The long-awaited Friendship Brewery is now open at 100 East Pitman Avenue in historic downtown Wentzville.
The brewery is housed in the 102-year-old Creamery building after a 28-month restoration project that included removing five dumpster loads of debris and installing a new roof, doors, windows, concrete floors, plumbing, and electrical.
Friendship Brewery founders, Brian Nolan and Dan Belcher, along with several of their friends, opened the brewery’s doors with plans to offer at least 25 taps with at least five house beers available at all times, as well as small batch beers and seasonal offerings.
With the company motto “Friends making beer, beer making friends,” Friendship Brewery’s focus is on brewing high-quality craft beer while at the same time minimizing the impact on the environment and giving back to the community.
Food will also be available from Benefits Bistro. (Yes, Friendship with Benefits!) The brewery’s Facebook page posted this description of the bistro: “They are set up in the rear of the brewery at a food counter, kind of like having a really good food truck parked in the building all of the time! Beer at the bar, food at the food counter . . .”
On the menu are appetizers, prime rib tacos, roasted mussels, ribs, pizza, soups and salads, and sandwiches that include barbecue pulled pork, Cajun beef, and blackened chicken. If you have room after all that, Benefits Bistro offers homemade bread pudding, cannoli, and cookies for dessert. The bistro will also be offering specials.
During this “soft” opening, Friendship Brewery will operate on the following schedule:
- 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30
- 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2,
- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 and on the Fourth of July