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

Categories: Beer, Coffee

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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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Kaldi's Coffee and Kakao Chocolate Nominated for the Good Food Awards

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Beans at Kaldi's Coffee. | Jon Gitchoff

Two local shops, Kaldi's Coffee (700 DeMun Avenue, Clayton; 314-727-9955) and Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-771-2310), have been named finalists for the 2015 Good Food Awards. The awards celebrate socially and environmentally conscious products that are (duh) also delicious. Judges selected 206 finalists from all across the country.

See also: #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

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Park Avenue Coffee Partners with Yelp St. Louis for Small Batch Coffee

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Park Avenue Coffee in Lafayette Square. | Google Street View

There is now such a thing as Yelp coffee. Park Avenue Coffee (417 North Tenth Street; 314-231-5282) has partnered with the customer review site for a promotion called "Missouri Made" and is offering a special, small batch brew in all three of its cafes for the month of June.

See also: Park Avenue Coffee Opening Third Location on the Hill

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Sump Coffee Expands Hours to Try Experimental Brews

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       Scott Carey at work. | Crystal Rolfe

Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) has been one of the most celebrated coffee shops in St. Louis ever since it opened in late 2011, and two years later, owner Scott Carey isn't done pushing the envelope with his artisanal beans. Sump is usually closed on Mondays, but for six weeks beginning February 21, it'll be open for experimental brews only.

See also: Sump Coffee Brings Third Wave Coffee to South City

"Just like any growing company, you can have the day to day, but you also think about the tomorrow. No one wants to always do the same thing," Carey tells Gut Check. "We talk about how we can change things and hopefully make them better."

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Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Coffee Is...

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       You've crowned a winner. | Nancy Stiles

You guys were pretty vocal on this one -- there is a lot of good coffee to be had in St. Louis. The winner took a whopping 47.17 percent of the vote, while write-ins accounted for more than 31 percent. So, where should we all be getting our next cup of coffee?

See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

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What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Coffee?

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       Caffeine addiction is not a joke, son. | Nancy Stiles

For this week's edition of Underrated/Overrated, we are tackling one thing we really can't live without: coffee. Yes, much of our caffeine intake is from the office coffee machine, and yes, sometimes we have no choice but to go to Starbucks. But St. Louis is having a boom in craft coffee, from Sump's Sidewinder machine to Blueprint's pour-overs, it's a regular java renaissance.

See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

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Sump Coffee Hosts Pop-Up Brunch with Lulu's Local Eatery

Categories: Coffee

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       Grab a pour over with a side of Lulu's. | Crystal Rolfe

Sump Coffee Roasters (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) is holding its latest popup collaboration this Saturday, November 16. After all, what's better than handcrafted coffee on a Saturday? Handcrafted coffee on a Saturday with brunch. Lulu's Local Eatery, a vegan food truck, will be holed up at Sump from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

See also: The 10 Best Coffee Shops in St. Louis

"When we pair with people, we want people who are thoughtful and set the high-water mark for what they're doing," Sump owner Scott Carey tells Gut Check. "We hope and we feel we're doing something special with coffee, and they are with their vegan cuisine."

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The Five Best Pumpkin Spice Lattes in St. Louis

Categories: Coffee

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       A little holiday-mixing at Coffee Cartel. | Zoe Kline

Pumpkin spice latte season is upon us, and we recently found out that people are abbreviating them "PSL," as in, "I'm heading to the 'Bucks for a PSL." If that isn't bad enough, even McDonald's is offering pumpkin spice lattes this season -- proof the trend has officially jumped the shark. However, that doesn't change the fact that they're a delicious autumn beverage, and we found the five best that St. Louis has to offer.

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Park Avenue Coffee Opening Third Location on the Hill

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Park Avenue Coffee

Park Avenue Coffee (1919 Park Avenue; 314-621-4020 and 417 North Tenth Street; 314-621-4020) is bringing its famous gooey butter cake to the Hill. The cafe announced this week that it will be opening a third location at 5105 Columbia Avenue.

See also: Chef's Choice: Marilyn Scull of Park Avenue Coffee and Ann & Allen Baking Company

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First Look: Blueprint Coffee in the Loop

Categories: Coffee, First Look

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       Cesmach coffee: It's better from a beaker. | Nancy Stiles

Blueprint Coffee (6225 Delmar Boulevard; 314-266-6808) finally opened on Labor Day after months of preparation. Partners Mike Marquard and Andrew Timko gave us a sneak peek last week, but we finally got a taste of what Blueprint's really about -- simple, tasty coffee.

See also: Blueprint Coffee Looks to Open Next Week in the Loop

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