In this blog, we are going to get into one of my favorite breweries, who is Schlafly Brewery, from St Louis, MO. I had a friend that traveled down and she asked me if I needed anything down there. I asked her to pick up Schlafly Sampler Pack and four pack of Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale. Let us get into some of the history of this brewery. Schlafly Brewery started to brew their beers in 1991 and was founded by Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly. Their goal was to brew some good beers in the downtown St Louis area. They are now being distribute to nine other states asides their home state. Some of these states are part of them like Illinois. Schlafly Brewery is now brewing several different styles of beer and over 25 seasonal brews. I know the last time I was down there when my sister lived there. They were just getting into the 750ml bottle business. This is a really good brewery and St Louis should be proud to have them in their backyard. Let us get into my favorite beer from this brewery.
Schlafly Dry Hopped Ale APA Ale has a pretty dark golden with a constant head. It has a sexy citrus smell to the beer. It has a sweet carbonation citrus taste with next to nothing on the aftertaste. It is drinkable beer for a unique beer style.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Schlafly Dry Hopped APA is an American Pale Ale with a hearty dose of hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. We add hops directly into the finished beer to boost the fresh, fruity flavor and aroma of American hops.
Here is a description from their website (www.schlafly.com):
Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of whole-cone Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.
In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer. Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new. Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale. With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.
Appearance: Golden amber, slightly hazy
Process: Dry hopped with whole cone American hops; unfiltered
Hops: Cascade, Chinook (US)
Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley
Yeast: American Ale
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In closing, this is drinkable beer and this is closest thing to an India Pale Ale in their everyday line up. They do make IPA but it is a seasonal that is out right now. This brewery does not disappoint me at all. Even with beer styles I do not like I just find my way liking their beers. This beer is available in six packs and twelve packs bottles. This is a well balance beer and they did a great job. I highly recommend trying this beer if you love West Coast Pale Ales and India Pale Ales. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser