ST. LOUIS — Wild Sun Winery, the award-winning winery located in Hillsboro, Missouri, has partnered with St. Louis-based Brew Hub to brew their two new beers. Wild Sun American Blonde Ale (4.3 % ABV and 11 IBUs) is a crisp and fresh beer with a smooth finish, and Wild Sun Sunset Red Ale (5.2% ABV and 22 IBUs) is a slightly toasted and caramelly ale with a clean, malty flavor.
Wild Sun’s veteran brewmaster, Jim Kron, along with Wild Sun owners, Ed Wagner and Mark Baehmann, spent the past several years fine tuning their beer recipes and will now brew both beers at Brew Hub’s 4-barrel pilot brewing system in St. Louis. The beers initially will be available on draft and are currently available at Wild Sun and at the Brew Hub Taproom in St. Louis. Expanded distribution and packaging are expected later this summer.
“When it came to developing the beer side of the business, we debated and evaluated many options such as whether to build our own brewery and purchase our own equipment,” said Ed Wagner, co-founder of Wild Sun Winery. “When we learned about the ability to partner brew in small batches at Brew Hub, we knew we found the perfect solution. Our brewmaster and recipes – their expertise and equipment. Working with them has allowed us to bring our high-quality beers to market while minimizing our risk and investment. It’s the ultimate win-win.”
Wild Sun Winery was co-founded by 35-year wine-industry veteran, Mark Baehmann, who applied his winemaking skills at several prestigious Missouri wineries and 27-year beverage-industry veteran Ed Wagner, formerly of Anheuser-Busch. The winery opened in September 2015 on a 10-acre estate in Hillsboro and has since won multiple medals for its high-quality wines. Wild Sun was named “Favorite Winery of 2017” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “Best Winery of 2018” by Feast Magazine, and is the official wine partner to the St. Louis Football Club.
“Our partnership with Wild Sun is at the core of what we do at Brew Hub,” said Diane Schoen, VP of marketing of Brew Hub. “Whether it’s on our pilot system in St. Louis or at our 100,000-barrel brewery in Florida, we help craft brewers of all sizes grow to the next level. We’re excited to work alongside the Wild Sun team, and we look forward to helping bring these great beers to market.”
About Brew Hub
Brew Hub was founded in 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri, by a team of beer-industry executives and craft-brewing experts led by Tim Schoen. The company’s 100,000-barrel Lakeland, Florida, brewery provides full brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft brands that are constrained by capacity, geography or capital. The company’s St. Louis Taproom features a 4-barrel pilot brewing system, a distilling operation and a barrel-aging program in addition to a full-service restaurant. To learn more, visit brewhub.com or tapbrewhub.com.
About Wild Sun Winery
Wild Sun Winery was founded in 2015 in Hillsboro, Missouri, by wine and beverage-industry veterans Mark Baehmann and Ed Wagner with a focus on producing high-quality products. The winery and tasting room are situated on a 10-acre estate and boasts an historic home dating back to 1870. Wild Sun was named “Favorite Winery of 2017” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and “Best Winery of 2018” by Feast Magazine and is the official Wine Partner to the St. Louis Football Club. To learn more, visit wildsun.com.