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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: Brewmaster from New Albanian Brewing Co. joins Schlafly brewing staff

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

062111_SchlaflyJared Williamson, brewmaster for New Albanian Brewing Co., in New Albany, Ind., is headed to Schlafly. Williamson announced his plans this morning via Twitter: “@JaredBrewsBass It’s official: I’m moving to St Louis and brewing @Schlafly, cheers my friends!”

James “Otto” Ottolini, head of brewing operations for The Saint Louis Brewery and brewmaster at the brewhouse in Maplewood, told The Scoop that Williamson has been hired as a production brewer at The Bottleworks. Williamson has been brewing for New Albanian for the last few years. He left this post on New Albanian’s blog discussing his move.

Williamson is already on familiar terms with the Schlafly brew crew, as his girlfriend tends bar at The Bottleworks. As Williamson’s letter states, his girlfriend was a big part of his decision to move to St. Louis. In fact, the couple met when Schlafly hosted Indiana breweries at its annual Repeal of Prohibition Beer Festival back in 2008.

“We had a position open. We had to solve the problem of not enough Schlafly beer for the world. Adding another person to the staff in the brewhouse made a lot of sense.  [Williamson] seemed like a natural fit because of the long-standing familiarity,” summed Ottolini. Williamson will assume his new position on July 1.

UPDATE: In a conversation with Williamson this afternoon, The Scoop learned that the newest production brewer of Schlafly beer got his start at New Albanian Brewing Co., in 2002. He has been a part of the brewery’s expansion over the past few years as well. Williamson said he’s excited about joining the Schlafly team, citing that – apart from knowing much of the staff because his girlfriend, Kelsey Donovan, tends bar at The Bottleworks – he has also worked with some of the Schalfly team when they collaborated with New Albania and O’Fallon Brewery to craft three experimental beers. “The idea was to have fun and brew on each other’s systems,” said Williamson, adding that he looks forward to similar creative opportunities that may arise in his new position. He admits, however, that his favorite aspect of brewing is a bit more precise: “[I like] properly producing quality work on the brew day. I am a craftsman. I love doing things right.”

Drink This Weekend Edition: Local brewers give their beer picks for Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2011

060911_beerFather’s Day is this weekend, and if your family is like millions of others in the U.S., you’ll be spending Sunday sitting around the grill. In this month’s issue of Sauce, we gave you all the barbecue tips you’d ever need to master that perfect ‘cue. But while Dad is outside in this blasted heat working his magic at the grill, he’ll need a brewski to keep cool. To help you decide what suds to share with your father, we asked a trio of area brewers for their top picks – that is, of course, if they couldn’t choose their own.

“I would suggest going to The Wine and Cheese Place and getting anything from Charleville [Vineyard]. They have a great 22-ounce bomber selection, perfect for gifting. Dave [Scarmana] was brewing something called Box of Chocolate – high-gravity, lots of chocolate and very nice.”
- Evan Hiatt, co-owner and brewmaster, Six Row Brewing Co.

“If we were sticking with craft beers, I would say get down to Urban Chestnut and try what is on tap. You can have fun visiting one of St. Louis’ newest breweries and tasting the beers while you shop. Shopping for Father’s Day has never been as much fun! The Schnickelfritz there is a great Weissbier.”
- James “Otto” Ottolini, brewmaster, The Saint Louis Brewery

“One of my all time favorites is Orval. I am usually not a big fan of imported beers but this is a worthy exception. I like the fact that it is very refreshing but also has an extremely complex aroma and flavor. It also ages well and is a very good option for pairing with lots of different foods.”
- Florian Kuplent, co-owner and brewmaster, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

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