On Tap: The Drink Exchange Showcases STL's Top Mixologists in One Evening

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Get ready to drink with some of the city’s best mixologists with The Drink Exchange this Sunday, Sept. 6. Held at The Loop’s Moonrise Hotel, the event debuted last year to celebrate STL’s 250th to—not surprisingly—a great response. From 6pm-midnight, guests  will make their way through different neighborhoods such as Maplewood or Lafayette Square in six different rooms throughout the hotel. Some of the talented bartenders for the evening will include Ted and Jamie Kilgore of Planter’s House; Jason Matthews of The Whiskey Ring; Drew Lucido and Kevin Ardnt of Juniper; Tony Saputo and Austin Van of Layla and many more. For the full experience, guests can purchase an all-inclusive ticket for $45. 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop

Photo courtesy of Juniper

Photo courtesy of Juniper

Wine-lovers can raise a glass to the new wine list released this week at Juniper by manager Matt Duvall. The expansive list includes reds and whites from California, Oregon and Italy. More surprises will continue to be unveiled within the coming week including a new dining and cocktail menu. 360 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End,  314.329.7696

Sept. 8-9, 18: Help Anheuser-Busch in celebrating its annual Global Be(er) Responsible Day. The day is dedicated to promoting alcohol responsibility, and Anheuser-Busch employees and The BackStoppers will join forces to encourage everyone to ‘Make a Plan to Make It Home’ with the use of designated drivers and safe rides home. A-B will be donating $1,000 to The BackStoppers during the Sept. 8, 9 and 18 Cardinals vs. Cubs games for each run scored—from either team—for a maximum donation of $25,000. There will be watch parties at Ballpark Village with The BackStoppers donation collections held as well as photo opportunities with a Clydesdale and the No. 4 Budweiser Make a Plan to Make it Home Chevrolet NASCAR. 601 Clark Ave., Downtown

Sept 27: 7C Winery in Walnut Grove, Missouri, will host its 6th Annual Mead Fest from noon-6pm. Activities for all ages will include craft demos, live music, a gypsy fortune teller and more. New Meads will also be introduced at the event: Wildflower, Clover, Afterburn (jalapeño) and more along with the regular favorites. There is no cost of admission, but the winery asks guests to bring a non-perishable food item for the Ash Grove Food Pantry. Find the full lineup of events here. 502 E. 560th Road, Walnut Grove, Mo.

Oct. 22: Mark your calendars for the largest tasting in St. Louis at the Midway at Union Station. Hosted by Randall’s Wines & Spirits, VIPs and guests will enjoy samples from more than 60 tables flowing with beers, wines and spirits from top suppliers including Jim Beam, Pernod Ricard, and Brown Forman. There will also be samples of new innovations you won’t find anywhere else. Early bird admission is $20 per person with general admission sales starting Oct. 1st for $30 per person. All proceeds will benefit Cherokee Street Reach and Think wRite to aid in support of our city’s youth. 1820 Market St., Downtown

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