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Perennial Artisan Ales

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BEER AVG
4.09/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8125 Michigan Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63111-3500
United States

(314) 631-7300 | map
perennialbeer.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
69
Reviews:
1,491
Ratings:
11,710
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
163
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
4.35%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
10
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 163
Photo of eifster82
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

My buddy and I visited Perennial during Abraxas release week.

The brewery itself looks very different from most places. It's a building that looks like it was used as a meat-packing plant previously (was actually a coca-cola bottling facility).

The vibe on the day we went was obviously different from most, as it was packed with non-regulars who were there for the Abraxas release and bottle pick-up (next door, separate from the tap room). But even with that in mind, it was full of beer aficionados who wanted to talk about beer.. so by no means a bad vibe. The quality of the place wasn't bad. Nice and clean. But there was no significant artwork in the place, or any kind of unique quality. Normally, I like to take photos of the breweries or tap rooms that I visit but I didn't feel compelled to do so at all at this location so I didn't. Otherwise, there was plenty of seating, inside and outside (picnic tables) which was nice.

The service was good and the bartenders were willing to talk with you if you had any questions. We were seated at the bar so there was absolutely no problem getting pours even with a busy crowd. But the selection was a bit of a miss for me. Yes there was Abraxas on draft and one variant (Vanilla Bean Abraxas), but that there were only 4-5 other Belgian PA/IPAs available. A few bottles were available for consumption on premesis, but only BA Perennial 17 stood out (at $40/bottle). I didn't feel compelled to order anything but the two Abraxas that were available. Merch wise, only various shirts were available, but saw no glasses or anything else.

The establishment does not serve food but there is a food truck outside, so that is always available if looking to eat. And it's a good thing that the food trucks are there because there really isn't anything else around in the near vicinity.

Overall, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed. Not that the place was bad or anything, but I just expected a bit more, especially when compared to Side Project which we just came from prior to the Abraxas release. Side Project is a must visit. Perennial would definitely be a second priority to SP if I was visiting St.Louis.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

so stoked to finally check this place out, these guys have been near the top of my list since i had my first beer from them way back when (not all that long ago i guess in the grand scheme, but still...). great space they have here, just outside of downtown proper, with a huge outdoor area with picnic tables (and not much shade), an expansive inside area too with a long bar, and some little isolated sitting areas, brewing in the back to the right, lots of fermentation space, but this was overall much smaller than i expected it to be. sometimes it seems in my head like the places have to be huge or something because they are famous, or at least famous to me, but this is pretty humble, nice as it is. smaller tap list than i hoped for, less new beers to me, less tap room only kind of stuff than i wanted to discover, but we had some great beers here, but thats to be expected. almost everything these guys make is amazing, and it seems to be changinf and expanding all the time, which is one of the reasons i love them in the first place. service could not be better, so friendly and welcoming, happy to give us personal attention, and generous on the sampling. i love it here, and will absolutely be back. no doubt that perennial is making some of the best beers in missouri and the midwest, if not the country and the world! i mean it!

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Photo of Sara24
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Loved the secretive location in the loading dock. The staff was great and helped us choose different beers based on our personal preferences. Best beer in St. Louis.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Perennial is a must if you're in the St. Louis area. The beer selection is fantastic and the service is top notch. They always have something amazing coming out of the kitchen and the brewery. If you can make it down to a release you should! The people are fantastic and so is the bottle sharing.

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Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in the bottom floor of some loft apartments in an out of the way part of town, the taproom is pleasant, but surprisingly bland. It is tasteful, but in a way that is reminiscent of a page from a restoration hardware catalogue, my wife said it looked like Martha Stewart was the interior decorator. The service was good, we just ordered at the bar and didn't try any food. The beer, is excellent, honestly my favorite stop in St Louis, even over Side Project. Selection was quite good, with a good representative variety of their beer on tap. Overall it is someplace you absolutely must visit if you have the chance.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice spot to visit.

Even on a Friday afternoon close to 5 the place was mellow and people were just hanging out. The selection on tap was pretty much what you'll find in stores, which is always a bit disappointing, but at least everything they offer is good and for me, not easily obtainable in New Mexico.

There were bottles available for on-site consumption and if I'd stayed around that would have been the move.

Service was friendly and they gave good advice on how to get to a Cards game.

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Photo of IpeeA
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Vibe is meh. Wide open space feels emptyish. Few board games, darts, lame sofa, no TVs in one of the country's best sports towns, nice patio... that's it.
Quality is great. Never a bad beer here, but sometimes a bit one-dimensional, messy on busy days, awkward water service.
I'd like better service. Different staff members provide different levels of service and attitude. Slow on a good day.
Selection is weak. Rarely a hoppy offering. Rarely a big-ticket beer. Weekly test batches are cool, but I'd like to see more marquee offerings more often.
Food is great, selection is small.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great patio space outside. Board games and metal dartboard inside. Good selection of tasty beers with the option to buy bombers. We had the pretzels with the awesome beer mustard.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.61/5  rDev -17.4%
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 -4.1%
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 +14.4%

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 +8.7%

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 +14.4%

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 +3%

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 +0.5%
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 +6.4%
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 +11.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.8%
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 -12.1%
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 +6.4%
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 -21.5%
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 +1.8%
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 -19.9%
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 +4.1%
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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Perennial Artisan Ales in Saint Louis, MO
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