Frequently Asked Questions About Schlafly Beer
This is just a small sampling of some of the most frequently asked questions about our beer, breweries, restaurants and more. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for here or anywhere else on the website, feel free to give us a call at 314-241-BEER or email us directly.
Don’t feel bad for mispronouncing our name, even Garrison Keillor flubbed it during a taping of Prairie Home Companion. Not knowing how to pronounce (or spell) Schlafly is a fact of life for every new Schlafly beer drinker. It’s pretty simple though. “Schlaf” is pronounced like the word “laugh” and “ly” is pronounced “lee”. Put them together and you have “Schlaugh-lee”. There you have it. Now get out there and start correcting your friends and neighbors.
There are in fact two distinct Schlafly brewery/restaurants in St.Louis, MO. The Schlafly Tap Room is in downtown St.Louis and Schlafly Bottleworks is in Maplewood, part of St.Louis County. Our two restaurants are completely unique from one another and therefore are both worth visiting. Our free brewery tours are only given at Schlafly Bottleworks.
Although we are now seen as a leader in sustainability among local businesses, we are all too aware that there will always be more that we can do. Here’s a sampling of a few things we’re proud of:
- We have taken two abandoned buildings and put them back into use as the Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks.
- We grow some of our own food for our restaurants in the Schlafly Gardenworks, purchase a large amount of locally-produced food for our restaurants, and host a weekly Farmers Market.
- We have put great effort into diverting solid waste from the landfill and we’ve received grants for a pilot composting project for post-consumer food waste at both the Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks.
- We are a charter supporter of Ameren’s Pure Power renewable energy program.
- We use ultra high efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units.
- Whenever possible, we make an effort to do business with local companies which reduces our carbon footprint.
- We host and support many local Sustainability organizations such as St.Louis Earth Day, Slow Food St.Louis, and St.Louis Originals.
All 12 oz. Schlafly bottled beers are dated when packaged. Your “Bottled With Love” date tells you the exact day we filled and capped your bottle with delicious Schlafly beer. Our general guidelines for freshness are that all Schlafly Year-Round and Seasonal 12 oz. bottles should be consumed within 4 months of their packaging date to ensure ideal freshness. All Special Release 12 oz. beers (Irish Extra Stout, Export IPA, American IPA, Pumpkin Ale, Christmas Ale) have a higher alcohol content (ABV’s) and have an ideal freshness window of 6 months. Drinking a Schlafly beer a little past its prime won’t hurt you; most likely it will just have lost some of it’s pizazz… and you deserve to drink a Schlafly beer with all it’s intended pizazz. If you come across a Schlafly beer that’s way past it’s prime, we want to know about it. Email our Sales Team and tell them where you found the bottle (bar, restaurant, grocery, liquor store, etc.), what style it was and what the “Bottled With Love” date was.
Schlafly Beer is dedicated to serving the freshest beer available to a local market. To that end, we have a very strict quality standard and we limit our distribution to approximately 3 to 4 driving hours from our breweries – our definition of “local.” If you are within that distance, it may be that we haven’t found a distributor that is able to store our beer cold or live up to our high standards. We won’t sacrifice quality for volume sales. Check out our Distribution Page for more information.
Lucky for you, Schlafly Beer can now be purchased at a number of spots throughout Busch stadium. Check out our blog post for more information and a map or simply download the map here.
Cask conditioning is a process by which the beer is aged in a cask, or keg, where it matures and carbonates naturally. The beer is then pumped by air to the bar or tapped directly from the cask on the bar, where it is served at “cellar temperature,” about 54 degrees F.
Depends on your definition of “light” beer. We brew a number of styles that are lighter in color and body, yet still rich in flavor such as our Hefeweizen, Kölsch, Pilsner and seasonal Summer Lager. These are full in character and answer the needs of most light beer drinkers.
We will never brew a non-alcoholic beer because of the processes available to produce it – the only one that makes a non-alcoholic beer that’s worth drinking is prohibitively expensive, which explains why there are so few good non-alcoholic beers available on the market.
We did indeed brew a gluten free beer in 2006-07. The extract came from sorghum and corn syrup. Unfortunately, the demand was extremely limited so it was not feasible for us to continue to produce the beer regularly at the brewery.
Schlafly Beer takes pride in our community involvement and is committed to supporting local artistic, theatrical and environmental causes. Schlafly does not offer cash sponsorships. Instead, we wish to help community organizations by donating an item that will help to raise funds or offering an in-kind donation that will assist in offsetting the cost of hosting a fundraising event. Click here to see our full Donation Request Policy and download a Donation Request Application.
Phyllis Schlafly is Tom Schlafly’s aunt by marriage. She is the widow of Fred Schlafly, Tom’s father’s brother. Andrew Schlafly is Phyllis’ son and Tom’s cousin. Neither Phyllis, nor Andrew Schlafly is involved with Schlafly Beer in any way.
Schlafly Pale Ale can be found in sections 104, 404, and 424.