Trailhead Brewing Co.: An Elder Statesmen of Local Brewers
Among the 80-plus breweries listed by the St. Louis Brewers’ Guild, Trailhead is one of the elder statesment. Established in 1995, it brews six styles of beer, with a total output of around 925 barrels a year (at 31 gallons per barrel)—and most of that is consumed where it’s brewed, at the restaurant and tasting room on the picturesque southern end of Main Street in St. Charles.
Visitors can choose from different dining and drinking experiences under one roof. There’s seating amid the shiny silver tanks, at the modern bar with exposed ductwork overhead or in the cozy nooks of the Old Grist Mill. As a result of the diverse ambiance—not to mention the expansive menu of pub food, pizza, barbecue and more—Trailhead is popular with everyone from sports fans to families and history-loving tourists to businesspeople.
As for the beer selection, its five mainstay ales range from a light blonde to a dark stout. Their long-term popularity has ensured the brewery’s success across the decades. That being said, the brewing team plays around a little with the sixth tap, coming up with a new seasonal offerings several times a year.
921 S. Riverside Dr.
While you’re in the neighborhood …
The Old Millstream Inn
This tucked-away vintage brick tavern offers more than 100 beers on tap and a welcoming, shaded patio.
912 S. Main St.
Lewis & Clark’s American Restaurant
On any one of Lewis & Clark‘s three stories of dining rooms, guests enjoy favorites such as white chili, French dip and peach-raisin bread pudding with whiskey sauce.
217 S. Main St.
The award-winning wings (washed down with a bottle of beer) top the list of must-try dishes at this family-friendly
restaurant and bar.
201 N. Main St.
Photography by Carmen Troesser.