Schlafly Bottleworks' Megan Andreini: Featured Bartender of the Week

Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Chrissy Wilmes profiles Schlafly Bottleworks bartender Megan Andreini. Below is a Q&A with Andreini, followed by the recipe for the Bottleworks' signature bloody mary.

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Chrissy Wilmes
Megan Andreini mixes a splash of oatmeal stout into a bloody mary.

Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) might just occupy the cultural epicenter of Maplewood. And why wouldn't it be? On a breezy day, the wonderfully homey smell of hops wafts through the neighborhood, luring the populace toward its entrance, which sits between a lovely patio (complete with firepit) and two ginormous beer tanks.

Aside from brewing a wide selection of craft beers, the Bottleworks occasionally serves as a music venue and a farmer's market, not to mention a movie house (for Webster University's monthly Strange Brew) and even a yoga studio. Schlafly also hosts a score of educational events covering a diverse array of topics -- everything from beer to religion to environmental issues to women's issues and back to beer again.

Still, these community activities only supplement what keeps the Bottleworks ticking: beer. To celebrate its second decade of beer production, Schlafly did what any self-respecting brewery would: used it as an excuse to brew a special beer, the 20th Anniversary Imperial Stout, which currently occupies a position on the chalkboard beer menu, alongside staples like the Pale Ale and experimental limited batches like the Black Currant and Cherry Cider.

In order to enjoy any of those offerings, of course, requires a bartender.

Meet Megan Andreini. She's the smiley, sweet brunette with the feather in her hair who's about to pour you a perfect beer. Megan has been tending bar at the Bottleworks for three and a half years now, and prior to that she put in a year and half as a server. (She racked up previous experience tending bar at the now-defunct Bahama Breeze in Chesterfield.)

Megan took a break from a Sunday brunch shift on Mardi Gras weekend to whip up a cocktail over which to tell us about what the Bottleworks is like from the other side of the bar.

{If you know of a bartender who's deserving of a profile, e-mail tips@riverfronttimes.com}

Describe your bartending style in three words: Casual, quick and chatty.

Your bar is the only bar in St. Louis where... Everyone's friends when you walk in.

Girl walks into a bar and orders a ______ . She has just earned my undying admiration. Dry-hopped APA. It's not my favorite, but it's a beer drinker's beer.

The most dumbass drink anyone's ever asked for. Bud Light. [laughs]

Other than your own bar, where do you go to get a good drink, and what do you have? I usually go up the street to Boogaloo, and I usually drink Captain and diet.

If my friends and I simply must have a round of shots, what should they be? Brass balls.

Best/worst/most exciting thing you've witnessed at your bar? I was here when the Cardinals won the World Series. That was a fun night!

What's the best line someone's used to try to get a free drink from you? It isn't necessarily a line -- it's just a general sense of being overwhelmingly nice, or new to town. Like if somebody drove in to try something specifically St. Louis.

Your favorite drinking ritual? The Sunday-night-after-the-weekend-shift drink. After the craziness of the weekend, that Sunday-night drink is nice.

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Chrissy Wilmes
VoilĂ ! Megan Andreini's Bottleworks bloody mary!

Bottleworks Bloody Mary


5 to 6 oz. Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix

1-1/2 oz. vodka of customer's choice

Splash of Worcestershire sauce

Pinch of salt and pepper

Splash of Cholula sauce

Splash of Schlafly Oatmeal Stout

Garnish with olive and lime

{If you know of a bartender who's deserving of a profile, e-mail tips@riverfronttimes.com}


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Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO

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This sounds like the classic "where everyone knows your name" bar. Some people refer to these as their "dive bar". But they can be far from a dive. Somewhere where you feel at home. And, of course, everyone knows your name...

If this sorta industry interests you and you want in on the action, you'll need to do some research and some self training first inorder to get managements attention.

http://www.Bars-and-Bartending... is a complete FREE online guide to becoming a fantastic bartender. Everything for resume building to get your foot in the door, to tips, tricks, and techniques. Games and jokes to entertain patrons, and promo ideas to impress the boss. There's so much more in the world of bartending, come and find out!

Cheers!

Bob
Bob

Megan is the best. Period.

ChrisRomer
ChrisRomer

Megan is simply wonderful. If you make it for brunch on the weekend, make sure to order the Megan breakfast sandwich (not on the menu, basically a grilled cheese with bacon and eggs).

Jordantype
Jordantype

She is an amazing bartender for real. Beauty, brains, speed, patience, and all around awesome!!!

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