Sent on 03/03/21

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We want STL Sidekick to become your go-to resource for all things St. Louis:
– Need a new restaurant recommendation? We’ve got you!
– Want to find out what’s going on locally this week? we’ve got you covered there too!
Each week we’ll:
– Highlight one of our favorite STL businesses
– Share our top local recommendations
– Let you in on our beer of the week
– Show you our recent Zillow pick
– Give you a deal of the week
– List current local jobs
– Share stories you might have missed

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? Local Highlight 

Fair warning – this is going to be an all-out, unapologetic lovefest but it’s all genuine so ✌️.
This isn’t so much of a hidden gem, more of a St. Louis staple, but Civil Life had to be our first ‘Local Highlight.’ They aren’t just our favorite brewery, but our favorite business in all of STL.

They are the opposite of pretentious (whatever that actually is). They make great beer at great prices, have a perfect space to foster community (with plans to improve it further), and the owner Jake is possibly the nicest guy ever!

Civil Life doesn’t seem to chase trends in the beer world. They brew a range of beers within their specific niche of ‘malt-driven sessionable beers’, and boy, do they do it well.

Things We Love:
– Classically delicious beer
– Their prices are unbelievably competitive
– $9 per six-pack!- Tiny kitchen, massive flavor
– the food (prior to Covid) was as good as the beer. Soup Sundays for the win!- Most of all, every interaction we’ve ever had with Jake or any member of staff has been a pleasure.
Helpful, interested, and down-to-earth bar staff can sometimes be hard to find, but make any brewery experience infinitely better.

Civil Life is currently only doing curbside pick-up. They regularly update their online beer offerings and even stock some wine and cider too. We can’t wait until we can get back inside the brewery because their space is another huge selling point!
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Sidekick Suggestion: Get the Oatmeal Brown and keep an eye out for their 24 can mix-pack’s that can’t be beaten on value!

Check Out Their Beer & Merch→ 

⚡️ Sidekick Picks
Our quick-hit highlight section of the things we most recommend this week.
? Watch – Kolten Wong Says Goodbye To STL →
The gold glove-winning 2nd baseman released a classy farewell video to the city of St. Louis & Cardinals’ fans via the Players Tribune.
Wong was drafted by the Cardinals in 2011 and became a starter in 2014, the Cards declined Wong’s option for 2021 and he ended up signing for the Brewers on Feb 5th. ?
? Visit – One of 25 Local Hiking Trails →
STL Mag put together this awesome list of hiking trails within a 2-hour drive of the city. Pick one, grab your hiking boots and take advantage of the early Spring weather this weekend.
? Eat – STL Kolache →
This Americanized version of a Czech treat offers both savory and sweet options from 6am-2pm daily. They make them fresh every morning and recently opened in South City!
Sidekick Suggestion: Get the ‘Merica’ and thank us later.
? Drink – Indoors @ 2nd Shift →
2nd Shift, everyone’s favorite cat-centric brewery, has begun opening up its doors to a limited amount of customers.Reservation only90-minute time slotsMasks requiredMax 6 people per bookingPatio reservations also available

? Beer of the Week

Brewery: Modern Brewery
Beer: Three Stacks of High Society #1
ABV: 7.5%

Modern Brewery seems to have leveled up in the past year or so. While they always had a solid core of beers, their recent offerings have been nothing short of phenomenal. Their Mansions and Benzes imperial IPA was possibly my favorite beer of 2020.

This triple dry-hopped New England style oat cream IPA features Citra, Motueka, & Sabro hops along with flaked & golden oats and milk sugar.

I’m not one for the sommelier type descriptions (nose, bouquet, mouthfeel. etc), but if you like thick, hazy IPA’s that are as smooth as a Mark Knopfler guitar solo, then you’ll definitely want this in your life.
Buy It Here→

Zillow Find of the Week

Dexter Fowler’s Old Home
12951 Thornhill Dr, Saint Louis, MO 63131
Now that Dexter Fowler has moved to L.A., we can get a sneak peek into his life in STL. His massive 8,683 square foot Town & Country home has just hit the market.
Hopefully, this house kept all the good vibes of the adorable Fowler family. Other highlights include one of the largest kitchens I’ve ever seen and a gorgeous staircase.
Take A Look For Yourself→

?Happy Hour Highlight
15% OFF Taco Buddha – 3pm-5pm Tues-Sat
One of the few restaurants to maintain their happy hour pricing for curbside pickup.

Taco Buddha is not your run-of-the-mill taco joint. It offers a wide range of tacos that use interesting ingredients that are creatively put together.- 15% OFF DURING HAPPY HOUR 3-5 PM TUES – SATWITH CODE: HHPICKUP3to5Sidekick Suggestion: New Mex-Hot Chicken or Thai Street Beef (the whole menu is great though so you can’t really go wrong)
Check Em Out→

? Quick Hits
A collection of the most interesting/useful/funniest stories we’ve seen from the last week in local news.
STL’s Best Fish Specials for Lent →
It’s that time of year again, Friday fish specials. Feast magazine put together this list of 17 restaurants that are adding seafood to their menu for Lent.
$25 for a Message from Ken Bone? →
The Post Dispatch put together a list of STL celebs offering their services on the popular app Cameo.Get a personalized video message from former Cardinals & Blues players, rappers, and even the red sweater-wearing, 2016 Presidential debate star Ken Bone!
Fish Fry Finder →
Another aquatic-related article! This one provides you with a map of all the fish fries taking place across the entire St. Louis region.
May 2 Primary Results →
St. Louis voters decided either Tishaura Jones or Cara Spencer will be our next mayor. This municipal primary was the first election allowing voters to select more than one candidate on their ballot, made possible from Prop D passing last year.

? Now Hiring
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