Perennial and New Belgium Release "Lips of Faith" Collaboration

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Richard Haegele
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Collaborations between breweries aren't exactly new, but their results have become a much more common sight on area beer shelves lately. They can give brewers a chance to exchange ideas with others and mix their individual house styles. The best collaborations often result in something unique that neither brewery would normally make on their own.

In the last year, we've seen local collaborations from Schlafly and Sam Adams and Columbia's Log Boat Brewing Company and 4 Hands. Now New Belgium has released a beer made with Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300): the Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. You can currently find it in stores across the St. Louis area as part of New Belgium's "Lips of Faith" series of beers.

See also: Perennial's Abraxas Named the Best Beer in Missouri

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Perennial's Abraxas Named the Best Beer in Missouri

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The rare Abraxas brew, with last year's Sump Coffee Abraxas. | Steve Truesdell

Pretty much ever since Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) opened in 2011, it has had a cult following. And no brew in town has a bigger one than the rare Abraxas. It's "deep brown with a thick head, [and] a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness...intended to challenge and excite the palate," says Perennial, and it's been named the best beer in Missouri.

See also: Beer Geeks Brave Long, Cold Wait for Perennial Artisan Ales's Barrel-Aged Abraxas

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Schlafly Beer Finally Headed to Chicago

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Hooray! | Jon Gitchoff

All you St. Louis ex-pats can finally breathe easy: Schlafly is finally coming to the Windy City. In a release last week, the local brewery announced it would be expanding distribution to Chicago, a market it has stayed out of for more than twenty years. There have been talks in the past of a brewpub to help introduce Schlafly to the city, but for now it'll just be beer.

See also: Schlafly Eyeing Chicago? Not So Fast

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Yoga Buzz Teams with Ferguson Brewery to Benefit Ferguson Youth Inititave

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Ferguson Brewing on South Florissant. | Google Street View

Yoga Buzz has been mixing exercise and, yes, beer, all summer at places including the Schlafly Tap Room, Morgan Street Brewery and Urban Chestnut. $20 nets an hour of yoga, a commemorative pint glass and, of course, beer. Each event also benefits a different charity. Next week, though, Ferguson Brewing Company (418 South Florissant Road, Ferguson; 314-521-2220) is hosting to benefit the Ferguson Youth Initiative (FYI).

See also: 5 Ferguson Restaurants You Should Visit This Week

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Excel Brewery Debuts New Stable of Beers

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Excel's six new releases. | Excel Brewing Company

Excel Brewing Company (488 South Broadway, Breese, Illinois; 618-526-7159) doesn't get mentioned as much as the other craft breweries around St. Louis, but perhaps a new look and a new line of beers will change that. It's much more well-known for its sister operation, Excel Bottling, which has been making pure sugar cane sodas since the 1930s; beer production began in 2012.

See also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

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An Evening With Blue Moon Founder Keith Villa in St. Louis

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Yes, the orange is actually there for a reason. | Nancy Stiles

The big corporate breweries have been trying to cash in on the craft beer boom for years, but perhaps none have been quite as successful as MillerCoors. Blue Moon was created in its labs in 1995, instead of bought, and became the little brand that could at the direction of brewmaster Keith Villa. Villa stopped in St. Louis last night at the Malt House Cellar (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-4949) to introduce some new beers and discuss the history of the refreshing brew.

See also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

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Anheuser-Busch Condemns the NFL's Handling of Domestic Violence

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Anheuser-Busch has been the official beer of the NFL since 2011, but that didn't stop the company from making its first statement on the league since the Ray Rice scandal came to light. In an official release, A-B says it is "not yet satisfied" with the NFL's handling of the situation.

See also: Judge Rules Anheuser-Busch Isn't Watering Down Its Beer After All

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Vote for St. Louis' Most Underrated Pumpkin Beer

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What's your favorite brew? | Jennifer Silverberg

Scratch what we said last week -- it really does feel like fall. Pumpkin beers are everywhere, the more exciting sibling of the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte. With the amount of craft breweries in town, we also have an unprecedented number of pumpkin beers. You gave us some great nominations for lesser-known brews. So what'll it be? Should we check out Charleville Brewing, Crown Valley, Ferguson Brewing or Square One?

See also: Six of the Best Locally Brewed Pumpkin Beers

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What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Pumpkin Beer?

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Ahh, fall. | Jennifer Silverberg

It's pumpkin beer season, even if it's not officially fall yet. Many of the autumn brews hit shelves back in August -- mostly to help with the sheer volume the public demands -- but we're just now getting into it. You know the big ones: O'Fallon Brewery's Pumpkin Beer and the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. But who else should we try?

See also: Six of the Best Locally Brewed Pumpkin Beers

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4 Hands Brewery Expansion to Debut at the End of August

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4 Hands' Cuvee Diable. | Justin L. Phillips

The craft-beer scene in St. Louis is growing rapidly, and 4 Hands Brewery (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) is a perfect example. It opened in 2011, and just two years later announced a massive expansion plan. And it's finally (almost) ready.

See also: Bottled Wisdom: An oral history of St. Louis' craft-beer movement

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