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  • Drinks of the Year

    published December 29, 2004

    In 2004 Drink of the Week enjoyed at least 100 different concoctions in and around the Gateway to the West, and for the first year ever (we... More >>

  • Gekeikkan Sake (warm)

    published December 22, 2004

    A robotic Santa greets visitors of Little Tokyo, a new Clayton sushi joint just down from World News. He's the size of a midget. When "Santroid"... More >>

  • E&J VSOP Brandy

    published December 15, 2004

    Some nights just don't work out, despite your best efforts. The lady's in a funk. You're in a funk. Luciano's is trying its hardest, yes, but... More >>

  • B-to-the-E

    published December 8, 2004

    According to the Internet, Shen Nung (456-538 A.D.), compiler of the Shen-Nung Pen-Ts'ao Ching: The Shen-Nung Pharmacopoeia, explained the... More >>

  • Kamata Shoten lychee-flavored ramune soda

    published December 1, 2004

    Americans, in addition to being greedy, short-sighted, dim-witted and chubby, are boring. We, for instance, prefer our carbonated beverages to... More >>

  • Myrl the Pearl

    published November 24, 2004

    A Guns 'N Hoses without Myrl Taylor is like a crime novel without a murder weapon. The larger-than-life St. Louis bad-ass -- former Sonny Liston... More >>

  • Mr. Brown Iced Coffee

    published November 24, 2004

    Mr. Brown tastes like chocolate doughnuts, which is always an excellent way to start the day. It tastes like Cocoa Pebbles: a totally fraudulent... More >>

  • Deer, Guns & Videotape

    published November 17, 2004

    On the seventh volume of Dream Season, released last spring and available at hunting stores across the nation, Mark Drury sits inside a... More >>

  • Hung Fook Tong Common Selfheal Fruit-Spike

    published November 17, 2004

    Selfheal fruit-spike! Need we say more? Who doesn't have at least one sparkling memory of an evening fueled by it, a night filled with love,... More >>

  • The Chocolate Bar Signature Martini

    published November 10, 2004

    The Mayans were superhuman specimens. Not only did they invent basketball and the Internet, but they could bake a mean pie, plot the infinite dots... More >>

  • Farmers' All Natural Creamery Non-Homogenized Grade A Organic 2% Milk

    published November 3, 2004

    It is the first liquid that flows through our lips, the first quench of life -- milk. Pure, velvety milk passes through pillows that will never be... More >>

  • Before The Ball

    published October 27, 2004

    The fat lady finally sang for the Century Building, the historic downtown high-rise that has been the center of St. Louis' most heated... More >>

  • Boilermaker

    published October 27, 2004

    At the storied Cat's Meow in South Soulard, 3:30 p.m., the sixth game of the National League championship series is being broadcast on three... More >>

  • Cockburn's 20 Year Old Tawny Port

    published October 20, 2004

    Note to idiot guys on dates at swank hotel restaurants: Do not -- we repeat, do not -- tell your sweetheart that one of the groups staying in the... More >>

  • Extreme Makeover

    published October 13, 2004

    As a young kid, Rollin Stanley had a passion for long-distance running -- a fitting pursuit for the man who would someday be charged with... More >>

  • Anheuser World Select Lager Beer

    published October 13, 2004

    From the looks of it, Drink of the Week's press posse was the only one pounding beer in the spin room during last Friday's presidential debate.... More >>

  • Lemongrass Mojito

    published October 6, 2004

    Last week, out of the blue, the Voice of God (or Jah, or Allah, or the Creator, or Sparky, or whatever your belief system calls She/He Who Knows... More >>

  • Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs

    published September 22, 2004

    "Without inspiration, there would be no poetry," says one of the cute little marketing phrases at More >>

  • Metal Health

    published September 22, 2004

    Metallica used to get into fistfights onstage, turn dressing rooms into latrines and rip through so many cans of beer that Alcoa stock would rise... More >>

  • Dizzee Rascal

    published September 22, 2004

    A quick refresher on the evolution of the snare drum in hip-hop music. American producers have always ratcheted the pop to beats two and... More >>

  • Czechvar Premium Lager

    published September 15, 2004

    Ah yes, sitting in the wilderness, drinking a Bud with friends. Coals glowing in a pit. The chill of a late summer evening. Grilled peaches on the... More >>

  • Charbay Blood Orange Vodka

    published September 8, 2004

    To quote the late poet Czeslaw Milosz: "The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes." Ditto here. There was the time in the front yard,... More >>

  • Fair Ferment

    published September 1, 2004

    Tom Schlafly is a bitter brewmeister. He says the high-profile Saint Louis Art Fair wrongfully banished his company from selling beer at the... More >>

  • Bucket of Bud

    published September 1, 2004

    Let us rejoice at the August just past, and mark it in our collective memory. Yes, August 2004, when the stars guided the cool Canadian jet stream... More >>

  • Auchentoshan Three-Wood Single-Malt Scotch

    published August 25, 2004

    Ock-un-tosh-un. Ockuntoshun. Auchentoshan. Sounds German, but it's actually Gaelic and was born in 1823 in Glasgow, Scotland, on the soulful river... More >>

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