Side Project Brewing

Side Project BrewingSide Project Brewing
Side Project BrewingSide Project Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

7458 Manchester Rd
Maplewood, Missouri, 63143
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Side Project Brewing was founded by Cory and Karen King in St. Louis Missouri. Side Project focuses on producing only barrel-aged beers with an emphasis on Saisons, Wild Ales, and spirit barrel-aged beers. Passion and experimentation drive the creation of these rustic to aggressive ales. Barrel and open fermentation pay tribute to the old-world production methods of most of our styles and ingredients are sourced as locally as possible from Missouri and Illinois farmers. Always unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned.

Their Cellar and Whiskey bar is here:
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
V - Laid back, modern farmhouse/garden vibe. Friendly staff.
Q - Amazing wild ales and farmhouses - top notch. Very good marzen, IPAs, etc. on tap as well - nice glassware selection to suit the beer style
S - friendly staff and quick service
S - various styles such as saison, wild ales, IPAs, marzen, etc.
Nov 09, 2023
Rated: 5 by Dicers from California

Oct 08, 2023
Rated: 4.93 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Aug 11, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Prefer the cellar's vibe slightly, also don't get the hours of operation here, never seems empty when I visit but hey what do I know. Quality and service are right there with the cellar, top notch and classy. The selection while a great bottle list there are less taps here. I know splitting hairs. They are hall of famers for a reason, STL should give them a key to the city for all of the business they drive in
Apr 20, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Brick building, with lots of windows on the west and north. Gives a view of Shared across the street. High ceilings and wood floors. Bar, with high chairs, follows along the interior. View of barrels on the south. Five Side Project tap choices, and seven Shared choices. Can buy bottles for on site consumption, or bottles to go. Parking lot adjacent. Friendly and helpful staff. The space smells great.
Apr 15, 2023
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
Walking in the first thing I noticed was the large zigzag bar rail with about 15 stools. To the left one can spy a peak at the foeders, as well as some merchandise and a to-go fridge. Medium sized space, but the high beam ceilings contribute to a pleasant, well-lit and spacious feeling. I had to go up to the bar to order my beer, which might be the protocol, but it isn’t clearly specified. The draft list had 12 Side Project/Shared beers, a few of which were high quality. There were 24 on-site and 13 to-go bottles to choose from. The bottle prices are high, but expected for the quality. The servers got my beer promptly but I wouldn’t call it full service. I was accosted by dogs and young children, which was mildly annoying but would be a positive aspect if I lived nearby and could bring in my dog and my kid. No food but you can bring in pizza from across the street. Overall I enjoyed the SP Cellar location much more, but this is still cool.
Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 4.69 by mig100 from Texas

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.76 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Mar 05, 2023
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
This is the location where you go to pickup all bottle orders, FYI.

Stopped in during Stout Week 2023 to pickup proxy orders and have a pour. Staff is attentive and friendly, and the space isn't large, but it feels larger than the Cellar. Felt like the draft/bottle offerings here leaned more to the sour side than the stouts (felt the opposite about the Cellar).
Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
A number of years ago, I visited the Side Project Cellar before the brewery taproom had opened. Quality and selection has always been world class ever since then, and the beer list has only become more extensive and varied over the years.

The layout is open and airy, with high beamed ceilings and a direct view into the brewery, rows of barrels and fermenters everywhere. Some cool decor behind the bar, old crates stacked with lambic bottles, and live plants here and there. The bar wraps around along a zig-zag course, with the pick-up station at the end closest to the door. I sat next to a woman that declared that she proxies for a facebook group, and didn't have much to say about the actual beers. The hype is real. Seems to be a pretty common thing, as they have you write your name/order numbers/proxy names on a sheet before picking up to-go orders. Two employees were dedicated just to fulfilling orders, pulling bottles from cases stacked behind the bar the whole time I was there.

Staff were friendly, quick and efficient, no complaints. It was pretty hopping on a Saturday afternoon, and there was never a line or wait for beers.

Selection was vast with a dozen drafts and nearly 50 SP bottles to choose from. Bottles get spendy fast, so bring friends to share, or make new ones. I was limited on time, so I had a couple small drafts as they quickly retrieved my bottle order. Hoping to delve into the bottle list next time. Be sure to check out the new Shared space across the street and try the excellent pizza.
Oct 03, 2022
Rated: 4.9 by Lucnifter from California

May 31, 2022
Rated: 5 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.88 by bshemansky from Illinois

Apr 27, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by not2quick from Missouri

4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
My favorite STL brewery. Always a good mix available for bottles and draft. They allow half pours which is a plus. They also allow dogs. Pretty laid back and the staff is great.
Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 5 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri

Jan 05, 2021
Rated: 5 by isellpropane from Ohio

Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by craigbelly from Iowa

Aug 17, 2020
Rated: 4.76 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Unfortunately the week was so busy with the Invitational that I only had time to pop by the brewery for a second (spending most of my time at the Cellar). The space was beautiful, very open with tons of natural light coming in from all angles (great for beer pics lol). Selection, as I've usually seen, is almost exactly the same as the cellar, sometimes only differing in what's being offered as far as on-site bottles or to-go stuff. If you're in the area I feel as though you'll end up favoring one location over the other, but both spots are awesome. My only complaint is that I wished they did short tours of the brewery itself! I always love seeing the operations these master brewers are working with behind the scenes. All in all, a great trip and as predicted an awesome space!
Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.61/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Nondescript building on the edge of the downtown Maplewood area of St. Louis. Interior is well appointed with high cavernous ceilings towering over dark hard wood floors, and a hodgepodge of seating arrangements intimately lit by hanging Edison lightbulbs. It feels focused on natural - wood and some steel. A large set of windows at the rear of the space showcases the barrel room, foeders and brewing equipment - quite a sight to see, although much smaller than anticipated. A 'deck' is built into the brewery room with a dart board, offering up standing room for patrons to stretch out in as the taproom portion fills up. Bar is a large 'L' shape with only half of it available for seating. A handful of staff members work to deliver draft pours, bottle pours, and merchandise to the clientel. A line of one or two was consistent throughout our visit. Selection is focused on Side Project's and Shared's own work, which is to say, mostly barrel aged saisons, stouts, barleywines, and wild ales. Shared's lagers, IPAs and lighter sours appear on tap handles and in to-go formats. It's an intimate space that has been well crafted to cater to a discerning beer crowd, and yet stops shy of feeling stifling or snuffy.

No patio. Kid friendly. Board games available.
Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 4.73 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 4.82 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jul 11, 2019
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Reviewed by oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.51/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Awesome spot that’s not too busy on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. Wish they had more of their own on draft; however, their onsite bottle list is plentiful. Sadly I’m traveling for work and don’t have my wife to split a bottle or two.
Jun 27, 2019
Rated: 4.8 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

1.93/5  rDev -58.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2
This seemed like a nice, quaint little spot. There's not a lot of space, but it has a cool peekaboo view of the production area, displaying their beautiful foeders and all, but unfortunately that's the extent of what's positive about this place, as they chose to argue very disrespectfully with a customer coming in from a short walk trying to order a single in-house bottle.

We walked in with a happy, pleasant demeanor after taking pictures of ourselves outside with the sign in the background. The girl behind the counter spots us coming in, welcoming us by loudly declaring directly to the two of us that they’re closing in a half hour and they can’t open any bottles this near to closing time. This is before she even knows what we want to order--must be a tradition! She continues to explain that she doesn’t want anyone chugging Derivation in 15 minutes, with an irritated tone of voice and demeanor.

We assure her that we don’t want Derivation, and that staff at the Cellar down the street told us the plum Fermier was available here and worth a try, so we were excited to do so. Despite her rudeness, I delivered this in a pleasant fashion--I thought, surely she's working hard or has a reason to act this way. She then straight up asks, "why are you arguing with me?!" All right, seriously? I plainly say hey, it’s your money, and walk away with an unforced smile, as it's funny at this point. Unprompted and practically to my back from a distance behind the bar that now seems absurd, she asks why I'm being so aggressive.

I'd already given up on the idea of trying this beer, and was walking away without further dialogue, so I found this very offensive. Still, I calmly turn around and ask if she is going to kick everyone out at 7PM, because if not we can slowly drink a saison in 20 minutes without chugging it, while also managing to behave ourselves. She goes and puts a hand on her manager and acts as though I came in on a mission to personally attack her, all while I look on in amazement. So with a smile and a shrug, I again turn and walk away.

I’m not sure who hurt this girl, but I didn’t need this kind of guff, so that was that and my wallet lost no weight.

But now that I think about it, if you want to close a drinking establishment so damn early on a Saturday night, putting your eager to leave staff in that kind of position--having to to turn people away when the evening hasn't even gotten started--while also preventing people from ordering from your menu a half hour before closing, maybe you should not bottle any of your beers in such large format, since the size seems to be the excuse you use to not sell. Here's a thought: maybe keg more, eh?!

Whatever, it's no longer my problem--I won’t be back to this location again, and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. If this is okay behavior for a manager to witness, then it must be acceptable to the ownership and the business overall. This also gives me pause in even re-visiting the much lower key, less high strung Cellar location. There's plenty of other stuff to do in STL, and this is an experience I'd rather avoid re-living.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jan 07, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by jheimbigner from Washington

Aug 20, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jun 25, 2018
Rated: 4.78 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4.93 by kidzord from Illinois

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.86 by sandstd1 from Maryland

Jan 18, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by ColoradoBuckeye from Ohio

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 4.86 by Specs from Missouri

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 4.65 by c-rum from Missouri

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by mock_in from Illinois

Dec 11, 2017
Rated: 4.51 by Eman17 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2017
Side Project Brewing in Maplewood, MO
Brewery rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 10418 ratings