Matt Thenhaus

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Best New Bar: The Fortune Teller Bar Expands, Develops New Liquor Lab and Kitchen

    In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. The topic of this conversation: Best New Bar. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. The Fortune Teller Bar (2635 Cherokee Street; 314-776-2337), recently named ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    The Beertender Rings the Bell for Bell's Brewery

    If you haven't had any Bell's beers yet...well, you just might be new to this whole craft-beer thing. Bell's is one of those breweries that has repeatedly blown our minds over the years, getting us all frothy and hyper and passionate about better beer.Screenshot:​Bell's has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    The Beertender Fights the Man with Lagunitas Brewing Company

    Something I'd like to do more often in the future is spotlight individual breweries that sell their wares in the St Louis area. To that end, let us talk today of a new arrival, the pride of Petaluma, California: the Lagunitas Brewing Company.Robert Campbell, Wikimedia CommonsPetaluma, California, t ... 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

    December 30, 2009

    The Beertender Looks Back on 2009

    ​Here's when we glance at the newly purchased calendar, note the slightly strange four digits that signify the upcoming year and wonder where the hell it all went.User "Herr stahlhoefer," Wikimedia Commons​Luckily, it's been another strong year for craft beer. The craft-brewing industry grew ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    The Beertender: The Gift of Beer Always Fits

    John Blyberg, Wikimedia Commons​Hey, look, more holidays! Here are a few easy-to-find, crowd-pleasing holiday beers to spice up your family's Christmas feast.Again we begin with the St. Louis Brewery. Schlafly Christmas Ale is, like many winter beers, great for a dessert or after-dinner drink. Th ... 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

    December 9, 2009

    The Beertender: Viva la Revolution!

    ​We're in the midst of a nifty little revolution here. After decades of blandness in our food and beverages, Americans have rediscovered their palates. Twentieth-century industrial better-living-through-chemistry innovated the flavor right out of a lot of our foodstuffs, especially beer. But now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    The Beertender Celebrates Rauchbier, or Smoke on the Wasser

    Berthold Werner, Wikimedia Commons​One of the things that I love about beer -- and, truth be told, wine and spirits, too -- is the sense that I'm drinking history. When a beer is made according to a nearly-lost brewing tradition, drinking it allows you a vibrant, if brief, glimpse into another er ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    The Collected Beer Mats of the Beertender

    User "MBO163," Wikimedia Commons​A special Tuesday edition of the Beertender...Hi. My name is Matt. And I'm a tegestologist.I'll also admit to being a chronic glassware collector and a guy who saves bottlecaps, but neither of those phenomena has a Latin term for it. Yet. Beer-coaster collecting -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    The Beertender: Do the Pilgrims Proud -- Drink Beer!

    ​'Tis the season for the obligatory "What wine should you bring to Thanksgiving?" article. Can we talk about this for a minute? As always, drink what you like, but Thanksgiving means tons of food that are heavy on the carbs -- and you want to pair it with wine? A drink that's 12-14% alcohol by vol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    The Beertender Can't Get Enough of That Wonderful Duff's Beer Dinner

    ​As if the holiday itself wasn't great enough, this year's Twelve Days of Halloween included some pretty fantastic beer moments. Celebrating the long-awaited opening of Foam on Cherokee Street. Sharing a friend's homebrew made with hops he grew himself. Pouring my own beer during a Mike Sweeney-le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    The Beertender: What to Drink This Fall

    ​If you've been paying attention over the past few years, you know how the beer selection in the St. Louis area has ballooned. (Seventeen breweries!) With so much out there, it can get a little overwhelming at times. Here are a few Must-Trys and New-&-Excitings to seek:(Don't forget that STL H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    The Beertender: Henry Herbst and St. Louis History

    ​St. Louis lost one of its beer legends this month: Henry Herbst was St. Louis' preeminent beer historian and collector, an invaluable repository of our proud past. If you've ever been to the Missouri History Museum or waited for a table at the Schlafly Bottleworks, you've enjoyed pieces from Henr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    The Beertender: Into the Black

    No matter what the calendar says, summer ended for me on Sunday, September 27, at around seven in the evening. It was at this time that dusk turned to dark, the wind picked up and the Kölsch keg blew.My friend Joe has a sweet draught system in his house. It's a small True cabinet with a two-tap tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    The Beertender: Get Hip to Hops

    Ever seen that ad where Jim Koch of Samuel Adams noses around a hops field and says, "Hops are to beer what grapes are to wine"? While it's not quite an SAT-worthy analogy, it does make the point that there are different varieties of hops -- and that they are crucial to beer.Hops are the spice of be ... More >>

  • News

    August 25, 2004


    Week of August 25, 2004