Braudog (899) Yorktown, Virginia | July 17, 2007| Updated July 18, 2007
July 2007 - This is an ambitious brewing project in the heart of historic Hermann, Missouri, a place known more for its wines, but where the German down-home feeling is a perfect fit for this brewer in the German style. I understand these are the folks who had previously operated the Bayernhof Brewery on the outskirts of town. They’ve now done an excellent job in restoring an old grain elevator and mill building into a gorgeous little brewery. They’ve set it up so you can take a look a the brewhouse, the lagering tanks and even their just-starting bottling operation. They offered four beers on tap in a tasting room -- Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Maibock and Doppelbock. A sampler of all four will set you back $4, or you can have a 16oz draft for $3. If you’re hungry, they do have frozen pizzas, but that’s it for now. There’s also some nice schwag for sale, if at a bit high price, including $20 filled growlers to go. They weren’t bottling yet, but seem poised to do so, so future visitors may be able to take a nice variety to go. The staffer (owner? or brewer’s mom?) was an old-school lager lover, even differentiating in her mind to ales versus "beer" and proclaiming their richly malty pilsner as hoppy (it was still good). Friendly enough place that has a lot invested in a nice location -- hope they can generate enough income to stay open!
theisti (889) Kansas | October 22, 2007| Updated September 8, 2014
October 2007. Braudog review is spot on. This place spared no expense, very interesting place to sample a few beers. Only knock I had was that the Octoberfest I was served came in a plastic cup. Granted, they were deluged with 500 people the day previous, but would have preferred glass. Most certainly worth a stop. However, if you are looking for spots to hit in Hermann for beer on ratebeer.com, you probably would have stopped here anyway.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
We went on a quiet afternoon when only the brewer’s mom was around. Nice lady, and we were happy with the beers, especially the pilsner. I like to see a dedication to serious, traditional German-style lagers. Kind of refreshing in this age of imperial barrel-aged sour whatehaveyas. Really nice brewing kit in an old feed store. We bought some bottled pilsners to last us a few days and they held up well. Fits right in. As an aside, I got married right across the street from this place.
I’ve visited a few times while staying in Hermann. Nice small town brewery. Their focus is on german style beers. Usually around 5-6 beers on tap at the brewery. Worth checking out if you are passing through Hermann, especially if you are a fan of german styles.
Our second trip, a small town atmosphere. It was a nice Sunday, and it was busy, but the wait staff was very friendly. The seasonals for fall were out, and very delicious. The pomegranate wheat was the only beverage not bottled. Otherwise, we had a great day. This is wine country, so kudos for having a brewery near the wineries.
The Skyscraper is fantastic on tap as it is in bottles, if you can get it fresh. I like that this seems to be an exclusive lager brewer. The location is clean and they provide peanuts on the tables. You can walk around and look through glass at the brewing equipment. The other beers were decent, but the Skyscraper is the stand out in the crowd. I thought it was lame that you can’t get a glass of water with your beer! They only had hot water on tap or you could buy a bottle. You need to be a pils fan or like other lagers, otherwise their beer won’t do much for you.
First, Hermann, Mo. is such a beautiful little town! This brewery, like the rest of the town, was neat as a pin and it had a nice countrified ambiance to it that is an 1800s Midwest frontier feel. The building used to be a mill and it retains some of the original equipment. Their beer is available in bottles and mix a six option is available for $10 (but less for a case). I had an Oktoberfest on draft in the dimpled liter mug I bought there. No beers from other places were noticed. This brewery is well worth a stop while doing the wine thing.
Bif (122) St. Charles, Missouri | September 10, 2016
Neat place housed in an old mill, located in a small town on the Missouri River. Nice stop in the middle of the local wine region.. The beers have a German flair to them. There are currently 20 taps, with a couple set aside for ciders. Nice selection which included fall seasonal offerings. Service was good even though they were quite busy on the weekend. Worth checking out if you are in the area.
Small place in the mosty wine heavy town of hermann. Up front is the bar area and with a hallway in the back with the brewing equipment. They serve 6 German lager styles and i must admit all 6 are pretty decent to excellent. Servings come in a $3 pint or a 5oz sample for a buck. I went ahead and just got all 6 in the sample size and took a few bottles home with me. The guy working there said that they are going to open a resturant across the street but that is at least a year away. Overall a nice place in Hermann to go for decent beer.