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A Seat at the Bar: Four experts tell us what to sip, stir and shake in July 2017
By Glenn Bardgett, Katie Herrera and Ted and Jamie Kilgore
Posted On: 07/01/2017   

Stiggins’ Fancy Plantation Pineapple Rum is our new go-to summertime spirit. After an intended one-time release in 2014 drew rave reviews, the blend of pineapple-infused dark and white rums was put into permanent production. Lush with freshness and complexity, you’ll notice the rummy richness first, followed by lingering pineapple. Try swapping out plain-Jane rum for something fancy in your daiquiri. $30. The Wine & Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8788, wineandcheeseplace.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planter’s House

A mainstay in Spain, albariño is a rarity in California, but the 2015 Thirty-Seven Albariño from Sonoma should encourage others to join the club. With a fruit salad of juicy flavors and seductive acidity, this beautiful dry white is perfect paired with an elegant heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad or sipped from a plastic cup on the water. $19. Saint Louis Wine Market and Tasting Room, 164 Chesterfield Commons East, Chesterfield, 636.536.6363, stlwinemarket.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunn’s

July in St. Louis is prime time for refreshing canned beer. Luckily, 2nd Shift Brewing recently added Little Big Hop to its list of exquisite hop-forward cans. The session IPA is full of juicy pineapple notes, accentuating a dank aroma and bright citrus character perfect for your next float trip or sweltering cook out. Four-pack: $12. 2nd Shift Brewing, 1601 Sublette Ave., St. Louis, 314.669.9013, 2ndshiftbrewing.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar

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