The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

February 10, 2014

A Special Brew To Toast STL 250

On February 14th, The Saint Louis Brewery, makers of Schlafly Beer will launch Phoenix 250 on draft at both The Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks. Brewed specifically for the StL 250 celebration, this golden ale showcases the UK grown hop, Phoenix, which features molasses, chocolate, pine and floral characteristics. The Phoenix hop was specifically chosen to be featured in this one-off Schlafly draft release as a symbolic toast to St. Louis’s bright future, as the City and Region rise again.

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February 10, 2014

Schlafly Kölsch Featured On German TV

The German beer world was stunned when Schlafly Kölsch won the gold medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010.  Frank Piotrowski, a TV journalist with WDR in Cologne, was so intrigued that he came to St. Louis to investigate for himself.  Here’s the story as told to millions of viewers in Cologne and the surrounding state of North Rhine Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany.

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February 3, 2014

Top Fermentation - February 2014

According to some eminent historians of rock ‘n’ roll, the so-called “British Invasion” began 50 years ago on Sunday, February 9, 1964 when the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. From February 1st of 1964…

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January 3, 2014

The Secret To Schlafly Bottleworks' Success

Recently our main production brewery and sister restaurant to The Schlafly Tap Room, Schlafly Bottleworks, was named to represent the state of Missouri in a piece Buzzfeed.com titled, “America’s Most Popular Bars In 2013”. While it is certainly always nice to be recognized in a positive light, I think it would be safe to say that the reaction most of us had around the brewery to the article was more one of curiosity. You see, when co-founder Dan Kopman or even myself find ourselves describing Schlafly Bottleworks to the public, you might assume we were describing a community center as opposed to one of “America’s most popular bars.”  So…you can imagine our collective gobsmack.

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January 2, 2014

Top Fermentation - January 2014

The Dalai Lama and I have something in common.  Neither one of us attended the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. The difference between his situation and mine is that I might have been granted a visa to travel to South Africa for the service if I had applied for one.  The Dalai Lama, on the other hand…

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December 11, 2013

Schlafly Chestnut Mild Ale: A Real "Craft" Beer

Not 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.

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December 2, 2013

Top Fermentation - December 2013

Some alert readers (ARs) may recall my column from May, 2011, in which I wrote:

Pope Alexander VI…distinguished himself in many ways, not least in hosting orgies worthy of some of the most debauched emperors of ancient Rome. One particularly scandalous party, as described by the papal master of ceremonies, took place on Sunday…

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November 27, 2013

Make Your Own Schlafly Beer Advent Calendar

With the Thanksgiving weekend almost upon us, we thought it might be fun to offer up a simple DIY project you can do while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook. We present to you: Make Your Own Schlafly Beer Advent Calendar. That’s right! Just follow these 6 easy steps and you can turn a regular case of Schlafly Beer into a fun way to count down to Christmas for the whole family (the whole family who are of legal drinking age.) Alright, let’s grab our materials and get ready to put the “Craft” into “Craft Beer”!

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November 21, 2013

Coffee Chocolate Blond Ale: A Collaboration with Patric Chocolate, Kaldi's Coffee and Schlafly Beer

What’s in a name? What matters is the true nature of something and how it satisfies the true sense, taste and flavor of our heart’s desire. Were Juliet Capulet here to imbibe today, she might say “ A beer by any other name would taste as sweet…”

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November 7, 2013

Weird Things Can Happen in a Hop Field at One in the Morning

Weird things can happen in a hop field at one in the morning.  Stuffing a surprise 200 lb. bale of mystery hops into an already full cargo van is one thing. Also though, envelopment in the overwhelming aroma of hops and the dark walls of nearby trellised fields can bring a long-time brewer feelings of introspection and sentimentality.  Follow a hop farmer through his fields in the dark, and a long connection with a bine called humulus lupulus, becomes deeper, more intrinsic. There is also evidence of hard work reaping rewards, hope in a strong future, and a recognition that things in the brewing industry are changing.

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