A-B's Bud & Burgers Event Leaves Contestants, Attendees Unhappy

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Emily McCarter
The massive crowd of attendees at the Bud & Burgers Budweiser event on Saturday.

Contestants and attendees were left unhappy -- and hungry -- after Anheuser-Busch's first-ever Bud & Burgers event on Saturday.

Held in the brewery's Soulard parking lot, the event was a competition to find the nation's best amateur burger chef. Attendees bought tickets for $20 to $25 each and received tokens good for four Budweiser beers and ten burger samples (each sample was one-fourth of a regular burger).

But while Bud was easy to come by, with bartenders handing out bottles of beer as fast as people wanted them, the burger line grew to snake across the entire parking lot. Worst of all, it didn't seem to be moving.

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Alpha Brewing Scraps "Submission Ale" -- But Not Necessarily a Beer Mocking Islam

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Alpha Brewing announced this new beer on Twitter this morning -- only to quickly walk away from it.

A St. Louis-based craft brewery is backing away from plans to market a new beer mocking Islam called Submission Ale, after outrage immediately flared on Twitter this morning.

But Alpha Brewing Company isn't necessarily scrapping the label, which depicts a pig wearing a hijab, or even the idea of a beer targeting the Muslim faith. The company's head brewer, Derrick Langeneckert, says Submission Ale will get a new name because he didn't realize 2nd Shift Brewing already makes a beer with the same moniker.

That beer, Sub-Mission IPA, has nothing to do with Islam -- it's part of a collaboration with St. Louis' much-loved Mission Taco Joint.

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Saint Louis Hop Shop Now Open on Cherokee

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Photo by Sarah Fenske
Co-owners Justin Harris and Ryan Grifffin in front of their new Cherokee beer shop.
On Friday, the newest business to locate on Cherokee Street quietly opened its doors.

The Saint Louis Hop Shop didn't yet have its full lineup of products -- many of the shelves were still empty. And the sign on the front counter wasn't yet finished; co-owners Ryan Griffin and Justin Harris had been painting it to say "So St. Louis," but they ran out of spray paint before they could finish the last letter, that "o."

Still, they thought, why not enjoy the foot traffic flocking to the street for the three-day weekend?

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Anheuser-Busch Debuts Oculto, a Tequila-Barrel-Aged Lager

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Oculto, a tequila-barrel-aged lager (also, mysterious). | Courtesy Anheuser-Busch

Whiskey- and bourbon-barrel aging is totally the thing now, in both cocktails and craft beer. The process is when you age the spirit or beer in a barrel that previously held say, whiskey, to infuse the contents with that taste. As we've noted before, Anheuser-Busch loves to get in on the craft-beer game, so it's introducing a tequila-barrel-aged lager called Oculto.

See also: Anheuser-Busch Resurrects Faust, the 130-Year-Old Beer Named for a St. Louis Legend

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How to Keep Your Beer from Skunking While Drinking Outside

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Protect your beer from sunlight. | Patrick J. Hurley

The first perfect days of spring are upon us. When the sky is cloudless and blue and the temperatures are resting easily in the seventies, it's time to hit the beer garden, the sidewalk café, the patio or even your front porch. Grab a cold beer, bask in the warm sun and do some people watching. Sounds like a worry-free afternoon, right? Not quite.

Drinker, your beer is perilously close to getting skunked.

See also: LA Craft Brewery the Dudes' Brewing Company Headed to St. Louis and Kansas City

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LA Craft Brewery the Dudes' Brewing Company Headed to St. Louis and Kansas City

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The Double Trunk double IPA from the Dudes' Brewing Company. | Courtesy the Dudes Brewing Company

A Los Angeles craft brewery is taking the leap and joining the already crowded market here in St. Louis. The Dudes' Brewing Company has made a deal with local distributor Major Brands and will debut at least three beers at select stores. We're pretty sure "The Dudes" is the most Southern California name ever by the way.

See also: A Look Inside the Old Bakery Beer Company, Alton's First Craft Brewery

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Anheuser-Busch May Get Kicked Out of Kentucky

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A-B may be forced to get out of Kentucky. | Courtesy Anheuser-Busch

If all goes according to plan, Anheuser-Busch InBev will soon lose its large presence in Kentucky after a lengthy legal battle. The state senate passed a bill last week that would prevent businesses from owning more than one kind of malt beverage license -- meaning you couldn't have both a brewer's license and a distributor's license.

See also: Anheuser-Busch Resurrects Faust, the 130-Year-Old Beer Named for a St. Louis Legend

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Anheuser-Busch Is Helping Frank Underwood Control the White House in "House of Cards"

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Sneaky, guys. | Netflix

OK, sort of. If you've been watching the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix, which came out last Friday, you may have noticed a few choice Anheuser-Busch products. A-B InBev has signed a deal with Netflix, making it the "exclusive beer marketer" on the award-winning drama.

See also: House of Cards Producers Tap Local Firm to Film Scenes of Downtown St. Louis for Season 2

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Schlafly Partners with Noodles & Company

Of course pasta can go with beer. | Courtesy Noodles and Company

Beer pairings are a bit of a no-brainer in town these days, so much so that even the fast-casual joints are getting in on the action. Noodles & Company, which has six St. Louis-area locations and one in Columbia, has partnered with Schlafly -- it will be selling the beer and offering monthly specials.

See also: Noodlevana - Does Noodles & Company have a cure for the chain-restaurant blues?

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Friendship Brewing to Bring Craft Beer to Wentzville

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Friendship Brewing's Brian Nolan and Dan Belcher. | Courtesy of Friendship Brewing

Craft breweries are popping up all over the St. Louis area, including out-of-the-way spots like Alton, Festus and now Wentzville. Friendship Brewing, the brainchild of, yep, two friends, is set to open this summer with beers 28 years in the making.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

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