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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

Categories: Beer, Last Night

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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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Morgan Street Brewery Up for Sale, Owners Look to Retire

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Outside Morgan Street Brewery. | RFT Photo

After almost twenty years under the direction of Steve Owings and Dennis Harper,
Morgan Street Brewery (721 North Second Street; 314-231-9970) is up for sale. Owings tells Gut Check that Morgan Street won't be closing, but the Landing partners want to retire.

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Schlafly Makes Good on Sam Adams World Series Bet

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Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman gets a pour at the brewery's 18th birthday party. | Nick Schnelle

It's difficult for us to talk about, but yes, the Cardinals lost the 2013 World Series to the Boston Red Sox. Last year there were several bets going on between Bostonians and St. Louisans (though Mayor Slay stayed out of it), but our favorite was between the makers of Samuel Adams and our own Schlafly. Sam Adams founder Jim Koch bet two cases of Boston Lager and a lobster dinner that the Red Sox would win. Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman bet some Pale Ale, a dinner at Pappy's, and an all-expenses paid trip for the winners to brew a victory beer in the losing city. Welp, time to pay up.

See also: Dan Kopman Talks the Menu Revamp at Schlafly Bottleworks and the True Meaning of Local Food

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15 Must-Drink Events at St. Louis Craft Beer Week 2014

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Firkin Fest 2013. | Theo Welling

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- no, not Christmas. St. Louis Craft Beer Week begins this Saturday, July 26, and is sponsoring events all over town until August 3. It can be hard to whittle it down to something manageable (more power to you if you're trying to hit every single one), so we've picked the ones we think are can't-miss.

See also: Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Craft Beer Is...

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