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Old Newsboys Day

The greater St. Louis area will be a little greener on Thursday, November 17, as thousands of volunteers put on their bright green aprons and take to the streets for the 60th annual Old Newsboys Day. In their hands, they hold a special edition newspaper, written by local high school students and sold for the benefit of children in need. Purchase your special edition paper and be a part of this influential tradition helmed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Get Your Kräftig Oktoberfest Mug and Enjoy the Refill Deal!

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the pure taste of Kräftig draught at a great price? What if a unique keepsake were thrown in for good measure? Now you can enjoy Kräftig Light the entire month of “Oktober” by purchasing your first “green mug” full of beer – with refills at a lower price! It’s easy: plan to visit one of our participating retailers, purchase that first beer served in your very own Kräftig mug, kick back, and let your “mug runneth over” all month long.

The exclusive Kräftig Oktoberfest mug will be available at the following locations for the entire month of October:

  • Hessler’s Pub and Grill
  • Mike Duffy’s – Clayton
  • Mike Duffy’s – Kirkwood
  • Weber’s Front Row – Arnold
  • Weber’s Front Row – Webster
  • Trainwreck Saloon in Manchester
  • Llywelyn’s Pub in Soulard
  • Hammerstone’s
  • Helen Fitzgerald’s Restaurant and Pub
  • Syberg’s – Chesterfield
  • Syberg’s – Westport

Be sure to get your very own Kräftig Oktoberfest mug at these fine establishments and enjoy the refill deal all October long. Don’t forget to share your photos with us on our Facebook page – we love seeing our fans enjoying our beer!

Get Your Taste Buds Ready for Oktoberfest This Weekend!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall is finally here, and while everyone else is raving about infinity scarves, sweater weather, and pumpkin spiced-everything, we at Kräftig are excited about one fall event that we always look forward to – Oktoberfest! After all, what’s more festive than German food, pumpkins, and, of course, enjoying the best beers around (especially ours)?

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May Events

Friday, May 1st
Schneithorst’s: 6-7pm
Fenton Bar & Grill: 7:30-8:30pm
TGI Fridays (Downtown): 6-7pm
TGI Fridays (Fairview): 7:30-8:30pm
Gateway Motorsports Park: 9-11pm

Saturday, May 2nd
America’s Tavern At The Union House: 5-6pm
Tigin Irish Pub: 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, May 7th
Circle 7 Ranch: 7:15-8:15pm
Southtown Pub: 9-10pm

Friday, May 8th
Trainwreck Saloon (Westport): 6-7:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (Kirkwood): 6-7pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (Fenton): 7:30-8:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (South County): 9-10pm

Saturday, May 9th
Shop n’ Save (S. Lindbergh): 12:30-2:30pm
Friar Tuck (Watson): 1-3pm

The Tap Restaurant & Brewery: 6-7:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (Ballwin): 6:30-7:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (Brentwood): 8-9pm

Friday, May 15th
Shop n’ Save (Festus): 4-6pm

Saturday, May 16th
Hammerstone’s: 12-2pm
Paddy O’s: 11:30am-1pm

Thursday, May 21st
Schnucks (Arnold): 4-6pm

Friday, May 22nd
Shop n’ Save (Gravois Bluffs): 4-6pm
Dierbergs (Arnold): 4-6pm
Dierbergs (Marketplace): 4-6pm
Randall’s (Manchester): 4-6pm

Frankie G’s Bar & Grill: 6:30-7:30pm
Pub 231: 8-9pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (Creve Coeur): 6:30-7:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (Chesterfield): 8-9pm

Saturday, May 23rd
Schnucks (Washington): 12-2pm
Dierbergs (Oakville): 12-2pm
Shop n’ Save (Kirkwood): 12:30-2:30pm

Buffalo Wild Wings (O’Fallon): 6pm -7pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (St. Peters): 7:30-8:30pm
Buffalo Wild Wings (St. Charles): 9-10pm

Saturday, May 30th
Shop n’ Save (O’Fallon, Mexico Loop): 12:30-2:30pm

April Events

Friday, April 3rd
Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill (Kirkwood): 6:30pm-7:30pm
Llywelyn’s Pub (Winghaven): 8:30pm-9:30pm
Massa’s (Winghaven): 10pm-11pm
Gateway Motorsports Park: 9pm-11pm

Saturday, April 4th
Friar Tuck (Gravois Bluffs): 1pm-3pm
Randall’s (Manchester): 2pm-4pm

Llywelyn’s Pub (St. Charles): 2pm-4pm
Fenton Bar & Grill: 7:30pm-8:30pm
John P. Fields: 9pm-10pm

Friday, April 10th
Schnucks (Culinaria): 4pm-6pm

The Local House: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Hessler’s Pub & Grill: 9pm-10pm

Saturday, April 11th
E.L. Flanagan’s: 8:30pm-10pm

Monday, April 13th
Wheelhouse (Downtown): 1pm-2pm
Kilroy’s: 2:15pm-3:15pm

Wednesday, April 15th
Mike Duffy’s Pub & Grill (Richmond Heights): 9pm-10:30pm

Thursday, April 16th
Dierbergs (McKenzie Point): 4pm-6pm

The Tick Tock Tavern: 7pm-8:30pm

Friday, April 17th
Shop n’ Save (Festus): 4pm-6pm

TGI Friday’s (St. Charles): 6pm-7pm

Saturday, April 18th
Hammerstone’s: 4pm-5pm
Tucker’s Place (Soulard): 5:30pm-6:30pm

Friday, April 24th
TGI Friday’s (Creve Coeur): 6pm-7pm
TGI Friday’s (South County): 7:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, April 25th
Two Shamrock’s: 7:30pm-8:30pm
Side Pockets: 9pm-10pm

March Events

Friday, March 13th
Schnucks Oakville: 4pm – 6pm
Dierbergs Zumbehl: 4pm – 6pm

Tony’s on Top: 10:30pm – 11:30pm
Quintessential: 11:30pm – 12:30am

Saturday, March 14th
Dierbergs Marketplace: 12pm – 2pm
Dierbergs Florissant: 12pm – 2pm
Sam’s Club Kirkwood: 11am – 3pm

1860′s: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Hammerstones: 3pm – 4pm
Tigin: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Llywelyns Soulard: 6pm – 7pm
Wheelhouse downtown: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Two Shamrock’s : 4pm – 5pm
The Tap: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Tilted Kilt: 7pm – 8pm
Bar Louie Kirkwood: 3pm – 4pm
Mike Duffy’s Kirkwood: 6pm – 7pm
Llywelyns Webster: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
O Leary’s: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Hessler’s Pub: 9pm – 10pm

Tuesday, March 17th
Tigin: 5pm – 6pm
Llywelyns Soulard: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Pat Connolly’s: 2pm – 3pm
Llywelyns Winghaven: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Two Shamrock’s: 5pm – 6pm
Llywelyns St. Charles: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Helen Fitzgeralds: 2pm – 3pm

Thursday, March 19th
Timber Creek Grill: 6pm – 7:30pm
Sybergs Market: 4pm – 5pm
Sybergs O’Fallon Ill: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Friday, March 20th
Dierbergs Mckenzie: 4pm – 6pm

Helen Fitzgerald’s: 4pm – 5pm
Sybergs Gravois: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Circle 7 Ranch Beer Tournament

Saturday, March 21st
Dierbergs Southroads: 12pm – 2pm

Sybergs Chesterfield: 4pm – 5pm
Sybergs Dorsett: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Sunday, March 22nd
Circle 7 Ranch: 1pm – 2:30pm

Thursday, March 26th
Babylon: 6:30pm – 8pm

Friday, March 27th
Shop n’ Save Dardenne Prarie: 4pm – 6pm
Shop n’ Save Kirkwood: 4pm – 6pm
Shop n’ Save Harvester: 4pm – 6pm
Shop n’ Save Maplewood: 4pm – 6pm

Tom’s Bar & Grill: 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Llywelyn’s CWE: 8pm – 9pm

Saturday, March 28th
Shop n’ Save Lindbergh: 12pm – 2pm

Mr. Lucky’s: 9pm – 10pm
Side Pockets: 10:30pm – 11:30pm

The Awards Continue to Foam Over for Kräftig Light

ST. LOUIS – As summer rolls on, so do the accolades for the William K Busch Brewing Company’s Krӓftig light brand. German purity-brewed, American made Krӓftig light took home the “American Light Lager” gold medal for the second consecutive year in the United States Open Beer Championship, held in Atlanta, GA.

This was a truly global test for the St. Louis company’s brands. More than 20 international brewing companies entered more than 2,500 beers in the competition. Judges hailed from England, Canada and the United States.

“I can’t emphasize enough how much it means to win back-to-back gold,” commented Marc Gottfried, head brewmaster. “The vision and leadership of our founder, Billy Busch, is taking Krӓftig to exciting new places.”

Kräftig light’s winning flavor is the result of a brewing process following the German Beer Purity Law of Reinheitsgebot (RHINE-heights-geh-boat), Reinheitsgebot requires only four ingredients be used when brewing beer – water, barley-malt, yeast and hops.

In addition to consecutive gold medals the past two years at the U.S. Open Championship, Krӓftig light won the gold medal in the 2013 North American Beer Awards (NABA) in May.

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About William K Busch Brewing Company

The William K Busch Brewing Company was established in 2011 by William K Busch, whose family legacy in the beer business dates back to the mid-1800’s when Adolphus A Busch opened a small brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. With its two brands, Kräftig Lager and Kräftig Light, this St. Louis-based company is not associated with ABInBev or any of its affiliates, and begins a new chapter in the Busch family brewing story. For more information, please visit or

Gold Medal Goes to New Krӓftig Light Beer

ST. LOUIS – June 6, 2013 – The North American Beer Awards (NABA), held last weekend in Idaho Falls, ID, is this continent’s most prestigious beer judging competition. In the American-style light beer category – representing the largest brands in the industry – first place was awarded to Krӓftig light, brewed by St. Louis-based William K Busch Brewing Company. Brewed for pure flavor under the German Beer Purity Law, or Reinheitsgebot, Krӓftig light bested second place Michelob Ultra and third place Budweiser Select. The biggest brands, Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light, did not place.

“Kräftig lager and Kräftig light were created as a testament to St. Louis’ respect for the way Germans brew their beer,” said William (Billy) Busch. “We are truly honored by the North American Beer Association’s decision to award Krӓftig light with gold in this highly competitive category.”

Judges at the annual NABA sanctioned beer awards include brew masters from major national breweries as well as experts from small, independent breweries. Also judging are beer journalists and certified judges. Evaluation and judging of beers are conducted in sessions which lead to the award of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Since 1997, hundreds of competitors have participated.
Judging is performed in a blind format competition with beers poured in a separate room and provided to the judges in style flights. Judging in teams of four, minimum, the judges rank order the top three beers and in some instances award honorable mentions.

Kräftig light is the only premium, domestic light beer brewed in accordance with Reinheitsgebot (RHINE-heights-geh-boat), the German Beer Purity Law that requires only four ingredients be used in the brewing process – water, barley-malt, yeast and hops.

“The pure flavor and crisp finish of Kräftig lager and Kräftig light can only be accomplished through Reinheitsgebot. This award from the NABA, along with other recent accolades, is proof that Reinheitsgebot produces pure flavor,” commented Marc Gottfried, head brew master.

In addition to gold at the NABA, Kräftig lager was awarded 96 points out of 100 possible by Draft Magazine in its Draft Review section – the highest rating in the 2013 April issue. Kräftig lager also received both the silver medal for “Best of Show” and gold medal for “International Lager”, while Kräftig light earned the top honor awarded in the “American Light Lager” category during the 4th Annual Denver International Beer Competition, held April 13-14, 2013.

During the company’s first year in production, Kräftig lager and Kräftig light also received three prestigious industry awards – a Gold Medal in the “American Light” category at the U.S. Open Beer Championship, a People’s Choice Award at the Missouri Brewfest and a Bronze Medal in the “American Lager” category at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition.

For more information about Kräftig, please visit or

About William K Busch Brewing Company

The William K Busch Brewing Company was established in 2011 by William K Busch, whose family legacy in the beer business dates back to the mid-1800’s when Adolphus A Busch opened a small brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. With its two brands, Kräftig Lager and Kräftig Light, this St. Louis-based company is not associated with ABInBev or any of its affiliates, and begins a new chapter in the Busch family brewing story. For more information, please visit or