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.

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The Modern Brewery to Hit St. Louis Taps in August

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It seems like craft breweries are popping up in St. Louis these days just as fast as food trucks. The latest is the Modern Brewery, which is looking to hit the market in the next few weeks. We talked to co-owner Beamer Eisele about what makes the Modern Brewery different and his days brewing in the basements of the Harvard dorms.

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UMSL to Offer Beer-Brewing Course This Fall

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You really can do it yourself! | Edward O'Connor

College is full of beer, but it's usually not in the classroom. This fall at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, non-science majors will be able to take a course on how to brew beer. Chemistry and biology PhD student Joe Meisel will be teaching undergraduates the science behind St. Louis' favorite beverage.

See also: Alpha Brewing Company Experiments with Miracle Berry Beer

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Flying Saucer Celebrates Belgian Beer Week with First-Ever Beer Dinner

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Inside Flying Saucer. | Jennifer Silverberg

Belgian beer haven Tripel closed last month, but you can get your Dutch fix this week at Flying Saucer (900 Spruce Street; 314-932-1456). The bar and restaurant is celebrating Belgian Beer Week, which culminates in its first-ever beer dinner on Thursday, July 17.

See also: Ale Invasion: Flying Saucer lands near Busch III. Beer Ensues. - Slideshow: Photos from Inside Flying Saucer

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Local Company Synek is Bringing Draft Beer into Your Home

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The Synek system. | Synek

While good beer can be had in a can, bottle or growler, beer fans tend to prefer it straight out of the tap. The problem with that is how to enjoy your beer without having to be at the bar 24/7 (unless you're on Cheers). St. Louis company Synek has the answer: a home draft system that doesn't involve you lugging kegs around. We're in.

See also: Want to See Draft Beer Available "To Go"? Call Your State Rep!

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