Lafayette Square just keeps getting better. Come March 9, 21st Amendment: The Brewer's Bar will open at 2017 Chouteau Avenue alongside PW Pizza and Vin de Set. It's not a craft brewery, but it's the next best thing. Owner Paul Hamilton, who also owns PW, Vin de Set, 1111 Mississippi and Moulin Events with his wife, Wendy, tells Gut Check that it's an opportunity to bring something that was lacking to the neighborhood.
"It's a place if you're into beer and you want to know what's going on in St. Louis as far as beer, this is the spot," Hamilton says.
21st Amendment (that's the one that repealed Prohibition, by the way) will have 50 taps and about another 50 bottled beers available. Hamilton says it'll have all the local St. Louis craft beers, plus some others, because unfortunately, we don't have 50 breweries here.
The Hamiltons have rehabbed the building at 2017 Chouteau in stages, and put in their own restaurants as well as housed tenants, but they saw an opportunity when a hair salon left the space.
"We looked around and said, What does the neighborhood need? We've always sort of looked at things that way," Hamilton says. One thing missing was a bar focused on craft beer; Vin de Set's got wine, Element and Planter's House have craft cocktails.
Another plus? The building used to be part of the Schnaider brewery -- the malt house, to be exact. 21st Amendment will be housed in the basement, with stone walls and wood giving it a "real masculine" feel, though Hamilton says it's more loungey than publike.
The decor will include leather couches and chairs, vintage beer labels painted on the wall as well as photos and bios of local brewers. Moulin's director of operations, Jason Arnold, is taking charge of the project and curating the beer list. Though 21st Amendment won't be serving food, guests can also order pizza and anything else on the menu from PW Pizza.
Hamilton, meanwhile will be overseeing construction and the creation of the twenty-seat bar -- he says he's more of a wine drinker, but he does have a soft spot for Urban Chestnut's Zwickel.
Beer geeks can get a first look at 21st Amendment this weekend at the Centennial Beer Festival. Hamilton says it's not totally finished, but enough to give people an idea of what it will be like come March.
Follow 21st Amendment's progress on its Facebook page.