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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 NelsonThe "10,000 ... More >>
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 LoungeDid your family cook when you we ... More >>
Kevin Ward, Wikimedia CommonsJuly 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 >>
Fleur-Design, Wikimedia CommonsBeercation (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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A pub crawl along the Illinois riverbanks
"I Drink Sody." "Disco for Drunks." "Pull My Finger." Pearls from the overlooked oeuvre of Bruce Cole and the Screamin' Mee-Mees.
Starr's, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345
The dark legend of GG Allin still drives the Murder Junkies
Local heroes Nadine drove hundreds of miles to perform at SXSW, the music industry's biggest clusterfuck. Was it worth it?
A visit to the German kingdom of Dreamland Palace in Waterloo, Ill.