A new craft beer line, named in honor of historic St. Louis icons, is now available in Ellisville at Lukas Liquor. Called "Old St. Louis," the beer line currently has three labels paying tribute to St. Louis neighborhoods and corresponding history: Court House Lager, Gaslight Square Ale and Streetcar IPA. At least two more beers in the product line are expected to be added this summer.
"Old St. Louis is one of the newest within the several hundred beers we carry," said Lukas Liquor Beer Manager Jeff Brooks.
"We have a handy, Old St. Louis sampler pack, with comes with two of each of the three new beers. It makes a nice, unique gift."
An American craft brewer, defined by the Brewers Association, has an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less, with no more than 25 percent of the craft brewery owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not a craft brewer.
Old St. Louis is being distributed by Gary W. Pinson Brewing Company, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Tobacco Exchange LLC, which is a $36 million wholesaler of tobacco products and liquor. Tobacco Exchange is headquartered in a warehouse at 4622 Bulwer Ave. The distributor contracted with Crown Valley Winery and Brewery in Ste. Genevieve, MO, to brew 550 cases of the new craft line.
Brooks said customers enjoyed the three new beers when they sampled the beverages recently. Samplings typically are hosted at the store on Friday evening and Saturday afternoons, he said.
Old St. Louis sells for $9.49 for a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles at Lukas Liquor. Comparatively, Brooks said beer six packs generally sell at $8.99.