Review Preview: Six Row Brewing Company
|Beer flights at Six Row Brewing Company|
Last month's news that Anheuser-Busch InBev is purchasing Chicago's Goose Island brewery is one more confirmation of the obvious: Craft beer is big business. According to the Brewers Association, a trade group, retail sales of craft beer grew by 12 percent from 2009 to 2010. In St. Louis you don't have to look far outside the shadow of the world's most iconic brewery to see evidence of this phenomenal growth. Over the past year, several craft breweries have opened or announced plans to do so, including Ferguson (formerly Hill) Brewing, Urban Chestnut, the Civil Life and Four Hands. Meanwhile the St. Louis Brewing Company, maker of Schlafly beer, is celebrating its 20th birthday. Six Row Brewing Company joined the fray at the very end of 2009. Though comparatively new, it has a direct link to the area's rich brewing history: The building, on Forest Park Avenue west of South Grand Boulevard, was once a part of the Falstaff Brewing complex. Besides the brewing operations, this structure houses a small pub where you can try one of Six Row's regular or seasonal styles and, as of a few months ago, order food. VIsit the RFT restaurant page late this afternoon or check back here tomorrow morning to see what I think.