Cory and Karen met working in a fine dining restaurant and discovered they shared a love for learning about wine and beer and traveling around the world to visit those wineries and breweries. This passion led to experimentation in apartment homebrewing, where Cory handled the brewing operations and Karen kept the Brew Notes.
After moving to St. Louis together in 2007, Karen started a career in beer sales and Cory began selling wine. Cory eventually became a professional brewer before he and Karen applied that love of wine and Belgian-style beers to create Side Project Brewing and sold their very first Side Projectbeer in 2013. They opened The Side Project Cellar in 2014 and as their incredible team of staff members grew, they all worked to open the Side Project Brewing Tasting Room in 2016.
We feel so fortunate to have had the help of our families during those early years, to have the amazing staff we have now, and that we get to be a part of this wonderful beer community and share our beer with you. Thank you and Cheers from Cory and Karen!