Schlafly Beer Focuses on Hops with Release of Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack

SchlaflylogoSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will release Hoptic Visions, a hop-centric Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles, in mid-March 2020.

Carefully curated with the intention to show that a beer does not necessarily have to be an IPA to be “hoppy,” the Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack includes the following three “hop-forward favorites from Schlafly’s portfolio as well as a new experimental brew,” Hazy Pineapple IPA (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • India Pale Ale – With a lower ABV than traditional IPAs, Schlafly’s year-round take on the style offers a sessional beer for both hopheads and newcomers alike. The Schlafly IPA features a hop blend to enhance tropical flavors and subtle notes of citrus.  ABV – 5%
  • Hoppy Wheat Ale – Wheat brings a touch of haze with a hint of sweetness and combines with Mosaic and Amarillo hops that lend to abundant citrus flavor and aroma.  ABV – 5%
  • India Pale Lager – Just because it’s a lager doesn’t mean it can’t feature strong hop flavors. Dry-hopped with Citra hops, India Pale Lager offers a crisp finish and a kick of tropical character.  ABV – 5.5%
  • Hazy Pineapple IPA – This IPA is a trifecta of haze, hope and fruit. Pounds of experimental hops and pineapple refract off one another to create a juicy and golden brew with a long-lasting finish.  ABV – 4.5%

**The Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack includes 3 12 oz. bottles of each beer listed above**

“The sampler pack showcases the versatility of hop-forward beers,” explains Schlafly’s Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “Many think just of IPAs when it comes to hoppy beers, but we wanted to showcase how hops can enhance different styles as well as add different flavor profiles. These beers highlight everything from fruity and juicy hops to our sessionable IPA.”

The Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this special Mixed 12-Pack at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

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Schlafly Beer Launches Low-Calorie Line of Boomerang Mead Spritzers

SchlaflylogoSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will introduce Boomerang, a new line of mead spritzers in 12-ounce cans, on December 6 with the release of Boomerang Lemon Lime Mead Spritzer.

Developed to be an “all-natural alternative to the current growing hard seltzer market,” Boomerang is a twist on a Mead – a traditional style made from fermented honey and water – that “utilizes more water than the ancient recipe yet still allows for natural fermentation.”  This approach results in an “effervescent drink with a crisp finish that’s . . . gluten-free with only 4% ABV, three grams of carbs, and no artificial flavors in addition to being only 90 calories with zero added sugar.”  The Boomerang lineup will launch with Boomerang Lemon Lime and other flavors are expected to turn up later in 2020.

“As we watched this latest trend in consumer tastes quickly grow in the industry, we asked ourselves is this something we wanted to pursue, and if so, how can we craft a spritzer that feels authentic to our Schlafly brewing team. We believe that we’ve achieved that with the Boomerang mead spritzer.  

 

We’ve experimented in various traditional meads in the past, but this is a whole new take on what a mead can be, taking one of the oldest fermented beverages in human history and using that as a lower ABV base for this very modern spritzer. We hear guests requesting gluten-free options and asking about the calorie count on beers, and we have to listen to that. Boomerang is our way to answer those consumers’ questions, and also offer them a product that they can feel good about – a local, all-natural crafted spritzer that tastes delicious.”

– Jared Williamson, Lead Brewer at Schlafly Beer

Boomerang Lemon Lime will debut in the St. Louis area on December 6 and is expected to hit full distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Boomerang Lemon Lime from Schlafly Beer

Release – Year-Round/Boomerang Series; launching December 6, 2019
Style – Hybrid (Mead/Spritzer)
ABV – 4%
Ingredients – Water, honey and natural citrus flavor
Calories – 90
Carbs – 3 grams
Fun Fact – “Boomerang will be the first new release from Schlafly Beer in 2020, and it is the first new year-round product to be packaged only in cans by the brewery.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/

 

Schlafly Beer Releases All-New Stout Bout Variety Pack

SchlaflyStoutBout2019xSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that the 2019 edition of Stout Bout, a variety pack featuring four stouts brewed exclusively for the sampler, is hitting shelves now.

Comprised of the crowd favorite stouts featured at Schlafly’s annual Stout and Oyster Festival – an annual event held each March that “brings 80,000 fresh oysters from both coasts and over a dozen star shuckers to the Schlafly Tap Room,” the Stout Bout Variety Pack is a mixed 12-pack containing three 12 oz. bottles of each of the following four offerings:

  • Mexican Chocolate Stout – A classic American stout inspired by all the characteristics of real, Mexican-style hot chocolate. Creamy, roasty, sweet elements provide a perfect base for the addition of cocoa nibs, which the brewers add directly to the fermenter to age until their finest flavors blend with the stout. The addition of cinnamon adds a kick that balances well with all the flavors in this beer.  ABV – 6%

  • Dry Hopped Stout – Brewed with all of the roasted malts you’d expect, but then dry-hopped with tons of American hops adding a unique citrus character.  ABV – 5.7%

  • Latte Stout – Brewer meets barista in this heavyweight bout. Latte Stout is brewed with a blend of coffee toddy and milk sugar that combine to form a stout that calls back to the coffee shop.  ABV – 6%

  • Session Stout – While keeping a bold flavor and big body, Session Stout has a low ABV making it easy to have more than one. We classify this full-bodied stout under the lightweight division.  ABV – 4.5%

“The sampler packs are a reflection of current consumer preferences and interests. We receive true feedback from the festival and build a sampler pack geared directly toward what our consumers will enjoy. The rising interest in low ABV also steered us toward the decision of adding a session stout to our sampler pack, and the other selections offer a taste for everyone.”

 

– Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer at Schlafly Beer

The Stout Bout 12 Pack Stout Sampler is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this special mixed pack at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Schlafly Beer Adds Old Fashioned Ale to Lineup of Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails

SchlaflylogoSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that Old Fashioned Ale, the final release of 2019 in the brewery’s new line of Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails, will debut in October.

Developed to be “an approachable take on the grandfather of cocktails,” Old Fashioned Ale is an American Strong Ale brewed with blood orange juice and aged on bourbon barrel chips.  Coming in at 8% ABV and 30 IBUs, Old Fashioned Ale “[serves] up effervescence with notes of citrus, bitters, and smoke with a rich golden hue.”

“You taste every element of an Old Fashioned, combined with every component that is expected from a full-bodied Ale. This contemporary twist on a long-time bar favorite is the best of both worlds, especially as we transition into fall and the colder months ahead.”

 

– Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer at Schlafly Beer

Old Fashioned Ale is hitting the market now with availability in 4-packs of 330ml apothecary-style bottles.  You can expect to find this new cocktail-inspired brew at select craft beer-friendly establishments located “throughout the Midwest, in St. Louis, Missouri as well as surrounding states.” Prost!

Vital Information for Old Fashioned Ale from Schlafly Beer

Release – Limited/Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails Series; October 2019
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Blood orange juice
Treatment – Aged on bourbon barrel chips
Fun Fact – “Old Fashioned Ale is the final release from Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails in 2019. With its simple text and packaging, the line of Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails evokes the spirit of craft cocktails – an air of mystery and intrigue for what’s inside. The unique apothecary-style bottle exemplifies an experimental brew: a cocktail that’s not a beer, and a beer that’s not a cocktail. For more information, follow on Instagram at @stlcraftedcocktails.”
Beer Finder – http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/

Schlafly Beer Goes Hopless with Limited Release of Gin Barrel Sour Gruit

Gin-Barrel-Sour-Gruit-Packaged-1Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that Gin Barrel Sour Gruit will release in late August as the newest offering to come out of the brewery’s “From the Ibex Cellar” series.

Crafted to be an “innovative take on an ancient brewing process,” Gin Barrel Sour Gruit begins life as a Gruit-style Ale that replaces hops with “a combination of juniper, marigolds, chamomile, and lemon and orange peel.” Once the brewing process is completed, the beer is then sent to age “in gin barrels for nearly four months – infusing spice and warm notes of vanilla, caramel, oak and smoke into the brew.”  Coming in at 6.5% ABV, the completed Gin Barrel Sour Gruit promises to enchant its drinker with “a taste of tart, spice and an assertive arrangement of botanicals.”

“Our brewing team takes the unique flavor profile a step further by aging the gruit. This is the first time that we’ve experimented with aging in gin barrels, and the complementary botanical notes in the spirit of gin make for a perfect vessel to age the beer with a similar flavor profile.”

 

– Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer at Schlafly Beer

Gin Barrel Sour Gruit is available now at Schlafly’s brewpubs (Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks) and limited distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Gin Barrel Sour Gruit from Schlafly Beer

Release – Limited/From the Ibex Cellar Series; launching late August 2019
Style – Gruit
ABV – 6.5%
Featured Ingredients – Juniper, marigolds, chamomile, and lemon & orange peel
Treatment – Aged for nearly four months in gin barrels
Fun Fact – On the “From the Ibex Cellar” series: “Launched in 2016, . . . this year’s series includes: Local Oak Ale, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout, Barrel-Aged Saison, and one final release this winter. Each carefully crafted brew has a unique character from the techniques, ingredients, and aging process it takes for creation. Like the others in this series, the glass bottle features an embossed majestic symbol of the Ibex and the packaging mimics the striking architecture of the Schlafly Tap Room’s building from the pitches and peaks to the arches that hold up the cellar below.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $17.99)
Beer Finder – http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/

 

Schlafly Beer Honors Apollo 11 with Launch of Lunar Lager Pack

image002 (1)Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with the release of Lunar Lager, a sampler 12-pack of four exclusive lagers.

From the aesthetics of the packaging to the selected lager styles, everything about the Lunar Lager Pack has been carefully selected and designed to properly capture “a few of the most memorable moments from the historic moon landing” of Apollo 11.  This commemorative variety pack contains three 12 oz. bottles of each the following four beers (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Lift-Off Lager – This unfiltered German lager calls back to the moments during one of the most exciting accomplishments in America. The light golden, hazy beer is an ode to the haze that filled the air that day.  ABV – 5.5%  IBUs – 20
  • Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager – Although it’s as dark as the view outside Apollo’s window, this lager is smooth, crisp and drinkable.  ABV – 5.0%  IBUs – 25
  • Moon Walk Dunkel – This dark, malty German lager pays tribute to the two brave men who strolled across the moon 50 years ago. The dark brown lager is balanced in both malty sweetness and hops.  ABV – 4.5%  IBUs – 20
  • The Eagle Has Landed American Lager – Light, golden and refreshing, this true American lager pays homage to the famous phrase that has been cemented as one of the most memorable sayings in our history.  ABV – 5.0%  IBUs – 25

“Apollo 11 is one of the most exciting feats for humankind, in our nation and beyond, and its impact clearly lives on to 2019,” says Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “We thought that the 50th anniversary of such a cultural phenomenon deserved a special beer to celebrate so we are releasing four.”

The Lunar Lager Pack is rolling out now (mid-April 2019) and will be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release variety 12-pack at select craft beer-friendly retailers located in Missouri, Tennessee, and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

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Fun Fact – On the packaging design: “The bottle design and packaging thoughtfully evoke the spirit and pop culture of the 1960s. The fonts were inspired by popular records and albums from the ‘60s as well as the sans serif font, used in popular print ads and science fiction during the era. The square shape around the corners of each bottle label was inspired by the shape of a television screen, a medium through which many Americans experienced the moon landing. Additionally, the colors were inspired by the 1969 Ford and GM automotive paint chips.”

Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen Makes Seasonal Return

schlaflyRaspHefeSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that the Seasonal release of Raspberry Hefeweizen will begin during the week of March 18.

Also known as “brewers’ summer water” at Schlafly, Raspberry Hefeweizen is an unfiltered Wheat Beer “that uses real raspberry in the brewing process.”  Hazy pink in color, this “true fruit beer” allows the flavor and aroma of raspberries to mingle “with citrus aromas from the wheat and a desirable tart flavor.”  Coming in at a “delightfully drinkable” 4.1% ABV and 16 IBUs, Raspberry Hefeweizen “is low in bitterness and not overwhelmingly sweet, but refreshing and balanced.”

“Drinking pink isn’t only for the rosé lovers out there,” says Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is the ideal crushable beer for warm weather. Now, in 16-ounce cans, it is even more approachable for summer pool hangs, beach time, or porch sipping.”

Raspberry Hefeweizen is officially rolling out this week with plans to hang around through the warm weather months.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Missouri, Tennessee, and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Raspberry Hefeweizen from Schlafly Beer

Release – Seasonal, returning mid-March 2019
Style – Hefeweizen/Fruit Beer
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 16
Added Ingredients – Real raspberry
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/

Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails Launches with Release of White Russian Ale

image001The Saint Louis Brewery (St. Louis, Missouri), makers of Schlafly Beer, has officially introduced Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails as its newest brand of all-natural, crafted malt beverages.

Crafted to capture “the flavors of the most iconic cocktails”, Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails is a new line of experimental malt beverages that all have one mission: to be “a cocktail that’s not a beer, and a beer that’s not a cocktail.”  This new brand is expected to produce “five beverages throughout 2019 with inspirations from the Paloma to Old Fashioned cocktails.”

The first release from Saint Louis Crafted Cocktails will be White Russian Wheat Ale, a malted beverage that uses “coffee toddy, lactose and solid malt [to tie] the drink together.”  Weighing in at a sip-worthy 7.5% ABV, White Russian Wheat Ale offers a “smooth toffee sweetness, reminiscent of flavors of the legendary cocktail.”

White Russian Wheat Ale is rolling out now with availability in 4-packs of 330ml apothecary-style bottles.  You can expect to find this new brew at select craft beer-friendly establishments located “throughout the Midwest, in St. Louis, Missouri as well as surrounding states.”  Prost!

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Schlafly Beer Closes Out the 2018 From the Ibex Cellar Series with Release of Barrel-aged Barleywine

IbexBABWSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will wrap up 2018 with the Limited Release of From the Ibex Cellar: Barrel-aged Barleywine.

Developed to be “a new twist on one of [Schlafly’s] most-lauded brews”, From the Ibex Cellar: Barrel-aged Barleywine is an English-style Barleywine that has been aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.  This treatment produced an “over ten percent elixir with oak, vanilla and whiskey backed by the considerable malt strength of a barleywine.”

“Barleywine has been in the brewery’s portfolio since the early 1990’s, and it has been a favorite ever since. It heralded the coming of winter when strong beers were the norm to stave off the ensuing cold weather.”

 

– Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer at Schlafly Beer 

From the Ibex Cellar: Barrel-aged Barleywine is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $17.99 each) at select craft beer retailers located in Missouri, Tennessee, and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for From the Ibex Cellar: Barrel-aged Barleywine from Schlafly Beer

Release – Limited/From the Ibex Cellar Series, late December 2018
Style – English-style Barleywine
ABV- 10.2%
Treatment – Aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels
Fun Fact – Background on the From the Ibex Cellar Series: “The “From the Ibex Cellar” beers feature big beers brewed in exclusive, smaller bottles that pay homage to the Ibex with the majestic symbol embossed in the glass. The packaging mimics the striking architecture of the Schlafly Tap Room’s building from the pitches and peaks to the arches that hold up the cellar below. A typeface from the 1900s, discovered by one of the Schlafly designers in the St. Louis Public Library archives, inspired the exclusive design for the label and packaging. See more about the project here.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $17.99)
Beer Finder – http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/

 

Schlafly Beer Schedules Limited Release for The Variant II Barrel-aged Imperial Stout

 

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Photo credit for the featured image and image above: Lee Wallace of @the_outdoorsy_guy

Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the extremely limited release of The Variant II, a blended Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, on Saturday, December 8.

 

Arriving as the successor to the wildly popular and incredibly exclusive Ibex Rare: The Variant that was released in Spring 2017, The Variant II is a blended Imperial Stout “that is both aged in brandy barrels as well as aged with sour cherries.” An “ideal blend” of the two treatments yields “rich notes of sour cherries . . . followed by luxurious dark malts and candy-like booze notes from the brandy barrels.”  The Variant II weighs in at 9.4% ABV.

“We were blown away with the response to The Variant so we wanted to be sure that the next variation was something special. The conversations started amongst our brewing team, and we are getting really inspired by cocktails at Schlafly with a lot of our beers (such as our Cellar Series Kentucky Mule and Paloma Gose) so we started kicking around ideas about flavors inspired by classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. The combination of the brandy barrels and cherries was the perfect blend to evoke those flavor profiles with our base Imperial Stout.”

– Jared Williamson, Lead Brewer and overseer of Schlafly’s Ibex Rare program 

The Variant II will debut in the Schlafly Tap Room on Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m.  This Limited Release offering will be available in “unique” 750 ml bottles for the cost of $30 each (limit of 3 bottles per customer).  If you cannot make it out to Schlafly for the release, a limited number of bottles of The Variant II will also be available in the market as long as supplies last.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Variant II from Schlafly Beer

Release – Limited; December 8, 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.4%
Treatment – “The Variant II is a blended stout that is both aged in brandy barrels as well as aged with sour cherries. The brewers aged a portion of the stout with the sour cherries for four weeks and another in the brandy barrels for six months.”
Fun Fact – On the Ibex Rare program: “The Variant II continues the values of the Ibex Rare series: to showcase the Schlafly brewers’ commitment to the artistry, ingenuity and passion for craft beer. The series showcases what happens when the brewers take a no-holds-barred approach to brewing beer. The series predecessors include: Lazy Ballerina, The Eleventh Labor as well as Devil’s Farmhouse.”
Availability – 750ml bottles