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  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Heavy Riff Teams Up With Vernon's BBQ

    Less than two months after debuting its first beer, the Velvet Underbrown, Heavy Riff Brewing (6413 Clayton Avenue) is rolling out a food menu. It gets better -- the grub will be provided by Vernon's BBQ (6707 Vernon Avenue; 314-726-1227). After all, what's better than beer and barbecue? (The answer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Warm Up With Whiskey in the Winter This Weekend

    It's nothing but rain and cold this week and honestly, a coat can only do so much. We needed something to warm us from the inside. Naturally, we turned to the experts at the new Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-9500) to prepare us for the more intense whiskey worship at Saturda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Gamlin Whiskey House to Open in September

    Sub Zero Vodka Bar (308 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-1200) owners Lucas and Derek Gamlin announced last year they were following up their successful Central West End venture with another one -- a steakhouse. Months later, it's still a steakhouse, albeit one with a big focus on whiskey. Gut Check tal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from May 6 to 12

    Guys, Daniel Hill made it rain blood yesterday. You know, for Slayer. We don't know about you, but this past weekend was a pretty intense party, blustery weather be damned. And it don't stop. Keep things moving this week with visits from the likes of Har Mar Superstar and more, and look forward to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Randall's and Gerard's Host Whiskey 'Round The World Dinner

    Plenty of people have dinners which pair drinks with food to highlight the flavors of the cuisine. Randall's Wine and Spirits (14201 Manchester Road; 636-527-1002) and Gerard's Restaurant (1153 Colonnade Center, Des Peres; 314-821-7977) are doing it a little differently. The wine and spirits store ... More >>

  • News

    April 4, 2013
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    January 25, 2013

    Top 10 Booze Brands From Luxco, St. Louis-Based Maker of Everclear

    Gut Check's liver went pitter-pat late last week when we got wind that Luxco, our favoritest local liquor distiller, had added another half-bazillion booze brands to its bulging portfolio of alcoholic beverages we've either: 1) never heard of, or 2) consumed to excess at some point in your twenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Anheuser-Busch Sued By Inmates Who Say Booze Made Them Criminals

    Five inmates at a prison in Idaho have sued Anheuser-Busch, along with several other alcoholic beverage producers, claiming that had they only known that alcohol is addictive, they wouldn't have touched the stuff. Instead, delicious Budweiser and Michelob ruined their lives and made them do a strin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: December 28 to 30

    Hey guys, I'm Daniel Hill! Well, sort of. On the computer I'm using, I'm known in techie login terms as "Hillda" at least. Cute nickname, huh? My name's Mabel, and I'm hanging out at Hillda's desk as the new Clubs Editor until somebody around here shows me to a desk of my own. Meanwhile, the real Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Dave Spence Watch Party: At Least the Spread Was Top-Notch

    It was never so much a victory party as it was a wake. A good wake, mind you. The kind with lots of drinks and a few hearty laughs. Still, the hint of death permeated the hotel ballroom at Dave Spence's watch party last night.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Band Scramble, Where Saint Louis Musicians Form Unlikely Ensembles, Returns at El Lenador

    The Band Scramble makes its return July 19 at El Lenador (3124 Cherokee St) -- admission will be $10. The name speaks for itself: Band Scramble takes musicians from around the city and randomly assigns them to "new" bands, which then compete in one night of music. Scramble bands are given three wee ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Jamey Trochtop of Stellina, Part 2

    This is part two of Emily Wasserman's Chef's Choice profile of Jamey Trochtop of Stellina. Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Trochtop, is published here.Did your family cook together when you were a child? No, my mom cooked, but we didn't cook together. How old were you when you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Hurricane Recipes? Try a Gulf Spill! Top 10 Natural Disaster Cocktails

    Given that Saturday's Mardi Gras celebration is the proverbial bad-taste storm before the calm, it's only fitting that the big party's signature drink is sweet, lethal and named after an actual storm. That's right: the Hurricane. If you're in the mood for something different this weekend, Gut Check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Jimmy Buffett's National Margarita Day -- and 7 Other Celeb/Booze Tie-Ins

    ​Is National Wine Appreciation Week wearing you out? Maybe all you need is a change of pace. Lucky you! Today's National Margarita Day! At least, according to Jimmy Buffett, who will be opening Verizon Wireless Amphitheater's season on May 3. And who could doubt the word of a 64-year-old man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Chez Marilyn's Jacob Scarborough: 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 Alissa Nelson profiles Chez Marilyn bartender Jacob Scarborough. Below is a Q&A with Scarborough, followed by a video of him mixing an Almond Joy martini. Alissa NelsonWouldn't you just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Taste By Niche's Ted Kilgore: 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 Alissa Nelson profiles Taste by Niche bartender Ted Kilgore. Below is a Q&A with Kilgore, followed by a video of him mixing an El Maestro No. 1 cocktail. Alissa Nelson​The "10,000 ... More >>

  • Music

    August 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Chef's Choice, Part 2: Jarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant and Martini Lounge

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Jarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant & Martini Lounge. To read part one, click here. Stay tuned for part three tomorrow. Robin WheelerJarvis Putnam of Bossanova Restaurant & Martini Lounge​Did your family cook when you we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    2009 in Review: July

    ​Kevin Ward, Wikimedia Commons​July was a quiet month at Gut Check International Headquarters as St. Louis turned its attention to a certain Midsummer Classic. We did offer dining recommendations to our out-of-town guests -- and, for those who took a shine to St. Louis cuisine, tips on how to br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Take a Beercation to Louisville with the Beertender

    Fleur-Design, Wikimedia Commons​Beercation (n.): A short, inexpensive trip whose primary justification is the pursuit of rare, local or otherwise unattainable beer.Among potential beercation destinations, my current front-runner is Louisville, Kentucky, only four hours east on I-64. Maybe not the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

     Good things come to those who wait. Usually. This week, you got the oft-delayed Battle of the Burgers, with a flawed O'Connell's Pub burger still managing to defeat the Seamus McDaniel's entry. (Don't forget to suggest a battle for the next Fight Club Sandwich!)What else happened this week?The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Jim Beam Red Stag in Gut Check's Swag Bag

    When Jim Beam e-mailed Gut Check International Headquarters to ask if I would be interested in trying its new Red Stag black cherry-infused bourbon, I said, "You had us at Jim Beam." Because, frankly, after the week I just had, I'm drinking heavily.To my surprise, what arrived was the box pictured b ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2006

    East Side, Best Side

    A pub crawl along the Illinois riverbanks

  • News

    August 17, 2005

    The Other Basement Tapes

    "I Drink Sody." "Disco for Drunks." "Pull My Finger." Pearls from the overlooked oeuvre of Bruce Cole and the Screamin' Mee-Mees.

  • Dining

    June 1, 2005

    Three British ales

    Starr's, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2004
  • Music

    October 8, 2003

    Gone but Not Forgotten

    The dark legend of GG Allin still drives the Murder Junkies

  • Music

    March 27, 2002

    STL by Southwest

    Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?

  • Dining

    October 27, 1999


    A visit to the German kingdom of Dreamland Palace in Waterloo, Ill.

  • Music

    June 9, 1999