The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

December 11, 2013

Schlafly Chestnut Mild Ale: A Real "Craft" Beer

logNot too long ago our Co-Founder, Dan Kopman found himself at Eataly in New York enjoying a beer brewed with Italian chestnuts and as often happens when enjoying a good pint, Dan got to thinking. As it turns out, Missouri is home to a great deal of the nut trees in the US, including delicious local chestnuts. Dan asked his friend, James Beard Award nominated chef, Gerard Craft if he was interested in working on a beer together. Gerard sourced over 200 lbs. of local chestnuts (some of the sweetest he had ever tasted) from farmer, Brent Fadler in Centralia, MO (pop. 4,000) and he and his crew got to roasting and peeling them…by hand! Gerard and his wife Suzie worked closely with Dan to create a recipe to showcase the locally sourced chestnuts and ultimately decided upon an American twist on an English Mild Ale. All that was left was a fun day in the brewhouse.

dangerard2Suzie Craft, Dan Kopman, and Chef Gerard Craft going over the final recipe on brew day.

The resulting collaboration brew will debut at Gerard Craft’s Niche in Clayton, MO on December 16th for a special Monday Supper at Niche celebrating the release of the Schlafly-Niche Chestnut Mild Project. Supper is $35 per person with an additional charge for beers and the menu will consist of either:

Frisee Salad with glazed chestnuts, grapefruit, tarragon, lemon-dijon vinaigrette
Chestnut Tagliatelle with braised duck ragu, parsley, dark chocolate
Roasted Pork Bread Soup with fontina cheese, orange, chestnut jus, olives
Blast From The Past Liquid Chocolate Cake with candy cane gelato

Niche: 7734 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 - (314) 773-7755 -

After the initial Release Event at Niche, look for a special Cask of Chestnut Mild to be tapped on Thursday, December 19th at Taste in the Central West End at 6pm.

Schlafly Chestnut Mild Ale will arrive on draft at The Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis on Friday, December 20th and look for a number of kegs to also make special appearances throughout our community this winter.


chestnutmild-01Schlafly Chestnut Mild Ale: A Community Collaboration with Niche St. Louis
Schlafly Chestnut Mild is a dark brown ale that has all the hallmarks of a Mild ale and a bit of complexity.  A pleasant, roasty aroma is matched by the smooth malty body, with a blend of coffee and roasted barley notes. The Team at Niche sourced the Missouri-grown chestnuts, roasted and peeled them before handing them on to the brewing team at The Schlafly Tap Room.  The character of the chestnuts is noticeable in the flavor of the beer, adding some delicate sweetness which is balanced by the hop additions to create a full, rich session beer.  4.7% abv - 25 IBU

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Chef Gerard Craft and Schlafly brewer, Brennan Greene adding some of the 110 lbs. of freshly ground, Missouri-grown chestnut meat used to create our community collaboration Schlafly Chestnut Mild Ale.