On Tap: Mad Buffalo Distillery Becomes Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery, Ferguson Brewing Co. Reopens After Brief Closure

By Heather Riske
In Food

Mad Buffalo Distillery is now Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery. The distillery started production in 2012 with an un-aged white whiskey “moonshine” based on a family recipe, and their moonshine, vodka and bourbon are bottled under the Thunderbeast label. Their products are made from 100 percent non-GMO Missouri corn that’s grown, milled, malted, cooked, mashed, fermented, and distilled on site at their family farm, Shawnee Bend Farms, in Union.

“Prior to Prohibition, whiskey was a staple of farmers and homesteaders throughout the United States,” Chris Burnette, Distillery President and CEO, said in a release. “My own family history includes many farmers that distilled grain as a means of survival. To better reflect this, we’ve decided to change our name to something that depicts our dedication to our family and to the Family Farm. Our spirits are Estate-Grown, meaning that every step, from planting to bottling, takes place on our own farm. Every bottle has been handcrafted, from field to glass, by myself or a member of my family.”

Photo courtesy of Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery

Photo courtesy of Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery

Ferguson Brewing Co. has re-opened after closing briefly due to the unrest in Ferguson. “Thank you all for your support and understanding over the past two days,” the company wrote in a Facebook post. “The violence and actions you’ve seen on TV is not reflective of the community we live in. This is a wonderful city with wonderful people and we intend to keep it that way.” 418 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, 314.521.2220

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company has announced that the third annual Craftoberfest, a nighttime celebration of local craft beer and indie craft goods, will be held in their Midtown Alley beer garden on Thursday, Oct. 16. The event features more than 30 of St. Louis’ best local indie crafters, artists, and vintage sellers in a lantern-lit night market setting with live bango music. Lulu’s Local Eatery will be on-site, slinging their popular vegetarian fare. 3229 Washington Ave., Midtown, 314.222.0143

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