Want to get a taste of Senn Bierwerks? This weekend, you finally can.
The brewery, from former Morgan Street and Schlafly Beer brewers Dustin Chalfant and James Hellmuth, along with Dustin's wife, Kristen, first announced plans to open in the St. Louis area in 2016. Senn then inked a deal for a massive 20-barrel production brewery, beer garden and restaurant space in University City, but those plans ending up falling through last year.
Now, Senn has arrived on the scene: The brewery plans to release its first beer at Friendship Brewing Co. on Sun., Sept. 16 from 3 to 6pm. The brew, simply called Beer, a 4.5-percent Saaz dry-hopped Pilsner, will be available on draft and in 32-ounce Crowlers to go. The name, of course, is a bit of a joke, and hints at the simple nature of the style.
"We know St. Louis is a city that likes beer that tastes like beer," Dustin says with a laugh. "That was pretty much our goal with this Pilsner: something that’s easy-drinking and appeals to everybody. 'Beer' is pretty generic and we think that beer that tastes like beer is pretty generic in a good way. It's pretty tasty."
If the beer is well-received, Dustin says Senn could potentially release another run of the Pilsner – or another style – with Friendship in the future. As for the brewery itself, the team has been actively pursuing a new space since the U. City plans fell through, and is currently in discussions with a landlord about a new location. Nothing is official, though, so if you really want to try out Senn, make plans to head to Wentzville this Sunday.
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Friendship Brewing Co., 100 East Pitman Ave., Wentzville, Missouri, 636.856.9300, friendshipbrewingcompany.com