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Schlafly Bankside

Restaurant, Winery/Brewery
Restaurant & brewpub
921 S Riverside Dr
636-946-2739 / 314-241-2337

Schlafly Bankside is located on the Katy Trail, in St Charles MO

Directions: Across the street from trailhead parking lot entrance.
Formerly Trailhead Brewing Co
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Trailhead Brewing Co in St Charles
Michelle from Texas on 10/10/2013 07:49 AM:
Sat at the bar on a Sunday night, October 6 around 4:30, bartender (male) seemed as if he would have liked to been in another place except there, not friendly at all. Food was okay, checked my debit receipt on line today against my hand receipt from the evening there and found a different amount.Last time there.

Don Lewis from Quincy Illinois on 10/11/2013 12:14 PM:
I have been reading this Forum for years, and it really surprises me just how many bad experiences (bicycle people) have had at the Trailhead Brewing Co. Im wondering if they generally hate people who ride the KATY Trail. Now that you mentioned it, the food I had there the last time I was there, was cold and and not prepared properly. The Missouri Brown Ale was good though.

Trek on 10/11/2013 01:30 PM:
We've been there before and I don't recall anyone either being unfriendly or overly friendly. I was there to drink a couple of beers and the friendly level wasn't my focus I guess. And isn't it right up to par for bar food to be just okay, cold, not how you thought it should have been served or prepared, and at too high a cost? Just me, but I don't expect to get much from a bar kitchen.

Chris and Katie from tulsa on 10/08/2015 09:36 AM:
We were just there 2 nights ago when we finished our Katy Trail ride. The staff was very friendly, the food was great...pizza and an appetizer...and the beer was excellent. It happened to be happy hour so 3 beers and food was $20. Pretty good deal to us. :)

Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
B.B. from Clinton on 08/10/2009 02:03 PM:
Don't miss this place. The food is good and the beverages are very good after a long day on the trail. It's not as causal as your average trail tavern but you won't feel out of place in shorts and a tee shirt.

Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
Bill from Kansas City on 06/21/2009 07:58 PM:
Here's the short version; I did an end-to-end last JUN and, never having visited St Charles before, wanted to have a local brew to remember the occasion, but couldn't due to scheduling. Sooo... Finally got back to St. Charles this year (wonderful weekend of riding the KATY 19-21JUN), and my wife encouraged me to "complete" my 2008 ride. Bottom line? Long wait, s-l-o-w service, and poor value. I wish I could say otherwise, but even the waiter said the kitchen is notoriously slow. 'Nuff said.

cunninghamair from O''''Fallon, MO on 06/21/2009 08:45 PM:
Too bad. We love stopping here. Next time try Lewis & Clarks.

EB from Greenwood on 07/18/2009 02:31 AM:
Had several beers there on July 6. They kept our glasses full the entire evening. Their Pilsner was excellent! Would not recommend drinking several beers the night before your ride but I can't blame them for that. I think the food was pretty good too.

Dining, lodging, drinks
Craig from Minster on 09/09/2008 03:01 PM:
From Ohio and will be visiting the area in a couple of weeks. Will only be in town for a couple of days on business. Wanted to see if there was anything in particular that we should see before heading back to Ohio. Was thinking about going to the Trailhead Brewing Co.

captain kirk from Fayette, MO on 09/10/2008 03:35 PM:

To be honest, your question is not specific enough. Where are you going to be doing business? The trail is pretty long and goes through many towns with many things to do. I am guessing you will be near the St. Charles trailhead, and yes the Trailhead Brewery is a worthwhile stop. Will you be in Missouri long enough to ride the trail to any extent? If so, there are many places within a short ride of St. Charles that are worth checking out. Enjoy your visit.

Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
Bob & Diane from Monroe City on 10/13/2006 04:46 PM:
We've never been questioned about correct atire. The food is great as well as the beer. Don't miss the happy hour prices and appitizer specials

Paulie from Knoxville TN on 10/17/2006 05:48 AM:
I visited this place one Thursday night and arrived a few minutes before 10 pm. When we ask to be seated in the dining area(the bar was super smokey)The hostess looks at her watch, then say "we stoped seating at 5 till 10". Then tells us none of the dining room servers wanted to work late. It was getting late so we went ahead and sat in the smokey bar area.

After our server took our order, he returned to the table and says they are out of lettuce so no salads tonight. So we order something different and he returns again and proceeds to tell us they are out of just about everything we ordered. We all ended up ordering pizza which one of them was burned black on the bottom.

Not once the entire evening did I see a manager much less did one ever visit our table. I'd give this place a grade of 1 ot of 5.

I'll dine somewhere else next time am in St. Charles.


Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
TimG from Ozark, MO on 05/30/2006 09:58 AM:
My wife and I have eaten here in the past and had a great time. This Saturday we went in and were told we weren't dressed appropriately. We just finished doing the entire trail, showered that morning and had clean clothes on. I guess my Katy Trail tank top was offensive to them. I'm 50 years old and haven't had anyone for at least 30 years say I wasn't dressed appropriately. My money is the same color and anyone else's and I won't buy their t-shirts so I can eat there.

savage24 from KC, MO on 06/02/2006 10:37 PM:
I had the same experience a few years ago, except they loaned me a t-shirt to wear. (They require the men-folk to where shirts with sleeves.) I have eaten there 3 or 4 times and found the food and service to be 'average' at best.

Missouri Joe from O'Fallon, MO on 06/02/2006 10:56 PM:
I've eaten there a few times but originally went because of the beer. As micro brews go, it's not much above average but considering the restaurant is in Budweiser country I'm not surprised at the beer being on the thin side. I have yet to try the beer in Augusta.

Ray (Webmaster) on 06/03/2006 09:27 AM:
I sent an email to the owner on 5/30 asking about their policy, but never got a response back. Just be aware that you may be turned away if you try to eat here in your exercise clothes.

pas from Wentzville Mo on 06/03/2006 11:13 AM:
We have tried both Trailhead and Augusta Brewing, and prefer Augusta Brewing Co. In fact, we will be there tomorrow after our ride!

Rhona Lococo from St. Charles, Mo. on 06/03/2006 07:02 PM:
We own and operate Lococo House B&B and to our surprise our guests went out to dinner at the Trailhead restaurant and were turned away , because the mens were wearing sleeveless shirts ----- this is a street of businesses that make its living off of the tourism trade ------ I dont understand this policy ------ I guess we will have to consider our guets attire before we sugest places to eat ---- on Main Street -------Rhona Lococo

Ray (webmaster) on 06/05/2006 02:36 PM:
I got a response back from the restaurant - looks like you'll be OK if you wear sleeves:

"It is important to us that our customers and potential customers feel welcome here at Trailhead. Our dress code is stated, and posted in our lobby as follows:

Male Guest- We certainly do not require ties and jackets, but we do ask your compliance to our no-sleeveless shirt policy.

Our hostess will happily loan you a clean “Trailgear” shirt while you enjoy dining at Trailhead Brewing Co.

Trailhead has had a longstanding dress code policy which requires adolescent and adult males to wear shirts with sleeves. The policy is designed to preserve the decorum and public perception of the restaurant. Under Trailhead’s policy, male patrons who do not have shirts which conform with the dress code policy are provided a clean shirt with sleeves by Trailhead which does conform with Trailhead’s dress code policy."

sbikes from Kansas City on 06/05/2006 07:40 PM:
So, tube tops on women are okay, but seeing a man's upper arms damages the "decorum and

public perception"???? Oh my!!

Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 06/05/2006 08:40 PM:
–––Mental Note: Keep ridin to someplace that likes the decorum of green money.

Nails on 06/05/2006 09:51 PM:
Many restaurants ask that males wear shirt sleeves because of the hygiene issues (real or imagined) associated with body hair. In particular armpit hair. Since it is the societal norm for women to shave their armpits in this country, women are allowed to be served in these same establishements in spaghetti straps or even sleeveless dresses. However, most of these same establishments would turn away women in tube tops. No word on what would happen if a woman in a sundress sporting a Euorpean look tried to be served.

Dave from Cincinnati on 06/14/2006 11:18 AM:
I applaud any business that demands a minimum level of decorum. Been on a crowded flight lately w/ some rube in an Indiana wife-beater shirt tucked in beside you? I will definitely patronize this place of business on my way through........

ted from kansas city on 06/19/2006 12:30 AM:
Dave in Cincinnati,

Most of the "rubes"I have ever met where from Ohio......be careful with the pot and kettle thing. To think that YOU of all people have ANYTHING on anyone west of your pathetic city is laughable.

Nails on 06/19/2006 06:53 AM:
Watch it, Cincinatti has the Dolly Parton building. Wait a minute, that's considered a joke, not a plum. Anyhow, we all now know the dress code for Trailhead and can vote with our respective pocketbooks and still love one another in spite of our homestate rivalries.

Dave from Cincinnati on 06/24/2006 08:43 PM:
Ted, how can you elucidate your feeble rants whilst failing to observe the laws of the English language. And besides, we have some of the best riots East of the Mississippi.

Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
JOHNATHON from WELDON SPRINGS on 09/18/2005 10:39 AM:

Anonymous on 09/27/2005 10:38 PM:
I beg to differ....have traveled to St. Charles on numerous occasions and have dined at Trailhead many times. I have been extremely satisfied with the quality of food and service on every occasion. Don't miss it if you have a chance to go....I'm a tourist but never felt that way while there.

Local Guy from St. Charles MO on 11/12/2005 05:12 PM:

M.S. from Villa Ridge, Missouri on 12/17/2005 06:07 PM:
I have always had a great experience at the Trailhead Brewing Co. I belong to a club who regularly cycles the Katy Trail, with the TBC being our destination. Wonderful food, great staff!! Never a bad experience!

Big Rick from St. Charles, Mo. on 02/02/2006 03:37 PM:
I've been to the Trailhead Brewery on many occasions. The food and service were always wonderful. The only time I ever had trouble was when I went in wearing the tank top I was wearing on my ride that day. I gladly bought one of their t-shirts and had a wonderful meal before heading home.

Big Rick

daveh from IL. on 02/10/2006 07:23 PM:
Food was ok, and I liked all the beers. I'll go again.

Bobbie from Arnold on 02/23/2006 08:39 PM:
Great food, friendly staff and fun atmosphere!

Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
Local Guy from St. Charles MO on 11/12/2005 05:11 PM:
We are locals and Trail Head is one of our favorite places to eat! Service, once seated, is always excellent and I have never had bad food there. Salmon; excellent. Burgers; excellent. Baked Beans w/ smoked brisket; excellent. Salads (grist Mill especially); excellent. The beer is great, but a tiny bit pricey. Patio dining.

Its not alwyas a lo0ng wait, but its a popular place for large parties, so sometimes there is a short to long wait (1 out of every 5 times).



Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
Kim Foster from Alton, IL on 11/11/2005 04:51 PM:
I dont know what the guy in Weldon Springs is talking about, everytime we go there we

have a great experience! On weekends, the wait can be up to 1.5 hours so plan on

relaxing in the bar areas and sipping brewsky and eating an appetizer. The special beer I

love is the pumpkin beer--best around--tastes just like a pumpkin pie and full of taste!

Only avaible in late Oct. and Nov. though so hurry in and try it. Going there for my

birthday bash!