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Craft Beers, Coffees and Teas—Cheers!

Slipping into autumn without sipping into it is tough for most people.

So, let’s take a peek at what new beverages are in store for October and upcoming colder months.

Coffee brewed at Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Company at 17211 Chesterfield Airport Road comes from high-quality green, unroasted coffees from farms and co-ops around the globe. Kaldi’s baristas in Chesterfield proudly added the baked maple pumpkin latte back to their fall menu for a limited time.

Kaldi’s crews call this drink, with baked pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon syrup, whipped cream and a little nutmeg on top, the real deal. They make their own seasonal syrups, too.

For tea lovers, Kaldi’s brews it up in a Firepot loose-leaf manner for deeper, richer flavors. Pairing up Kaldi’s beverages with seasonal pick-me-ups, such as apple cinnamon bread or gingerbread walnut scones, certainly embodies an autumn-enriched spirit.

St. Louis Bread Co. launched the original version of pumpkin spice espresso, made with real pumpkin in the beverage, about 12 years ago. Bread Co./Panera’s three bakery/cafes in Chesterfield are bringing back the pumpkin spice latte for the fall season.

At press time, Teavana staffers at 291 Chesterfield Mall did not know what exact new products may be added for the fall. However, one new invigorating tea they offer is organic, ceremonial-grade matcha. Made from shade-grown, stone-ground tencha green tea leaves, it is silky-smooth powder that blends into a brew with complex vegetal flavors.

Some Teavana customers in the fall return to more full-bodied beverages, such as golden monkey black tea, a Chinese tea infused with rich cocoa undertones. Others consider Teavana’s spiced apple cider rooibos tea with cinnamon spice, apple slices, chicory, plum and hibiscus as a new take on a traditional fall treat.

New for this season in grocery stores are the ready-to-drink Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, as well as the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee. The new pumpkin spice latte is just like the version in the coffee shops: coffee with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove spices and milk.

Starbuck’s pumpkin spice ground coffee has the same flavor notes—pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg—and is the lightest roast that Starbucks offers. Grocery stores also are slated to carry returning favorites, such as Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Iced Espresso Classics, Starbucks Via Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte and Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drinks.

With four Starbucks locations within Chesterfield’s boundaries, there are ample opportunities to indulge in other fall favorites as well.

In St. Louis, Great Beer is a Way of Life

In 1809, St. Louis’ first documented primitive brewery was opened on the current site of the Gateway Arch. Eventually, with the creation of Anheuser-Busch in 1852, St. Louis became America’s largest brewer, encompassing 40 local brewery operations by 1860. Members of the Saint Louis Brewers Guild, an organization founded in 2012, now are about 60-plus strong and on an upswing. Earlier this year, guild leaders reincorporated as the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation.

“As we transition into fall, we’ll see malty Oktoberfest/marzen styles hitting shelves, as well as more stouts and even some pumpkin ales,” Troika Brodsky, executive director of the organization, says.

He says tons of beer festivals happen during the fall, including the guild’s All Hallow’s Eve Party at Lafayette Park in St. Louis on October 28, which will feature most of the group’s local brewers. Event tickets include festival access, live music, food vendors, a commemorative tasting glass and brewery samples. There will be prizes for the best-dressed male, female, couple or group, and, of course, beer-themed costumes.

For old-fashioned beer with a modern twist, head to Steampunk Brew Works, located inside St. Louis Wine & Beermaking at 231 Lamp and Lantern Village in Chesterfield. Owner Dave Deaton says customers are greeted with pints and growlers.

Two new Steampunk beers for the fall include Fest Bier, a light-colored beer with German-flavor tones described as “slightly biscuity,” along with St. Draconius, which is a dark, strong Belgium beverage with orange peel and coriander added.

“People are begging me to make a real pumpkin ale this year. I may have to cave,” Dave says.

To step back in time to join the beer-drinking, subgenre of science fiction fantasy, join locals at Steampunk during the second Thursday each month.

One of the newest microbreweries in West St. Louis County, Greer Brewing Company, is located in Ellisville at 16050 Manchester Road. They serve eight original beers on tap and feature one beer available via a cask engine barrel.

Co-owner Chris Greer says when it comes to brewing, he is a purist at heart, so he keeps the beers balanced and style-focused.

“I show a lot of love to our yeast strains, and reward them by occasionally tossing them into our experimental small batches,” he adds.

Chris recently brewed a brown ale, as well as a new “Bocktober.” He said the Bock is a limited-run beer and will be replaced by Vienna lager once it is gone. For fall, he also offers a new IPA and a stout.

Everything about an interesting, recently launched High Ridge brewing company is designed by hand, especially the craft beers and root beer. Owner Jerry Roth said it’s quality first at Bastard Brothers Brewing Co., making “beer how it used to be, should be and will be,” with no shortcuts.

“We leave the yeast in the beer, and before it’s bottled, we add sugar, which brings the yeast to life,” he says. “It’s an old-school, back-to-basics brewing style that creates a clear beer with a smooth finish,”

Jerry officially began commercial operations in October 2015. All of the current brewing equipment was purchased from a now-defunct brewery in Kansas City, Missouri, and restored and assembled piece-by-piece in High Ridge during the summer of 2016. The 15-barrel microbrewery spans 3,000 square feet.

The brewing company has two main product lines: American Lager and American Wheat Ale. This fall, they launched American Bock, which has a caramel, malty taste. He’s also working on an all-natural, no preservatives hard cider line.

Jerry’s self-distributed beers can be purchased at the Fox & Hound Sports Tavern of Chesterfield; The Crafty Chameleon Bar and Lucas Liquor Store in Ellisville; J.P’s Sports Bar & Grill, Red Door Liquor & Cigars and Flat Creek Beer LLC, in Eureka; Peggs Restaurant On The Boulevard in High Ridge; Friar Tuck in Fenton; Slo Odie’s restaurant in House Springs; and Shady Jack’s Saloon in downtown St. Louis.