St. Louis Wine & Beermaking / Steampunk Brew Works

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Homebrew

251 Lamp and Lantern Vlg
Town and Country, Missouri, 63017-8209
United States

(636) 230-8277 | map

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of JLaw55
3.11/5  rDev -28.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Suds
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

So, I wonder how many home-brewers have the fantasy of running not only a brewery, but also a home-brew shop? This is the place that fulfills that fantasy. It' a small, local brew shop, with a bar in the back and about eight tap handles, all serving on-site-made brews. The staff, including the owner were friendly, engaging, and interested. Homebrewers at heart. The brewing equipment, situate behind large windows, is on display. The beer was all well made, especially the German Golden and the IPA. The brewshop is small, but well stocked. I will certainly be returning.

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Photo of Tone
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Large store with amazing aroma, of course. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Around 50 different malts, all sorts of equipment and gear, around 50 different hops, lots of yeast, even some miscellaneous ingredients. They offer small kegs, grain milling, and advice galore. They host different events all the time. Club discounts available. They'll even check out your home brewing setup and offer tweaks or improvements.

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Photo of wolverine0712
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

If they were closer to my house, I'd have no money. The staff is knowledgeable, they have a pretty good selection, and the prices are affordable.

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Photo of Timmomyces
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

5 across the board. Not the best compared to the big boys online, however when stacked up against any other cities lbs it rocks.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of FreshZ
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rrski198
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Joey-bags1990
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Got my first homebrew kit here. Even though I was told it was near end of year inventory, and they were "really low" on stock, they still had everything I needed. They helped me quickly and gave me a card to call if I had any questions. The kit they sold me was pretty complete, I haven't had to buy but a couple of small pieces to make improvements since I bought it. The beer kit they sold me came out quite good, even though they were out of one of the hops varieties and one of the specialty grains, and had to adjust the recipe to match their current stocks. Overall I was quite pleased and plan to buy more stuff from them in the future.

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Photo of Steedee
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is the best place to buy home brew stuff in ST Louis. The quality and freshness is good. They have everything you need to get started and then keep going to intermediate brewing.
Good selection of everything from yeast to hops to kegging equipment. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
However, compared with other home brew places I have visited around the country, I think the prices are just a little high.
Given the fact that they are the only decent place in the ST Louis region, it's worth it.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice little home brew shop out in West County. One thing that stands out at this place is the helpful customer service. Always friendly and helpful when I go in there.

I usually buy my homebrew supplies online because of the better selection, but this place is nice to go to if you're in a pinch. Prices are reasonable on most of the equipment and ingredients. However, I was a little bit surprised at the high prices on some of their beer kits. I got 2 gift certificates to use there and they only let me use one per visit? No big deal, but with the price of the beer kit, I had to use some of my own money. Same beer kit was found at Friar Tuck's for about $15 less. (Brewer's Best IPA kit).

Overall the guys there (owner is Dan or Dave, can't remember - the guy with the pony tail) are very friendly and seem very willing to offer you advice as well.

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Photo of tripelhops
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The original shop was small and seemd to be priced a little high, and the selection was not so good. The new owner(s?) and larger location in essentially the same plaze have made a huge difference. Prices are much more competitive, and the selection of hops, yeasts, and malts are very good. they also have a very good supply of other brewing hardware and seem pretty knowledgeable if you ask questions. They also host learn to brew seminars which are great for beginners or folks wanting a taste of what homebrewing is all about.

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Photo of phaleslu
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This place in Lamp and Lantern Village is pretty far from the City, where I live, but it's established itself as the go-to retailer for homebrewing in the area. I've been twice now and have been greeted at the door, helped with everything I need, and given suggestions and ideas. The selection is very good and the place seems relatively new and clean. The prices were just a bit higher than what I expected based on my small amount of past homebrewing experience. Otherwise, great place and highly recommended to any homebrewers in the St. Louis region.

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Photo of cubbyswans
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

I visited this store recently for the first time. It's a bit out of my way, but I had a gift certificate for the store. They had everything I needed to make a few batches of beer. The person at the store at the time was very helpful. He was like a personal shopper for me. I had my ingredients needed written down, and he walked to the shelves and got everything for me. Then he took my steeping grains and milled them for me. If this place were closer to me, I'd frequent the store often. As it is, it's a bit of a drive for me, but I will make a point to drop in again when I am in that area.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

I am still loyal to the Home Brewery in Ozark but this place is good. It was a little smaller than I had thought it would be but they pack a lot in. There is a huge selection of tools and gadgets. Almost everything is out where you can get to it. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The gentleman that was working that day was helping several people that were in the store at the same time and didn't even blink. It was like he was having several discussions at once and it did not phase him one bit. I would say the best service I have had in a homebrew store. He was even giving out tips. The store is clean and has a great selection of ingredients. I did have a little bit of a hard time finding at first but it was worth it this place is a treasure. The prices were very reasonable and they seem to want to help you budget.

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Photo of ihscout426
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

With the number of local shops few and far between it is great to have a high quality shop lke this one.

First the staff is great. Tons of knowledge and very helpful. They are interested in what you are brewing and can offer great tips to help. A beginner should make this the place to start.

Ingredients are fresh and high quality. Even with the hop shortage they have plenty and better yet have the knowledge to make substitutions. Yeat is always top notch

Plenty of books, tools and equipment to keep you browsing and upgrading.

Prices are in line. Some high, some low, but average out to be fine even compared to the online shops when you figure in shipping.

You cannot go wrong with a trip to this store; and they usually have a sample oft heir own homebrew to try while you shop.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Overall impressions: I made some of my best beers with ingredients from this place. The owners are fantastic people and have been extremely helpful.

Quality - The yeasts I got from here was always very fresh. In fact I was so used to poor yeast that I blew the top of my carboy when I first pitched yeast from here because I wasn't used to such good fermentatin.

Service - These guys will talk with you as long as you have questions. I first came here on National Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day (on whatever one is around 4 Apr). They let us into the back and gave us samples of some of the beers they made there on the side. We went through a big brew and they raffled away the wort in 5-gallon batches!

Selection - It was as good as any homebrew shop I've been to so far. I've never not been able to get any ingredients here (that weren't unavailible everywhere else).

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Photo of mizzoueng
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%

Quality - Good. This has started to become a regular stop for me on my way home, not really on the way, but you know....

Service - Dave is really helpfull when he isn't boged down with phone calls and other orders. He is always willing to give out samples of what they have brewed on site.

Selecation - Okay. Not a lot of options on the extract side, which is waht I do. Just the normal Muntons and thats about it. I prefer Breiss for some reason but Muntons is growing on me. I did notice that there is no fruit puree's in stock. Mike, one of the guys there, said to use the wine fruit base instead.

Value - Prices are average/little pricey. Dave has things that are cheaper than the other HBS in town, like grains and extract, but bottles are higher and fermenters cost about 50 cents more. In the end it all balances out with gas prices anyways.

This is deffinetly a place to stop by if you are in the West County area and need some homebrew supplies. Dave is always doing demonstrations and on Big Brew Day he will be brewing up 31 gallons, 1 barrell, of Griffen Spit IPA and will be giving away 20 gallons of it. 4 lucky people will get to take a 5 gallon fermenter home of the all grain brew, fermenters not included.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

With extended hours for the holiday season (open mondays and 9 am - 6 pm Sat. - call or email [email protected] for details. As I moved a $100 of homebrewing supplies and materials for culturing yeast slants - I got to know David Deaton and share a couple of homebrews from the nitro tap. No dust on ingredients that are priced reasonable. Selection of malts and yeast is excellent, may need to call ahead to arrange you hops as someone is likely to buy out the smaller amounts that they keep on hand to insure freshness. Saw large CO2 cylinders - did not ask but it looks like they refill smaller tanks.

A excellent cross section of supplies for those new to homebrewing.
An excellent homebrew shop overall.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Great place. Little bitty shop with somewhat odd hours. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable service from the couple who owns the store. The ingredients are kept in good shape and the prices are reasonable. Selection of malts and yeast is excellent, hop selection is a bit small, but that's understandable as they're trying to keep their stock fresh and high quality.

A full selection of gear, all kept in good working order. Again the prices are reasonable. It cost me no more to purchase my party pigs from the store than it would've to order them online fromt he manufacturer.

Just about everything I could want in a local homebrew shop.

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Photo of maxpower
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

I think this is the best place to go in St. Louis, they have a good selection of supplies and equipment all seem to be high quality. The owners are are very helpfull and Roy really knows his stuff, I highly recommend this place if in St. Louis, otherwise you might have to order from out of town.

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Photo of MJR
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

Quality: I've never seen (or heard of) anything there that wasn't fresh and in tip-top shape. Good lay-out of the product as well, as everything is easy to find.

Service: Top notch. The couple that runs the place have been in the biz for what seems like forever and are always extremely helpful. They were especially helpful when I was starting out with homebrewing.

Selection: Although the store is fairly small, they have quite the selection of goods. If they don't have something you want or need, they can probably get it for you quickly and for a fair price.

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Photo of Realale
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%

Koelle and Roy at St. Louis Wine and Beermaking have been my local homebrew store since I started brewing in 1994. I can not recall an instance where I was given any bad or wrong advice from either of them. Both have always shown genuine interest and care in answering questions, or just discussing brewing - whether its truly a unique question, or one they have heard from every new homebrewer.

The selection is miraculous for the size of the store, and the quality of the ingredients are never compromised - the yeast, grains, hops and extract are always very fresh. If you can't find something, just ask - its probably there somewhere. If it isn't there ask why - there is usually a reason why the store does not stock a particular product - it may be that it offers poor value, fails to perform as well as other products, or the supplier/company might be unreliable.

Everything I could want from a local home brew store.

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St. Louis Wine & Beermaking / Steampunk Brew Works in Town and Country, MO
Brewery rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 8 ratings