Mashing In With Ryan and Lindsay of Six Mile Bridge

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016

sixmile_ryanlinds (1)The Fairy Tale
It’s a story as old as time: A management consultant meets the love of his life, they brew beer in South Africa, move to the U.S. to start a family and end up opening a brewery.

While it may not be a story as old as time, it is the true-to-life story of Ryan and Lindsey Sherring, the husband and wife duo behind Six Mile Bridge in Maryland Heights.

Bringing people together is an important theme in the life of Ryan and Lindsey. And, it was because of it that the pair got into the beer business in the first place.

The duo hosted dinner parties at their home in South Africa where Ryan would often pour his home brew for guests. Lindsay was weary of if people were just being polite by imbibing or if they truly enjoyed it. Turns out at least one of their dinner guests, who happened to work for a beer distributorship, was a genuine fan of Ryan’s home brew and thought the rest of Cape Town would be too.

Naming their brewery 021 Brewing Company after Cape Town’s zip code, the two found themselves driving an hour on Saturdays to a production brewery to brew their recipes five barrels at a time and distribute to pubs.

“We were actually brewing the beer,” Lindsay emphasizes. “It wasn’t contract brewing, we did everything from mashing in to labeling the bottles.”

Ryan and Lindsay were drawn back to the States to be closer to her family as they eyed starting a family of their own. The family they ended up building didn’t involve a little baby, but rather a big brewery and the people who make it possible.

The American Dream
Opening on August 21, 2015 with a focus on building relationships and brewing classic beers, Six Mile Bridge has stayed true to that mission, and it has paid off. As of June of 2016, their beer is available at more than 100th locations in the St. Louis metro area.

“Ryan’s detail focused brewing style allows us to consistently produce premium beer that wow our drinkers,” Lindsay says.

This approach to brewing also allows Six Mile to execute classic styles while still adding their fingerprint. A brilliant example of this is the new Blood Orange Coriander Belgian Wit, which stays true to style while incorporating the tart, yet raspberry-like blood orange.

Building a Brewery
“We didn’t move [to the U.S] to start a brewery, we just so happened to connect to the right people when we got here, and that allowed us to practice our labor of love,” Lindsay says.

Again, and again, the theme of relationships reappears.

Irish Poet WB Yeats’ words “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met” are evident on the walls of the tasting room, as well as in the way the staff interacts with guests. It even goes so far as the fresh popcorn passed in the tasting room.

Lindsay claims the popcorn is not to make you thirsty, but rather a bit of nostalgia from a pub called The Slug & Lettuce in Cape Town where the duo used to hang out and enjoy a pint and fresh popcorn.

With a great tasting room and over 115 locations pouring their beer, Six Mile Bridge recently added a 60-barrel fermenter to keep up with production. Working on an oversized 15 barrel system they can now triple brew batches and ferment them in one vessel, freeing two 30 barrel fermenters.

Six Mile Bridge’s brewery and tasting room is located at 11841 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights and is open from 5 – 11 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 2 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Craft Beer Stronghold Shamrock’s Hosts Epic Bottle Share

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016

Since we started the STC Craft Tap Bottle Share program in Sept. 2015, beer enthusiast attendance has steadily increased, with last Tuesday’s being our most well attended.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 35 craft beer enthusiasts from around the area gathered at beer stronghold Shamrock’s Pub & Grill to drink, discuss and enjoy some epic beer!

IMG_20160112_192150Owner and beer enthusiasts Kyle Dent spent the evening sipping, talking and sharing beer with other beer loving bottle sharers. Dent was generous enough to break out of a few “big dogs” from his personal cellar to add to the already massive round up of brews. One of these special bottles was 4 Hands’ Volume 3 rye wine aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels. This enthusiast is thankful for Dent’s generosity of beer knowledge and hospitality.

Per the norm, our friends at Bombay Wine and Spirits were generous in their donation to this month’s share. On offer from Bombay was a magnum of Anchor’s 2015 Anchor Christmas Ale; Tallgrass’ Wooden Rooster, a barrel aged tripel; Anchorage Brewing Company’s Bitter Monk, a Belgian style double IPA with brett; Stone’s final batch of Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA, as well as 24 Carrot Golden Ale, Stone’s collab with this year’s home brew winner Juli Goldenberg and Monkey Paw.

IMG_20160106_190920Standout bottles included New Glarus’ 2015 Raspberry Tart, a spontaneously fermented framboise featuring fresh Wisconsin raspberries; Crafted Artisan’s Criminal KLP, a mead made with fresh Key Limes and graham cracker; Excel Brewing Co.’s Black Breath, an Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels; Clown Shoes’ Coffee Pecan Pie Porter and Space Station Middle Finger by 3 Floyds.

Our next bottle share will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 7-10 p.m. at Exit 6 in Cottleville. Stay tuned for some updated info as we may need to require ticketing for this event so we can ensure everyone can have the chance to try everything and take a breather between beers.

Again, a big thanks to this Shamrocks Pub & Grill and Bombay Wine and Spirits for their support! 

Be sure to check out our sister site, www.DrinkMOBeer.com, a site dedicated to the deliciously crafted beer brewed in our fine state of Missouri. Follow our nobel quest to drinking and reviewing 365 beers in 2016!

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January Bottle Share Heads to Shamrocks

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Get your drinking boots ready, because we’re gonna’ get after it next Tuesday! That’s right, it’s almost time for the always epic Craft Tap Tuesday Bottle Share. Join us from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.  12 at the craft beer stronghold known as Shamrocks Pub and Grill!

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As always, we’ll have some brews from our buddies at Bombay Wines and Spirits, including the Anchorage Brewing Co. Bitter Monk Belgian-Style Double IPA, Stone’s 24 Carrot Golden Ale, the Wooden Rooster Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Style Tripel by Tallgrass Brewing as well as a bottle of the final batch of Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA. We’ll also be pulling some deep, dark brews out of our cellars, and know you beer nerds will do the same! IMG_20160106_190920

As most of you know, Kyle Dent, owner of Shamrocks, loves to give back to his community and has decided to raffle off a bottle of Rare Bourbon County Stout 2015 for an awesome cause. Funds raised in the beer raffle will go directly to Responder Rescue, a non-profit that helps our first responders and their families recover from tragedy. Also, we’ll be collecting a $1 corkage fee per attendee to be donated to Responder Rescue! Kyle will also be taking part in the bottle share and has a few brews he’s excited to share.

Also, we’d love it if you all give us an RSVP on the Facebook event so we know how epic this thing is going to be! Shoot, comment with the brews you’re bringing too!

twitterOne more thing. The boys behind this mighty fine blog have also launched a site called DrinkMOBeer, a site dedicate to promoting the truly independent craft breweries of this fine state. How will they promote them you ask? By drinking one Missouri made craft beer every day of 2016 of course.  We’ll also be putting out some epic MO beer swag, so check out DrinkMOBeer now.

Shamrocks Grill and Tap is located at 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters.

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Festivus Bottle Share a Smashing Success Rave Area Beer Enthusiasts.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 8 more than 25 craft beer enthusiasts converged upon Design2Brew in Dardenne Prairie with more than 60 bottles, cans, and growlers full of liquid friendship ready share.download

Shoutout to our friends Stephanie and Donnell at Design2Brew for welcoming us into their shop where they have everything you need to brew a batch of your own beer on premise or at home. Another big thanks to Bombay wines and spirits for donating some great organic craft ciders from J.K.’s Hard Cider. bombay_logo

A few of the standout beers from this past Tuesday’s share include Boulevard’s Rye-on-Rye 2015, J.K.’s Cuvëe WinteruptiSorryNotSorry_PressRelease_thumbon farmhouse hard cider, 2nd Shift’s Cat Spit Stout with Vanilla, Oskar Blue’s Death by Coconut, the Stone and Four Hands collaboration Sorry Not Sorry, Freak by Odell Brewing and James E. Pepper 1776, a 10.4% ABV American brown ale aged in a freshly emptied rye whiskey barrel.

We welcome all St. Charles County area beer enthusiasts to join us on the second Tuesday of every month for an epic bottle share experience. All you have to do is bring a bottle or two of beer you’d like to share, a good attitude and a love for beer.

You’ll find us next month at Cork and Rind in St. Charles off first Capitol Dr. From 7 to 10 2RCjQnBfp.m. Primarily a fine wine and cheese retailer the fairly new establishment has a small but eclectic cooler full of intriguing beers both local and international.

Remember to drink local, locally!

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Setting the Standard for Bottle Shares with Standard Brewing Co.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015

Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 more than 30 craft beer enthusiasts joined forces at Standard Brewing Co. in Maryland Heights for one of the most epic bottle shares in Craft Tap history!

Jonesy, Standard’s head brewer heartily welcomed the cooler-toting crowd of craft beer aficionados to his piece of beer heaven, a section of the bar right in-front of his soon to be completed brewhouse. And, without haste, more than 60 bottles were placed along the bar with care in hopes that the host would open them there.

bombay_logoAmong the selection of more than 60 bombers, bottles and growlers were three new-to-the-area Belgian brews from our friends at Bombay Wines and Spirits. From a tiny brewpub in West Flanders called Brouwerij ‘t Gaverhopke come Extra, a Belgian Quad; Bitter Sweet Symphony, a Belgian Double IPA and Singing Blonde, a Belgian Strong Blonde Ale. This writer would wax poetic about the brilliant Bitter Sweet Symphony, but his vocabulary won’t allow it. Instead, you should be sure to grab a bottle of this sticky, citrusy, well- balanced Belgian IPA and share your poetry with a comment.

IMG_3729 (1)Among seemingly endless bottles were some standouts, including New Holand’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve with toasted Chiles, Revolution’s Fistmas Winter Ale, Firestone Walker’s Sucaba, Cathedral Square’s Canes of Judas, New Glarus’ 20th Anniversary Strong Ale, Funky Buddha’s Sweet Potato Casserole, Clown Shoes’ Coffee Pecan Pie Porter and Standard’s Enigma IPA.

Key to a good bottle share is epic food, and epic food Standard has. From their newly released Foghorn, a spent grain pizza with roasted chicken and white chili sauce, to their always popular house-made pretzel sticks and beer cheese, soaking up beer’s never been more enjoyable. Everyone who ordered some food to accompany their beer was entered into a raffel to walk out with a mega Standard Brewing Co. stoneware mug. Cheers to Woody who walked away with the prize!

We’re so pleased to be a part of such an awesome and generous craft beer community, and we thank you for the strong showing, friendly nature and awesome beers! We are truly lucky to have such awesome folks around us! And, a big shoutout to our buddies at Standard Brewing Company, Bombay Wines & Spirits and the guys from Two Plumbers for the support!

Our next bottle share will take place from 7 – 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Design2Brew, 9995 Winghaven Blvd. in O’Fallon. Bring a bottle or two and we’ll work on getting some beer soaking snacks to accompany.

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