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A Seat at the Bar: Four experts tell us what to sip, stir and shake in November 2017
By Glenn Bardgett, Katie Herrera and Ted and Jamie Kilgore
Posted On: 11/01/2017   

Produced in France since 1889, Suze has only been available stateside since 2013. Flavored primarily by the bitter gentian root, herbal ingredients complement the aperitif, providing a taste that is not just bitter, but also sweet, earthy, citrusy and fruity. Although its funky, vegetal flavor makes it popular for cocktails, you should also enjoy Suze on the rocks with a lemon twist to get the full flavors of this classic French tradition. $30. Parkerís Table, 7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.645.2050, parkerstable.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planterís House

Iconoclastic winemaker David Phinneyís Locations label attempts to concentrate the character and style of different regions into a single, non-vintage, non-varietal wine. Locations TX is a friendly red blend made in Texas. Soft, fruity and earthy, itís ideal for the many flavors of Thanksgiving Ė an American wine for the most American of feasts. $20. Lukas Wine & Spirits, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunnís

Add a little caffeine to your cerveza this fall. Santa Fe Brewing Co. Imperial Java Stout is bold, rich and complex with intense roasty and chocolate notes driven by its malt bill and the organic coffee beans itís brewed with. Medium-bodied at 8-percent ABV with just a touch of chew and dryness, this bombshell finishes with a punch of coffee. Breakfast? Dinner? Nobodyís judging. Six-pack: $10.25. Craft Beer Cellar, 8113 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314.222.2444, clayton.craftbeercellar.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar

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