Liquor and Spirits

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Gringo's "Classica with a Twist" is the Perfect Margarita for Winter

    As we've previously noted, Gringo is the perfect place for daytime drinking and they make a killer margarita -- the perfect way to pretend that it's a balmy 60 degrees outside. Barkeep Brandon Monterusso makes us a "Classica with a Twist," adding his own favorite tequila and a splash of something sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Gut Check's Three Favorite Cocktails of 2013

    It's a tough job, but, somehow, we managed to try enough cocktails to pick out three of our favorite for 2013. It's been a banner year for fancy drinks in St. Louis -- just about every week a new whiskey or cocktail bar opened up. Mixologists are now veritable artists, crafting custom drinks and inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Tripel's "Smoke Wagon" Cocktail Billows Bourbon, Chocolate and Maple Syrup

    Happy Hump Day! Here's the cocktail that will get you through to Friday. When first walking into Tripel Brasserie (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787), you most likely will first be drawn to the bar and the long stretch of impressive Belgian beer taps, which is understandable. But your next move shou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Whiskey in the Winter Features Over 250 Whiskeys From Around the Globe

    With cold temperatures descending upon us, the only way to truly warm the soul is a sip of fine, fine whiskey, and this year's Whiskey in the Winter event is rapidly approaching. Attendees can expect to find a massive and diverse selection of more than 250 whiskies, including single malt and blended ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Water Street Café's "Vieux Carré" Cocktail is a Punch of Whiskey and a Whisper of New Orleans

    Happy Hump Day! Here's the cocktail that will get you through to Friday. On the corner of Manchester and Southwest avenuea in Maplewood sits the quiet, remarkably humble Water Street Café and Cocktail Bar, a true representation of the proverbial "hidden gem." The exterior and front patio are ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Cleveland-Heath's "The Matador": Gut Check's Hump Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions For our first libation adventure east of the Mississippi, Gut Check clocked in at Edwardsville hotspot Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, 618-307-4830). Bartender Samantha McCulloch guided us through the cocktail list and eventual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Blood & Sand's "No Rain": 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 Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Randall's to Hold Irish Whiskey Tasting

    Do you need a reminder? You do not need a reminder. Gut Check, however, needs a lede. So: St. Patrick's Day is Sunday. To get you in the mood, Randall's Wines and Spirits (14201 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-527-1002) is holding a "meeting" of its Whisk(e)y Club on this evening at 7 p.m. This month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Mad Buffalo Distillery Makes Moonshine Eco-Friendly

    "Sustainable" and "moonshine" aren't often heard in the same sentence, but Mad Buffalo Brewing Company is hoping to make its sustainably produced Thunderbeast Storm Moonshine a household name. Chris Burnette and his family founded Mad Buffalo in November 2011 on ShawneeBend Farm in Union, Missouri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Taste Hosts Visiting Mixologists for Impromptu Thursday Happy Hour

    Into Gut Check's e-mailbox popped an announcement from Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200), inviting us to a spur-of-the-moment happy hour guest-bartended by visiting mixologists Phoebe Esmon and Christian R. Gaal. Truth be told, it doesn't take a carpetbagging cocktail shaker to lure Gut Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Plush's Lucas Prize Mixes Gut Check A "The Locust" Cocktail

    Lucas Prize is an uber-conscientious individual. While waiting to interview the bartender of Plush (3224 Locust Street; 314-535-2048) we watched as Prize filled drink orders for his servers during dinner service, doing little things like using a cocktail napkin to pick up straws for iced coffees and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Cleveland-Heath's Elijah Barnes: 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, Stacy Anderson profiles Cleveland-Heath's Elijah Barnes. Below is a Q&A with Barnes, followed by his recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail. Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsvil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Eight Awful Uses for Terrible Flavored Vodkas

    Hey vodka makers? You're out of control. It was cute and interesting many, many years ago when the likes of Absolut, Stoli, and Smirnoff got the bright idea to make flavored vodkas. Vodka with pepper flavor for bloody Marys? Great! Citrusy vodkas with tonic? Perfection. But come on. With the annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Vom Fass Samples Absinthe as Part of Let Them Eat Art

    Deborah HylandVom Fass' absinthe​Long before Willard Scott was terrifying small children as the first Ronald McDonald or Tony the Tiger and Spuds MacKenzie, the Green Fairy was luring consumers to indulge in her wares: absinthe. And just like with Happy Meals and Joe Camel, the fuddy duddies f ... 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

    December 29, 2010

    Ten Drinks to Help You Forget 2010

    Image via​While many people are making resolutions and thinking about how to improve their lives (or simply have more fun), there are those among us who would simply like to forget the whole damn year. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe your relationship ended. Maybe you're still trying to figure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Death's Door White Whiskey, the Wine Merchant

    image via​What do you think it's like to stand at death's door? This is how we picture it: Drink of the Week is a frail old lady with crepe-y skin and wispy white hair, lying in a hospital bed at the ripe old age of 112. With our last raggedy breath, we see once more the people who loved us be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Iced Tea with Limoncello, Stellina Pasta Café

    Our water glass is perspiring so furiously, it's making a puddle on the bar. Diners are fanning themselves with menus. We are waiting for a table at the newly renovated Stellina Pasta Café. It's Friday night, the place is packed and the a/c is on the fritz. An employee opens a few windows, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Friday Night Flights: The Scottish Arms

    For your drinking pleasure this week, we lift up two whisky flights from the Scottish Arms (8 South Sarah Street; 314-535-0551), which took "Best Whiskey Selection in a Restaurant" honors in last year's RFT's "Best of St. Louis" edition. From that comprehensive list, general manager Michael Cline cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    The Beertender: A Wee Bit of Praise for Scotch Ale

    I love this time of year. Time to put another holiday season back in the box and toss it in the basement. Time to start talking about spring training. Time for beers that taste better when there's a wind chill. Beers like malty, peaty, boozy Scotch ale.Christian Bickel, Wikimedia CommonsEdinburgh C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Edradour 10-Year-Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Pi (Central West End)

    The bartender at the new Central West End Pi looks like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and a young Paul Newman. He is smiling at us. We are having trouble remembering why we are standing there. Oh, yes, whiskey. Pi's whiskey selection is not only broad; it is also given a place of prominence. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Old Overholt Manhattan on the Rocks, Off Broadway

    Hayford Peirce, Wikimedia Commons​Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: The Manhattan is a Classic Cocktail. If you are a lady wearing a stole and delicate little gloves or a gentleman in a skinny tie and a fedora, fine, but this homage is not for you. It's for my grandpa -- and probab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Review Preview: Coco Louco Brasil

    This week I visit Côco Louco Brasil, the new Brazilian restaurant in the Central West End. If you dine at Côco Louco Brasil, beware the teapot. Your server may bring this to your table at the end of your meal, along with dainty white demitasses and a knowing smirk.The arrangement looks exactly lik ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008

    Dr. Dre to Release...Sparkling Vodka?

    Annie sent me this link: Rapper and producer Dr. Dre is releasing a line of liquors, including a premium cognac and...sparkling vodka. I didn't know such a thing existed. Turns out there at least a few sparkling vodkas out there: Vodka O2 and Nuvo. The question being, Why bother? -Ian Froeb

  • Dining

    February 20, 2008


    2028 South 9th Street

  • Calendar

    October 10, 2007
  • Dining

    March 21, 2007

    Framboise Manhattan

    Franco, 1535 South Eighth Street, 314-436-2500.

  • Dining

    January 17, 2007

    The Doherty

    Maryland House at Brennan's, 4659-A Maryland Avenue, 314-361-9444.

  • Dining

    September 20, 2006

    Millionaire's Coffee

    Cyrano's, 603 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-963-3232.

  • Dining

    August 30, 2006

    Monarch Martini

    Monarch, 7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-7175.

  • Dining

    March 15, 2006


    Terrene, 34 North Sarah Street, 314-535-5100.

  • Dining

    December 28, 2005

    Drinks of the Year

    The best libations of 2005

  • Dining

    December 14, 2005
  • Dining

    December 7, 2005

    Pumpkin Brandy Alexander

    Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia Avenue, 314-351-4500

  • News

    May 25, 2005

    Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Booze

    Chill out at these St. Louis watering holes

  • Dining

    February 23, 2005

    The Sazerac

    Erato, 3117 South Grand Boulevard, 314-664-6400

  • Dining

    December 15, 2004

    E&J VSOP Brandy

    Luciano's Trattoria, 172 Carondolet Plaza, Clayton, 314-863-9969

  • News

    November 10, 2004

    Blind Drunk

    Can David Sherman's knockoffs match the originals? We're ready to find out!

  • News

    November 10, 2004

    Proof It!

    A local bottler supplies the free booze, we supply the lushes -- er, tasting panel

  • Music

    September 29, 2004

    Best Margarita

    Pueblo Solis

  • Dining

    September 8, 2004

    Charbay Blood Orange Vodka

    Sub Zero Vodka Bar, 308 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-367-1200

  • Dining

    August 25, 2004

    Auchentoshan Three-Wood Single-Malt Scotch

    Eleven Eleven Mississippi, 1111 Mississippi Avenue, 314-241-9999

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Liquor Store

    Brown Derby Wine Cellar

  • Dining

    September 17, 2003

    Pop's Special

    Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Avenue, 314-776-4200

  • Dining

    June 4, 2003

    The Macallan Twelve-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

    Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar, 222 S. Bemiston, 314-726-5757

  • Dining

    January 22, 2003

    Golden Margarita

    Maya Café, 2726 Sutton Avenue, 314-781-4774

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