Avid home brewer Abbey Spencer and long-time friend Brad Wheeling have combined their collective talents, namely Spencer’s unique beer brewing and Wheeling’s brewery experience, to create Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters.
Co-owned by Wheeling; Spencer, who serves as head brew master; and Ron and Valerie Woerndle, the brewery opened in early June at 4008 N. Service Road.
The 10,000-square-foot space houses the brewery and a 200-seat tasting room, which includes an expansive bar that can seat 40. Tucked into the tasting room is The Window – an on-site restaurant owned by twin brothers Steve and Scott Kline. The Klines lease space from the brewery and provide an extensive menu that complements the brews.
“It’s basically two separate businesses sharing one location,” Wheeling said.
Originally, Wheeling considered using food trucks, but found that area cities were not very food truck friendly. The Klines owned a chain of restaurants in the past and when Wheeling was talking about opening the brewery, it seemed like a perfect fit. Customers place their orders at a window, hence the name, and the vibe is like a “permanent indoor food truck.”
Steve describes the menu as upscale brew food. From hand-made, half-pound burgers and mouth-watering chili to deviled eggs and brew pretzels, Chef Kevin Hummel makes everything from scratch. He also infuses beer into many of the recipes, such as the Beer Cheese Soup and hot wing sauces.
“We wanted to do something upscale that you don’t get at a typical bar,” Steve said. “It’s going over well. We give big portions. Nobody is walking out of here hungry, that’s for sure.”
The brewery opened with seven of its own beers on tap and added two more in August, including a New England-style IPA and an unfiltered, hoppy Pilsner named “Hidden Pool.”
The eventual goal is to have 15 to 20 of their own beers on tap, along with a few guest taps from other local brewers in the area. All brews are made on-site making it easy for customers to bring home a growler of their favorite brew.
For first-time customers, Wheeling recommends trying the Full Wheel Flight, a four-ounce pour of all the beers on tap. Because drinking on an empty stomach is bad form, Steve recommends pairing the Full Wheel with a classic bacon cheeseburger and fries.
For a simple nosh, try the Apple Butter & Bacon Deviled Eggs; hand-cut fries, including sweet potato fries; or delectable homemade chips – all are made fresh and can be paired with up to three [of 10] dipping sauces.
Customers are encouraged to stay awhile and play. A bookcase is stocked with board games, a video game console – packed with 60 retro games – is available, and a shuffleboard table lines one of the brewery’s walls.
On Thursday nights, customers can play Beer Bingo, and on Sundays the brewpub will have live music on stage.
Third Wheel Brewing
4008 N. Service Road • St. Peters • (636) 323-9810 • www.thirdwheelbrewing.com
Hours: 3-10 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.,
Friday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m., Sunday; closed on Monday-Tuesday
The Window Kitchen closes one hour before the brewery.