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August 30, 2012

Top Fermentation - September 2012

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. While visitors to Las Vegas often rely on this axiom while frolicking on The Strip, the protective shield of omerta isn’t 100% effective, as Britain’s Prince Harry recently…

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August 1, 2012

Top Fermentation - August 2012

“Just the facts, ma’am.” As every alert reader (AR) who ever watched the TV series Dragnet knows, this was the signature of line of Sergeant Joe Friday, who was played by Jack Webb. The only problem is that Sergeant Friday never …

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July 3, 2012

Top Fermentation - July 2012

The past few months have been a time of transitions, both positive and sad. On the plus side we finally closed on our deal to sell a majority interest in the brewery to a group of local investors in whom I have great confidence. For the first time ever…

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June 1, 2012

Top Fermentation - June 2012

A marriage made in heaven is perfect. A marriage made at The Schlafly Tap Room is even better, especially one arising out of our annual Hop in the City beer festival. Beth Pierburg and Joe Bottani first met at Hop in the City…

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May 1, 2012

Top Fermentation - May 2012

Alice B. Toklas is perhaps best remembered for her recipe for marijuana brownies and her autobiography. Interestingly, she wasn’t the author of either. The former (actually for fudge laced with hashish) came from a painter named 

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April 2, 2012

Top Fermentation - April 2012

Thomas Becket, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century, was one of two English saints named Thomas who were killed by kings named Henry, the other being Sir Thomas More, who was beheaded by Henry VIII in 1535. After Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, Henry II became remorseful and…

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April 2, 2012

Top Fermentation - March 2012

Thomas Becket, who was the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century, was one of two English saints named Thomas who were killed by kings named Henry, the other being Sir Thomas More, who was beheaded by Henry VIII in 1535. After Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, Henry II became remorseful and…

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February 1, 2012

Top Fermentation - February 2012

Deidre Pujols (DP) and I have something in common. Both of us have access to important media outlets over which we’re able to exercise some degree of control. In my case, my position with the brewery allows me to express my opinions every month…

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December 31, 2011

Top Fermentation - January 2012

January 6, 2012 is the 600th birthday of Joan of Arc, the peasant girl from eastern France who heard mysterious voices that guided her in leading the French army to several important victories over England in the Hundred Years’ War. Shortly after her 19th birthday, an English tribunal put Joan on trial for heresy, two of her more egregious offenses being cutting her…

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December 1, 2011

Top Fermentation - December 2011

On the morning of December 26, 1991 headlines around the world announced the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev and the end of the Soviet Union. A few hours later, The Schlafly Tap Room officially opened for business. While most pundits thought our decision to start a brewery in St. Louis was utter and complete folly…

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