Cool rehab’d old building in an exciting revitalized "main street" section of town, complete with ethnic restaurants, coffee shop, wine store, bicycle shop, urban farmer’s market, etc. Relaxed, casual public house feel, much less swanky than Goose Island in Chicago or the Blackstone in Nashville, for instance. Larger than expected beer list, clearly named and explained. Good menu and better prices. Waitress was very helpful and attentive. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the sampler flight only included four beers, but I was thankful, at least, that I could pick which four. They’re so cheap that my friend ordered a different four and we both tried all eight. Paired nicely with their mini pulled pork sandwiches. Informative and easy-to-use website, complete with coupons and a mailing list. Overall, very cool and laid-back, and as such, one of my favorite St. Louis beer places.
This is a fairly new brew-house that has been open a little over a year. There are about 15 beers on tap, 8-10 regular beers with a couple of seasonal / specials on tap. There is usually a local beer on tap from one of the other breweries in St. Louis. They also stock other Missouri made beers in bottles as well as Missouri wines. The beers a quite good across the board with no real clunkers. The staff is very friendly and service is reliable, although it can get a bit hectic when they get busy. The pub menu is quite good along with some daily specials. My favorites are the St. Louis Pale Ale and the IPA.
Ferguson Brewing, which used to be known as Hill Brewing, is along Florissant in the ’downtown’ area of Ferguson. The place is big and inviting, with a big central bar downstairs, the selections on big chalkboards, and a large and friendly staff. There is an upstairs area, too, which features games and other diversions- trivia nights on Saturday, stuff like that. There are surprisingly many things on tap; I think there were about 15 when we visited. It seemed like they had 10 regulars, 2 seasonals, and 3 listed under ’new’ beers. My only complaint is that with all these beers currently on tap, beer flights consisted of only 4 samples- they could stand to use smaller glasses and at least double that. The glasses may have been 6 oz. or so in the sampler. The food is pretty good- we got chili and chicken tenders and both were above average for pub fare. Some of the furniture and fixtures are a little dated but otherwise the inside is pretty cool. The prices were fair- for two small meals, a beer flight, and a seasonal pint, we paid about $27. Pretty good brewpub overall and I’ll be back sometime- too bad I almost never make it up to North County, though.
MrMugs (10) St Louis, Missouri | November 27, 2010| Updated December 24, 2012
Hill Brewing is a welcome addition to the No. County area, and specifically to Ferguson.
I’ve been 5 or 6 times since they opened and I’m quite impressed.
I like the pale ale best of their brews. They also carry a lot of the beers (bottles) made in Missouri.
They also have a great menu, I like the pulled pork sandwich and the mini burgers.
I will return on a regular basis.
late Friday afternoon visit- it was just starting to get busy. Interior with comfortable wood. Broad selection of their own beers, plus select local microbrews. Fairly typical brewpub menu, but what I had was tasty. Friendly staff.
July 2010. Visited on a weekend afternoon for lunch. Apparently, Ray Hill is no longer associated with this place, but oddly it’s still holding his name. Expecting something pretty good, I must say I was let down. Our food was good enough for a standard American eatery. But the lackluster beers, which were oddly all the exact same color, and the less than beer-rific service ("heffen-wise-en"), made this a less than rememberable stop in my beer travels. OK, and not bad, per se, but yet another cookie-cutter brewpub with no passion for beer. (Brewery #518)
Strykzone (129) Wood River, Illinois | April 23, 2010| Updated December 22, 2010
This brewpub is a week and a half old and is loosely associated with Ray Hill of the AB Pilsner fame. It is a cool and trendy place and is pretty typical of newer brewpubs. They offer 10 of their beers on tap. I did not check if other beers were available. I had a hefe and an IPA which were both tasty and unique. Food was good and plentiful. My only complaint would be with the noise level which was excessive even with no music being played. I would definitely recommend Hill Brewing and will return.
Additional note: this brewpub is changing its name to the Ferguson Brewery.