The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

December 23, 2014

Schlafly Beer Announces Release of Schlafly Imperial Topaz India Pale Ale to Celebrate 23 Years.

topazWhile some might celebrate 23 years of joy and happiness with the traditional anniversary gift of an Imperial Topaz gemstone, Schlafly Beer has chosen to honor our faithful fans with an Imperial Topaz IPA.  The concept and the recipe is the work of Schlafly Brewmaster, James “Otto” Ottolini.

“This Imperial IPA is a light amber color, has a bold but elegant citrus flavor and delicious aroma” said Ottolini.  “We discovered the Topaz hop from a grower on the island of Tasmania, Australia, who supplies the hops for our much loved Tasmanian IPA.  When I realized that the gemstone for the 23rd is Imperial Topaz, this became a perfect fit.”

This unique Schlafly ale will become available on December 26, 2014 in very limited draft and 750 ml bottles.  In addition to launching at Schlafly Beer’s Anniversary Parties at both The Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks, Imperial Topaz will also be available in several fine stores in St. Louis, and larger distribution area.


About Brewmaster James Ottolini:
James “Otto” Ottolini is the Brewmaster for Schlafly Beer.  In 22 years at the Saint Louis Brewery, Otto has worked in a variety of brewery positions including Brewer, Chief Engineer, and Head of Operations.  Otto’s creativity and vision have greatly impacted the design of many favorite Schlafly Beers as well as the development of innovative equipment, all contributing to the uniqueness and quality of styles such as Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.  Otto was awarded the prestigious Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing from the Brewers Association at the 2012.

Today, Otto leads the team in the purchase of brewing materials, projects related to the improvement of our beers and the development of new beers and ciders.  In 2015, Ottolini will lead the introduction of a new series of Schlafly “IBEX” Beers that will showcase his unique creativity and skill.  “Otto is a creative genius”, said Dan Kopman, Co-Founder and CEO of Schlafly Beer.  “Watch out, this is going to be a great ride for Craft beer drinkers in St. Louis.”