On Tap: Perennial Artisan Ales Teams Up With New Belgium Brewing, Two Local Breweries Take Home Medals

By Heather Riske
In Food

Perennial Artisan Ales was tapped by Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing to collaborate on a Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout. Perennial is no stranger to stouts—they’ve had a number of successes, including the 17 Mint Chocolate Stout, Sump Coffee Stout and the Abraxas Imperial Stout. New Belgium says the beer “brings together chocolate sweetness, Belgian yeast, deeply roasted malts and just the right shake of salt to pour a creamy stout worth of a cherry on top.” The stout is part of New Belguim’s Lips of Faith series, and will be released later this year. 8125 Michigan Ave, Downtown, 314.631.7300

Photo courtesy of Perennial Artisan Ales

Photo courtesy of Perennial Artisan Ales

Who is John D? That’s the question John D. McGurks in Soulard wants you to answer. The restaurant is launching a contest called “Who is John D?” and asking you to submit answers by uploading a story, video, or photo to the website, or tweeting to @johndmcgurk with the hashtag #whoisjohnd. The winner receives a $500 gift certificate to McGurks. They’re also hosting a weekend celebration for “John’s Birthday” Aug. 29-31, featuring live music and drink specials. 1200 Russell Blvd., Soulard, 314.776.8309

Morgan Street Brewery staff earned top honors at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition in early June. The restaurant and brewery took home gold for When Helles Freezes Over, silver for Honey Wheat and bronze for Winter Lager, Golden Pilsner and Black Bear. These beers, as well as their first IPA, Virgin Territory, are now served in area restaurants, and six-packs are on sale in liquor stores, grocery stores and the Laclede’s Landing brewery. 721 N 2nd St., Downtown, 314.231.9970

Billy Busch’s William K. Busch Brewing Company brought home two medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship on July 4 in Atlanta. Kräftig Lager Light earned its third consecutive gold medal in the “American Light” category, and Kräftig Lager also picked up the gold in the “American Premium Lager” category.

Tuesday, July 15: Femme Ferment, a new group dedicated to promoting women in the craft beer industry, will host the next of their Third Tuesdays happy hours at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar on July 15 at 5 pm. 1004 Locust St, Downtown, 314.241.8141

MillerCoors is going green. According to its latest sustainability report, the second largest brewer in the country has greatly reduced its water and energy use. From 2012 to 2013, MillerCoors reduced the barrels of water needed to brew one barrel of beer by 9.1 percent, and slashed energy use by 15.6 percent from 2012.

Balaban’s Wine and Tapas Bar earned a third consecutive Best of Award of Excellence for their restaurant wine list from the international Wine Spectator magazine. The restaurant and retail store was recognized primarily for their reasonable prices. 1772 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636.449.6700

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