Schlafly Christmas Ale - Beer Review - Beer America TV
Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Saint Louis Brewery, Saint Louis
Christmas Ale pours with a short dense head. The body is reddish copper and
clear. Cloves and malt leap into your nose as soon as the bottle is opened.
Some closer inspection reveals a bit of orange in the nose. The flavor of
the beer begins with an average malt/hops balance and a pleasant earthiness.
This give way to the cloves and a hint of tang from the orange peel. Cloves
finish and linger with hops.
Saint Louis Brewery - Schlafly Beers
The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. was incorporated in 1989. It was founded by
Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly, a lawyer and nephew of political activist
Phyllis Schlafly, although she is not involved with the brewery in any way.
Their goal was to create quality local microbrew beer.
The brewery was built in the former Swift Printing Company building in
downtown St. Louis. the Swift Company moved out in 1969, and the building
remained vacant until renovated for the St. Louis Brewery in 1991. The
brewery produced its first beers in 1991, with the official public opening
on December 26, 1991. The first batches of pale ale and wheat beer were
available only in draft form for purchase at a pub on the premises.
In 1993, Schlafly expanded to bottled beer, and began selling to local
grocery chains, restaurants, and bars. The bottled beer was contract-brewed
by August Schell Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota, as the St. Louis Brewery had
limited brewing capacity and no bottling operation of its own.
In 2003, the brewery opened "The Schlafly Bottleworks" in a former
Shop-n-Save supermarket building in the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood. This
facility includes a brewery and bottling plant in addition to a restaurant,
beer garden and produce garden. With the addition of this facility, the St.
Louis Brewery now brews and bottles all the beer sold under the Schlafly
brand. This facility was cited by the Saint Louis Business Journal in its
naming the Saint Louis Brewery its 2008 Sustainable Operations Winner. The
Schlafly brand has since expanded to seven styles available year-round, as
well as over 25 seasonal brews.