Alandale Brewing Company

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Alandale Brewing CompanyAlandale Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

105 E Jefferson Ave
Kirkwood, Missouri, 63122-4025
United States

(314) 966-2739

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Added by karst on 07-14-2006

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Reviews by MerkinMan:
Photo of MerkinMan
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Alandale Brewing Company is a large brewpub that did not seem very intimate when we visited. The beer was very good, and the food above average, so this is a place to which I would likely return.

The service staff the day I visited was not very knowledgeable, one responding to my request for a recommendation of their many beers with, "Weeeelll, I'm not a big beer drinker . . ." (this was the bartender).

I was happy with my choice of Dopplebock. It was malty and a little sweet - not an easy style to pull off. My sexy wife had the chocolate stout and was also very pleased.

The beer cheese soup was good, and there was a baby changing station in the men's room.

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Photo of jimstl99
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1 | food: 4

Visited at 6pm on a Friday night. Quickly seated in bar area. Service was fine and food was good. However, I was very disappointed to find out that they only had 4 beers on tap and 3 of them were A-B products! The available beers were Shocktop, Michelob Amber Bock, Bud American Ale and a Marzen which the waitress said was brewed there. The visable brew house was dark as the lights weren't even on. My wife asked for a cider but nothing available by tap or bottle. I am left to think that they must be closing soon. Why would a place that bills itself as a brewhouse only have one on tap and then three commercials available?

I am not planning to go back as my money will go to places that actually make an effort to brew.

Oh, the Marzen? Meh...

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Nice establishment; clean, well lit, large dining/bar seating area. There's also a side room with a stage for a small band. Also, there's a couple of pool tables, video games, and shuffle board. The brewing equipment is visible from the dining/bar area. The service is friendly and eager. They are also knowledgeable and informative. Their beer selection at any one time is limited to six different brews as well as some of the more general large scale domestic beers. Food was good; salads, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and some bbq. The prices weren't bad. Overall, a neat little brewpub that I look forward to going back to.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Been wanting to visit Alandale since it opened, but I haven't been back to STL for a few years. Stopped off here with my parents for a few pints before dinner. Located off the main drag in Kirkwood. Walking in there are pool tables to the left and the bar to the right. Lots of nice wood and glass.

We tried the Amber, Vienna, Stout, and IPA. All were solid with the IPA standing out.

Service was excellent and prices reasonable at less than $4 a pint.

Didn't eat there, but next time I am in town I would stop by to eat and drink

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Alandale's is located in Kirkwood which is not too far from St. Louis. It is on E Jefferson and there is a small private lot adjacent that stays pretty full, as well as street parking all around.

The interior has a bar and dining area to the right, and another dining area that was under construction during my visit. Sea foam green and wood are the motif. The bar is large and V-shaped, and most seats have a view of the street thanks to large windows. The current beer list is on a large chalkboard, with the brewing equipment visible behind glass right next to it.

The beer selection numbers around eight with one or two seasonals. The beers are available in samples if you ask the bartender nicely, as there is no "formal" sampler on the menu. They range from Lager to Porter, with a couple of interesting options like Altbier mixed in. Overall the beers are average to above average.

Service was pretty good on a Wednesday evening. The bartender was familiar with all the beers and willing to pour samples for me.

Food here is good. My BBQ burger was very tasty, and the homemade chips were as well.

Overall this spot is worth checking out when in the STL area thanks to a pretty good group of beers and enjoyable food.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally was able to stop in and try the beer and food at Alandale. Stopped by on a cold and rainy Thursday night. The crowd was sparse but two rooms were buzzing with what looked to be Holiday office parties.

The beers listed for the night were the IPA, Chocolate Stout, Cedar Creek, Doppelbock, Amber Ale, American Wheat, Pilsner,Platinum Blond Lager, Blackberry Wheat and one or two others I can't recall.

Started off with the IPA which was very good and the beer cheese soup which was equally impressive. My second beer was the Bronze lager which was paired with an incredible Cuban sandwich.

After stuffing myself, I ended with the Doppelbock. It's a slow-drinking beer for sure and quite nice.

Service was very good and the atmosphere was relaxed. I will definitely be back for more of their food and beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This new joint is in the quaint downtown area of Kirkwood, just outside of St. Louis. Kirkwood is a nice up-scale neighborhood with lots of cool little restaurants and a neat looking wine shop that was unfortunately closed the night we were there.

Alandale is tucked just off of the main drag, and offers ample parking just behind the pub. There is an outdoor sidewalk seating area, a bar area with a cool view of the brewing apparatus behind glass walls, and a fancy restaurant area with booths and tables. The decor in the restaurant area is very modern and upscale, and the whole place really gives off a "fancy-restaurant" vibe.

The food was excellent, but a bit pricey. I had a really nice burger to go along with my IPA, and my fiance had the tasty Blackberry Wheat with here chicken ceasar salad. The price of the food is offset by the cheap brew. 16oz pints were only $3.75! That's what you would pay at most bars for a 12oz bottle of macro crap! I think my growler was $11 or $12 (refills are $9 I think), so that's a good deal too.

Our waiter was nice and competent, but I got the feeling that he really didn't know anything about beer other than what he was told when he got the job. That's ok though, I think he might have been under 21 anyhow.

One of the owners did stop by our table to see how we liked everything, and I told him how great the IPA was, and how great of a job they are doing for a new place. I am genuinely impressed by the place.

The beer, ah...the beer is outstanding, especially for a new place, and you can get a 16oz pint or a 12oz "split." Check out my reviews to see just how impressed I was. Their dopplebock is particularly noteworthy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this place. I got a growler of their oatmeal stout, and I will definitely be stopping by to refill that sucker the next time I am in St. Louis! Another plus...this place is just off of 44, so it's on the way to Six Flags from my neck of the woods!

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been coming to this place fairly regularly since they opened. At first they seemed divided over whether they were a brewpub or a restaurant. At some point since opening, they decided. They're both.

In my opinion, Alandale has quietly become the best brewpub in town by focusing on making solid beer and delicious food. Their IPA and Oatmeal stouts are standouts with all the other beers being more than acceptable.

Food wise, well, I've yet to try anything at Alandale that wasn't delicious and unique. Even the pub standard fare, pulled pork, burgers, hot wings, etc are all done with unique twists and manage to avoid being ordinary or generic. Best yet, Alandale features a happy hour with $2.00 drafts (16 ozs) and some appetizers at half price.

Really, as good or better than any other brewpub in town.

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Photo of Cresant
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We visited during lunchtime and sat outdoors on the sidewalk. The interior is large and clean. No smoking, which is great in my opinion. Local bands (jazz,etc.) on Tuesday evenings.

The food menu is rather broad, American Bistro fare. Vegetarian options are available. Everything my party ordered was well received (Garden Wrap, Fish & Chips, Burger, etc.). The website has the menu (I wish they offered more info about their beers online- or on the hard menu).

Although the beer are rather "safe" I was impressed that they had equal representation of ales (4) and lagers (4). The beer menu was not very informative about the beers but it did offer food pairing tips for each brew. The server offered that the beers were listed on the menu from "lightest to darkest". (Well that's certainly enlightening!)

When we visited they had: Amber Ale, American IPA, American Wheat Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Bronze lager, Vienna Lager, Doppelbock, and Platinum Blonde Lager. I only tried the IPA and Stout, both were enjoyable but the stout was especially well done.

The brewpub also has a full bar, kegs, and growlers.

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Photo of mizzoueng
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere - Casual. But the place still had a "stuffy" feel to it. I think it had more to do with the uptight desidens that live in that part of Kirkwood that were there. We, a party of 6, showed up at 7pm on a Saturday, and were promptly seated in the bar area which was suprisingly large. Towards 9pm the "uptight" crowd showed up, nothing kills a mood faster than a 45 year old drunk single woman and her friends standing directly behind you and screaming at the top of their lungs because they can't hear each other.

Quality - Good. Non smoking which was excellent. The air was clean and they actually had the doors open to let the warm air in and helped keep the place cool and refreshing.

Service - Average/Good. Our waitress kept her eye on us but did not have a good knowledge of the beers on tap. She did keep our beers full and did offer growlers to us!

Selection - Excellent selection. We started with pub chips and Gus's Pretzels, Gus's are a St. Louis staple. The selection of appitizers was great and the entree's were to die for. I ended up getting Fish and Chips and the fried Pollack was very tender and tasty. The wife got the beer cheese soup and a ceaser salad. According to her it was just as good but the serving was rather small for 4 bucks, maybe about a cup of soup.

Food - See above. No one in our party complained about the food. There was great selections, but there did not appear to be a nightly special, but this might change.

Overall, this is deffiently a place to try. I plan on going back to get a growler, which they just came out with this week (week of 4/20)!

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Some Botox with your IPA, Sir?

The Alandale is a nice sized place with a large awning out front that would accommodate a fair amount of outdoor seating during warmer weather. But, it would hardly be needed, given the smoke free environment and indoor size of this Brewpub and Restaurant.

I stopped in the Alandale for a beer and something to eat last Wednesday. I sat at the bar and did not venture into the restaurant section. It's a big bar with a few booths against one wall and a mash tun & kettle visible behind the glass windows in the back. The place is well thought-out and certainly decorated by a professional, but somehow it just doesn't quite feel like a brewpub. It feels more like a mid-mountain ski lodge bar at one of the big western ski resorts. The handsome wooden bar is surrounded by a scattering of four and six person (picnic style) tables and classic rock (e.g., Stones, Springsteen) plays quietly in the background.

The bar crowd is mostly older, 50+ older, and I can't decide if this is just an upscale beer joint in an affluent neighborhood, or a pick up joint for the wrinkle room crowd. One of the picnic tables does have a group of younger women (in their 30's), but they look like a bunch of young mom's enjoying a book club night out. Something about the place definitely made me want to leave, but since it was getting late I decided to stay for dinner.

I started with the American IPA, which was quite good, and looked over the menu for something appropriate for an Ash Wednesday. Most entrees in the elegant dinner menu were over $15, but less expensive burgers and sandwiches were offered for about half that. The bartender recommended an "off menu" dinner of fish and chips, and I took his advice. The homemade chips were good (even if a little greasy), but the battered haddock was nothing more than ordinary.

I ate my dinner, enjoyed my IPA and looked over the beer list for a reason to stay. They offered a Pilsner, Amber, Dopplebock, Oatmeal Stout, Vienna Lager, an American Wheat Ale and a Platinum Blonde Lager. At either end of the bar, two large flat screens were tuned into a Miami, Houston NBA game on ESPN HD. Ultimately; I decided to just pay my bill and leave.

Overall, the Alandale is a decent place that I may have caught on an off night. I would probably give this place another shot on another day, but then again, there are other places in the area that I would probably go to first.

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Photo of karst
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by in early afternoon on way to monthly Thursday evening St. Louis Brew's homebrew meeting. Staff was preparing for the afterwork gathering but bartender, Aaron took the time to answer my questions and is an obvious beer fan. All of the early startup problems are solved and you are treated to first rate service and quality. Nine brews were on tap and a generous sample was available for the asking. I can not find any flaws in the beer and stopped after tasting about half and was treated to a VIP tour by General Manager Mike Bucchino. Mike is very interested in the operation and was very sharp on all of the brewing processes and the operation of all of its components. I was impressed with the quality of the malts that I saw on the tour. Sadly some of the locals do not know about the microbrewery - I was astounded that the guys at the Harley Davidson shop near I-44 had not heard of this place. Outside growlers will be filled but as of mid Feb. '07 - with plans for suppling their own very soon. Think about bringing more than one growler because you are likely to want to bring home more than one of their lagers and ales.

Thanks, Mike, for taking time to show me around and I can see why you are proud of this Brewpub. (I did not order any food on this visit.)

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Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Mike, the general mgr, greeted us with a hearty smile, and led us to a superbly clean and fresh bar area. The wood floors, open area, seating for 100, (15 at the bar) really added to an enjoyable experience. The big kicker, which I will note here, nice and loud, is THE ENTIRE ESTABLISMENT IS NON-SMOKING!! I noticed a difference within 5 minutes of being seated, you can smell the fresh, clean air that’s not coated with some air disinfectant.

From the bar area, you can watch some of the beer making – which they now do for all 9 varieties. The pint pours are $3.50 regular, and a real bargain at happy hours (4-6) during the week for $2. Other drinks are available, martinis and beer cocktails – but I wouldn’t mix anything with their tasty brews. Big ol’ 20 oz glasses, with a 16 ounce line marked – all a little overfilled and with nice pillowy heads. Unique bar in that it's shaped like an "A".

I didn’t have food, this time, but the menu looked good – although a little pricey, I believe everyone eating was enjoying their meal. Menu included headings of;
Appetizers / Soups / Healthy / Entrees / Pasta / Sandwiches / Desserts.

Becky, Tim and Aaron, the bartenders, (and all servers), were extremely friendly, courteous, and service oriented.

I’ll be back – with the family.

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Photo of Realale
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very nice place. Divided into two portions - a huge bar section, dominated by a really big zinc-topped bar, with substantial table seating, and two, more formal dining areas. Tables were nicely spaced and quite comfortable.

Nine beers available today, and they structure their sampler so you get a pour of each for $4.50. Today, that was an excellent value. I had the sampler and a pint of their Vienna. If there was one house character it would be "clean." Very pure malt flavors in both the lagers and ales. Nice to see a brewpub doing justice to the lager styles. The two more characterful ale selections (an Oatmeal Stout and an AIPA) were quite nice as well. Full pints were poured into lined glasses and overfilled - good value for $3.75 (damn, might have been $3.50). The Vienna was really good, with a firm background bitterness to balance a frequently malt-heavy style. Great match with my burger. Beers have continued to get even better - keep eyes peeled for the bronze lager - this was their winter seasonal, and is a lovely bock. It was (rightly) so popular they made it year round.

Food was good, with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Prices were pushing it for the quality, but not outrageous. Beer cheese soup was yummy - good chunks of potatoes gave a nice textural surprise. My burger was quite yummy, though the peppered bacon on top was probably the highlight. Happy hour apps are outrageously cheap at half price - this includes nachos that are good and can feed two or three for dinner.

Service was fine on all visits. Regardless all was accomplished with aplomb. A great addition to the St. Louis scene, and I like it a lot. Only wish is that it would be closer to my house!

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Photo of grumpy
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The newly opened Alandale Brewing is located in (apparently) refurbished space just a few yards east of Lindbergh on Jefferson in Kirkwood. Nothing about the exterior of the building says “brewpub.” The interior is that of a fairly upscale restaurant, rather than a pub atmosphere with the obligatory assortment of beer signs and memorabilia. There seems to be basically two main rooms, one of which houses a large bar and several tables, while the other room is the main dining room.

We arrived just after they opened for business that day, in this case 5:00pm on a Saturday. The place was crawling with a huge wait staff of young people who were well dressed. We sat at the bar, intending to just sample the beer. The beer list consisted of six offerings: Blonde Ale, Vienna Lager, Stout, Doppelbock, IPA, and Amber. I’m not sure the beers should be reviewed yet, as they are currently contracting O’Fallon Brewing to make their beers until they are ready to serve their own. The bartender claimed that O’Fallon was brewing to the Alandale house recipes, and that the beers would be exactly the same when ready to tap. We’ll see. Sometimes it works that way, and sometimes not.

Against our better instincts, we tasted all six beers. The good news – a top notch IPA in the American style. The bad news – the rest are very bland by beer geek and craft beer standards. The stout was thin and watery, although the appropriate flavors were there. Just not enough of ‘em. The Doppelbock defies description, other than to say it’s no Doppelbock. The Vienna lager had a nice malt profile, but lacked mouthfeel and sufficient hopping to give it balance and definition. The Blonde and Amber were… well…um…. Blonde and Amber. You get what you deserve if you order one.

We decided we would grab a bite to eat, so we checked out the menu. No pub grub here. The food is New American-ish and moderately pricey for a brewpub. What we sampled was quite good, though, and it’s clear that this place is all about the food, and at least so far, not all about the beer.

Service was attentive and friendly, but the disclaimer should be issued that the place wasn’t crowded yet, so we really can’t say how well the new staff handles the peak hours crunch. I should note that, as so often happens, the bartender assumed we were craft beer neophytes/morons and tried to start a Beer 101. I suppose that’s the danger of being willing to sample a Blonde Ale.

All in all, I’d go back for the food and the IPA and hope that they will have interesting seasonal beers down the line.

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Alandale Brewing Company in Kirkwood, MO
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