At Rockwell Beer Co. in The Grove, guests can get craft beer that was brewed on site served alongside burgers, brats and more prepared by Brasswell from chef Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group. Rockwell Beer Co. debuted its brewery and family-friendly tasting room on Nov. 29 with a casual food menu inspired by Brasserie’s Cinq à Sept happy hour.
As reported by Feast in July, the Rockwell Beer Co. team is led by owner Andy Hille, who originally announced plans to open Rockwell in April 2016. Jonathan Moxey serves as head brewer, Ryan Nickelson is the tasting room manager and chef Joe Landis helms the kitchen at Brasswell.
“Rockwell gets its name from the street I lived on in Chicago for five years while my wife made it through grad school. I started homebrewing and made my way into the industry there,” Hille says. “There’s so much room to grow here in the St. Louis beer community. It’s such a strong beer town, but there’s always opportunity for more.”
Rockwell fills a 12,000-square-foot space – formerly occupied by a machine rental and servicing company – with a 15-barrel, three-vessel brewhouse, three Missouri oak foeders and its own canning line. The tasting room takes up 2,000 square feet with 90 seats and a retail space.
The modern interior design features both industrial and organic elements such as repurposed shipping containers and ceiling embellishments made with Foeder Crafters of America oak scraps. Behind the bar, a draft system installed by Chicago’s Leaders Beverage features Rockwell’s beers, plus guest taps and four rotating beverages such as wine, cider and Kaldi’s cold brew.
“We want to offer a fun, kind of laid-back approach to beer. I think it resonates with our space here – something comfortable, balanced and inviting,” Hille says. “Internally, we take the beer very seriously, but that should kind of end there. Beer is inherently a fun beverage, and that’s what we’re really trying to dial into here.”
Instead of featuring flagship brews, Rockwell offers seasonal options in an effort to create well-balanced beers for every palate. One of the first beers available on tap is Simple Needs, a citrus-forward blonde ale. Another option is the Velour Tracksuit, a well-rounded IPA. On deck, guests will find options such as Passing Clouds, which features three types of wheat, citrusy American and spicy German hops, and a blend of coriander, Curaçao orange peel and grains of paradise.
From the Brasswell food menu, choose from single or double-patty griddle burgers topped with onions, American cheese, pickles and dijonnaise on a brioche bun. A veggie burger is also available as well as a beer brat topped with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard. Additional items include fries, bite-sized beignets and a kids' menu. Soft serve will also be available in the future.
“It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but we’re really excited to have our doors open and have people come in to see what it’s all about. They’ll be surprised with what they find,” Hille says.
Rockwell Beer is open Thursday from noon to 10pm, Friday through Saturday from noon to 11pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm.
Rockwell Beer Co., 1320 S. Vandeventer Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.256.1657, rockwellbeer.com