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Guide to Beer 2017: Get festive with STL beer fests

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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Grab your calendar, prepare your liver and save the dates – St. Louis is awash in beer festivals this year.

FestivAle
March 4, Delmar Hall, St. Louis, festivalestl.com
More than 30 regional breweries descend on FestivAle from Point Labaddie Brewery to Charleville Brewery. Fill your glass, then grab bites from Wicked Greenz, Bogart’s Smokehouse and more. This event is sold out.

Schlafly Stout and Oyster Festival
March 10 and 11, Schlafly Tap Room, schlafly.com/stoutandoyster
Choose from 15 Schlafly stouts and a selection of small-batch, experimental options, then enter the Shuckerdome and watch pros battle it out, shucking oysters at lightning speed. Free admission.

Ales for Tails Homebrew Festival
March 25, American Czech Educational Center, St. Louis, stlpivo.com
Dozens of homebrewers share their concoctions to benefit local animal nonprofits alongside artisans selling handmade pet toys and cookies. Tickets available online.

Lupulin Carnival
April 1, Midway at Union Station, St. Louis, lupulincarnival.com
4 Hands Brewing brings down the War Hammer, its annual Imperial IPA. Take a turn on the Ferris wheel and super slide, and sip beers from 65 local and national breweries, including heavy-hitters like Toppling Goliath. Tickets available online.

Mile Marker 68.3 Bier Fest
April 29, Missouri Riverfront, Washington, Facebook: Mile Marker 68.3 Bier Fest
Friendship Brewing, Standard Brewing, Trailhead Brewing and more than 20 others come out to support Missouri River Relief. Not a beer fan? Sip samples from distilleries like Pinckney Bend and Wood Hat. Tickets available at John G’s Bierdeck or online.

St. Louis Microfest
May 5 and 6, Forest Park, St. Louis, stlmicrofest.org
This two-day festival has three sessions to sample around 125 international and craft breweries like 4204 Main Street Brewing. Tickets available online.

Indihop
May 20, The Grove and Cherokee Street, indihopstl.com
Shuttle between two of St. Louis’ more eclectic neighborhoods and taste up to 50 local beers at participating shops, bars and breweries. Tickets available online.

Heritage Festival
June 3, Gateway Arch, St. Louis, stlbeer.org
Sample more than 100 brews from members of the St. Louis Brewers Guild and end your evening with fireworks above the Arch. Tickets will be available online.

St. Louis Craft Beer Week
July 28 to Aug. 5, St. Louis, stlbeerweek.com
This ninth annual festival spans the city and county with more than 100 events including the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest, tap takeovers, classes and beer dinners. Schedule and tickets will be available online.

Schlafly Hop in the City
Sept. 16, Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, schlafly.com/hop
Hop to Schlafly Tap Room to sample nearly all Schlafly’s extensive portfolio, including special-release brews. Tickets will be available online.

Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival
Oct. 7, Augusta, augustabottomsbeerfest.com
It’s a party on the flood plains at Augusta Brewing Co.’s annual festival. Last year’s event included nearly 40 breweries. Tickets available online.

St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party
Oct. 28, Lafayette Park, St. Louis, stlbeer.org
Don your favorite costume and trick or treat with St. Louis brewers. Previous years’ festivities included a costume contest and a Hefe Ride (a hayride with a keg). Tickets will be available online.

The Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival
Dec. 9, American Czech Educational Center, St. Louis, stlpivo.com
Last year, nearly two dozen breweries offered their iterations of the Czech Pilsner at this celebration of the clean lager style. Tickets will be available online.

 

Editor’s note: At the time of publication, tickets were still available for FestivAle. It has since sold out. The online version of this article has been updated with the most current information. 

Catherine Klene and Brianna Velarde contributed to this article. 

Illustration by Vidhya Nagarajan

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The Scoop: Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman to step down

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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This New Year’s Eve, raise a pint to Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman, who will step down from his position as board co-chairman of The Saint Louis Brewery and Schlafly Beer on Dec. 31. Kopman and Tom Schlafly founded the brewery in 1991 and have since turned it into an institution.

Kopman and Schlafly sold a majority share to Sage Capital in 2012. At the time of the sale, Kopman agreed to stay on for five years. Now, as the agreement reaches its sunset, he announced that he will leave the venerable brewery to pursue other interests. He declined to give specifics on his future plans.

With sales totaling $20 million, Kopman has much to be proud of, but said his greatest joy has been working with a talented group of people and having a positive effect on downtown and Maplewood.

“I’m most proud of the people that have worked for us and continue to work with us,” Kopman said. “We’re lucky to have changed the beer culture and improve the neighborhoods around the Bottleworks and Tap Room.

While he said it was impossible to choose his favorite Schlafly brew, Kopman did single out and praise Schlafly’s current leadership. “There’s a good team in place there,” he said. “Tom is the chairman of the board, and James Pendegraft is doing a great job as CEO, and of course Stephen Hale is a great ambassador.”

Kopman also expressed gratitude to the customers and patrons who have enjoyed Schlafly’s hospitality over the years. All in all, he said, “It was a blast.”

 

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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The Scoop: Local breweries take top RateBeer awards

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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It was a good weekend for the St. Louis beer scene as several breweries, restaurants and retailers took home RateBeer awards at the website’s annual festival and awards show last weekend, Jan. 30 and 31. The awards are based on user reviews of craft beers from around the world.

Earthbound Beer took home the award for Missouri’s best new brewery. “They sent us and email, and we thought it was a scam,” said co-owner Stuart Keating. The award was legitimate though, and an honor for the expanding brewery. “I’m so proud of everyone at Earthbound,” Keating said. “It’s a group effort and everyone works so hard and to have that effort recognized is supremely awesome.”

Earthbound plans to start keg distribution to 35 St. Louis metro bars and restaurants in February and move to a larger brewery and tasting room on Cherokee Street later this year.

Perennial Artisan Ales took home best beer in Missouri with its barrel-aged Abraxas. “It’s one of the most labor intensive beers,” said Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore. “I think that comes through in the finished product.”

Wymore said he values the democratic process by which winners are chosen and acknowledges the pressure to keep performing at a high level. “It’s a real honor when we win, but the patting ourselves on the back is a short process,” he said. “We need to meet a level of expectation.”

Side Project Brewing also took top honor as best brewer in the state and rated the eighth best brewery in the world. “It was crazy, absolutely crazy and an incredible honor for how tiny we are,” said co-owner Karen King. “It’s motivating us to make the best beer we can.” The Side Project Cellar was also honored as the top Missouri brewer tap room. “I’m very excited about that,” said King. “We have a great team there.”

Other area restaurants and retailers took top spots, including Schlafly Tap Room, which won Missouri’s best brewpub. Baileys’ Range was awarded Missouri’s best restaurant beer retailer, while Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar won Missouri’s best bar beer retailer. Clayton’s Wine and Cheese Place was rated Missouri’s best bottle shop.

 

Drink This Weekend Edition: Cask Beer

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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While you are jing-jing-jingle belling through these last days of December, don’t forget to stop and breathe. Take some time for you and cozy up to one of the most enjoyable yet underrated beers around: cask-conditioned beer.

Cask-conditioned beer, or “real ale,” is a centuries-old style of beer imbibed well before draft systems were around. Real ale goes through a second fermentation in the cask itself, creating light, natural carbonation that is typically served around 56 degrees. These characteristics allow for genuine, unadulterated taste.

Flavor profiles tend to be a bit softer than their counterparts on draft due to the lack of forced carbonation, and the palate is often described as creamier and smoother. The warmer serving temperature, velvety texture and pure malt and yeast flavors make cask beer incredibly quaffable.

You will find this beautiful fermentable being poured from a firkin sitting atop a bar or more frequently, by gravity dispense through a beer engine, a hand pump attached to the bar. Several local tasting rooms in St. Louis have cask beer readily available. The Schlafly Tap Room, The Civil Life, Square One and The Side Project Cellar always have something rotating on their beer engine. Go warm up at one of these pubs, grab a pint or two of cask beer and enjoy a break in your busy holiday schedule.

 

 

Meatless Mondays: Falafel Sandwich at Schlafly Tap Room

Monday, January 9th, 2012

010912_falafelWe know what you’re thinking – another vegetarian column, really? Just give us a minute. Meatless Mondays is a movement that’s building across the country, one built not around a hatred of meat or a stance against the way animals are treated but rather a love for vegetables – and the health benefits that come along with them. While the Meatless Monday concept hasn’t quite picked up in St. Louis yet, we’re here to show you just how easily it could. From meat-free recipes to make at home to dishes around town that let the veggies truly shine – welcome to Meatless Mondays, a new weekly online column.

The falafel sandwich at the Schlafly Tap Room is something to write about. It beats the falafel I’ve eaten throughout Israel (Tossing french fries into my pita doesn’t make it better in my book.), and it may even beat the falafel I ate in Le Marais in Paris. OK, maybe it doesn’t trump the mouthwatering Parisian version (I mean, I did go there two times in one day for crying out loud.), but the fact that I’m even comparing the two shows that the Tap Room’s version is seriously good eats. (Let’s solve this debate once and for all: Sauce Magazine, fly me to France and I’ll report back who wins?)

In my days of going to the Tap Room, I used to try a different dish each time. I was always satisfied with the results, but then I realized: A large part of the Tap Room being such a time-tested institution in St. Louis is that the dishes are institutions as well. Maybe it’s my growing up, being less fickle and knowing what I want, but I ditched the whole seize-the-day/try-something-new way of life and stuck with what’s good: the falafel, which is as much of a fixture on the menu as the burger is, in my book at least.

The falafel is prepared street-style – swaddled in foil, slathered with tatziki and given a little crunch with some fresh onions and tomatoes. On the side comes harissa – a thick traditional Tunisian chili sauce that’s a bit too spicy for me. Go ahead and get it even if you can’t handle the spice, as it’s likely someone you’re dining with will want to dunk his fries into it. In place of the harissa, I ask for the green peppercorn sauce on the side, which provides a perfect cold, peppery bite that combines well with my piping hot falafel. (The harissa will give you the same effect; just have your beer nearby to offer a little salvation.) Pair it with the vinegar slaw, and life is good.

After 20 years in the biz, the Schlafly Tap Room has it down – a laid-back atmosphere, friendly servers, time-tested food and real St. Louis beer. It’s a community that makes you feel at home – so at home, in fact, that co-founder Dan Kopman came by our table to see how our meal was the last time I stopped in. Next time you stop in, try the falafel with a Schlafly Kölsch, and enjoy some truly world-class eats. Best of all, you don’t have to shell out the big bucks to fly across the pond to eat it. Unless, that is, Sauce Magazine is paying for your trip, too!

Teetotaler: Schlafly’s birch brew

Monday, October 4th, 2010

100410_birchbeerWelcome to Teetotaler, a new online column geared at showing you the amazing non-alcoholic drink options around the city. You’ve seen our recommendations for where to get the best brews, booze and bubbly around town. Now it’s time to show you that you don’t have to get tipsy to taste the best this city has to offer. Here’s to the teetotalers in all of us.

In addition to locally brewing dozens of delicious beers, Schlafly also brews a line of non-alcoholic soft drinks named after co-founder Dan Kopman’s great, great grandfather Lewis Osterweis, a cigar manufacturer from 1860’s Connecticut. “I figure that I’m not going into the cigar business,” said Kopman, “so the name lives on with the traditional sodas.”

The three sodas – root, ginger and birch – are all notable and all carry the Lewis Osterweis & Sons label, but the rarity of the birch beer makes it the obvious highlight. Crimson in color, this birch beer is the hue of a watered down, bubbly red wine. While most sugary, carbonated beverages can be overly sweet and dry, this treat is full-bodied and balanced, equally sweet and creamy-flavored, made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. Although not quite as filling, birch beer is a close cousin to both root beer and cream soda, though the red color and clean finish set it apart.

So as to not taint the immaculate beer lines, Schlafly brews and bottles the sodas (all are Kopman’s recipes) with the help of Fitz’s American Grill and Bottling Works (as noted by the caps on each bottle), and distributes it to a few places in town, including the Four Seasons and The Royale. Both Schlafly brewpubs offer all three sodas on their menus for $2.75 per bottle and for purchase in their gift shops. At the Schlafly Tap Room, you can taste the sodas in the form of a Lewis Float: your choice of soda topped off with vanilla ice cream for $6.

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