Perennial Artisan Ales

Perennial Artisan AlesPerennial Artisan Ales
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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(314) 631-7300 | map

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Suds from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I visited this brewery after a nice dinner at a nearby burger joint. Unfortunately, the tasting room was being remolded when we visited, but it was a beautiful summer evening, and they had a courtyard with plenty of picnic tables and walk-up beer service.. Easy to find, off-street parking, and incredibly interesting and creative beer. We'll have to return when the tasting room work is complete.

Jul 18, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

When we arrived at the tail end of our road trip, the pandemic had Perennial still operating out of what must have been the old loading bay doors for the Coke plant, with outdoor seating only. This was one of the only places we stopped to still have tighter policies in this regard, but it didn't detract from our visit. It was a beautiful day, with plenty of empty picnic tables for us to choose from, despite being fairly busy, each with their own umbrella we could pop open and swing around to get our own personal shade from the sun.

They were offering a fairly sizeable list of on-site bottles and cans on top of their otherwise small draft list. I found myself enjoying the on-site bottles thoroughly, while the drafts were solid too. I spent most of my time here in awe at just how delicious I found some of their saisons to be, all of which I'd not previously had access to, knocking off one after another upon each new discovery. The best part was not having to kill off a whole bottle on your own if they were larger format--they were offering half or partial pours, as noted on the menu, and re-capping them to be stored back in the fridge.

Service wasn't just friendly and helpful regarding the on-site offerings, but they also spoke with my old lady for a good chunk of time, offering recommendations for local bars and restaurants. I couldn't ask for more, except what looked like a pretty bogus and simplistic food menu also turned out to be surprisingly good quality as well, so I was happy all around. We didn't even need to go out to eat after this, instead we just crashed at our hotel for the night--a much needed rest after a long third leg of a road trip.

Jun 09, 2021
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JDPchi13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

When it comes to St. Louis it doesn’t get better than the folks at perennial artisan, chandler, and now Lockwood. The vibes are always fun and worth the drive from Chicago each time they release something fun!

Jan 22, 2021
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Definitely off the beaten path, I was excited to visit Perennial. A huge building with a fairly small taproom, it honestly didn't need much more. Good variety of beer, fresh coffee, merch, and food, giving guests pretty much anything they could want. Tap / bottle list was varied and the quality was excellent. Keith, one of the brewers gave an uber-informative and entertaining tour of the whole facility and really made the experience more special. Loved meeting the team over there and will definitely be back next time I find myself in the area.

Feb 06, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

First time stop at PAA. Sunday afternoon after a long day/ multiple flights. Tasting room was big, bright and cheerful. Great tunes (90’s Pop Rocks) we’re loud but not a problem. Just set a spot on Upbeat fun tone.
Guys behind bar very helpful; really good info ( and pride in product) from Keith.
Beer selection was very good. Saisons, lagers; IPAs and 3 big Stouts. Brand new foeder aged ale. Awesome. Only had a kale salad but it was great and everything else I saw at bar was good looking and being polished off quickly by those at the bar.
Nothing presumptive or haughty. Just good people and a good place. And damn good beer.

Oct 20, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I was in St Louis last week and made it a point to visit Perennial while I was there. It was great -- the taproom is simple and unassuming, but the service is good and the beer is outstanding. They had 11 taps on when I visited, and I was able to try several of them and they were all quite good. I didn't really get to explore the food menu much, but I had the cheese curds and they really went well with the beer.

May 06, 2018
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MJSFS from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cool spot in a cool neighborhood. I was disappointed with what they were pouring when I was there though. They should try to have some of their highest rated beers available year round.

Sep 03, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited for a few beers on a Saturday afternoon. The space is pretty vanilla, there is a bar along the wall will some tables as well. A bit of outdoor seating in front as well. They have a draft list of about 10 beers available in small and normal pour sizes. List is very heavy on saison variations. They also often bottles for in house drinking (pricey), and also a few wines and whiskey. Service was fine. They have a small food menu but we didn't eat.

Aug 19, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.15/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

I was able to try abraxas at the bar so the trip was worth it. Staff were very pleasant and allowed as many samples as requested and we very talkative. Selection was what they brew with abraxas in short supply and none to go

Apr 28, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited for a special release party, this joint is pretty standard. Tasting room/bar area is fairly narrow near the front but gets wider towards the back. Two single unisex restrooms, a dartboard, some tables and a decently-sized bar. Prices are reasonable, variety is okay. When they have the big bottles on tap it's a can't miss location.

Mar 28, 2017
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Maestro0708 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited on 3/11/17

Taproom was pretty busy but staff was friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was very pleasant.

The beers that I tried (17 and Sump Adola) were fantastic.

Will definitely revisit if I get the opportunity.

Mar 12, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Oct 30, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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, darts in the back, 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 changing 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!

edit: this place gets better every time i go. always amazing service, got some killer grub in here now, and the selection and beer quality keep going up. these guys are way high on my list, if you havent been here, you have to go check them out! ill never come to saint louis and not stop in for at least a couple beers...

Sep 13, 2016
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Sara24 from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Sep 11, 2016
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DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Jul 04, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jun 27, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Jun 21, 2016
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IpeeA from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

May 06, 2016
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Gunslinger711 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

May 01, 2016
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Mar 29, 2015
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Suds_Suds from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Dec 29, 2014
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PhishNoC from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Nov 12, 2014
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Nov 09, 2014
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FreeKansas from Kansas

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Aug 17, 2014
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Wobbly from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Aug 02, 2014
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