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

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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.

See also: Old Bakery Beer Will Be Alton's First Craft Brewery

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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).

See also: Anheuser-Busch Leaves Competitors in the Dust in Missouri Beer Sales

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Help Budweiser Find Its Lost Puppy for the Super Bowl

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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.

See also: Anheuser-Busch is Keeping the Clydesdales for Super Bowl Commercial

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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.

See also: Urban Chestnut Buys a Brewery in Germany

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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.

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

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Anheuser-Busch is Keeping the Clydesdales for Super Bowl Commercial

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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."

See also: Anheuser-Busch Releases Epic Commercial Ahead of USA vs. Belgium Game

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St. Louis Named One of the 10 Best Beer Cities in the U.S.

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We already know St. Louis is a great beer town. | Jennifer Silverberg

It seems this is another case of everyone else realizing what we already know: St. Louis is awesome. Livability's annual list of the ten best beer cities in the U.S. ranks St. Louis at no. 7. The top city is Bend, Oregon.

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

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Six Row Brewing Collaborates with La Cosecha for Imperial Coffee Brown Ale

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First Crack: brand spankin' new. | Evan Hiatt

Coffee collaborations seem to be the next big thing in St. Louis' craft-beer scene. Like chocolate, java is usually made into a stout -- a dark, high-ABV beer. Six Row Brewing (3690 Forest Park Avenue) decided to go another route after Maplewood's La Cosecha Coffee Roasters contacted them on Twitter.

"In our case, we didn't want to just do 'another stout,'" Six Row brewmaster Evan Hiatt says. "So that's why we decided to go with something different than what we had heard before -- an Imperial coffee brown ale."

See also: Schlafly Releases its Surprisingly Light Coffee Chocolate Blond Ale

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Recess Brewing Opens in Edwardsville

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Add another to your craft-beer bucket list -- Recess Brewing (307 North Main Street, Edwardsville; 618-692-5101) opens today. It comes from former teacher and homebrewer Matt Flach, who grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois.

See also: St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: November 2014

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