Wing Ding Fun (And The Winners!)

On Thursday night, August 20, the 5th annual UCP Wing Ding at Queeny Park attracted about 1,500 chicken wing fans.


The wings, served up by an impressive group of restaurants, ranged from very good to spectacular.




A group of judges, mostly from the media world, some of whom are pictured below, had the difficult task of choosing the winners. All tastings were blind; we did not know who submitted which wings.


PointguysHere is the list of the 2015 Wing Ding winners:


  1. The Kitchen Sink
  2. Joe Buck’s
  3. Winfield’s Gathering Place


  1. Sugarfire Smokehouse (loaded potato skin stuffed wings, wrapped in bacon)
  2. St. Louis Wing Company (bacon wrapped wing with miso glaze, wasabi and sriracha aioli, and spicy soy glaze) (pictured below)
  3. Three Kings Public House (chicken and waffles with bacon jam and maple syrup)


Dry Rubbed

  1. Sugarfire Smokehouse
  2. Walnut Grill
  3. St. Louis Wing Company



Ozzie’s at Lumiere Place


Judges’ Overall Favorite

Sugarfire Smokehouse Specialty Wing


People’s Choice

St. Louis Wing Company


The event offered St. Louis wing lovers the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wings from a large assortment of dining places. The Wing Ding also offered participating bars and restaurants a chance to share their wares with an enthusiastic group of attendees AND to put their best wings up against all the others in a friendly competition.

Nobody went home hungry and a significant amount of money was raised for the great work United Cerebral Palsy Heartland does in the St. Louis community!



Goose Island Migrates to St. Louis

Goose Island Migration Week is underway in St. Louis. The Chicago based craft brewer is bringing its beer and its people to town to meet local beer drinkers and share some special brews.

Goose Glass

A schedule of Goose Island Migration Week events is posted below.

Reisch photo

I chatted Tuesday at ITAP in the CWE with Patrick Reisch (pictured), a Goose Island brewer who has St. Louis roots. In the first segment he discusses what’s different since Goose was purchased by AB/InBev. I began by asking if he is related to George Reisch, brewmaster at the St. Louis A-B brewery. (Segment 1 runs 3:16)

Goose BCS

Of course I asked Patrick “where’d you go to high school?” but in the second segment we also discuss various Goose Island brews, including their Bourbon County Stout. He suggests a favorite food to pair with BCS. (Segment 2 runs 8:18)

In segment 3, Patrick Reisch talks about Sophie, Matilda and Lolita. He begins by talking about the difference between being a brewer and being a brewmaster. (Segment 3 runs 5:02)

Goose tshirt

Here are some of the week’s highlights:

Goose Island Tap Invasion – Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Llywelyn’s Webster Groves, 17 West Moody Avenue, Webster Groves

Beer Geek Tap Invasion – Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Shamrock’s, 4177 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters

Goose Island Tap Takeover – Thursday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Three Kings, 6307 Delmar Boulevard, University City