In this blog, we are going to sample out the flagship beer, which is Pale Ale, from Schlafly 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 Pale Ale has a beautiful copper color with a nice white head. It has a malty smell with a slight citrus to it. The taste has a malty, honey, and Carmel with a slight dry aftertaste. It is drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Schlafly Pale Ale is a rich, amber-colored, medium-bodied, Bristish-style ale with a smooth mild hop character. Perfect for those hot summer days and nights as well as a cozy winter fire.
Here is a description from their website (www.schlafly.com):
Our flagship Pale Ale is a smooth, balanced, copper-colored session beer with mildly spiced flavor and aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops. The bready, lightly caramel malt complements the hint of fruitiness contributed by the London Ale yeast, making it satisfying and authentic; the perfect flagship beer for Schlafly.
Sixteenth century brewers created amber beers by using a form of coal called coke to roast their grains. Coke burns hotter and more steadily than wood without imparting the foul odors from coal. It allowed brewers to produce caramel malts that were paler alternatives to the common brown porters. At about the same time, Flemish migrants introduced hops to English beers and soon this ale became the chosen style of England from the mid-16th century until the end of the 20th century. Today, brewers outside England have adopted the Pale Ale and made it one of the leading styles of the American craft beer movement.
ABV: 4.4% | IBU: 25
Appearance: Amber red, bright
Process: Classic English
Hops: East Kent Goldings, Northdown, Pilgrim (UK)
Malts: 2-row and caramel malted barley
Yeast: London Ale
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In closing, this is not at the top of my list of beers to drink from Schlafly but it is right there. Most flagship beers from breweries, I am not normally a fan of it. This beer, I will drink when it is around my place or out and about in bars or restaurants. If there is another Schlafly beer that I like and available there. I will drink that one first over this one. Please, do not take this the wrong way. This is a well done up beer. It has a ton of flavor and drinkable in any season. I am really not a fan of the english style pale ale. I will say this is better than most english style pale ales out in the market right now. I recommend you trying this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser