Perennial, 4 Hands Win Medals For Barrel-Aged Beers

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Stephen Salas
4 Hands accepts medal for the Barrel Aged Bona Fide with Cinnamon.

Perennial Artisan Ales (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) and 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) both took home medals from the twelfth annual Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago over the weekend. Hosted by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the festival celebrates beers that have been aged in wooden barrels.

See also: Perennial and New Belgium Release "Lips of Faith" Collaboration

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St. Louis Startup Snake Bite Wants to Open Your Beer

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The Snake Bite. | Courtesy Snake Bite Co.

Perhaps you have that friend who insists on poking a hole in the top of his beer can after he opens it. "It helps it flow better," he says, while the rest of you roll your eyes. Well, stop it. He's right. Dan Peskorse and Kevin Kelly, founders of the St. Louis startup Snake Bite Company, are here to set you straight.

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Cory King Debuts Tasting Room, Side Project Cellar [PHOTOS]

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Richard Haegele
The entrance to the Side Project Cellar
"Welcome, friends!" Cory King greets us as we walk in to his newest venture, the Side Project Cellar (7373 Marietta Avenue). It's the Friday before the public opening, and King has invited us, along with a small number of friends and family members, to check the place out. Karen King, his wife and Cellar co-owner, works behind the bar helping the new staff figure out the proper glass and pouring technique for each draft beer.

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Perennial and New Belgium Release "Lips of Faith" Collaboration

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Richard Haegele
Collaboration tap handle.
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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