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Sanctuaria named as one of the Top 55 Best Bourbon Bars in America

AMERICA’S 55 BEST BOURBON BARS Our 2013 List of the Top 55 Bourbon Bars in America Sanctuaria, St. Louis: Move over Anheuser-Busch, Sanctuaria is turning St. Louis into a Bourbon city. The spirits program is ran by Bourbon nut Matt Seiter, who regularly buys his own barrels from Kentucky distilleries. Although Sanctuaria tries to sell itself as a dive cocktail bar, Larry Rice says it’s no dive bar. “One of the first bars in the country to offer cocktails on tap and barrel aged cocktails,” says Rice who is a respected bartender in Bourbon Country. “This place is a gem

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National Writing Award

Sanctuaria’s Matt Seiter up for national writing award   Matt Seiter, bar manager and chief liquor officer at Sanctuaria in the Grove, is one of 10 finalists in the Best New Book category at the Spirited Awards at the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail. Tales of the Cocktail is a festival held annually in New Orleans. The Spirited Awards, given in 17 categories, provide recognition to bartenders, bars, writers and cocktail experts. Awards will be announced July 20 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans. Seiter is nominated for “The Dive Bar of Cocktails Bars,” a look at the recipes for

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Dive Bar

Matt Seiter Lets It All Hang Out, At Sanctuaria and in His New Book, “The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars” BY JENNY AGNEW (ON TWITTER: @JENNY_AGNEW) An otherwise “A” student, Matt Seiter earned in “F” in an Eighth Grade Religion class for writing that he’d like to serve Kool-Aid to thirsty African children after being prompted to reflect on a charitable act. While Seiter concocts drinks much stronger than Kool-Aid at Sanctuaria, where he’s the Bar Manager and creator of its Cocktail Club—the inspiration for the recently released book, The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars—his propensity for quenching others’ thirsts

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Toques & ‘Tails

  Toques & ‘Tails was created to celebrate and promote the culinary and beverage talent of innovative restaurants in Denver and Boulder.  Toques & ‘Tails aims to feature the culinary team from the same restaurant. Three chefs, three beverage professionals and one bon vivant from around the country will be the judges; Garrett Harker, Jackson Cannon, Elayne Duff, Jamie Bissonnette, Matt Seiter, are just a few of our judges. Additionally, food and beverage professionals from Colorado and around the country will be ambassadors who will mingle with and engage the attendees to share their culinary experience as well as the food

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Sanctuaria’s Mint Julep: Gut Check’s Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

By Kaitlin Steinberg Wed., May 1 2013 at 7:00 AM Photo by Jennifer Silverberg Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you’ve made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we’re going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: “Gut Check’s Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion” Each week we take you to one of our favorite St. Louis bars (and, oh, the list is long) for a drink (or two) we — in consultation with the bartender — highly recommend. With

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Special Request: Wicked Good Shrimp from Sanctuaria Wild Tapas

Special Request: Wicked Good Shrimp from Sanctuaria Wild Tapas Tuesday, 04 December 2012 12:42 Wicked Good Shrimp from Sanctuaria Wild Tapas Photographed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in St. Louis by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com By Alanna Kellogg Special to the Post-Dispatch Q • I’m requesting the recipe for Wicked Good Shrimp from Sanctuaria Wild Tapas. It’s shrimp served in a delicious, flavorful sauce. — Lori Shifter, University City A • Wil Pelly heads Sanctuaria’s three-year old pan-Latin kitchen at the corner of Manchester and Boyle in the Grove district. “Caribbean. Cuban. Jamaican. Spanish. Cajun and Creole. A touch of Mexican. And a little bit

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Dive Bar Release Party

Sanctuaria Bar Manager Matt Seiter Talks New Cocktail Book Before Tonight’s Release Party By Liz Miller Mon., Dec. 10 2012 at 7:00 AM Last month, Gut Check spoke withSanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue; 314-535-9700) bar manager Matt Seiter about his upcoming cocktail book The Dive Bar of Cocktails: How We Rewrote the Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time based the restaurant’s on drink menu. The book’s official release date is Tuesday, December 11, with a book-release party, “Cocktails by Candlelight,” scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Sanctuaria. Curious to learn more about the cocktail book, recipes therein and book release party, we caught up with

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Big O Classic

Three of In Good Company, LLC’s finest! Kowalski, Duepner and Doyle have been selected as finalists in the Big O Classic Couples Cocktail Competition Saint Louis, MO (April 8, 2013) – In Good Company, LLC, the company that brought you Café Ventana, Sanctuaria, Diablitos Cantina and Hendricks BBQ will be proudly represented by their talented bartenders at the Big O Classic Couples Cocktail Competition on April 14, 2013 at Salt Restaurant at 3pm. Three of the 10 finalists are from In Good Company restaurants. Mandi Kowalski and Joe Duepner will be competing from Sanctuaria, recently named Best Drink Menu in St. Louis by

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Seiter’s Book Release

St. Louis Cocktail Community Turns Out In Force For Seiter’s Book Release Party   Just in time for the holiday season comes “The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars: How We Rewrote The Rules and Recipes One Cocktail at a Time,” the new boozy tome from Matt Seiter, bar manager and mixologist extraordinaire at Sanctuaria in The Grove. Seiter has won about every local award available (including Best Cocktail Menu in ALIVE’s Hot List) for his quality cocktails and expert barmanship, as well as a fair amount of national recognition. Lucky for us he’s put some of the tricks of his

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