Plantain Girl now has a permanent home at Alpha Brewing Co.’s new tap room in Tower Grove South. Alphateria, a casual Latin American inspired walk-up food counter, debuted inside the brewery on March 16.

As reported by Feast, the concept is a partnership between Plaintain Girl’s chef-owner Mandy Estrella and Alpha Brewing Co.’s owner and brewer Derrick Langeneckert. Plantain Girl launched in 2015, catering for events and hosting various pop ups around town. 

“Our Latin-forward menu pairs well with the sour beers and things that Alpha does,” Estrella says. “I think Derrick and I both have a love of things that are not ordinary, so this will be a fun way to showcase the things people already enjoy and make them a little creative and different.”

Alpha Brewing Co. fills a 13,000-square-foot space, with an approximately 2,800-square-foot tap room featuring interior design work by Dadoworks. Langeneckert’s father served as the contractor. According to Langeneckert, the theme is sleek and refined with black and white tones. Highlights include a curved bar, refurbished wood booths and a mural by local artist Killer Napkins.

In warmer weather, a beer garden at the tap room will offer additional seating as well as an outdoor window to place orders directly with Alphateria’s kitchen. Inside, guests can walk up to the Alphateria counter to check out Estrella’s menu of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban-inspired specialties including traditional and street food-style items.

Highlights include dishes such as a ropa vieja plate  what Estrella refers to as the national dish of Cuba  with braised flank steak, black beans, white rice, maduros (ripe plantains), avocado and pickled onions. Another specialty is a jibarito sandwich with marinated flank steak, Swiss, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and garlic mayo on twice-fried green plantains. Additional selections include empanadas, tacos and tostones, or twice-fried green plantains with avocado and pickled onion.

To coincide with the theme, a cafeteria-style special will also be available, displayed via a monthly calendar bulletin board modeled after those seen in school cafeterias. The calendar will feature varying themes and will also showcase Alpha Brewing Co. events. In the future, Alphateria will also offer weekend brunch items such as a Dominican-style breakfast with mangú, or plantains that are mashed and served with fried salami, cheese, eggs and pickled onions.

From Alpha Brewing Co.’s bar, choose from its selection of barrel-aged and sour beers alongside traditional styles such as blonde ales and stouts. Langeneckert recommends highlights such as Atheist ale, a belgian-style IPA brewed with citra hops as well as Believer’s brew, an oatmeal stout with chocolate and caramel notes.

Alphateria’s current hours are Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10pm. Following a joint anniversary party between Alpha Brewing Co. and Plantain Girl on April 14, Alphateria will be open six days a week along with the tap room.

Alphateria, 4310 Fyler Ave., Tower Grove South, St. Louis, Missouri, facebook.com/Alphateriastl

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