Editor's Note: Wellspent Brewing Co. reopened in St. Louis on Feb. 15.
It's a sad day for the St. Louis beer scene: Wellspent Brewing Co. has closed its doors, effective immediately.
Owner and head brewer Kyle Kohlmorgen, who owns the business with his wife, Angela, announced the news on social media, writing that the business just can't sustain the amount of debt it took on to get the doors open.
"We had a vision for Wellspent and a commitment to quality in both beer and experience," he said. "To realize that vision and maintain that commitment, we needed a LOT more money than we had. We didn’t want to take on private investment for fear of diluting that vision and commitment. We hoped we could sustain long enough to reach a break-even point. We did all we could after starting way too fast, and it wasn’t enough."
Since opening in early 2018, Wellspent became a fixture in Midtown for its Belgian-style mixed-fermentation beers and community-minded taproom, which hosted everything from trivia nights and movie screenings to cornhole leagues and succulent-potting classes.
"We couldn’t be prouder of our little brewery, and I couldn’t be more thankful for our customers and crew," Kohlmorgen said. "We made great beer, built a great team, and welcomed so many folks from St. Louis and beyond. We’ve met so many wonderful people in the brewing community that we now call friends. We watched a hardworking volunteer grow into a capable, talented brewer. We hosted a newlywed couple and their families on the night of their wedding. We put so much effort into this place over the last two years, and every bit of it was well spent."
Although Wellspent is closed indefinitely, Kohlmorgen says he isn't looking to get out of the craft beer industry.
"I love making beer," he said in the post. "I don’t want to do anything else. We have a lot to sort out, but my next (professional) chapter will be making beer. Always learning. Always growing. Always striving to be a better brewer."
Wellspent Brewing Co., 2917 Olive St., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.328.0505, wellspentbeer.com