The 9,200-square-foot brewery includes a dedicated, temperature-controlled fermentation and barrel-aging cellar. Perennial will feature a 3,200-square-foot tasting room, as well as a beer garden, where we plan on hosting festivals, beer dinners and weekend barbecues.
The tasting room will serve Perennial beers on draft (also available in to-go growlers), along with an eclectic selection of reasonably priced wines by the glass, salumi from Salume Beddu and a variety of Midwest cheeses from creameries such as Baetje Farms and Marcoot Jersey Creamery. Perennial’s tasting room décor will be an interesting blend of modern and vintage, utilizing sustainable and secondhand materials as much as possible.
Perennial’s Brewmaster and Co-Founder is Phil Wymore, formerly of Goose Island and Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago. Phil began making beer as assistant brewer at Grindstone Brewing Co. in Columbia, Mo., where he studied Anthropology at University of Missouri. Phil was hired as a brewer for Goose Island in 2006 and was eventually promoted to Cellar Manager where he oversaw the barrel-aging program and all fermentation processes. Also while at Goose Island, Phil formulated a barrel-fermented Imperial Red, which earned medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and Festival of Barrel Aged Beers.
Phil left Goose Island in 2009 to become the Head Brewer at Half Acre Beer Company. While in Chicago, Phil studied brewing at the world-renown Siebel Institute. Phil returned to Missouri with his family in 2010 to help build Perennial, where he will focus on producing premium craft beer, utilizing organic malts, exotic yeast strains and locally sourced fruits as much as possible. Perennial also will feature an extensive Wild Fermented and Spirits Barrel Aged Beer program.
Perennial will offer two year-round, flagship beers (available only in the St. Louis market):
Hommel Bier (available in draft and 750ml bottle format)
Hommel Bier is a dry-hopped Belgian ale that defies tradition by combining North American malts, Pacific Northwest hops and a Belgian yeast strain. The result is a beer that combines earthy and spicy tones from the yeast with a slight orange note contributed by the hops.
Southside Blonde (available in draft only, offered only to South City bars and restaurants)
Southside Blonde is a refreshing Golden Ale, brewed with a Belgian yeast strain that contributes an interesting fruitiness. It is a well-balanced, approachable beer brewed with pride on the Southside!
In addition to our flagship beers, Perennial will offer a variety of rotating beers that fall into one of our three distinct categories (intended for distribution both in and outside of the St. Louis market):
Farmhouse (available in 750ml bottle format only)
Farmhouse selections will be variations on Belgian Style Saisons, French Biere de Gardes and other sessionable styles that would quench one’s thirst after a hard day’s work.
In Season (available in 750ml bottle format only)
In Season selections will include fruit beers, such as Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, brewed with locally sourced, seasonal fruits. Also included in this category will be any holiday classics, such as Christmas Ale, as well as Perennial’s take on a pumpkin beer, our Kabocha Squash Autumn Ale.
The Cellar (available in 750ml bottle format only)
Included in this category will be any high-alcohol styles (Barley Wine, Wheat Wine, Imperial Stout, etc.), barrel-aged beers, wild fermented and/or sour beers. These beers are meant to improve with age and will be perfect to share on a special occasion!
Phil’s wife, Perennial Co-Founder Emily Wymore, will manage the Sales and Marketing for the brewery. Perennial Artisan Ales will initially be distributed in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
Perennial Artisan Ales
8125 Michigan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111