Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Scene: Six Row Brewing Company

Six Row Brewing Company
3690 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 531-5600

First Impression:
** Clarification:  At this point in my Bachelor Party I had been drinking for a better part of the day.... Running around in a shirt that states "I'll F*ck Whatever" (That's Bachelor Party hazing for you... Thanks Michael and Big-Guy!)

An informal meeting place for friends and family (Yes I got comments on my shirt.../sigh  But not all bad!).  When you first walk through the main doors you are presented with the bar.  I am not talking "Hey!  How is it going! Have a beer" type of bar...  I am talking like first thing through the door and the bar is like "HEY! YOU!  BEER!?".

The place has a great bohemian layout; high ceilings and hardwood floors.  You can chill on the main floor with the bar and a view of one of their brew tanks or head upstairs.  It seems cramped but gives it a very "corner bar" and cozy feeling.  The wait staff and barkeep were all friendly and inquisitive about my group of pals from the next state over.  You know they knew what we were up to when all the change we got were in singles... Thanks again!

Seasonal to the usual suspect beers are on tap as well as the beer that helps define the place: the Whale and Killer Whale.  If you are in the St. Louis area I hope that you make a stop in here to try them out.  Especially the Killer Whale!  They both offer a different and a unique drinking experience.

Left: Whale "What can we say about this one? A bit of luck meets years of homebrewing experience? When it came time to test out our brewing system for the first time, we needed something that we wouldn't feel too bad about dumping if we had equipment troubles. One of our brewers had enough malt in his homebrew stock, which unfortunately wasn't being used due to all his spare time being spent helping get Six Row started, for a batch.

However, it was a bit of a motley collection of ten (yes, ten!) malts, everything from wheat to pale to crystal to aromatic to our namesake. With a little supplemental malt from the local homebrew store, some Cascade and Goldings hops and a blend of US ale yeasts, the Whale (wheat/pale) ale was born. Pale copper in color, this is an interesting beer that has already been enjoyed by many. Let us know how you would describe it.
(ABV: 5.47%, Bitterness Units: 31.4 IBUs, Color: 5.3, Original Gravity: 12.8 degrees Plato)"

Right: Killer Whale "This is the Second Anniversary Beer for Six Row Brewing Company. We took our Whale, a longtime favorite, and beefed it up into it’s “Killer” status of what essentially amounts to a barley wine equivalent. Deliciously strong, fruity, and floral, this beer is not to be taken lightly.

(ABV: 9%, Bitterness Units: 62.8 IBUs)"


  1. I am a fan of Killer Whale, which one did you like the best?