Beverage Manufacturing

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Excel Brewery Debuts New Stable of Beers

    Excel Brewing Company (488 South Broadway, Breese, Illinois; 618-526-7159) doesn't get mentioned as much as the other craft breweries around St. Louis, but perhaps a new look and a new line of beers will change that. It's much more well-known for its sister operation, Excel Bottling, which has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

    The taps behind many bars in St. Louis look very different today than they did two decades ago. Sure, there's probably still that familiar red Budweiser handle, but it's got additional neighbors in an ever-growing variety of local ales, porters, Hefeweizens and more. Dan Kopman, cofounder of the Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Budweiser and Bud Light Ingredients Made Public for the First Time

    Just 24 hours after a blogger launched an online petition to see what exactly is in Anheuser-Busch beers, A-B InBev has published its ingredients for the first time. Vani Hari, a.k.a. Food Babe, started the campaign because there are so many things allowed to be in beer, but unlike drinks such as Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    What's on Tap (and in Bottles) at MicroFest 2014

    St. Louis MicroFest is in its nineteenth year and is bringing back a huge selection of local, domestic and international beers to Forest Park. There are three sessions, plus a morning two-mile Micro Run. Profits also go to Lift for Life Gym, so guests are totally drinking for a good cause. Tickets a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Craft Beer Is...

    Last week's poll was our biggest ever. St. Louis has more than enough craft beer to go around, but we know some breweries get more love than others -- hence our question. One of the freshmen won the title of STL's most underrated craft beer, despite the fact that they've only been open for a few mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Craft Beer

    We know craft beer is a topic you guys are pretty passionate about, so we couldn't wait to hear your nominations. And there were tons, along with a little trolling clever wordplay. Check out the top four after the jump and cast your vote. See also: The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Main & Mill Brewery Brings Craft Beer to Festus to Jumpstart Historic Main Street

    Craft breweries aren't hard to come by in St. Louis -- and thank goodness for that -- but Denny Foster found it's a little different in Festus. The nearest brewery was 45 minutes away, and it's primarily a bottling and distribution center. Enter Main & Mill Brewery (240 East Main Street, Festus; 314 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Boulevard Brewing Sold to Belgium-Based Duvel Moortgat

    Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City; 816-474-7095) announced yesterday that it has been bought by Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat. Kansas City fans were very dismayed on social media, much as we were when InBev swooped up Anheuser-Busch in 2011. But president and founder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Anheuser-Busch Leaves Competitors in the Dust in Missouri Beer Sales

    It shouldn't be news to anyone that Anheuser Busch sells more beer than anyone else in Missouri, but we didn't realize how much more. A new report on 2012-2013 beer sales from the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, through it reveals a decline for the fourth year in a row, shows a maj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Anheuser-Busch Biergarten Now Open

    The latest addition to the Anheuser-Busch flagship brewery (South 12th Street & Lynch Street; 314-577-2626), an outdoor biergarten, is now open. Anheuser-Busch is hoping that the new space will attract even more visitors, and, if you can believe it, get people to try some new beers (no, not Bud Ligh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    What's on Tap at St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival

    The collective strength of the St. Louis brewing community will be on full display this weekend at Forest Park. On Friday through Saturday, June 14 and 15, the seventh annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival showcases some of the finest brews the region has to offer. The celebration brings togeth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Sample Craft Brews at Inaugural Belleville Ale Fest Saturday

    Belleville, Illinois, is jumping on the craft-beer bandwagon. The small city to the east of the big river is hosting its inaugural craft-beer festival this Saturday, April 20, from noon to 4 p.m at the Belleville Crossing shopping center. Gut Check spoke with John Lengerman, the executive director ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2012, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2013 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. With the craft beer scene exploding across the Midwest and the recent opening of the beer emporium Flying Sauc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    St. Louis-Based American Patriot Beer Makes Its Local Debut

    Lifelong St. Louisan John Beal's favorite beer growing up was Budweiser. "I always wanted the Budweiser car to win," he says. When its parent company Anheuser-Busch was purchased by Belgian brewing behemoths InBev in 2008, the career roofer was "bothered" by the takeover, and decided to take matters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Q&A With New Metro East Craft Brewery East Wind Brewing Company

    St. Louis is up to its ears in microbreweries. Everywhere you turn, there's a festival, tour or tap house promoting all the hops you can drink. So is all hope lost if you have the urge to brew? Luckily, even within this saturated market, drinkers and brewers alike are welcoming to brewers who are tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    The Seven Best Brewpubs in St. Louis

    Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    William K Busch Brewing Company Launches Kräftig Lager and Kräftig Light

    ​Last week, the World Series trophy came back to St. Louis. This week sees the return of another tradition in the Gateway City: the Busch family brewing lager beer.William K. Busch, son of August A. "Gussie" Busch Jr. and great-grandson of Adolphus Busch, this summer announced the founding of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Food & Wine on St. Louis' Craft-Beer Boom

    Inside Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, part of the St. Louis craft-beer boom​Of the national food publications, few -- maybe none -- have paid St. Louis as much attention as Food & Wine. Already this year, the magazine tabbed Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus as one of its "Best New Chefs" -- the sec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Formerly AB-Owned Purus Vodka Expands Distribution

    Image viaThis sexy bottle is "designed to emulate the shape of a water droplet off of the Italian Alps!" Recognize!​In 2008, InBev bought Anheuser-Busch, creating ABInBev, now the world's largest brewer. Of course, you know that! The story dominated the news for a large chunk of that summer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    In Honor of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, Gut Check Plans to Launch Our Own Brew

    Image viaSt. Louis Craft Beer Week offers lots and lots of fancy-pants brew-centric events.​Call us crazy, but sometimes Gut Check International HQ misses the good ol' days when Anheuser-Busch drove this city like a team of clydesdales and you could actually buy a Busch beer at the stadium tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Anheuser-Busch Wants to Trademark Your Area Code

    Image viaAnheuser-Busch may not want to use this trademark -- but they definitely want to own it.​If brewing giant Anheuser-Busch gets its way, we won't just be living in the 314.We'll be living in the 314 (TM).The St. Louis-based brewery, now owned by Belgian conglomerate InBev, has applied for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    August Busch IV Saga Tackled by BusinessWeek

    August Busch IV gets the BusinessWeek treatment.​Cocaine! Oxycodone! A former Hooters waitress, dead in a darkened bedroom!A very bad beer baron!A BusinessWeek feature story that hit the Internets today, "Fall of the House of Busch," details the 2010 death of the girlfriend of August Busch IV, Adr ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    Get Ready, Arrogant Bastards! Stone Week Starts Tomorrow.

    Stone Brewing Co.​ Few craft brewers have arrived in St. Louis with the anticipation and fanfare of Escondido, California's Stone Brewing. But they're here this week, bringing all the Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone Ruination IPA we've been longing for. The beer hits store shelves and bar tap ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Review Preview: Six Row Brewing Company

    Jennifer SilverbergBeer flights at Six Row Brewing Company​I took a break from writing reviews last week. What did I do instead? I drank beer. Specifically, I drank beer at Six Row Brewing Company (3690 Forest Park Avenue; 314-531-5600). I also tried some of the fare from the brewpub's relatively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Washington Post Highlights St. Louis Craft Beer

    St. Louis craft beer welcomes more and more breweries.​Former RFT staff writer Kristen Hinman, whose desk was located directly next to Gut Check International Headquarters, has an article in the Washington Post about the growth of the beer scene in St. Louis beyond Anheuser-Busch.Hinman gives prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Brazilian Investment Firm Buys Burger King

    Image viaBurger King now has an even greater global presence!​Brazilian investment firm 3G will purchase perpetual fast-food bridesmaid Burger King for roughly $4 billion, the New York Times reports. The deal holds some (admittedly tangential) interest for St. Louis.A backer of 3G is Brazilian bil ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Craft Beer Week Starts Small Brew Celebration This Weekend

    Image viaA toast to Craft Beer Week​"In a nutshell, I created Craft Beer Week to celebrate craft beer in St. Louis," says Mike Sweeney, founder of local beer blog STL Hops. "Too often, I think people outside of St. Louis think of our hometown as the land of pale, fizzy lagers, when in reality we h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Schlafly Rises in Craft Beer Volume Ranks; A-B Still #1 Overall

    Image viaStill looming large.​The Brewers Association has released its annual list of the top 50 craft and overall breweries by volume. The St. Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly beers, ranked #41 on this year's list of craft brewers, up from #50 last year.Boston Beer Co., maker of Sam Adams, is #1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Have a Beer with Greg Koch, CEO and Cofounder of Stone Brewing Co.

    StudioSchulz.comStone Brewing Co. cofounder Greg Koch, arrogant bastard. (Lighten up - it's a Stone beer.)​Stone Brewing Co.'s CEO and cofounder Greg Koch will be in town Thursday evening to give a speech to the St. Louis chapter of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. The St. Loui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    The Noble Writ: A Natural Whine

    ​No concept is generating more discussion, misuse, vitriol or hype in the wine world right now than "natural" wine. If you've been spared the hubbub to this point, this should offer a gentle and balanced introduction.What is a natural wine? Well, the very term is a primary cause of the friction t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Are Sulfites Friend or Foe?

    One of the larger areas of misconception surrounding wine is the use of sulfur compounds, most commonly sulfur dioxide (SO2), during the wine-making process. Many consumers seem to misunderstand why most winemakers add SO2 and what ill effects it might cause. Given that all wines containing more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    St. Louis Craft Beer Week: Friday's Events

    Alberto Gottardo, Wikimedia CommonsThe first annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week concludes this weekend.- Of course, the big event this weekend is the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival in Forest Park, featuring area craft brewers, homebrewers and our friends at AB InBev. There are three sessions: 6 ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 3, 2009
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    May 8, 2009

    Busch: A Great Recession Libation

    Anheuser-Busch InBev posted strong gains yesterday for the first quarter of 2009. The results surprised some analysts who thought the weak economy and transition pains from InBev's 2008 acquisition of Anheuser-Busch could disrupt sales. Instead the combined company saw revenue increase 4.7 percent a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Anheuser-Busch Gaining Market Share, But at What Cost? Wall Street Journal features a front-page story today on the shakeup since InBev's acquisition of Anheuser-Busch last year.The paper notes that the brewer managed to increase its market share three-quarters of a percentage point in the first quarter of this year (the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    AB InBev To Lay Off 1,000 in St. Louis

    Anheuser-Busch InBev employees are buzzing about imminent job cuts in the wake of InBev's recent acquisition of St. Louis' corporate crown jewel. The company today announced that it would cut 1,400 jobs in the United States, about 75 percent of them (1,050 jobs) in St. Louis. According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008
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    July 14, 2008
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    July 14, 2008

    Budweiser vs. Stella Artois: A Taste Test

    Photo: Nick Lucchesi On the off chance you didn't hear the news last night -- or see the V-E Day-style headline in today's Post-Dispatch -- Anheuser-Busch has accepted InBev's $52 billion (or $70 a share) takeover bid. This creates not only the world's biggest brewer, but also a situation of some d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Financial Times: InBev Targets Anheuser-Busch

    According to the Alphaville blog of the Financial Times, Belgian beverage giant InBev is putting together a $46-billion takeover plan for Anheuser-Busch. A direct approach to approach to Anheuser chief executive August Busch IV is being planned, although expecting a cool reception, the InBev team a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 15, 2007
  • News

    July 19, 2006

    Bounty by the County

    The states winemakers and food producers arent exactly key playersin the global economy. A Mizzou professor aims to change all that.

  • News

    April 19, 2006

    Responsibility Matters

    In the trade group known as the Beer Industry, Anheuser-Busch holds sway

  • Film

    May 18, 2005

    The Grapes of Mirth

    Jonathan Nossiter's wine documentary is subversive, funny and humane

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    Drinkin' Dirt

    Bargain brews such as Pabst Blue Ribbon are making a comeback in some of St. Louis' hippest clubs, but Anheuser-Busch isn't too worried

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Missouri Winery

    Stone Hill Winery

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