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Trailhead Brewing Co

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3.43/5
Trailhead Brewing CoTrailhead Brewing Co
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

921 S Riverside Dr
Saint Charles, Missouri, 63301-3489
United States

(636) 946-2739 | map
trailheadbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
11
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
204
PLACE STATS
Score:
81
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
54
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
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Photo of karst
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Trailhead Brewing Co. advertises "Taste tells our story of handcrafted beer!"
Limited parking we chose a Saturday midday to visit and still found the parking lot full. Very clean with only a single fruitfly visiting our 3rd floor corner table. We chose their half dozen 6 oz sampler and orderd a couple of cups of their Cream Based Seafood Bisque with Crab and White Fish & Shrimp and a Turkey Rueben with Melted Swiss schees and Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing on Marble Rye.

We got started tasting our 6 beers from their tap wanting to determine the one(s) we would bring home in growlers. Electing to start light and go dark we began tasting Trailhead's Trailblazer Blond Ale (a Bud clone?) followed by a tart Raspberry Riverboat flavored beer that became less palatable with the sourness becomming more as you tasted it.

Our 3rd beer - Trailhead Red Amber Ale was the most disapointing! Although the brews had a good appearance across the board they were mostly fair to poor. Our last a seasonal Quarterback Bock had a good head (holding up with the oil from the french fries served with the sandwitchs) but its not being appropriately hopped for a Bock, left us not wanting more that the 6 oz. serving. The Amber Ale was so buttery tasting that we joked about using it for a dip for crab legs! Diacetyl error in brewing.

We left wishing the Missouri Brown Dark Ale was good enough to split a single growler between us. I will return sometime and give them a second opportunity to sell me a growler.

It would be my selection for a meal. Come to think of it that was the only beer the fruit fly was buzzing around.

Certainly good dining but not the best place to show off Missouri's handcrafted beer.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of jessewilliamson
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 5

Photo of CiderGoggles
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of welldigger888
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.75

Cool building in a neat place, that said, it was a relaxed joint. The brews were a little meh, the seasonal was a nice nut brown with hazelnut coffee extract. Service was good and the joint was clean. Sadly there was 0 hoppy brews.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of crow
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Tertullian007
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of casapy
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of NoahEllison
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Visited this brewpub with my family on a little outing to St. Charles. The building is an old brick structure in a great location. It is larger than expected, and the central room is neat. The beer selection leaves a lot to be desired. Sixrather uninteresting brews. The brown and the stout were okay. The food was quite good. I loved the wings and the salads. Service was prompt and good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ajs4bd
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Boca-X
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of damngoode
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.25

This should be more appropriately categorized as a restaurant that makes its own beer. If you're going to offer all of the macros alongside your own beers, i'll assume that you just want to get people in the door to eat and not scare off the Coors Light crowd. No biggie.

Appearance had me excited. Big space, looks a little rustic. Nice clean bar with plenty of tvs. Then I started my meal.

Wings were smoked before fried, good & spicy - best part of my experience, even if they were the smallest wings I'd seen since I was stationed in Korea. Maybe they're using real, non-Frankenstein chickens, I dunno. Had their stout, which was thin and lifeless. Maybe this is your craft gateway bar. I passed on a second beer and opted for water. My sausage platter was edible. Large portion, but I didn't want to finish it. 3 sausages, all had chewy casings. Sausages themselves were OK tasting but nothing i'd seek out again. Also note, this is a smoking establishment. Skip it.

Update: I was coerced into coming here again (silent consent) for a work dinner. This time we sat in a non-smoking dining room (whew!) that was surprisingly well ventilated for the winter and I couldn't really detect the smokers in the bar area. Yay. Service was much worse than I had at the bar previously. Guy had little idea about the beer they served (what's the seasonal... uhhh... let me see...) and just wasn't very engaged with our party of 5. Open-faced prime rib sandwich was actually pretty decent so that saved the day. Beer still meh (I had a dark lager... their seasonal). Still skip it.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Offa
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is a good brewpub in Missouri's old capital city.

It's in a neat old brick building converted inside with modern accoutrements. There is seating on a couple different levels, some looking down into the brewing equipment through glass. There are different area to walk and sit, breaking up the place into an interesting, almost maze-like collection of different areas.

Beer quality is good, not great. It's solid but fairly pedestrian and nothing exciting, some beers had ranging from very good to mediocre.

Service seemed good and friendly.

Beer selection is good, fairly limited but with a decent range of standard styles.

Food was very good but not outstanding. Nacho plate which we shared as an appetizer was excellent. BBQ ribs, called baby back, were not baby back. Cole slaw was decent - the vinegary kind, which I do love, but it was not that good and seemed a bit old. Pulled pork was very good.

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Photo of MIngmire
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

The beer selection here is exceptional. They not only have the well known domestic brews. They also have a great selection of micro-brews which are brewed right there on site. The service here was so so. I mean we did have a large party but the waitress seemed like she was bored with her job and didn't want to work. The food selection was good with sausages, burgers, salads, and entrees.

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Photo of jettjon
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by for dinner on a business trip to St. Louis. Went with a group of about 8, none of which were "beer people." (Fortunately, they let me pick the place.) This is your basic brewpub, nothing too fancy; just good beer and good food. I had the beer sampler and prime rib sandwich and managed to coax two others to try the sampler. Even though the two were self-described "not-beer-people" they enjoyed trying the different samples and the experience. The samples were OK; nothing to really write home about but pretty solid offerings for style. Food was a little bit above average; steaks are where this place obviously shines and the prices there were quite reasonable. My prime rib sandwich was excellent and the potato salad side was decent. Others enjoyed their food as well. The server was friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and was happy to explain the beer menu to the neophytes as well as answer general questions about the establishment. Atmosphere was definitely brew-pub-ish with lots of tanks and lines visible from everywhere I looked.

Overall, this place is definitely a worthwhile stop if in the St. Louis area. While it’s nothing spectacular, it’s certainly a solid brewpub that’s worthy of a visit.

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Trailhead Brewing Co in Saint Charles, MO
3.43 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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