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    October 23, 2014

    10 Best Places for a Boozy Brunch in St. Louis

    There's a certain art to lingering over a leisurely brunch with a cocktail (or two) and friends. Food is definitely only half of the experience where drinking before noon is the name of the game. We've assembled our top picks for boozy brunches in St. Louis that showcase inspired cocktails made for ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Thursday Throwdown: The (Local) Pumpkin Spice Latte Battle

    A gust of wind blew yellow leaves across Forest Park Parkway today, driving home what we already know: It's fall. Though the air hasn't turned cold enough for coats, the emerging autumn colors and shorter days mark the beginning of pumpkin spice latte season. For this week's Thursday Throwdown, we s ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    How to Make Grenadine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. To most, grenadine brings to mind t ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    How 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar Got Way Ahead of the Whiskey Craze

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. St. Louis has some great whiskey ba ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Brew Hub Expands Experimental Brewery to St. Louis

    Brew Hub was founded two years ago in St. Louis, but its first brewery ended up in Lakeland, Florida. It's something of a shared office space: brewing equipment for craft breweries that don't have the capacity, capital or proximity to open their own brewpub. The second Brew Hub is set to open in Che ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Annie Gunn's, Balaban's, Truffles and More Win Wine Spectator Awards

    Every year, Wine Spectator gives out restaurant awards for wine lists at eateries around the country. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award at the top. See also: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Fa ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: July 25 to 27

    St. Louis Craft Beer Week kicks off this weekend with lots of events. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend, so even if craft beer isn't your thing, we've got some ideas for you. Check out our food-related recommendations after the jump. See also: 15 Must-Drink Events at St. Louis Craft Beer Week ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    15 Must-Drink Events at St. Louis Craft Beer Week 2014

    It's the most wonderful time of the year -- no, not Christmas. St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday, July 26 and is sponsoring events all over town until August 3. It can be hard to whittle it down to something manageable (more power to you if you're trying to hit every single one), so we' ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    Brunch Cocktail Alternatives: Robust and Tree House Go Beyond the Bloody Mary

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. The Drunken Vegan loves a good bloo ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Campari Cocktails, the Bartender's After-Work Drink of Choice, at the Good Pie and Olio

    The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. Jeffrey Moll Jr., head barman at th ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Resurrecting the Daiquiri: The Cocktail of Summer 2014

    All week long we're rolling out content from our Summer Guide 2014. In it you'll find all the best ways to enjoy the season in and around St. Louis. Pick it up in print at the red Riverfront Times box nearest you. When some drinkers think of the daiquiri, they imagine a red or blue slush excreted b ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 25 to 27

    Get outside this weekend with the St. Louis Earth Day Festival or the Edwardsville Beer Festival. Grow your own delicious herbs with the help of the Webster Groves Herb Society or learn about chemical-free makeup at Local Harvest Cafe. We know, Netflix is tempting, but there are so many cool events ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014
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    April 14, 2014

    Schlafly Celebrates the Repeal of Prohibition with Cadre of Washington State Brews

    Local beer fans converged on the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) last Saturday to enjoy good beer and gorgeous weather at the brewery's annual Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Each year, Schlafly commemorates the enactment of the Cullen-Harrison Act on April 7, 1 ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Is Your Latte Art Good Enough for Coffee Fest St. Louis?

    Coffee Fest, a java-centric trade show, is coming to St. Louis at the end of May at the Cervantes Convention Center at America's Center. There's a big opportunity for Gateway baristas -- a latte art competition. Instagram and artisan coffeehouses have encouraged the rise of so-called "latte art" whi ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    First Look: The London Tea Room Warms Up to Tower Grove with Hot Tea and Flaky Pastries

    The thought of hot tea and pastries sounded so welcoming in this winter wasteland that Gut Check couldn't wait to check out the London Tea Room's (3128 Morganford Road; 314-241-6556) new digs in Tower Grove South. During its soft opening weekend, staff busily steeped loose leaf teas for a busy brunc ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    London Tea Room Re-Opens in Tower Grove

    The new London Tea Room is now open at 3128 Morganford Road in Tower Grove. An Anglophile's dream, the tea cafe moved into a bigger space -- with a new focus on retail -- from Washington Avenue. The new London Tea Room opened Friday, February 7, after a few weeks of closure. See also: The London T ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    First Look: Goody Cafe Blends Bubble Tea with Chinese and Vietnamese Cuisine

    Bubble tea hasn't quite taken St. Louis by storm the way it has in larger cities, but over the years, spots featuring chewy tapioca and oversize straws have slowly crept onto the scene. The Bubble Tea House in Chesterfield and Galleria malls, named the best bubble tea in the RFT's Best of St. Louis ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Coffee Is...

    You guys were pretty vocal on this one -- there is a lot of good coffee to be had in St. Louis. The winner took a whopping 47.17 percent of the vote, while write-ins accounted for more than 31 percent. So, where should we all be getting our next cup of coffee? See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    The Craft Beer Cellar Set to Be Our New Favorite Store

    St. Louis' craft breweries are growing swiftly, and to that end, many local grocery stores carry several varieties. Still, it can be hard to seek out exactly what you want if you're unable to hit breweries like Perennial Artisan Ales and Second Shift, which are more than an hour away from each other ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    The 5 Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

    It's no secret that we love wine, but sadly, winery season in Missouri is pretty much over. Instead, we'll be visiting one of the several wine bars St. Louis has to offer. If that sounds overwhelming, Gut Check has got you covered. Try one of our five favorites this week. See also: March 2013 Issue ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Sump Coffee Hosts Pop-Up Brunch with Lulu's Local Eatery

    Sump Coffee Roasters (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) is holding its latest popup collaboration this Saturday, November 16. After all, what's better than handcrafted coffee on a Saturday? Handcrafted coffee on a Saturday with brunch. Lulu's Local Eatery, a vegan food truck, will be holed ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Balaban's Wine Dinners Shine the Spotlight on Little-Known Vintners

    Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) doesn't pick just any vintner for its monthly wine dinners. Instead, the west-county revival of Steve McIntyre's Central West End mainstay tries to find a winery that is refined but still a little unknown in St. Louis ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 18 to 20

    There are several outdoor events this weekend so you can enjoy the crisp fall weather! Check out the annual Harvest Fest or celebrate Perennial Artisan Ales' second year in business. Read on for our food-related recommendations. See also: Best Craft Brewery 2013: Perennial Artisan Ales Celebrates a ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013
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    October 10, 2013

    Budweiser Releases Project 12 2013 with Three New, Experimental Beers

    As much as we are loathe to admit it, not all Budweiser is brewed here in St. Louis. There are twelve breweries around the country -- Baldwinsville, Newark, LA, Houston, Columbus, Jacksonville, Merrimack, Williamsburg, Fairfield, Fort Collins and Cartersville. Budweiser's Project 12 challenges the b ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Favorite Wine

    In honor of our 2013 Best of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. This week's category: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned). Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. The wine list at Elaia (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) is ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    The Five Best Pumpkin Spice Lattes in St. Louis

    Pumpkin spice latte season is upon us and we recently found out that people are abbreviating them "PSL," as in, "I'm heading to the 'Bucks for a PSL." If that isn't bad enough, even McDonald's is offering pumpkin spice lattes this season -- proof the trend has officially jumped the shark. However, t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 29, 2013

    The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

    As the long summer afternoons drag on, we could all use a quick pick-me-up -- not those sugary, chemical-ridden energy drinks, but rather good old-fashioned coffee. Chances are your local coffee shop is like a second home -- special mugs, chatty baristas and free wifi; it's likely you've grown quite ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    10 Must-Drink Events for St. Louis Craft Beer Week (July 27-August 4)

    Combine St. Louis' rich beer brewing heritage with a recent explosion of local craft beers and you've got all the reason you need to celebrate. Thus, the 2013 STL Craft Beer Week: a collection of wonderful events running from July 27 to August 4 that will make beer-lovers rejoice. With a schedule ra ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    La Cosecha Roasters Pairs with Great Harvest For First Location

    La Cosecha is a fair trade coffee roaster you may have seen around St. Louis -- they provide java for Deer Creek Coffee (9820 Clayton Road, 314-262-8494), Sarah's Cake Shop (10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield, 636-728-1140) and Global Foods Market (421 North Kirkwood Road, 314-835-1112). But th ... More >>

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    July 8, 2013

    STL Brewery Hop Schools Gut Check on Craft Beer

    How many times have you, while imbibing at one of the many local breweries, wished there was some way to visit another brewery and then another and another, all in the same day, without having to worry about getting arrested for driving under the influence of copious amounts of craft beer? Quite oft ... More >>

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    June 19, 2013

    Modesto's "The Armada": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Today is National Dry Martini Day, and to celebrate we're visiting Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272) for a Spanish take on the dry martini: "The Armada." Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions Brian Hornbeck, general manager of Modesto, guided us through the Hill restaurant's coc ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Kerne and Ortmann Kick Glass at Randall's Sommelier Showdown [PHOTOS]

    For local oenophiles, the third installment of Randall's Wines & Spirits Sommelier Showdown at Cielo in the Four Seasons promised to be a slugfest. In one corner stood Brandon Kerne, one of the skilled sommeliers at twin eateries Elaia and Olio in Tower Grove. Opposite him was Angela Ortmann, better ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Seven Great Summer Cocktails Available at St. Louis Bars, Restaurants

    There's a certain kind of understated pleasure that can come from cracking open a twelve-pack in your own back yard as the Cardinals game buzzes in the background. But as we dive headlong into summer, lots of local restaurants and bars are celebrating the warmer temps with carefully curated cocktail ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Nine Prohibition-Era Cocktails in Honor of The Great Gatsby (And Because We Like to Drink)

    "There was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars...In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so lon ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Maryland House's Gin Rickey: Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    As evidenced by the multitude of cocktails consumed throughout the course of Baz Luhrmann's new spectacle, The Great Gatsby, Prohibition didn't exactly halt the consumption of alcoholic beverages. In fact, the alcohol ban inspired drinkers to get creative. One such creative drinker was Col. Joseph ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    The Wine Merchant, Ltd. to Host a Champagne Class Monday

    Think you know champagne? Do you understand the importance of an assemblage? Or how to make a fine cuvée? On Monday, May 13, The Wine Merchant, Ltd. (20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton; 314-863-6282) is hosting a special champagne class where guests can learn all about the beloved bubbly brew. The class w ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    8 Great St. Louis Brunch Spots For Mother's Day This Weekend

    Of all the greeting-card company holidays manufactured over the years, Mother's Day remains one we're perennially endeared toward...cause let's face it, moms deserves their own holiday. Make Mom's day with a meal at any of these eight St. Louis restaurants, which offer outstanding brunch selections ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Farmhaus Hosting Shane Wine Cellars Dinner on May 8

    Seats remain for the first wine dinner at Kevin Willmann's acclaimed Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) next Wednesday, May 8. The dinner will pair four courses with wines from Shane Wine Cellars. Shane owner and winemaker Shane Finley will attend the event. In an e-mail to Gut Check, Far ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Milagro Modern Mexican's Craig Bielke: Featured Bartender of the Week

    The agave has been juiced, the limes have been purchased and the tequila has been stocked. Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300) is ready to make hundreds of margaritas in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Milagro isn't hosting a garish Cinco party, but as the winner of ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Sanctuaria's Mint Julep: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail S ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Chipotle Adds Patrón Margaritas to Menus Today [RECIPE]

    Gut Check's inbox runneth over with press releases: local restaurant news, bizarre and enticing fast-food and junk-food, area food events...just to name a few. Last week we received a press release announcing a chain restaurant would be introducing a new Patrón margarita to St. Louis locations. T ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Hop On Over to Two Beer Festivals This Weekend

    It seems that once Spring arrives, it's time to bust out some brews. And we are so down with that. This Saturday, April 27, Global Brew Tap House & Lounge (112 South Buchanan Street Suite 1, Edwardsville; 618-307-5858) will host the Edwardsville Spring Beer Festival and Ferguson Brewing Company (41 ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Salt's Tim Rabior: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Tim Rabior of Salt. Below is a Q&A with Rabior, followed by the recipe for a "Green Goddess." Tim Rabior has blond highlights and sunglasses that never lea ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Taste's Kyle Mathis: Winner of Iron Fork's Mixology Competition and Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Kyle Mathis of Taste. Below is a Q&A with Mathis, followed by the recipe for Another Hop Pun. We know, we know. We just interviewed a bartender from Taste (4 ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Mixologist Matt Seiter Serves Drinks From Sanctuaria Cocktail Book Tonight at Taste

    Mohawked mixologist and Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) bar manager Matt Seiter will be mixing drinks from his recently released book Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time at Taste tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Seiter has alr ... More >>

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