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.

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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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Hooters Named Its 2015 Girl of the Year in St. Louis This Week

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2014 winner Tyler Suess, left, and 2015 Girl of the Year Jenell Hendrix. | Steve Truesdell

Venerable American institution Hooters named its Girl of the Year this week, and right here in St. Louis to boot. Naturally, we were on hand to witness this important culinary award. Unfortunately, winner Jenell Hendrix isn't from the Gateway to the West, but we showed her a good time all the same.

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Old Bakery Beer Opens to Overwhelming Response in Alton

Old Bakery Beer Company. | Courtesy Old Bakery Beer

Alton's first craft brewery is now open. Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, Illinois) was alive and brewing as of Friday, January 23. The response was so overwhelming that the brewpub, which serves lunch and dinner, ran out of food pretty quickly. It hopes to have the kitchen back up and running by tomorrow, January 28.

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Anheuser-Busch Buys Seattle Craft Brewer Elysian Brewing

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Elysian is a Seattle-based craft brewery. | Richie Diesterheft

Anheuser-Busch is continuing its foray into the craft beer game: the acquisition of Seattle brewer Elysian Brewing was announced today. The buyout includes the brewery and its four area brewpubs. Elysian was founded in 1996 and currently distributes to eleven states, though not Missouri (yet).

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Help Budweiser Find Its Lost Puppy for the Super Bowl

Categories: Beer, Media

Help this handsome rancher and his majestic horse! | YouTube screenshot

Anheuser-Busch announced a few weeks ago that the iconic Clydesdales would be returning for Budweiser's 2015 Super Bowl ad. Last year, the commercial depicted a very cute friendship between horse and puppy, which will be back come game day. But alas, said puppy is "missing." We must find it.

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Ballpark Village's Winning Homebrewer to Debut His First Beer January 18

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The tasting will be at Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village. | Courtesy Ballpark Village

For the first time ever, Anheuser-Busch has brewed a beer created by a local home brewer. A limited amount will be available this Sunday, January 18, for tasting at the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village (601 Clark Avenue; 314-345-9481). We talked to winning brewer Dave McWilliams and contest mastermind Tony Caradonna, beverage manager at Ballpark Village, about why this beer deserved to go to the big leagues.

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Urban Chestnut Buys a Brewery in Germany

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Pouring a Zwickel at Urban Chestnut's Grove Bierhall. | Jennifer Silverberg

St. Louis craft brewery Urban Chestnut is returning to its roots and has purchased a brewery in Wolnzach in the Hallertau region of Bavaria in Germany. Co-founder Florian Kuplent actually went to school in the area, about 30 minutes north of Munich, and is familiar with the area as he visits family in Germany and buys ingredients a few times a year. We talked to Kuplent about Urban Chestnut's continuing growth and what the German outpost's role will be in the company.

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Anheuser-Busch is Keeping the Clydesdales for Super Bowl Commercial

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Courtesy Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch has announced its three 60-second spots that will air during the Super Bowl. The brewing giant has typically had some of the most memorable commercials, many of which involve the beloved Clydesdales. Despite some reports, Anheuser-Busch is not removing the horses from its brand campaign, "Up for Whatever."

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