(Visited 08/2007): Trailhead Brewing Co is located in St. Charles in a quaint little area on Riverside Drive. There are a couple small parking lots adjacent, as well as parking along the entire street.
The restored building is really pretty, boasting a large tank in the back that is emblazoned with the logo. Inside there are multiple levels with a bar on the main floor. The atmoshphere is rustic.
Trailhead offers 6 different beers with one being a seasonal. They have a sampler for a little under $7 so you can try all the beers. They range from Light to Stout with nothing too unique. All of the beers are average at best.
Service is good at this brewpub. Our server knew all of the beers and was clearly knowledgeable about what was on the sampler. She made good food recommendations too.
Speaking of food, it made up somewhat for the lackluster beers. The crab & artichoke dip was pretty tasty. The BBQ chicken was a little dry but overall pretty good, and the fries were great.
All in all the good outweighs the not-so-good at this establishment, but it’s too bad that the not-so-good is the main reason I wanted to visit in the first place. I would give this place another shot but honestly none of the beers made me think I really had to come back the next time I visit St. Louis.
My wife and I visited here on Memorial Day after riding a segment of the Katy Trail. The location is as good as it gets in St. Charles, right down along the Trail and riverfront in the old historic district. The building itself is really cool on the backside, which is an old brick wall with a water will facing a stream, but the entrance is newer and bland. The interior is split-level, with a rectangle bar area upstairs and some dining rooms downstairs and on the sides. Pretty big. There was a single bartender handling lunch, and she was good. There are 5 permanent taps- Missouri Brown, Trailhead Red, Riverboat Raspberry, Trailblazer Blond, and the Old Courthouse Stout on Nitro- plus 1 rotator, so there’s not much unexpected here. The Maibock was on when we visited. The food is decent, pretty much average American pub fare. The beer itself is below average, nothing special at all. For that reason, and the distance of the place from where I live, I don’t have a reason to return. That said, it’s worth visiting if you’re out here because there aren’t many other options and it’s a good place overall.
nov 05 visit-I think this place is 50/50. the atmosphere is awesome! really cool bar layout and nice woodwork. I could see myself hanging out at this place if they had better beer. The beer here sux! The pumpkin beer they had on was not bad, but the others are just plain boring. the food is very solid i think. my girlfriend got a prime rib sandwhich and it was fantastic!
Despite the quaint riverfront setting, this brewpub is unfortunately about as mediocre as it gets. But you take what you can get. The regular beers were in poor condition on our visit, sour in the wrong places, but the seasonal smoked Scotch ale was a tasty surprise. The food was mostly decent, fried pub food in large portions, but overpriced. We did have good service. The place is spacious with nice TVs at the bar, if you need to catch a game.
Very cool building in great little main street that St. Charles has. Went with the wife and kids and they sat us in a basement room so did not get a great feel of the bar area but it looked nice. Only 6 beers on tap and all were average at best. Food was a little disappointing but the pizza was better than expected. Service was a bit lacking. Kind of a tourist brewpub. Worth a breif stop if working in the area, but there are too many good breweries in STL to make a trip out to this place.
Visited a few times before, and the atmosphere is always fun. We tried the sampler this time and enjoyed all but one. We ordered a meal and they were both very good. The service at the bar is lacking a smile now and then, but overall, a decent place to spend an afternoon or evening.
In a nice area of downtown St. Charles. Bought a sampler for 6.90 where I got to try all of their beers, which weren’t too exciting. The atmosphere was decent, the NCAA tournament was going on and people were cheering loudly (as was I) for Belmont. The waitress was nice but the food was kind of bland - burger and fries was the fare for today. They had some expensive souvenirs available for sale and after the mediocre selections, I passed.
Average beers with decent food. This place was very loud on a Friday night visit. The parking is suspect in this touristy neighborhood. we had a friendly waiter that knew his stuff about the beer. the best thing I tried was a winter style lager. I would skip over this place and hit one of the other brewpubs in the St. Louis area, but may be worth a stop if you are staying in St. Charles or Earth City as I was.