On Tap: Excel Unveils New Line of Beers, Yoga Buzz Teams Up With Ferguson Brewing Company

By Heather Riske
In Food

Excel Brewing Company in Breese, Illinois is perhaps best known for its sister company Excel Bottling, which has bottled pure sugar cane sodas since the 1930s. In 2012, they started beer production, and now they’ve unveiled a new lineup of six beers to hit stores, restaurants and bars this week. The new beers include the Lefty Lager (all-malt Munich-style Helles lager), Eastside IPA (hoppy West Coast-style IPA), Southside Stout (brewed with roasted barley, dark caramel malts combined with citrusy American hops), Flash Bang (unfiltered American wheat beer brewed and dry-hopped with Amarillo hops), Bose Roggen (black lager brewed with 50 percent rye malt and chocolate rye and limited edition Oktoberfest (traditional German-style Märzen). 488 S. Broadway, Breese, Ill., 618.526.7159

Photo courtesy of Excel Brewing Company six new beers

Photo courtesy of Excel Brewing Company

Yoga Buzz is partnering with Ferguson Brewing Company and the St. Louis Brewers Guild to host an hour-long, all-levels yoga class with live music followed by a beer social hour at the brewery. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Ferguson Youth Initiative, which engages youth as members of the community, and the St. Louis Brewers Guild.

According to a release, Ferguson Brewing Company owner Mike Lonero suggested the Ferguson Youth Initiative benefit from this particular event as he has actively supported the organization over the years. The event will feature a yoga class, a complimentary locally brewed Ferguson beer after class, a commemorative Yoga Buzz pint glass to take home, as well as music from DJ Selkie and door prizes. “Yoga is like grown-up recess,” Yoga Buzz founder Elle Potter says, “and there’s no better place to make friends than on the playground. Yoga Buzz creates that playground all across St. Louis.”

Each Yoga Buzz event includes a social hour afterwards, which gives attendees an opportunity to stick around and network. Upcoming Yoga Buzz events are set for the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten on Oct. 22 and before the St. Louis Brewers Guild Harvest Festival in Lafayette Park on Nov. 1. Tickets for the Ferguson event are $20 and can be purchased online. 418 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, 314.521.2220

Sanctuaria is hosting a pair of “Funeral” dinners honoring the final remaining bottles reserved from four exclusive, hand-selected barrels of Elijah Craig Bourbon. The two sittings will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 (the Latin American Holiday, Dia de los Muertos) and Wednesday, Dec. 10 (the bar’s fifth anniversary) from 6-9pm. The events will commence with a one-hour “wake” at 6pm, including passed hors d’oeuvres and a memorial libation, followed by a three-course dinner and dessert. Each course will be paired with a tasting of the raw bourbon accompanied by a cocktail made from the whiskey. During the dinner, Matt Seiter will give a memorial presentation on the life of a barrel, explaining rick houses and the aging process of bourbon, while sharing pictures and stories from each of the barrel selections. 4198 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.535.9700

St. Charles County homebrewers looking for equipment or ingredients like hops, grains or malt extract have a new resource in O’Fallon, Sauce magazine reports. Design 2 Brew is a new education-based homebrewing shop from Stephanie Drilling and her husband Donnell Christian. They offer 90 varieties of hops, 80 types of grains and 26 honeys, as well as classes in winemaking and brewing with topics like all-grain brewing, cider-making, wine tasting and water chemistry. You can brew your own beer on site, or bring in a brew you’ve made to be inspected for contaminants in the facility’s lab. 9995 Winghaven Blvd., O’Fallon, 636.265.0751

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