Saint Louis Hop Shop Now Open on Cherokee

Categories: Beer, First Look

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

Categories: Beer

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.

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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.

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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"

Categories: Beer, Media

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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[VIDEO] Florian Kuplent Shows Us How Urban Chestnut Is Made

Urban Chestnut (4465 Manchester Avenue; 314-222-0143) is one of the fastest-growing microbreweries in town. It has opened two popular locations in just four years, is opening a brewery in Germany and recently expanded distribution to Chicago. Cofounder and brewer Florian Kuplent took some time to show us around the brewery and explain just how your favorite Urban Chestnut brew is made.

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

Categories: Beer, Longform

Faust beer, originally brewed in 1884, is only available on tap, and only in St. Louis. | Tom Carlson

At a long wooden table, Tracy Lauer spreads out a collection of artifacts from a bygone era. An archivist for Anheuser-Busch for the last sixteen years, she's seated in the cavernous brewery beergarden on the southernmost edge of Soulard as dozens of tourists sip their tiny free samples behind her. On the table are a series of beautiful, ornate postcards from between 1900 and 1908, only slightly yellowed, the colors still bright on the thick paper.

One depicts a grand restaurant dining room, awash in a glow from old-fashioned globe lamps. A turn-of-the-century illustration shows a two-story brick building topped with a golden dome; another gives a peek inside at the white tablecloths and lush greenery. In the corners, there's a black-and-white portrait of a square-headed, mustachioed proprietor wearing an inscrutable half smile.

A middle-aged tourist in a bright yellow windbreaker approaches the table, pointing at the postcards. His English is poor, but he knows to ask one thing.

"How much?"

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