming.

Q - The beer quality was good, but they were not exciting. Flavors and aromas were muted and safe.

Service - I was part of a large group getting dinner. Our waiter was friendly enough, but did not check up on us enough. He then left us hanging way too long waiting for the checks.

Selection - Selection was good for a small brew pub. I had the sampler in order to try everything. The night I was there they had the following Trailhead brews on tap: Blond Ale, Riverboat Raspberry, Red, Missouri Brown, Old Courthouse Stout, and Pumpkin Ale for the seasonal. As I said, none of these were exciting or original, but they were well-made.

F - Decent brewpub menu, and it was well-executed. My meal was tasty and fresh.

V - Prices were reasonable.

11-11-2010 06:32:17 | More by Radome
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soju6

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

The Trailhead Brewing Company is located in "Historic" St. Charles and is a nice fit to the community. It is also close to the Ameristar Casino. The main bar is at the head of the staircase with dining areas set off on either side. The menu has a good variety and is priced fairly average. The service is generally very good but once in a while it's not quite in sync.

They normally have 5-6 regular beers on tap along with 1-2 seasonal brews. The beers for the most part are generic & unoffensive to their style. If the beer was a bit more robust or flavorful I would probably stop in more than 1-2 times a year.

05-31-2010 15:18:44 | More by soju6
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Scanned the review before I went here. Tried to keep an open mind. Was the only thing I could hit while in St Louis for work.

Anyway...very normal neighborhood bar like feel to it. I am not used to people smoking anymore. I don't diss it here or really care-I just was not used to it. More of a tavern feel with dining rooms off the sides. While the beers themselves are a bit pedestrian and take no chances overall I thought it was all good quality.

Service was rather ho hum. Once I asked for a beer menu the bartender lost all interest in me. A 2nd one had to pick up the slack 5 minutes later, then he carried the ball.

Decent enough selection-lite/fruit wheat/red/brown/stout and a special, another red. Once again pretty standard stuff but the red was very malty and caramel like and the rasberry beer was quite nicely balanced. Had a red or 2 after a taste sampler.

Great bowl of seafood bisque and a killer chicken salad sandwich. Pizzas were flying out the door while I sat there. I left well satisfied food wise.

Great local place with a decent beer or 2 for sure. Nice town and area as well. Would not go out of my way but if you are there I think you would be pleasantly suprised.

03-14-2010 02:57:35 | More by lackenhauser
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MTNboy

Germany

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$

I went here during the Festival of the Little Hills. The outside was packed but the inside was not too bad. They have a little gift store that wasn't bad. It had the usual brew pub paraphernalia with some beer in bottles to go and growlers. I grabbed a few to go. The food was alright but a bit pricey. Our waiter was not so great when I asked him for a sample glass he got a little bit of an attitude. He didn't charge me but I am sure like a lot of you don't mind paying for a sample. This was shoot glass with a little bit of beer. He was also slow with the check. The ambiance was nice a lot of antiques, vehicles and fans made from canvas and fishing poles.

09-14-2009 15:56:47 | More by MTNboy
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Trailhead Brewing Co in Saint Charles, MO
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