Consumer Non-Cyclicals

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    February 11, 2014

    O'Fallon Brewery Lands Maryland Heights Space for Expansion

    O'Fallon Brewery (26 West Industrial Drive, St. Charles; 636-474-2337) has found a new home in Maryland Heights. As we reported in October, owner Jim Gorczyca is planning expanded brewing operations and a tasting room and bar. He announced last week that O'Fallon will be taking over the 40,000-squar ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Mausoleums Recount St. Louis Beer War Between Rival Clans -- Lemps and Wainwrights

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    4 Hands Brewing Co. Shares Details of Huge Expansion Plan

    4 Hands Brewing Co. (1220 South Eight Street; 314-436-1559), one of the fastest-growing craft brewers in St. Louis, announced this week it will expand its brewing capacity by several thousand barrels. Gut Check talked to 4 Hands president Kevin Lemp to get the inside scoop. "Right now we're trying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Excel Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary

    Excel Bottling Company (488 South Broadway, Breese, Illinois; 618-526-7159) started churning out bottled soda in Breese, Illinois, after Edward "Lefty" Meier caught a bank robber on the lam and invested the reward money wisely. Last year, with the changing times, owner Bill Meier believed it was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Malt Liquor (not Budweiser) Is True Culprit in Study on ER Visits

    Various news outlets have been giddily reporting a new study from Johns Hopkins that found Budweiser to be the No. 1 drink behind alcohol-related emergency room visits. "Understanding the relationship between alcohol brands and their connection to injury may help guide policy makers in considering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Basketball Players to Revitalize Wendy's in St. Louis

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Budweiser Less Patriotic Than New Balance? WTF?

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 13, 2013
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    May 9, 2013

    St. Louis Fast-Food Workers Protest for Better Pay, Right to Organize

    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."

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    It's Not Delivery, It's Plastic Fragments: DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas Recalled

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Put Down The Night Cheese -- Ben & Jerry's Announces New 30 Rock Ice Cream

    When Gut Check learned that season seven of 30 Rock would be the show's last, we were sad to say the least. This Thursday, January 31, we'll say goodbye to 30 Rock for good when it's season finale airs. Here's an excerpt from a memorial Gut Check penned this past spring when the show's final season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: Jan. 4-6

    Friday (Jan. 4): Happy Hour @ Vino Nadoz Treat yourself to half price wines, cocktails and local beer on tap, along with bar plates. 4 to 6 p.m. Murder in Maybury @ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn Enjoy a comedy-mystery dinner over a multi-course meal that includes soup, salad, chicken entree with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Schadenfreude Overdose: National Restaurants Anti-"Obamacare" Policies Hurt Business

    Last month, following the reelection of President Barack Obama, Gut Check examined five national restaurant chains sticking to anti-"Obamacare" policies. Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter threatened to raise pizza prices and cut employee hours to part-time to side-step paying for health ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Cheap Cigs Spent Big Money Defeating Missouri's Prop. B

    Tobacco companies financed the bulk of the paid opposition to last week's Proposition B that would have raised cigarette taxes in Missouri.Two off-brand cigarette manufacturers -- Cheyenne International and Xcaliber International -- each contributed more than $900,000 to the Missouri Petroleum Marke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Beer Book War! Updated Anheuser-Busch Biography Available as E-Edition

    Last week Riverfront Times told you about Bitter Brew, the new biography of the Busch family that comes out this month from publisher HaperCollins. But Bitter Brew isn't the first book to examine St. Louis' first family of beer, nor is it the only book about the brewer to go on sale this fall. Under ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Kermit Mix? Woman Finds Live Frog in Bagged Salad

    Oh, indeed, it ain't easy being green. Yes, that's a frog -- a living, breathing frog, in fact -- inside a package of bagged salad. A Lake County, Florida, woman says she found the frog inside the salad, which she bought from Wal-Mart.

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2012
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    August 9, 2012
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    July 23, 2012

    Rockville MO Horse Slaughter Plant Update: Nothing Doing So Far

    In June of this year Sue Wallis, the CEO of Unified Equine, announced that a shuttered cattle processing plant in Rockville, Missouri, would soon be home to her company's first horse slaughterhouse in America. Work was to begin immediately so that horses could be processed for human consumption as s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Heat Wave has Missouri Winemakers Sweating

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's "Chocolate Nougat Crunch" Ice Cream Voluntarily Recalled

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Carl's Jr., the Hardee's of the West Coast, Test Markets Ice Cream "Brrrger"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    The Nasty Details of the Tuna Scrape Recall

    Since last month Gut Check has been following Moon Marine's voluntary recall of frozen Nakaochi Scrape, which is tuna backmeat that has been scraped from the bone. In the United States, consumers are most likely to encounter this product as the tuna inside spicy tuna rolls. In response to last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    American Craft Brewing Closed?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Mayor Alvin Parks Rethinks ESL's Late-Night Liquor Sales in Wake of Shootings

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Anheuser-Busch Test Markets Margarita-Flavored Beer

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    How to Make a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Without a Strawberry

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Cold? Snuggle Up to a Local Brew

    If you haven't had the chance to become acquainted with the craft-brewing scene in St. Louis yet, don't fret. Plenty of opportunities exist on the horizon to get a taste of what's brewing in your own back yard. On Thursday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m., PW Pizza (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-7799) pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Report: AB-InBev Outraged Over World Series Bet Excluding Budweiser

    Cardinals and Budweiser: Nothing to make light of.​St. Louis gossipmeister Jerry Berger writes this week that Anheuser-Busch InBev "is pissed" with a friendly wager that Mayor Francis Slay made with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck over the World Series. The bet would have Slay winning some Texas stea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Try the Pre-Prohibition Pilsner at Six Row Brewing Company

    ​The stars of the beer universe aligned when Six Row Brewing Company (3690 Forest Park Avenue; 314-531-5600) decided to put out its latest release, Plant No. 1 Pre-Prohibition Pilsner. The midtown brewpub wanted to release its first lager at the same time that it was filling out a new expansion i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Bobby Flay's Spicy Mango Six Other Diet Pepsis No One Wants

    Thanks, Bobby Flay. The Spicy Mango Diet Pepsi and Pineapple Chipotle Diet Pepsi you commissioned for your "Tacos & Tequila" event last weekend most certainly increased the Patron consumption. At least PepsiCo had the good sense to not put these flavors on the mass market. They already have enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Budweiser Hopes "Bow Tie" Can Boosts Sales

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Attend a Tea Cupping at London Tea Room

    Image via​Care for a cuppa tea? Lipton might never forgive us for saying it, but the American tea market is pathetic. For years, the only options were Lipton or Celestial Seasonings. Now of course, the market is growing. The artisan coffee shops are doing their part to offer a wider variety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    James Brown Is a Sex Noodle Machine

    From the Department of Awesome Stuff People Send Me Apropos of Nothing, here are two ads for a Japanese noodle company featuring James Brown:

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Biz Journal's "30 Under 30" Features St. Louis Food Folk [UPDATED]

    The St. Louis Business Journal released its annual "30 Under 30" list of local business up-and-comers. Five honorees are from the food-business sector, ranging from small-business entrepreneurs to rising bigwigs at huge local corporations. Anthony Bommarito Jr. is poised to operate A. Bommarito Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Francine Katz, Anheuser-Busch Exec Alleging Discrimination, Wins Again

    Francine Katz: Former Anheuser-Busch exec wins another round against her former employer.​Francine Katz, who served as a vice president at Anheuser-Busch before resigning her position and filing a lawsuit alleging the company encouraged a "frat party" atmosphere and discriminated against female em ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    May 31, 2011

    Eat at Hardee's -- Help Joplin

    Hardee'sEat this at Hardee's to help the victims of the Joplin tornado. ​ If you're searching for ways to donate to disaster relief efforts following the deadly tornado that ripped through Joplin on May 22, Hardee's has a couple of options -- and one involves biscuits. On Thursday, June 2, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    $1.5 Million to Settle Wrongful-Death Suit? Busch IV Has Paid Bigger Bar Tabs

    ...and death, too!​The Post-Dispatch reports this morning that August Busch IV will pay $1.5 million to settle a wrongful-death suit brought on behalf of the son of his deceased girlfriend, Adrienne Martin. Martin died of a drug overdose at Busch IV's suburban St. Louis home in December. Prosecuto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Gluten-Free Summit Planned, and Not a Moment Too Soon​One person in 133 is gluten intolerant, and they're joining forces to hold the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit. The group will host the May 4 event in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to get legislators and food producers to follow the 2007 Food Allergen La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    The Olive Garden's Tuscan Cooking "School" Is Real -- And So Is This Review

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Goose Island Sells Out to Anheuser-Busch

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Amputations at Anheuser-Busch Can Factory Remind Daily RFT of Halloween Joke

    ​The Occupational Safety and Health Administration this week slapped Metal Container -- an Arnold-based can maker for Anheuser-Busch InBev -- with a $107,000 in fines for 14 violations of federal safety standards. The OSHA crackdown follows two amputations at the plant, in which one employee lost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Belleville Historical Society Plans Saloon Museum​ Belleville loves its bars and taverns. They dot corners through the town, impervious to fads and trends, most of them still advertising Stag Beer, which moved production from Belleville to Milwaukee in 1988. The Belleville Historical Society is in the early stages of celebrati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Tyson Foods Visionary Dies.

    Donald J. Tyson, who turned his father's Arkansas chicken business into one of the largest meat producers in the world, died yesterday. He was 80 years old. The New York Times has his obituary, featuring the story of Tyson Foods' massive growth under Mr. Tyson. He retired in 1994, but not before fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Smithfield Pork Exposed by Humane Society, Boycotted by Bittman

    Paula Deen may love Smithfield Foods pork products, but Mark Bittman's not a fan. Neither is the Humane Society of America, who released a report on inhumane conditions at Smithfield's large pig farms. Bittman took to his website yesterday to call for a boycott, and issued a plea to stop supporting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Researcher: InBev Pushes Anti-Booze Program That's Destined to Fail

    ​ St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (which is now, of course, part of the InBev conglomerate) has long been a font of carbonated sustenance to college kids across the United States, appealing to thirsty scholars and rabid game-day fans alike. Through i ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
  • Dining

    April 21, 2004

    $12 Wine Flight

    The Crossing, 7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 314-721-7375

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