The Schlafly Beer Employee Blog

July 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - July 2013

Just as there once was a Camelot, there was a time not so long ago when July was known as American Beer Month. Now, not only is there no longer a month dedicated to American beer; there’s also not all that much American beer…

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June 19, 2013

Schlafly Oud Bruin: A Short, Sour History

On Friday June 21st we will be tapping our second real sour beer at the Schlafly Tap Room at 11:00.  Second? Real? Let me explain.  In 2010 we made a batch of Oud Bruin for our HOP in the City beer festival at the Tap Room in September (if you have never been, it is easily our best festival.)  We had tasted a sour cherry brown ale earlier that year at Repeal of Prohibition Festival from an out of state brewery and we all loved it (I cannot remember which brewery it was, or even which state we were hosting that year.)  We liked it so much that we decided to recreate it to the best of our abilities.  What was so interesting about this beer was that it was sour, but it didn’t take years to make.

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June 17, 2013

Leading Schlafly Beer - The Next 20 Years

We started Schlafly Beer with a mission:  To brew better beer and help rebuild our St. Louis Community.  We define better as more flavorful; we exemplify rebuilding community by the two vacant, abandoned buildings that we brought back to life, and in doing so, served as anchors for the rebuilding of the neighborhoods around the Breweries.  Today we brew an ever expanding number of internationally recognized traditional European and new innovative beers styles.  We continue to invest in the two Breweries as we seek to improve the experience for our customers.  We are working on a potential third Brewery in St. Louis, a much larger project that will once again make the statement that Schlafly Beer believes in the future of St. Louis.

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June 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - June 2013

Julius Caesar invaded Britain for the first time in 55 B.C. A more successful Roman invasion occurred nearly 100 years later in 43 A.D. under the Emperor Claudius. The conquest was solidified over the next 34 years, leading to the installation of Julius Agricola as Britain’s Imperial Governor in 77 A.D. In 122 A.D. Hadrian’s Wall, which was named for the incumbent emperor, was constructed from the North Sea to the Irish Sea and marked the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire. Within this boundary the Romans established numerous forts (castra), the English versions of which live on in the names of towns ending in “cester” (Worcester and Leicester), “caster” (Lancaster) and “chester” (Winchester and Manchester). The Roman occupation continued until 407 A.D., when Constantine III withdrew the last Roman legion and took it to Gaul…

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May 24, 2013

Pork Shop: One Great Event Supporting Two Great Causes

Join us Saturday, May 25th starting at 9am at The Schlafly Tap Room for the 2nd Annual Pork Shop: 
Downtown BBQ & Garage Sale. This is a non-ticketed event featuring over 50 local residents setting-up shop for a one-day downtown yard-sale complete with Schlafly Beer, live music, and a PIG ROAST (actually, six pigs will be slow cooking overnight for the festivities). You’ll also want to make sure to arrive early to try Chef Andy’s fried Beignets. That’s right, we’ll have breakfast tasties for the earlybirds this year. Shop. Haggle. Barter. Hunt for that hidden bargain all while enjoying some great music, food and beer.

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May 13, 2013

Every Week is American Craft Beer Week

This May 13th through the 19th marks the 2013 nationwide celebration of American Craft Beer Week. For everyone at Schlafly Beer and lots of our fans, every week feels like “Craft Beer Week” these days, and that’s a great thing, but it’s also nice to single out this week and reflect as a community on just how good we have it. It really is an amazing time to be a beer drinker. In honor of ACBW, here is a rundown of events Schlafly Beer is involved with this week ranging from Kansas City, St. Louis, Paducah, Wichita, Columbia, and Iowa City, to Alton, Fort Wayne, Rock Island, and even New York City.

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May 11, 2013

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

We have been making Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout since 2006, but never before has it tasted like this.  As our brewery continues to grow quality control becomes an ever growing more cirtical issue.  The key is to continue to make the best possible beer, despite brewing three times as much as we did in 2006.

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May 3, 2013

Schlafly Beer and Television Drama Pairings

The next time you settle in the sofa for an hour-long escape into a tv drama, be sure to do it right. Enjoy it with the recommended Schlafly beer. And consider my service suggestions for the full experience.

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May 1, 2013

Top Fermentation - May 2013

Turmoil in the banking industry isn’t the only crisis to hit Cyprus in the past few years. There was also a major flap involving the KEO Brewery, whose largest shareholder is the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. According to Agence France Presse, a bottle of KEO beer was prominently featured in a movie that included scenes shot in a Greek tavern in New York. While most businesses would appreciate product placement of this sort, the Cypriot Orthodox clergy were not amused by the highly pornographic nature of the movie in question. Anticipating the inevitable questions from alert readers (ARs) whose inquiring minds want to know, I do not know the name of the movie or the Greek tavern where these scenes were filmed…

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April 2, 2013

Top Fermentation - April 2013

Back in 1970, when I was in army basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, the men in my unit spent a lot of time complaining about officers and making fun of them. We ridiculed everyone in our chain of command from President Richard Nixon…

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