A brand-new brewery and restaurant recently debuted in O’Fallon, Missouri. Petrichor Brewing opened softly in the Winghaven neighborhood earlier this month. The brewpub offers classic American-style craft beers and a food menu that currently consists of appetizers and will eventually expand to include items such as pizza and arepas.

As reported by Feast in October, the concept – which gets its name from the earthy scent produced after the first rainfall following a long period of warm, dry weather – comes from brothers Jonathan and Michael Crowell and their longtime friend, Efrain Barreto. While the brothers are first-time business owners, Barreto has previously opened craft beer pubs in Costa Rica.

Petrichor fills a 3,000-square-foot space previously occupied by Llewelyn’s Pub, with an additional 1,000-square-foot patio. Updates to the interior include a dark walnut finish for the wood paneling on the walls as well as glass windows that give guests insight into the brewery’s five-barrel system at work.

Highlights from the initial beer list include a classic West Coast IPA dry-hopped with amarillo, with hints of grapefruit and tropical notes. Other popular picks include Petrichor’s Kölsch, vanilla porter and “Brombier,” – a wheat beer with blackberry. Eleven taps are currently devoted to house brews, available in short pours, pints and growlers. Another additional eleven guest taps are also on hand, as well as a list of wine by the bottle.

“We are trying to do our best to create products that are true to their original styles rather than experiment,” says Michael, who serves as the brewmaster. “For example, for someone wants to try a porter, we try to make the best porter that we possibly can in that style – same with stout or a wheat beer.”

Going forward, the brewery will utilize as many local and homegrown ingredients as possible. Petrichor’s Aurora beer, for instance, features Blumenhof Winery Chambourcin grapes. Additional direct sourcing includes 10 acres of grains that were planted on a 400-acre farm in Texas that’s been in the Crowell brothers’ family for four generations.

To pair with beer, the kitchen cooks up corresponding pub fare such as Bavarian soft pretzels featuring beer cheese made from the house Kölsch. Other options include corkscrew shrimp with sweet chile or spicy honey sauce; spicy battered cauliflower with harissa sauce; and fresh cut fries with beer cheese and bacon.

The menu will soon include pizzas with topping combinations such as “The Islander” with roasted red peppers, pineapple, ham and bacon, with cayenne pepper honey drizzled on top. Barreto, who is a native of Venezuela, also intends to lend some Latin American flair to the menu with arepas in options such as reina pepiada, which consists of a filling made up of shredded chicken and avocado.

“We’re really happy to be part of the neighborhood and community we live in,” Michael says. “The local St. Charles breweries have been so kind and welcoming as well. We’re really excited to be part of that family.”

Petrichor Brewing, 7434 Village Center Dr., O'Fallon, Missouri, 636.265.4004, petriochorbeer.com

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