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Drink This Weekend Edition: St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Week kicks off tomorrow

Friday, September 6th, 2013

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With a whopping 23 breweries within 75 miles of downtown St. Louis, it’s safe to say we’re a bit of a beer city, but let’s not forget about our burgeoning craft spirit scene. If you need help jogging your memory, starting tomorrow, there’s a whole week of exciting events around town devoted to celebrating local craft spirits.

To kick off the St. Louis Craft Spirits & Cocktail Week, head to Lafayette Square Park tomorrow, Sept. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. for The Classic Cocktail Party

Want a more intimate setting? On Sunday, Sept. 8, Still630 and The Libertine are partnering for a whiskey event. For reservations call 314.862.2999. Not a whiskey person? No problem. On Monday, Sept. 9, Sanctuaria and The Big O are partnering for a cocktail dinner – Many Shades of Ginger – but act fast; reservations need to be made by today: 314.535.9700. Is rum more your speed? You’re covered. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Spirits of St. Louis distillery is showcasing five styles of Island Time Rum with a tasting and cocktail dinner at Square One Brewery & Distillery. For reservations call 314.231.2537.

For even more events lasting all the way through Sunday, Sept. 15, check out the St. Louis Classic Cocktail Facebook page and clear your week –you’re gonna be busy.

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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