BrewpubKirkwood Station Restaurant offers a variety of handcrafted beers.
…for creative brews at the Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Company
I have the wonderful fortune of traveling our fine state and sampling many of the craft beers Missouri has to offer. Sometimes the toughest part of the job is deciding where to go next. Well, I threw a dart at the map and hit St. Louis. Sure, the Gateway City has beer—a lot of beer! I pondered which microbrewery needed a visit and a serious sampling, and that’s when I remembered Dave.
I ran into brew-master Dave Johnson two summers ago at Rhythm & Brews Festival in Hermann. I sampled a few of his beers and immediately recognized the work of a craftsman. Dave invited me to stop by Kirkwood Station Brewing Company (formerly Highlands Brewing) if I ever found myself in St. Louis County and in the midst of a powerful thirst. Not surprisingly, both happened one fine evening at the exact same time. Imagine that.
Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Company is a block from the actual Kirkwood train station (circa 1893), right in the heart of Kirkwood (chartered 1853). So historic is this town, the entire Downtown Business District has been recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. And while I’m a proud product of rival suburb Webster Groves, there’s no denying the charm and family-friendly warmth of Kirkwood. When you’re finished with the community events and all the shopping, you’ll be ready for a beer and a hearty meal.
Kirkwood Station is big, with two separate bars, two dining areas, and a great street-side patio. The menu is also extensive and features steaks, seafood, burgers, pizza, and tasty sandwiches. They bring it all together with live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
It’s fun to order the sampler at a microbrew like Kirkwood Station and line them up from lightest to heartiest. Jen was our bartender, and she was refreshingly beer-knowledgeable, especially on all the Kirkwood Station beers. With brother-in-law Joe by my side and Jen as our guide, we ran the gamut of an 11-beer sampler with year-round and seasonal brews. It included the Brown Ale, IPA, Blackberry Wheat, Grass-Cutter Ale, and Sugar Creek Lager, a very light beer anyone in your party can enjoy without fear of bitter or aromatic hops. The Kirkwood Station Stout and IPA were everything they should be: bold, flavorful, and obviously from a craft-sized batch.
Jen then served up a local favorite as a twelfth sample, a combo of the Brown Ale and the Blackberry Wheat. If you want to order that like a local, be sure to ask for the “Brown Berry.” My “Whoa! Tell Momma Daddy’s gonna be late” beer was the seasonal option Black Rye IPA—absolutely superb!
In the future, I’ll keep that dart on the map for Kirkwood Station Restaurant & Brewing Company and make plans on returning. I’m sure Dave won’t mind if a guy raised in Webster crosses over now and then for a nice, cold Kirkwood beer.