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/

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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

Schlafly Beer to Pair Solar Eclipse with Path of Totality Pack

SchlaflylogoSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has announced plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse with the release of the special edition Path of Totality pack of its Helles-style Lager in June.

As self-proclaimed “science nerds”, the crew at Schlafly Beer is preparing for this summer’s total eclipse – Monday, August 21 – by putting together the Path of Totality pack, a limited-edition packaging of their Helles-style Lager named after the path that experiences complete darkness during an eclipse.  Wrapped in black and metallic silver labels, these 6 and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles will also include a pair of solar glasses so eclipse gazers can “watch the phenomenon safely.”

“St. Louis is along the Path of Totality, the path of the eclipse that will experience total darkness. As science nerds at Schlafly, we are very excited for this, along with the rest of the city, so we wanted to do something fun to celebrate. The last total eclipse seen in St. Louis was almost 550 years before anyone had tried a Schlafly beer back in 1442,” says Founding Brewer Stephen Hale.

As for the beer itself, Schlafly’s Helles-style Lager is “a bright, golden beer . . . reminiscent of European lagers.”  The beer begins with a backbone of “fresh grain character” that is balanced by the “mild lemony, spicy flavor” of German Mittelfrüh hops.  Weighing in at just 4.5% ABV and 17 IBUs, Helles-style Lager proves itself to be a perfect option for summertime drinking.

The Path of Totality pack will release in June and be available all summer long in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $7.99 and in 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $13.99.  You can expect to find these limited-edition packs at craft beer retailers located in Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly Beer’s distribution footprint.

If you happen to live in the St. Louis area, Schlafly Beer is also planning an Eclipse Field Trip party on eclipse day itself on Monday, August 21.  This event will take place at the Dew Drop Inn (Bloomsdale, Missouri) and include the following:

  • Bus transportation to and from the Dew Drop Inn
  • Beer on the bus and at the event
  • BBQ lunch
  • Lawn games
  • Live music

Tickets to this event are $45 each and will be available for purchase beginning on July 1.  You can click here for more information concerning this event and to purchase tickets once they are released.  Tickets are incredibly limited.

Whether you are able to make the Eclipse Field Trip or simply pick up a Path of Totality pack, just do what you can to ensure that you have a Helles-style Lager in hand while you experience and appreciate a rare total solar eclipse on August 21.  Prost!

Vital Information for Helles-style Lager from Schlafly Beer

Release – Seasonal (Limited Edition Packaging), Path of Totality packs launch June 2017
Style – Helles Lager
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 17
Malts – Pale, Europils & Carapils
Hops – Mittelfrüh & Magnum
Yeast – German Lager
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Fun Fact – “The German word ‘Helles’ translates as ‘light’ and ‘Lager’ means ‘to store’.”

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Tasting Notes: Hop Trial – Hallertau Blanc from Schlafly Beer

hoptrialfinalThis week’s edition of Tasting Notes focuses on the fundamentals with a peek into the Hop Trial SMaSH Pack from Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri).

Schlafly Beer recently got back to the basics by creating and releasing the Hop Trial SMaSH Pack, a variety of four beers showcasing a Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH).  The focus of this pack is to take a look at unique hop varieties from four different hop growing regions: Bramling Cross of England, Enigma of Australia, Eureka! of the United States, and Hallertau Blanc of Germany.  This approach truly highlights everything these hops have to offer, and it allows the brewery to test out these varieties before they utilize them in future releases.  The Hop Trial SMaSH Pack contains three bottles of each beer and was released last month to select retailers within Schlafly’s distribution area.

For the sake of my liver and a reduced word count, this post will concentrate on just one of the variations available in the Hop Trial SMaSH Pack.  Since my heritage makes me a sucker for anything German, let’s jot down some Tasting Notes on Hop Trial – Hallertau Blanc.

Tasting Notes on Hop Trial – Hallertau Blanc from Schlafly Beer

Appearance: Hop Trial – Hallertau Blanc absolutely lives up to the name of its Golden Ale style by pouring up a shimmering golden with just a touch of more defined orange hues pushing through.  Held to the light, the yellows brighten a bit but the overall color remains consistent regardless of light intensity.  The body has a touch of haze to it, but that dissipates quickly as the beer warms and reveals a clean, clear appearance.  The carbonation is moderate, displaying uniform lines of bubbles that industriously course their way to the head.  The pour produced over a finger of chunky foam that is perfectly white.  The head has great retention, falling incredibly slowly during the drink to eventually settle in as a half finger that lasts for the rest of the experience.  Lines of lace are left at times, but a good portion tends to slip slowly back down the glass to return to the top cap.

Aroma:  I am more than happy to find that this beer owns the overall intention of the SMaSH Pack by truly being an in depth look at the Hallertau Blanc variety.  The aroma begins with a big floral bouquet that is fresh, clean and an easy reminder of a spring day’s splendor.  A wisp of tropical and citrus fruits resides in the background only to be overtaken by an elegant white wine grape character ( lightly fruity, wonderfully earthy grape must aroma). The malt presence is light, providing balance with an almost wildflower honey-like quality.  I cannot express how truly delightful this aromatic experience is.

Taste:  The flavor leads off with that grape character, translating as a chardonnay note.  There is then an easy transition to floral and grassy tones that are accompanied by just a grace of grapefruit and lemon zestiness.  The hops are definitely pronounced, but they are in no way aggressively overbearing or ridiculously dank.  This is thanks to a beautiful balance achieved by the light, sweet and biscuity malts.  The malt presence is clean and stealthy to allow those hop notes to take center stage.  The proper adjective to use here is elegant.

Mouthfeel:  This brew is on the lighter side of medium in body with a lively carbonation level.  The carb level mimics the prickliness of some white wines, and that even more so brings the beer together by creating cohesion between the aromatic and flavor profiles and the mouthfeel.  The ABV is light and does not really make its presence known at all.  Aftertaste is all floral hop notes.

Final Thoughts:  Hop Trial – Hallertau Blanc is simply a wonderful experience overall and it easily achieves the goals for which this series was created.  The base Golden Ale is a perfect canvas that allows this beautiful hop to exhibit those absolutely stunning floral and white wine notes unique to the Hallertau Blanc variety.  This hop has so much to offer countless styles, and I now know that because the treatment of this variety in this offering makes me feel like I truly learned something from a beer.  Incredibly well done and high praise to Schlafly for the achievement earned in the creation of Hop Trial – Hallertau Blanc and the Hop Trial SMaSH Pack as a whole.  Prost!