A Trip to the Schlafly Brewery
About a month ago I took a strip to Saint Louis. While there I had time to stop by the Schlafly Bottleworks, St. Louis’s first new production brewery since the end of Prohibition. It was finished in early 2003 so it was about damn time. The Bottleworks has a nice yet casual sit down restaurant where you can sample or buy all their brews with your meal or to go. The restaurant often has live music in the evenings. The evening I was there had an acoustic/blues/folk duo outside and a bluegrass/slamgrass/indie band inside. Both bands were talented and played to the crowd well so I assume the manager or whomever books the music knows what they are doing. I’m not just saying that because one of my college friends happened to be part of the duo. Along with some tasty food, I managed to sample three of their beers. The saison and oktoberfest were on tap, while the tripel was bottle conditioned. My waiter thankfully knew his stuff.
1. Schlafly Saison – Appearance is a medium amber with some golden hues. A little less than one inch of off-white head with nice lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel, spice (pepper), and some tart citrus. The mouth feel is crisp and clean with a good level of carbonation. The taste has sweet caramel malt flavor at first, tartness that is less intense than the smell, pepper spice, a slight bitterness from the hops, and then a nice clean finish. Overall, it was good, but not a typical saison. It reminded me somewhat of a German Style brew like a Dunkelweizen or a Hefeweizen. My guess is that is due to the yeast they used.
2. Schlafly Oktoberfest – This brew has a deep reddish-amber lager color. Taste has a nice bready malt sweetness, a little spiciness, and it finishes with a somewhat hop bitterness. However, it is mostly crisp and clean with a good medium body mouth feel.
3. Schlafly Tripel Reserve – This was my favorite. It has a golden hued appearance, the lacing was good, and the head was about an inch thick. It smells malty, sweet, slightly spicy, and fruity. The taste starts off toasty, spicy (clove), and bitter. Then the fruity sweetness comes along to dominate the palate. I could make out pear, banana, and pineapple, and some miscellaneous citrus fruit cocktail flavors.
Donald “Don” Von Matterhorn
Revelry and Recreational Sports Division
Von Matterhorn Industries International Unlimited Global Inc.