Our new Porter is a 5.4% alcohol by volume, dark ale with a mild roasted character and a distinct sweetness from caramel malt. This medium-bodied porter has a velvety body with Pilgrim hops adding a subtle bitterness and East Kent Goldings hops adding aroma and flavor. The English yeast helps showcase all of these flavors in this traditional British-style porter.
In late 2009 we began to really examine our core seasonal line-up to see if and where improvements might be made. We looked long and hard at not only the beer styles we were offering, but at the entire seasonal release structure and we came to a few important conclusions. Our most important conclusion being that St. Louis really only has three seasons. Seriously. Anybody who lives here will attest to the fact that we pretty much go straight from ice storms into 90 degree heat with 80% humidity during what most people would typically call Spring. That being our environmental reality, we figured why not let our seasonal release schedule more accurately reflect it. Thus began the year-long transformation of our seasonal program that culminated today when we bottled Schlafly Porter for the first time.
Our Core Seasonal line-up of bottled beers is now structured in such a way as to have two seasonal beer releases to correspond to each of the three St. Louis seasons: Fall, Winter, and Summer. Porter now joins Oktoberfest (now available in bottles and on draft) as our second Fall Seasonal offering. This winter we will transition to Coffee Stout and Winter E.S.B. and then cycle back to Summer Lager and Raspberry Hefeweizen in April.
Look for new Schlafly Porter on draft and in bottle 6-packs to become available over the next couple weeks wherever a strong selection of Schlafly Beer is sold. Schlafly Porter is available now, on draft at Schlafly Bottleworks and the Schlafly Tap Room.