Schlafly The Devil’s Farmhouse joins the Rare Ibex Series on December 22nd.
Schlafly Brewery is one of the biggest names in Saint Louis, Missouri brewing. The 26-year-old brewery is known for a great many beers, but none so hard to come by as the Ibex Rare Series. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t too familiar with Schlafly Ibex. They are truly limited to just a few thousand bottles, whenever a beer decides that it’s ready.
For the second time this year, the Ibex Rare Series has born another unique fruit – The Devil’s Farmhouse. The name doesn’t conjure up thoughts of Christmas, but the design and rarity are indeed perfect for the season. Something truly special, worth sipping with loved ones.
A plethora of malts, including rye, wheat, and dark malt is what the Brettanomyces has been feasting on for over a year. This is no ordinary farmhouse ale. It’s every bit as dark, brooding and complex as the devil himself, hardened by 18 months of aging in wine barrels with sweet red cherries and black currants. Every sip is a wave of farmhouse Bretty funk, tart, and fruity flavors, with the slightest hint of oak. You are sipping little nuances of oaky time, captured in a sexy 750-milliliter bottle.
No this isn’t a beer for mass consumption. Nor is it something easily replicated. It’s beer and brewer passion, elevated. In this case, the devil is truly in the details.
Schlafly The Devil’s Farmhouse will be available starting December 21st in the brewery’s tap room, plus limited distribution, $30 dollars each.
Schlafly The Variant
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Barrel-Aged. Port.)
Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale, the brewery’s second “dessert beer” offering, debuts on April 10th.
Last year’s Double Bean Blonde was great success for Schlafly. The blonde ale featured cocoa nibs and French roast coffee. Fans fell in loved with it, and and have been demanding a follow-up.
Creating Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale required a hefty amount of fresh coconuts, and toasted coconut for aging. The brewery has a habit of using fresh ingredients instead of extracts. That’s important when we talk about flavor.
Nuance is everything in Coconut Creme Ale. This beer is crisp and light and malty. Almost like a lager if you didn’t know better. The use of fresh coconut comes into play at the end of the sip. The subtle wisp of real coconut is what you chase from start to finish. Perfect for spring time on the porch.
Schlafly Coconut Creme Ale will be available in 12 ounce bottles starting April 10th. Little paper umbrellas not included.
5.5% ABV, 17 IBUS
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Schlafly Smoked Stout, a new limited release, debuts Valentine’s Day week.
Built for colder weather, Schlafly Smoked Stout truly is a fireside sipper. The barley is smoked with beechwood, giving the beer hints of smoke. The finish is slightly hoppy, with smoke and a touch of chocolate.
“Our Cellar Beers are meant to be conversation pieces. It was a 2017 goal to expand our offerings of
unique, larger format beers and encourage guests to enjoy and share the beers with friends. The Smoked Stout is exactly what you want to be drinking this time of year. Robust and rich, the appropriate amount of hops provide balance while the Belgian crystal malt and German smoked malt lend complexity.” – Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale
Other limited releases in the series includes Belgian Golden Ale, Baltic Porter, and ESB.
Schlafly Smoked Stout is available in 750 milliliter bottles. ERP, $13.99.
Style: Smoke Beer
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Valentine’s Week, 2017
8.5% ABV, 45 IBUs
A new Schlafly Stout Bout Box is hitting shelves now. If you love stouts, keep reading.
The 12-pack actually runs a pretty wide spectrum of stout variants – including Vanilla Milk Stout, Toasted Coconut Stout, Mexican Style Stout (think mole beer), and a Coffee Stout.
An officially announcement is forthcoming by the brewery.
The Schlafly Stout Bout Box is hitting shelves starting the week of Thanksgiving.
More details to follow…
This July, St. Louis, Missouri’s Schlafly Beer will introduce the Hop Trial SMaSH Pack, a new experimental release by the brewery.
The Schlafly SMaSH Pack features four different golden ales, each brewed with a brewer selected hop. The base beer is pretty much the same for each, using simple base malt of 2-Row malted barley. From there, the drinking gets fun.
Hops are the stars in each of the variants. In a world of so many IPA and pale ales with 2, 4, or more hops- this is a great way to get in touch with each of the hops in their own glory. The Schlafly brewers chose hops across four different continents – spanning the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and United States.
- Eureka! hails from Steiner Ranch in Yakima, Washington. 2015 was the first time the hop became commercially available. The brewery made large purchase that same year. This one is “dank” and the brewery agrees. Look for Black currant, dark fruits, and pine. It’s there.
- Hallertau Blanc is the German hop in the mix, first appearing in 2012. Schlafly test brewed with the hop in 2014 and fell in love. It was used the brewery’s white lager last winter. Lots of flowery fruits. Tropical.
- Enigma swings in from Tasmania, Australia. It brings pineapple, Pinot Gris, and redcurrant flavors. God bless hop breeding.
- Brambling Cross hails from the U.K. It even sounds English. It’s the oldest hops in the bunch, first released in 1951. Lemon, Blackcurrant, and spice really come across in this hop and beer. Part of the brewery’s Pale Ale these days.
The Schlafly Hop Trial SMaSH Pack will have three of each variety when it releases this July.
Schlafly Double Bean Blonde is now available from the Saint Louis, Missouri based brewery.
This new specialty release takes a blonde ale and resting it on cocoa nibs from Ghana. In the final stages of brewing, the beer is infused with cold coffee. The result is beer nice a pleasant chocolate favor, and strong coffee nose.
“The golden ale really acts as a canvas on which the coffee and chocolate flavors can perform. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take risks with our beer, especially when we have access to such great partners like Kaldi’s Coffee. – Steven Hale, Schlafly brewer”
Schlafly Double Bean Blonde is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: Mid-March, 2016
6.3% ABV, 25 IBUs
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