Taste Bar's Kyle Mathis is an expert, after all. | Nancy Stiles
Last week, with the help of Schlafly, we gave you some advice on how to pair beer with Thanksgiving dinner. Not everyone goes for beer, though -- perhaps you'd like something a little stronger. We asked Taste's (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) bar manager Kyle Mathis for some advice.More »
The Gamlin Manhattan, made with Basil Hayden whiskey. | Nancy Stiles
It's nothing but rain and cold this week, and honestly, a coat can only do so much. We needed something to warm us from the inside. Naturally, we turned to the experts at the new Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-9500) to prepare us for the more intense whiskey worship at Saturday's Whiskey in the Winter festival.More »
Who's ready for some Whiskey? | Synergy LLC
With cold temperatures descending upon us, the only way to truly warm the soul is a sip of fine, fine whiskey, and this year's Whiskey in the Winter event is rapidly approaching. Attendees can expect to find a massive and diverse selection of more than 250 whiskies, including single malt and blended Scotch, bourbon, Irish, Tennessee, Canadian, Missouri, Japanese and other international whiskies.
"We have more whiskies, more seminars, and more whiskey cocktails, including a few created by mixologists from out-of-town. We've also expanded the ballroom space so we can accommodate more guests," says event producer Amit Dhawan. "The event attracted a capacity crowd last year and will do so this year, a testament to the increasing popularity of whiskey and the interest in learning about whiskey."More »
It doesn't get much better than scotch and pork. | Zach Garrison
If possible, whiskey is best enjoyed on a cool evening, near a roaring fire, with rich food and good company. It just so happens that the Scottish Arms' (6-10 S. Sarah Street; 314-535-0551) has contrived just such a scenario.
Its monthly "Whisky After Dark" is a way for the classic Central West End pub to display St. Louis' most impressive whiskey collection and also introduce new whiskies. The icing on the cake, though, is the hidden back patio, complete with a fireplace, pergola and surrounded by brick walls covered in ivy. You couldn't ask for much better of a setting, which is why Gut Check was on hand to sample the wares.More »
Happy Hump Day! Here's the cocktail that will get you through to Friday.
The incomparable "37 1/2." | Zach Garrison
By 5 p.m., Little Country Gentleman (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719) is coming to life, emerging from its daily slumber. In the morning hours, the whitewashed rustic space in Clayton is occupied by Half & Half, one of the most popular breakfast spots in town. But in the afternoon hours, a transformation takes a place.
Perhaps the most visible signal that a change has occurred is the presence of Jeffrey Moll Jr., who stands behind the bar, accoutrements at hand, ready to make some fine cocktails. It seems we've stumbled in at just the right time, because Moll is currently reimagining one of his favorite drinks to fit the colder temperatures -- the "37 ½," and we're feeling the sweet, sweet burn of whiskey and smoke.More »
The real stuff, left, and the softer batch, which we're pretty sure F. Scott Fitzgerald would say is for pussies. | Nancy Stiles
Love the show Drunk History? OK, it's not exactly the same thing, but local blog Distilled History combines history and drinking in a similarly charming way. (We named it Best Personal Blog last year.) The man behind it is Cameron Collins, a docent at the historic Campbell House Museum (1508 Locust Street; 314-421-0325), an antebellum mansion across from Blood & Sand. When we heard the museum was hosting "Drink Up & Tweetup" with Collins providing authentic, Prohibition-era bathtub gin, we knew we had to get our hands on some.More »
Craft beer has boomed over the past few years, and with it, beer-centric events new and old -- attendance at Oktoberfests has ballooned, for example. But in St. Louis, spirited beer-drinking is too established and ingrained the culture to be called just a trend. Here are thirty ("Only thirty?" you might ask) reasons to love drinking in the Gateway City, whether you've been here for only a few weeks or your entire life. --By Riverfront Times Staff
Look at all that vodka! | Kaitlin Steinberg
Sub Zero Vodka Bar (308 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-1200) is celebrating nine years in the Central West End with drink specials, charity donations and of course, lots and lots of vodka! The party started last night and will continue into the weekend.More »
"The Blue Molly" at Pat's. | Pat Kohm
Before walking into Pat's (6400 Oakland Avenue; 314-647-6553), you better leave any notions of fanciness at the door. You're here to drink (and maybe eat some fried chicken), friend, not sip daintily from a straw. This is a pub, an Irish pub, and damn proud of it, widely recognized as the heart of Dogtown, where serious drinkers come to partake in the tried-and-true tradition of throwing back edgy drinks and slamming them down on the bar exuberantly. Which is exactly why we ordered the "Blue Molly."More »