Earthbound Brewing is a collective project by Stuart Keating, Jeff Siddons, and Rebecca Schranz. We’ve been friends for a while, and our beer recipes have originated over five years of home brewing by Stuart.
In five words how would you describe the kind of beer you’re making over at Earthbound?
Barley, water, hops, other stuff
When we initially met you mentioned that Brewery was named after a video game. Can you tell us how that came to be?
All three of us are environmental nerds. Our original desired location had a cave under it, and we wanted to tie it in to the brewery in multiple aspects. Jeff’s phone rang while there, and the ringtone was from Earthbound. Stuart also had a song from the game as his ringtone. The name called us.
We knew we wanted to be on Cherokee Street because we hang out here anyway. There is a lot of foot traffic in the area, and we wanted to be in a space that matched the feel of the neighborhood with our beer. When we came across 2710 Cherokee, we saw the amount of freedom it would give us to do everything we wanted. It used to be an ally way; then it was a nail salon, followed by a residential art gallery. Now the space makes beer.
The liquor license process is pretty straight forward. The federal brewers permit involves a lot of work and can take up to a year. It requires a ridiculous amount of documentation and waiting. That is why we are able to serve our city’s great beer before our own. But we hope to have the permit by the end of the year, and we have some great winter beer recipes on standby for the moment we get approval.
If we looked inside your fridge at home what kind of beer would we find?
The kegerator always has our beer on tap; the fridge has Stag.
STL is hardly obsolete when it comes to great beer. What do you think sets Earthbound apart from the throngs of other breweries?
Near as we can tell, all of the brewers in the metro area are at capacity. St. Louisans have a thirst for craft beer. We are so small and our business plan allows so much leeway that we can try absolutely bizarre stuff. If it doesn’t turn out the way we want it’s not a big deal. If it is great, we pass along our weird beer to the adventurous and beer aficionados.
We all play tabletop games; Stuart and Rebecca run a company called Dioxin Dump Games. Jeff has a budding rap career. Stuart also lawyers, and Rebecca likes to hang out in nature and go horseback riding.
What was the last song you listened to?
“Zombie” by The Cranberries. Nothing gets morale up during build-out like Irish women yowling about war crimes.