Side Project Brewing

Brewery, Beer-to-go

7458 Manchester Rd
Maplewood, Missouri, 63143
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sideprojectbrewing.com

Notes: 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:
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/37522/
BEER STATS
Average:
4.49
Beers:
86
Reviews:
989
Ratings:
8,307
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.6
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
29
pDev:
11.74%
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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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1.93/5  rDev -58%
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.

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4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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4.51/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.51/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.83/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Side Project Brewing in Maplewood, MO
Brewery rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 8307 ratings