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Four St. Louis-area businesses win Good Food Awards

Friday, January 26th, 2018


The winners of the 2018 Good Food Awards, which honors businesses committed to socially and environmentally conscious food, were announced on Jan. 19. This year, four local purveyors took home awards, proving that St. Louis is more than just good at good food.

Blueprint Coffee, Larder & Cupboard, Perennial Artisan Ales and Still 630 Distillery all received awards. They were chosen from among 2,000 entrants in 15 different categories, including coffee, preserves and beer.

Larder & Cupboard won in the preserve category for its Strawberry Lemon preserves and its Apricot-Lemon Thyme preserves, and Blueprint Coffee earned an award for its Ethiopian Hambela. Blueprint Coffee co-owner Mike Marquard said this award is a great honor, not just for the local roaster but also for the Hambela Estate, which produced coffee.

“We partnered with them originally because of their quality, but their social and environmental programs are great,” he said. “They are doing outgrower programs for things like better education and better farming practices. It’s a great honor to have our African company recognized.”

Perennial Artisan Ales was recognized for two beers: Savant Beersel, which uses grapes from Charleville Vineyards in Ste. Genevieve, and Glitter & Gold. Perennial on-premise operations and event manager Katie Godoy said this award highlighted the importance of social and environmental responsibility. “It’s really nice to be recognized for the efforts we are doing, but a lot of people may not know about,” Godoy said.

Still 630 Distillery earned an award in the spirits category for its Expedition Rum. Owner David Weglarz said the award validated his hard work. “It’s a recognition of all the things we’ve done and our attention to quality and to detail,” he said.

Larder & Cupboard owner Cindy Higgerson did not return requests for comment.

Editor’s Note: This article incorrectly attributed a quote to Perennial owner Emily Wymore. It was updated at 7:40 p.m. Jan. 26 to correct the error.

Photo courtesy of Blueprint Coffee

Claire Ma is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Area distilleries win big at American Craft Spirits Association awards

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


{Wood Hat Spirits owner Gary Hinegardner}


St. Louis and Missouri were well represented this month among the winners of the American Craft Spirits Association awards, held Feb. 15 in Austin. Area distilleries Still 630 and Wood Hat Spirits won a gold medal each for their RallyPoint Maple Sunset Whiskey and Blue Corn Whiskey, respectively. The Blue Corn Whiskey also took best in category for corn spirits.

“The craft distilleries in Missouri, and in particular St. Louis, are growing,” said Gary Hinegardner, owner of Wood Hat Spirits in New Florence. “We’re getting national attention. We’re doing good stuff. We can stand up in the world and be counted.”

These are the first awards from the ACSA for Still 630’s spirits, according to David Weglarz, owner and distiller of Still 630. Weglarz stated he was thrilled. “Two years ago, I taught myself how to distill,” he said. “It has been so validating to see others enjoy what I make.”

Ste. Genevieve upstart Defiant Spirits brought home a silver medal for its Defiance Whiskey. Missouri liqueurs, too, had a good showing: In addition to its top honors, Wood Hat won a bronze medal for its black walnut liqueur. Still 630 took bronze for its SS Sorghum Whiskey and Soulard Island Rum, as did Maryland Heights distiller Stilljoy Spirits for its Movados cinnamon, ginger and vanilla liqueurs.

The American Craft Spirits Association Awards was judged by industry professionals and featured more than 200 distillers from around the country. This is not the first year area liquor-makers have earned nods from the judges – last year, Wood Hat clinched a gold and bronze and Square One Distilling took two bronzes.

Sauce intern Rima Parikh contributed to this report.

The Scoop: StilL 630 opens this weekend

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

David Weglarz announced that he was opening a distillery some 16 months ago. True to his word, Weglarz’s distillery, StilL 630, has finally gotten past the red tape, and he’s holding a grand opening this weekend to celebrate.

You can cheer the newest addition to the local distilling scene from the sidelines, or, better yet, show up in person and raise a shot glass in support. You’ll be able to sip two of Weglarz’s spirits – Big Jake White Dog Whiskey (that he described in the May 2012 issue of Sauce) and Rally Point Rye Whiskey – plus tour the distillery, which is located at 1000 S. Fourth St., at the intersection of Chouteau Avenue, on the fringes of Soulard.

The grand opening will take place this Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Can’t make it? StilL 630 will hold tours every weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. Tours are free and include complimentary spirits samples.

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