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The Scoop: Mastermind Vodka to move from Illinois to Missouri

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015



Illinois-based Mastermind Vodka  is moving its award-winning spirits across the muddy Mississippi. Taking over the space formerly occupied by The Nest at 10440 German Blvd., in Frontenac, Mastermind hopes to open its distilling operations, tasting room and restaurant by mid-April.

While the restaurant’s concept, chef and bartender are still in the works, the makers of the small-batch vodka and moonshine are confident about their new location.

“Pontoon Beach is a wonderful place, but we wanted to branch out,” said spokesman John Parker. “The central location balances West County, South County and the central corridor.”

The restaurant will seat up to 150 inside with plans to create outdoor seating. Mastermind Vodka products are currently distributed to retailers in the St. Louis and Chicago areas.

The Scoop: Mastermind Distillery making moves to go west of the Mississippi

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Mastermind Distillery has been gaining attention since launching its vodka last winter. The distillery, located in Pontoon Beach, Ill., has yet to celebrate its first anniversary but has already earned a gold medal at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition for its vodka, made from local corn and wheat. With product slated to increase exponentially, the company is making plans to move to a facility in the St. Louis area.

Nick Roady, Mastermind VP of sales and marketing, stated that the company has placed a contract on a 54,000-square-foot building located near Interstate 70 at Adelaide Avenue in North St. Louis. Mastermind hopes to begin production at the new facility no later than February 2013, Roady said.

One reason why the company needs a larger production facility is to meet the demands for its vodka overseas in China. While current production averages 400 bottles a month, Mastermind needs to gear up to fill 280,000 bottles a month destined for Shanghai.

The increased production will also bring 25 new jobs to the St. Louis area. Roady added that, while the distillery’s clear vodka will continue to be the company’s mainstay, plans are in the works to launch a moonshine in late 2013.

St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party to celebrate local distilleries

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The St. Louis craft distilling scene is booming, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate than with a toast. Area distillers Square One Brewery and Distillery, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co., The Big O, Mastermind Vodka and St. Louis Distillery will be showcasing their artisanal spirits at the St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party at Lafayette Square Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Held in conjunction with the park’s free Summer Concert Series, entrance to the event is free, while a $2 drink ticket will allow you to sample a spirit or cocktail made with one of the local elixirs. Proceeds benefit The Arts Council of Lafayette Square.

If you want to get a jump-start on your gin, vodka, whiskey and ginger liqueur samplings before the St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party, you’re in luck, as many area restaurants will be showcasing these local products during the week of September 3. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, for instance, Sub Zero will host a vodka tasting. On Thursday, Sept. 6, Square One is throwing a whiskey dinner that pairs various Square One whiskeys – including experimental batches – with each course. And throughout the week, TasteSalt, Niche and Demun Oyster Bar will feature cocktails made using local spirits, while Sanctuaria will shake St. Louis spirits in cocktails paired with food.

Check out the St. Louis Classic Cocktail Party Facebook page for more information on events.

Drink This Weekend Edition: Celebrate the Legalized Flow of Alcohol

Friday, April 13th, 2012

While Dec. 5, 1933, marked the ratification of the 21st Amendment, doing away once and for all with that oh-so-noble experiment called Prohibition, April 7 of the same year also holds significance for the drinking sect. Some eight months before Prohibition was officially repealed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a law repealing the Volstead Act, legalizing the sale of beer with an ABV level of 3.2 percent.

This year, Easter occurred the same weekend as the anniversary of the repeal, so we piously waited a week to celebrate the end of the great drought. Looking to make merry over the righteous return to the natural state of things? Here are a couple suggestions for raising a glass.

The annual Repeal of Prohibition Beer Festival takes place this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Schlafly Bottleworks at 6260 Southwest Ave., in Maplewood. Sample more than 30 beer styles, including numerous brews from Texas guest breweries Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Deep Ellum Brewing Co., and Real Ale Brewing Co. Tickets are $25 in advance (Purchase them online here.) or $30 the day of the event and include a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited beer tasting and live music.

Sunday spirits sales are banned in 13 states across the U.S. Thankfully, Missouri is not one of those states. Exercise your right to buy booze on Sunday. Head to your favorite well-stocked liquor store and pick up a bottle of spirits produced by one of the four area distilleries that earned honors at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Pinckney BendMastermind Vodka, Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. and The Big O. Oh, and as you’re preparing that highball, think of all the poor folks back in Connecticut and Indiana, the two remaining states to ban sales of beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

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