Saint Louis Brewery

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Schlafly
Schlafly
Tap Room on Locust (4851850930).jpg
Schlafly Tap Room on Locust, July 2010
Location St. Louis, Missouri
Coordinates 38°37′59″N 90°12′35″W / 38.6330°N 90.2098°W / 38.6330; -90.2098Coordinates: 38°37′59″N 90°12′35″W / 38.6330°N 90.2098°W / 38.6330; -90.2098
Opened 1989
Annual production volume 90,000 US barrels in 2017
Owned by Tom Schlafly, Dan Kopman, Sage Capital
Active beers
Name Type
Pilsner Pilsner
Pale Ale Pale ale
Kölsch Kölsch
White Lager Lager
Oatmeal Stout Stout
IPA India Pale Ale
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Coffee Stout Stout
Raspberry Hefeweizen Unfiltered wheat beer
Oktoberfest Märzen
Merry Berry Ale Fruit Beer
Pumpkin Ale Ale
Other beers
Name Type
Tasmanian I.P.A. India Pale Ale
Northeast I.P.A. New England IPA
Rye I.P.A. India Pale Ale
American I.P.A. India Pale Ale
Double I.P.A. India Pale Ale
India Pale Lager. India Pale Lager
Local Oak Ale Ale
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Imperial Stout
Imperial Coffee Stout Stout
Sour Blonde Ale Blonde Ale
Barrel Aged Saison Saison
Barrel Aged Barleywine Barley Wine

Saint Louis Brewery is a brewery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Beers are sold under the Schlafly brand, and are distributed in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi, Arkansas, northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.

History[edit]

Schlafly Pale Ale

The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. was incorporated in 1989. It was founded by Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly,[1] a lawyer and nephew of the late political activist Phyllis Schlafly, although she was not involved with the brewery in any way. Their goal was to create quality local microbrew beer.

In 2010, production of some canned beer was shifted to Wisconsin.[2] Late in 2011 Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. owners Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman signed a purchase agreement to transfer a 60 percent ownership interest to Sage Capital, a St. Louis, Missouri equity company led by Wes Jones and John Lemkemeier.[3] Saint Louis Brewery is Missouri's largest locally owned independent brewery.

Downtown[edit]

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. According to IMDb, scenes from the 1981 motion picture Escape From New York, starring Kurt Russell, were filmed in this building before its renovation. The brewery produced its first beers in 1991, with the official public opening on December 26, 1991.[4] 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 the August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota, as the St. Louis Brewery had limited brewing capacity and no bottling operation of its own.

Expansion to Maplewood[edit]

Schlafly Bottleworks.

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.[5]

Upgrades to the Maplewood facility in 2016 expanded production capacity to 90,000 barrels annually. [6]

The Schlafly brand produces seven styles of beer available year-round, as well as over 25 seasonal brews.

Trademark dispute[edit]

In 2014, the brewery filed for an exclusive trademark on the use of the name 'Schlafly' to sell microbrewery beer; however, this was opposed by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, on the grounds that "alcohol has a connotation that is the opposite of conservative values." [7] On August 2, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sided with the brewery over Phyllis Schlafly, who had planned to appeal the ruling. The appeal was dropped after her death one month later.[8][9]

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