Martin Toft IV laughs when he recalls his first foray into making beer. "It was awful. Technically, I suppose it was beer. I don't know why I kept going with it, but it eventually got better," he says. See Also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement
Scratch what we said last week -- it really does feel like fall. Pumpkin beers are everywhere, the more exciting sibling of the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. With the amount of craft breweries in town, we also have an unprecedented number of pumpkin beers. You gave us some great nominations for le ... More >>
Budweiser will always be our hometown beer, even if it is owned by the Belgians now. But the Busch family is still brewing right here in St. Louis under the William K Busch Brewing Company. The brewery was founded in summer 2011 by the eponymous Busch, who is the great-grandson of Adolphus Busch, an ... More >>
St. Louis is becoming a craft beer mecca. There are so many great options -- Schlafly, 4 Hands, Perennial, Urban Chestnut, the list goes on. Some get more press than others though, so we want to hear: what's your favorite craft brewery that we should give some more love? See also: The Six Best Cra ... More >>
Sitting high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Bellefontaine Cemetery's Millionaires' Row is home to the city's greatest collection of grand neoclassical mausoleums graced with names that read like a who's who of prominent nineteenth-century St. Louis industrialists: Brown, Mallinckrodt, ... More >>
When you hear Wendy's, you don't exactly think basketball. But two NBA players are aiming to revive the fast-food chain in St. Louis. Junior Bridgeman, a retired player for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Chauncey Billups, who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons, now own all 29 Wendy's restaurants in ... More >>
St. Louis may be a little biased, but beer doesn't get much more American than Budweiser. The patriotism's built right into the Anheuser-Busch logo with its bald eagle and all. Yet, Budweiser is somehow a less patriotic brand than New Balance?! See also: -Anheuser-Busch to Roll Out Margarita-Flavo ... More >>
Rasheen Aldridge had just finished working the lunch rush at the Jimmy John's in Soulard when he says his manager handed him a hand-written sign and asked that he hold it while he snapped a photo. The sign's message? "I made three wrong sandwiches."
Gut Check was just talking to ourselves the other day: "Self," we said, "it's been a while since we reported on any foods being recalled because of plastic contamination." So we ambled on over (virtually speaking) to the FDA's recall, withdrawal and safety alert website and, lo and behold!, there's ... More >>
Our beer mugs runneth over here in St. Louis. Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery, the nation's fifth-largest craft brewery, is set to commence Base Camp for Fanatics, its week-long campaign to introduce new and specialty beers through tasting events, food pairings and a chance to engage with Woody ... More >>
Long known for pressing thick, squishy burgers into the hands of famous females who are neither thick nor squishy, St. Louis-based Hardee's (a.k.a. Carl's Jr.) is mixing it up a little bit for this year's Super Bowl commercial. Fret not: It's still porn-y.
The Good Food Awards celebrate food that's good in all senses of the word: tasty and ethical and responsible. That is to say, food that's all natural, made by actual people who respect animals and the environment and the seasons and the culture of the people who produce it. It's food that costs a li ... More >>
Oh, those devilishly clever execs at Anheuser-Busch InBev. First, they discover that Robert Zemeckis' brand-new film Flight contains scenes where Denzel Washington's character -- an alcoholic airline captain -- swills bottles of Budweiser. Let's put that another way: They figure out that millions of ... More >>
As bizarre lawsuits go, it was the case that kept on giving. In 2009, Ronald Ball of Granite City sued PepsiCo, claiming he'd gotten sick from drinking a can of Mountain Dew.It wasn't the soft drink, though, that caused him to vomit up the neon green beverage. It was the mouse he says he found insid ... More >>
St. Louis Public Radio reported this week that heat-ocalypse 2012 is "good news for Missouri winemakers." Not so, says Jon Held, vice president of Stone Hill Winery (1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann; 800-909-9463). Those precious booze-making grapes aren't exempt from the sweltering heat that has sh ... More >>
The important thing to do as you hear the news in this blog post is to remain calm. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and picture puppies frolicking in a field. Take another deep breath. Do you practice yoga? Go over into the corner and assume whatever position puts you in touch with your inne ... More >>
Questionable dessert interpretations of the burger aren't new. Japanese company Happy Kitchen sells a candy hamburger kit to meet the high demand of making fast-food-inspired confections at home, while stateside sweets seller Efrutti produces weirdly adorable novelty gummy candy mini-hamburgers, hot ... More >>
Another mystery for your Tuesday afternoon -- though the solution to this one seems far more obvious. Our friends at STL Hops report that American Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. (1821 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1222), the brewpub and microdistillery formerly known as The Stable before a change in own ... More >>
East St. Louis native and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin last month urged Mayor Alvin Parks to end the city's late-night liquor sales in the hopes that it would cut down on violent crime. As he had done in the past, Parks rejected the notion. But after two separate shootings long after midnight thi ... More >>
We told you last month how model Kate Upton is the latest female celebrity to get all hot 'n' heavy with a Hardee's burger. Now the fine folks at CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., have sent us a poster of Kate posing with the chain's new Southwest Patty Melt Thick ... More >>
You'd think that the brain trust at Anheuser-Busch InBev would have considered the margarita earlier. After all, the blend of tequila, lime juice and orange-flavored liqueur is one of the most popular mixed drinks in America. But, no. When the brewery first looked south of the border for inspirat ... More >>
Rick Jordan has one word of advice for Valentine's Day shoppers: "Stop asking for chocolate covered strawberries when they're out of season!" Jordan proclaims wearily from his west county chocolate store, RJ Chocolatier (14882 Clayton Road, Chesterfield; 636-230-9300). Jordan, in chocolate-making c ... More >>
Remember Ronald Ball, the Illinois man who's been suing PepsiCo on a claim that he opened a can of Mountain Dew and found a dead mouse inside? The Madison Record broke the story a year and a half ago, followed by the Daily RFT (here and here). But yesterday, websites from the Daily Mail in Great ... More >>
sogoodblog.comShould this be the new face of Olive Garden?This week, the Wall Street Journal reported some downer news regarding Olive Garden's business woes. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, has expressed a dismal prediction of Olive Garden's sales continuing to plummet for the u ... More >>
Image viaWith the rapid growth of craft beer in St. Louis, it was only a matter of time before someone opened a retail store like Wolfbräu House of Beer (286 Mid Rivers Center, St. Peters; 636-242-1040). Founder Ryan Wolf describes Wolfbräu, scheduled to open the second week of December, as a " ... More >>
Wellston Food Market in the 6200 block of Page.KTVI reports that one person is dead and six other people injured this afternoon in a mass shooting, at least part of which occurred at the Wellston Food Market on Page Avenue. Developing...
New can: Does it Bud for you? We'd always heard that the beer industry was pretty much recession-proof. In good economic times, people drank because they were happy. In bad economic times, people drank perhaps even more because they were depressed. Well, so much for that, at least according to An ... More >>
Image viaAd Age reported that Miller Lite's sales have steadily decreased, and the company cites the same factors we all blame for our everyday problems and bad moods: the stupid economy and the shitty weather. But not all beer makers are faring poorly, and bad marketing strategies might be ... More >>
From the Department of Awesome Stuff People Send Me Apropos of Nothing, here are two ads for a Japanese noodle company featuring James Brown:
Credit Eater with digging up this gem, a Reddit Q & A with an ex-manager at the Olive Garden. In it, the ex-manager reveals that there truly is an Olive Garden Culinary Institute of Tuscany, the existence of which has been the target of much disbelief and derision.If you have a very gen ... More >>
Sorry Chicago, but your craft beer star now belongs to St. Louis. Well, technically, it belongs to Belgium. It was announced this morning that Anheuser-Busch is buying Goose Island, the 23-year-old Chicago miccrobrew stalwart. (A-B has distributed Goose Island since 2006.) After the jump: ... More >>
Anheuser-Busch is disputing recent claims that Chinese brew Snow eclipsed Bud Light in global beer sales last year. In a statement this week, Budweiser president David Peacock argues that Snow represents a family of beer brands that includes at least 25 individual extensions such as Snow Draft Beer, ... More >>
The results are in for USA Today's annual Super Bowl Ad Meter ratings, and for the first time in a decade the winner isn't Anheuser-Busch (or AB InBev, as we affectionately refer to it today).Also for the first-time ever the best commercial wasn't created by an advertising company. This year's top s ... More >>
MSNBC reports that Starbucks will close 300 additional stores and cut 6,700 jobs, both at those closed stores and at its corporate offices. The coffee giant saw its profit drop 69% during the first quarter of its fiscal year. No word yet on where and when the closings will occur.
In today's news: food makers ask Obama for help, Kenya asks for help and genetically engineered animals.
OK, getting this in just under the wire here. Scientists find that eating red meat and dairy products introduces a sugar that helps bacterial infections, such as E. coli, take hold. (Science News) More bad news from our scientist friends: Wine may contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. (Press A ... More >>
China's tainted-milk scandal spreads to British candy giant Cadbury. (AP) InBev shareholders approve the company's takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (AP) As you probably know, Paul Newman passed away this weekend. Here a look back at the iconic actor's many food endeavors. (Hartford Courant) - Ian Froe ... More >>
A group of beer drinkers sues to stop InBev's buyout of Anheuser-Busch. (AP) Wine critic Robert Parker faces defamation charges in France. (AP) Is Amazon.com planning to sell wine? (Reuters) Pregnant women should eat fish, a new study finds. (UPI) - Ian Froeb
The Department of Justice wants more info on InBev's planned takeover of Anheuser-Busch. (AFP) Controversy about potential grape-mixing in another Italian wine, vino nobile di Montepulciano. (Chicago Tribune) God help us all: The Food Network is working on a show described as a cross between eatin ... More >>
Anheuser-Busch's theme parks could be the first things sold as InBev looks to save costs following the buyout. (Economic Times) Tougher standards for farmed seafood at Whole Foods. (AP) France faces a shortage of snails. The culprit? Economic migration. (The Independent) - Ian Froeb
We don't know about you, but Unreal was thirsty for more after reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "exclusive interview" with InBev chief/Anheuser-Busch bidder Carlos Brito. In his informal meeting with the daily, Brito (dressed in a shirt with no tie!) discussed his dedication to St. Louis, his l ... More >>
Could fresh salsa be the culprit of the salmonella outbreak? (ABC News) InBev might try to oust the board of Anheuser-Busch. (AP) Japan pledges $50 million in food aid. (AFP) Joey Chestnut wins the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest for the second year in a row. No one died. Godot did not ret ... More >>
Governor Matt Blunt and Senator Kit Bond ask the FTC to intervene in InBev's proposed buyout of Anheuser-Busch. (BizJournals.com) The FDA pursues a hot lead in the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes. (Reuters) Could an unorthodox method of farming rice help ease the global food crisis? (New York Time ... More >>
Yes, this is for real. Via the AV Club, the video has one instance of NSFW language. Details after the jump.
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