Friday, March 28, 2014

Picasso's Coffee - Saint Charles, MO

There are a handful of places to get coffee while strolling the streets of St. Charles, Missouri; but none will deliver as good a cup as Picasso's.

End of review.

OK. Not really.

Coffee-wise. The house coffee is fine. The brew bar is better. Don't be afraid to ask about character and notes of the varietals available.

Espresso-wise. I'm a purist. I like a quad-shot 16 oz. latte. Just enough espresso to give it some kick and to deliver a full-flavored drink. If you are going with a sweet-syrup-laced drink you are welcome to dial-back to the standard 2-shots with a 16 oz. drink.

If you're dropping by late afternoon/evening you've got options for you to get your favorite coffee drink while a friend enjoys an adult beverage (varieties of wine and beer change up on a regular basis).

Picasso's does feature live music and events several nights a week. They also feature a rotating roster of artists on the walls.

Price-wise. They are in check with most other coffeehouses (and Starbucks). Expect to spend $3 for a decent cup o coffee and $5 for a latte. Breakfast and lunch options run $6-10.

Picasso's Coffee is located at 101 North Main Street in Historic St. Charles.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Budweiser Brewery Tours


St. Louis is known for baseball and beer..Cardinals and Clydesdales...lots of brews, but especially Budweiser. Even if you're not a fan of the flagship beer, you will be a fan of the tours you get at the Budweiser Soulard facility. I have done both the standard FREE tour and the BREWMASTER ($25) tour - and enjoyed both for different reasons. On a standard tour you a in there with 25-30 other people. You get a lot of history and insight; you get to view stuff from behind the glass; and you get some free beer at the end of the tour. The brewmaster tour varies some based on the questions you ask and your tour guide. When I did the brewmaster tour it was just my dad and I and we had opportunities to go down into the hops room, visit the control room and talk to engineers, and go down on the bottling line. They loaded us up with free gifts and we closed our our visit with a tasting in a private room with leather sofas and our own server. I'm itching now to go to beer school ($10) just to see what all's involved. There is a nice museum and beer garden at the Soulard facility that are open to the public at all times. It's insightful for children as well as there is a lot of history at this location...plus you get a chance to see the Clydesdales that are housed on-site. Kids get unlimited soda at the end. [Note: Be sure to skip across the highway to Gus' Pretzels while you're down there. The Soulard market is also near by.] More info on brewery tours at: http://www.budweisertours.com