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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

It’s been a busy week in the St. Louis restaurant and beer scene. Here’s what went down, in case you missed it…




1. Earthbound Satellite, the new cocktail bar and taproom from the team behind Earthbound Beer, is set to launch this April inside the Soulard Preservation Hall at 1921 S. Ninth St.

2. Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 delicious deals you must try now in St. Louis.




3. The finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced March 14, and for the first time in seven years, none of the St. Louis semifinalists advanced to the final round.

4. Texas de Brazil opened its first St. Louis-area location at the Saint Louis Galleria on Monday, March 12, bringing South American flair to the table with hand-carved meats and gaucho pants.




5. Longtime friends Side Project Brewing co-owner-brewer Cory King and Angry Orchard head cider maker Ryan Burk recently put their heads together and came up with a new beer offering: Burk, a sour beer that utilizes East Coast crab apples.

6. When Alpha Brewing Co. moved into its Washington Avenue location downtown in 2013, it was soon evident a bigger brewery was needed. Five years later, owner Derrick Langeneckert’s dream has been realized with a move to a much larger space at 4310 Fyler Ave. It opened March 16.

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Side Project Brewing, Angry Orchard collaboration, Burk, debuts this weekend

Friday, March 16th, 2018



Longtime friends Side Project Brewing co-owner-brewer Cory King and Angry Orchard head cider maker Ryan Burk recently put their heads together and came up with a new beer offering: Burk, a sour beer that utilizes East Coast crab apples.

“We’ve always had a lot of respect for each other’s work, and have been looking for an opportunity to work together,” said the namesake Burk. “We have similar philosophies on fermentation and respect for the materials we use.”

King said the crab apples were used twice in the brewing and aging process. “We made an Oud Bruin-inspired beer, a sour brown, that we fermented on and aged with crab apples from Walden, New York, from [Angry Orchard’s] orchards,” King said. King and Burk aged the beer just over a year in a pinot noir barrel. “It’s cool because it has this really tangy astringency on the back side.”

Burk said it’s the first time in his tenure at Angry Orchard that he’s collaborated with a brewer. “It’s pretty uncommon to cross genres,” he said. “It’s like Herbie Hancock collaborating with Led Zeppelin.”

Burk and King will be at Side Project Brewing in Maplewood on Saturday, March 17, from noon to 3 p.m. to introduce their project to the public. Bottles will be available for purchase exclusively at Side Project Brewing and Side Project Cellar. Burk will also pour one of his other recent creations, Edu, a wild-fermented still cider inspired by Spanish ciders.

Photo courtesy of Side Project Brewing Co. 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 



8 Irish-style beers to imbibe on St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 15th, 2018


{ Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Powell 50 Irish red ale } 


Not all beers consumed on St. Pat’s should be dyed green. If you’re bouncing around town during this leprechaun- and corned beef-infested booze fest, open your eyes to the stellar local Irish-inspired beer game St. Louis has brewed. Look for malt-forward flavor profiles dominated by a key ingredient: roasted barley – the unmalted, husk-on, heavily kilned grain.

Irish red ales like Killian’s or Smithwick’s are Ireland’s response to the British bitter – more malt with less focus on the hop bittering. Amber red in color and clear, Irish reds tend to use a touch of roasted barley in the malt bill to add color and a slight nuttiness to the overall flavor profile.

Urban Chestnut Powell 50 is a lovely rendition of this style with delicate notes of biscuit, tea and citrus, while Mark Twain Rambler’s Red Ale is more Americanized with a touch of chocolate malt to give it a light Tootsie Roll nose and more substantial chocolaty malt backbone.

Guinness isn’t the only Irish dry stout you should look for this St. Patrick’s Day. These dark, opaque beers appear heavier than they are and are easily comparable to cold brew coffee. Six Mile Bridge Beer has a medal-winning Irish dry stout that boasts the classic roasted coffee character all Irish stouts strive for with a lovely bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke on the finish. Looking for that nitro fix, a la tradition? Urban Chestnut O’Florian is creamy as can be with rich coffee notes all around and an impeccable dry finish.

Not as sessionable as the Irish dry stout, foreign export, or extra stouts, change the game with a significantly heavier malt bill and a much larger addition of hops, creating a beer with fantastic body, a slightly warming booze character and strong notes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate from all that dark, heavy grain. Urban Chestnut Kinsale completes this style with notes of vanilla and a touch of tropical fruit on the nose, while Civil Life Extra Stout boasts a lovely herbaceous aroma full of licorice.

Finally, if you find yourself in St. Peters or Wentzville this weekend, stop by Third Wheel Brewing Co. for a pint of Green Beer Irish Dry Stout or Friendship Brewing Co. for Celtic Blood Irish Red Ale. Sláinte and be safe, St. Louis!

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. 

Katie Herrera is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and account manager at Craft Republic. 

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First Look: Alpha Brewing Co. and Alphateria in Tower Grove South

Thursday, March 15th, 2018



When Alpha Brewing Co. moved into its Washington Avenue location downtown in 2013, it was soon evident a bigger brewery was needed. Five years later, owner Derrick Langeneckert’s dream has been realized with a move to a much larger space at 4310 Fyler Ave. It’s slated to open tomorrow, March 16.

“We couldn’t make enough beer with the old system to even feed our own taproom,” Langeneckert said.

The buildings were constructed in 1966 to house as a tile company and later, a rake and shovel manufacturing company. Now, the building has new life thanks to the architecture and interior design by Dadoworks.

“We didn’t want the regular look every brewery has,” Langeneckert said. “We have no exposed brick or wooden benches; it’s more refined with a black and white theme.”

The move also means the brewery is now able to provide food to battle brew-induced hunger. Langeneckert has partnered with Mandy Estrella of catering company Plantain Girl to provide Latin American cuisine in the Alphateria housed inside the taproom. 

The Alphateria is a food window with a variety of Latin American-inspired snacks and meals. The menu isn’t set in stone, but will feature sweet plantains, tacos and mofongo, a traditional Dominican and Puerto Rican dish of fried green plantains mashed with garlic and olive oil, formed into ball and served with chicken broth and fried pork. There will also be tostones con aguacate, green plantain with avocado and pickled red onion.

Many of the brewery’s original downtown offerings will be available at the new location, as well as new barrel-aged beers that will comprise about half of the 20 brews on tap. Langeneckert will also have more room to experiment with sour beers, including pink guava and passion fruit, which will change every two to three months.

Alpha Brewing Co. will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 10 p.m. Monday. Here’s a first look the brewery’s new space:


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Photos by Lauren Healey

Lauren Healey is associate editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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First Look: Texas De Brazil at the Saint Louis Galleria

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018



Texas de Brazil opened its first St. Louis-area location at the Saint Louis Galleria on Monday, March 12, bringing South American flair to the table with hand-carved meats and gaucho pants. The churrascaria, or steakhouse in Portuguese, offers 15 cuts of meat alongside a 50-item salad bar that includes seafood, pasta, cheeses and more.

For a flat $43, guests can experience interactive dining at their own pace by placing colorful tokens on each table green-side-up when ready for meat. Servers dressed in traditional gaucho garb, then carve the meat tableside right onto the plate.

Staying authentic to Brazilian culture, meats like beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage are cooked over a wood charcoal fire as opposed to a gas flame. “The concept originated in southern Brazil with gauchos, otherwise known as cowboys, living on the grasslands,” said Hannah Thompson, Texas de Brazil director of marketing and PR.

The full bar features wine and spirits with an emphasis on South American varietals and cocktails like caipirinhas. While beverages and dessert are an additional cost, children 6 to 12 eat for half the adult price and those ages 3 to 5 eat for $5. Those who want to forego the meats altogether can have unlimited salad bar access for $25.

The space that formerly housed Casa del Mar will seat 205 inside and another 24 on the patio. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s a first look at St. Louis’ latest churrascaria:


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Photos by Caitlin Lally 

Caitlin Lally is a contributor to Sauce Magazine. 

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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious St. Louis deals to try now

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Got $10 and a friend? Then Kevin Korinek has 8 delicious deals you must try now in St. Louis.




1. On March 18, you’re going to need a little substance to soak up all the Guinness and Jameson in your system. Plan head and pick up a loaf of Daily Bread Bakery & Cafe‘s Irish soda bread for $8 now through March 17. The recipe has been handed down through generations and features a moist inner cake with dark raisins and aromatic caraway seeds. If you can scrape together an extra $5, get a jar of their whipped, clover honey butter to spread on top.

2. If only every day could be Pi Day. Today through tomorrow, celebrate Pi Pizzeria’s 10th birthday (March 14, of course). Deals include all-day happy hours, buy-one-get-one pizzas for $3.14, 4 Hands Pi Common for $3.14 and pi memorization contests for kids and adults at some locations. If your birthday also falls on Pi Day, bring a photo ID and enjoy a free large pizza.




3. March is the perfect time to check out Mr. Meowski’s, one of St. Charles’ newest bakeries. This month, it’s offering delicious ham and cheese croissants for only $3.45. These delectable treats are made with European butter, then baked with a slice of ham and a chunk of Swiss cheese in the middle. The result is a flaky, cheesy, savory piece of heaven.

4. Every Friday in March, head to Pearl’s Oyster Bar at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles from 5 to 7 p.m. to enjoy $1 oyster happy hour. Slurp a few cold raw oysters, then put the rest of your money down on Red 27 at the roulette table. Just trust me, OK?




5. Grab a fun snack for the road. Sweetology is currently offering gummy bears coated in Albanese milk chocolate. For $10 a pound, get a mix of fun flavors like strawberry-banana, marshmallow and apricot. If you’re looking for something with a little more heft, spend $4 instead and request the off-menu, double-chocolate cupcake, topped with chocolate sprinkles and milk chocolate gummy bears.

6. The Swedish furniture company that’s built a worldwide following also knows how to build an affordable meal. Enjoy a hearty Ikea breakfast that includes eggs, chicken sausage, breakfast potatoes, Swedish pancakes and unlimited coffee for $2.




7. Every Monday, Edibles & Essentials offers a prix fixe, three-course dinner for $20. Selections change weekly, but first courses generally range from french fries to select soups and salads. The main course is where the money is. Look for the roasted vegetable quesadilla or country-fried chicken sandwich, made with smoked, boneless chicken thighs and served with havarti cheese and bacon gravy on a brioche bun. Grab a friend and split the bill.

8. Looking for a quick sushi fix? The Frontenac Schnucks at Lindbergh Boulevard and Clayton Road has you covered. Right now, it offers $5 sushi Fridays on select to-go packages at the sushi counter. Try the Spicy Alaskan with brown rice or a refreshing California roll with avocado.

Edibles & Essentials photo by Michelle Volansky; all others courtesy of Sweetology, Mr. Meowski’s and The Daily Bread

Kevin Korinek is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for making homemade pie.

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No St. Louis-area chefs, restaurants make it to James Beard finals

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018


{ from left, Vicia chef-owner Michael Gallina and owner Tara Gallina }


The finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced today, March 14, and for the first time in seven years, none of the St. Louis semifinalists advanced to the final round.

As The Scoop reported last month, the James Beard Foundation named four St. Louis-area chefs as semifinalists for Best Chef: Midwest: Elaia executive chef Ben Grupe, Sardella executive chef Ashley Shelton, Privado chef-owner Mike Randolph and Lona’s Lil’ Eats chef-owner Lona Luo.

Tony’s was on the long list for Outstanding Service, and Vicia was singled out as a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant.

Two St. Louis chefs have earned James Beard awards for Best Chef: Midwest: Sidney Street Cafe chef-owner Kevin Nashan in 2017 and Niche Food Group owner Gerard Craft in 2015 for his work at Niche.

Winners of the chef and restaurant awards will be announced at a gala in Chicago on May 7. A full list of the finalists can be found online. 

Photo courtesy of Vicia

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Earthbound Beer expands its orbit with Earthbound Satellite in Soulard

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018


{ from left, Earthbound co-owners Jeff Siddons, Stuart Keating, Robin Johnson and Rebecca Schranz } 


Earthbound Satellite, the new cocktail bar and taproom from the team behind Earthbound Beer, is set to launch this April inside the Soulard Preservation Hall at 1921 S. Ninth St.

Co-owner Stuart Keating said the bar, which is part of a larger redevelopment of the Preservation Hall, was inspired in part by the Italian futurist art movement of the early 1900s. This movement spawned a culinary offshoot focused on experimental techniques and unconventional presentation. “It was a bit of cultural warfare almost,” Keating said.

Cocktail innovation was another notable part of the movement, and Keating said Earthbound Satellite’s drinks will stay true to that aesthetic, indulging in explorations of flavors and combinations of ingredients. The bar will start with a small rotating list of drinks to keep inventory low and reduce what Keating called “choice paralysis.”

Keating said barman Ryan Piers will helm Earthbound Satellite’s cocktail program. The bar will open with options like a White Manhattan with white whiskey, blanc vermouth and a Rainier cherry and as-yet unnamed beverage with J. Rieger Caffé Amaro, with a green Chartreuse rinse and served on crushed ice. A repurposed Jagermeister frozen drink machine will also be online to pump out batched chilled drinks.

In addition to cocktails, there will be four taps of limited-release Earthbound brews. “We’ll do some one-offs. We’ll do a couple of experimental beers. We really want people to have a reason to come in,” Keating said. “But since we only have four taps, and since it isn’t a brewery per se, I don’t have to worry about having a blonde ale on all the time or anything like that. We can put on four stouts or four variants of the Irish red that are all made with a different base malt, things like that.”

The decor at Earthbound Satellite will also pay homage to the futurism ethos.

“We want the overall vibe to be a dive bar on a space station,” Keating said. “We’re aiming for a hyper-modern feel.” Accouterments include a bar with a backlit, glowing front and a bleached white bar top, sound panels featuring large-format anime-style murals, and approximately 35 seats.

While the space does have a small catering kitchen, Keating said Satellite won’t feature food at the outset, but a menu might happen once the bar takes off.

Photo by Virginia Harold 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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10 perfect Pi Day recipes to make on 3/14

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Transform an ordinary Wednesday into a delicious Pi Day tribute with these recipes for pies of all shapes, sizes and flavors.




1. Recipe: Rhubarb and Goat Cheese Hand Pies 

2. Recipe: Simple Pecan Pie 

3. Recipe: Thai Red Curry Pizza




4. Recipe: Blueberry Pie In A Jar 

5. Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie With Apples and Brie




6. Recipe: Pie Pops 

7. Recipe: Citrus Pie In A Pretzel Crust 




8. Recipe: Pear and Fig Pizza 

9. Recipe: Curry Pork Pies 

10. Recipe: PBJ Blaster Pie 


Photos by Jonathan Gayman, Carmen Troesser and Amrita Song

Andie Divelbiss is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

We took first looks at long-awaited St. Louis restaurants and got the scoop on Valley Park’s first brewery. Here’s what went down, ICYMI.




1. It’s been quite a wait, but Firecracker Pizza & Beer will finally open for business at 4130 Manchester Ave., in The Grove on Wednesday, March 21.

2. The owners of Wang Gang Asian Eats in Edwardsville plan to open Primo’s Italian Garage in late April. The delivery-only restaurant will serve customers in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, while catering services will be available in the St. Louis area.



3. VP Square, the latest eatery from the family of restaurateurs behind Café Mochi, is now serving up pan-Asian fare at 3611 Juniata St., just off the South Grand strip.

4. The Central West End will get a taste of the Levant next month. Levant is slated to open in mid-April at 386 N. Euclid Ave., taking the place of former Kopperman’s Deli.




5. A strip mall in Valley Park will soon be home to a new craft brewery. According to owner Jeffrey Doss, Mackenzie Brewing Co. should pour beer around Memorial Day at 932 Meramec Station Road.

6. Whether you’re hunting for tasty vegetarian ’cue or classic German fare to accompany that Pilsner, these six area breweries offer so much more than great beer.



7. Guerrilla Street Food’s Filipino-inspired fare is sweeping St. Louis, with a fourth location to open Tuesday, March 13 at 6120 Delmar Blvd. on The Loop.

8. Wok and Roll food truck will debut at the Happy Little Craft Fair at Grant Gym on the Webster University campus, 175 Edgar Road, on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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