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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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:
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Reviews by jheimbigner:
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Aug 20, 2018
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STLBeer7458 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jan 05, 2021
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isellpropane from Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jan 02, 2021
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 17, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

From notes of late 2019 visit. More than met the hype. Extraordinary attention to detail.
Great room/setting... though one somewhat continuous structure the bar tends to split into one end with full cabinet...liquor, wine, beer... Lively people On both sides of bar enjoying drinks, conversational, fun. Other end is where it is more reserved; beer taps only inc cask for Foedered /other beers. Serious discussion with staff. Beer geek heaven.
Beer menu is fantastic. So many styles to try on tap; so many on site only bottles; decent selection of take home brews. One of very best I’ve seen. Almost as good as Akkurat.
People are top notch; serious beer people who know their stuff. Still fun and exciting... not snobby or boring. Again... reminded me of Stockholm/Akkurat team.
Bar/server/guide Mike spoke with local/Wes Matthews who proceeded to share some of his Cassis du Fermier with me /total stranger. Outstanding!
No food at that time, but had eaten earlier knowing this.
Very special beer, people and place.
Will not ever travel to STL in future w/o returning.

Jul 22, 2020
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Mar 18, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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
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edthehead from New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nov 11, 2019
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mgundy32 from Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 22, 2019
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RajaSTL from Missouri

4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Jul 11, 2019
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Apr 19, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

1.93/5  rDev -58.4%
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
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jan 07, 2019
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Sep 19, 2018
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22Blue from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 25, 2018
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MJSFS from Florida

4.78/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 11, 2018
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kidzord from Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 17, 2018
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sandstd1 from Maryland

4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jan 18, 2018
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jan 17, 2018
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ColoradoBuckeye from Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Jan 08, 2018
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Specs from Missouri

4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Dec 20, 2017
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c-rum from Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Dec 20, 2017
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mock_in from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Dec 11, 2017
Side Project Brewing in Maplewood, MO
Brewery rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 8362 ratings