After a few years of helping other homebrewers hone their craft, Jeff Harlan and Jeff "Jonesy" Jones are ready to take their own brewing to the next level.
Known to many as the two Js behind the recently shuttered homebrewing shop J2 Brewing in Chesterfield, the two will open the doors to Standard Brewing Co. this Saturday in Maryland Heights.
The first two beers on tap in the brewpub will be Standard's Enigma IPA, brewed with local honey, and Klassisch Hefeweizen. Plans are in the works to add a stout and American blonde soon, as well as a holiday spiced ale in a few months. Jones, Standard's brewer, says he also hopes to release a few small-batch beers – a one-off collaboration with the Garage Brewers Society at this summer's Heritage Festival, for instance, resulted in an extremely popular watermelon beer.
"At J2, it was not unusual to brew 50 different beers in one week because they were in such small batches," he says.
A few other local breweries are represented on the taps, including 4 Hands Brewing Co., Alpha Brewing Co. and Big Muddy Brewing. The taproom also features a cocktail menu with a Martini, whiskey sour, Collins and a riff on a Bloody Mary. The cocktails are made with almost exclusively local spirits – Pinckney Bend Distillery, StilL 630 and St. Louis Distillery, to name a few – though Jones says he wasn't able to find a locally made tequila.
Two beer cocktails are also on the menu – the radler is a blend of Standard's IPA and Excel Bottling Co.'s "Rummy" Grapefruit Soda, while the Hefezitrone combines Standard's Hefeweizen with lemonade.
In addition to local brews, Standard Brewing Co. also boasts a beer-inspired menu from J. R. Gates' Pulse Pizza. Pulse has frequently popped up around town at bars, bridal showers and other catering events, but this is the pizza joint's first venture into a brick-and-mortar space.
Pulse's pizzas, made with Standard's spent grain, include Italian Meat Party (soppressata, salsiccia, pepperoni and prosciutto), Cojiro (garlic olive oil, roasted chicken, pesto, mushrooms, prosciutto) and the popular Buffalo Rider (chicken, spinach, housemade buffalo sauce and a Ranch drizzle).
A few sandwiches and salads dot the menu, including the Coraline with spinach, radishes, goat cheese and ginger-poppyseed dressing. Soft pretzels – a must-have snack for any brewpub – are also made with spent grain and served with beer cheese sauce made with Standard's Hefeweizen.
Previously home to a Fuddruckers, the space seats around 180 people, with seating for an additional 30 available on the patio.
Standard Brewing Co. will open daily for lunch at 11am. The brewpub will be open until 10 or 11pm on weeknights, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 9 or 10pm on Sunday.
Standard Brewing Co., 12322 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Missouri, 314.548.2270, standardbrewingstl.com