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
Image: Spencer Pernikoff
Schlafly The Eleventh Labor is the second addition to the brewery’s Ibex Series. The ibex, a wild goat, can be traced back to the village seal of Steinhof, where brewery founder Tom Schlafly’s great grandfather was born.
The second addition, Schlafly The Eleventh Labor, is soured with the brewery’s house sour yeast culture, and bolstered with 62 pounds of apricots.
“The Ibex Series is a celebration of our foundation at Schlafly Beer to utilize high quality ingredients and consistently challenge our brewing team to deliver a superior product,” Schlafly Brewer Augie Altenbaumer. “With the Eleventh Labor, every element from the label to the packaging of the kegs exemplifies the craftsmanship of our Ibex beers.”
Schlafly The Eleventh Labor is available in 750 milliliter bottles, hand waxed, for an estimated retail price of $20 dollars.
Release: November, 2015
Ed Note: Updated the style per the brewer’s request
It’s release day for Schlafly’s (St. Louis) Pumpkin Ale.
The seasonal release is seen leaving the brewery on the pallets above. Schlafly Pumpkin uses pumpkin squash and spices to create this fall offering.
Style: Pumpkin Beer
Hops: Marynka (PL)
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Wheat, Chocolate
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Aug – Oct
pic via @Schlafly
On April Fool’s Day, Schlafly released a “joke” video about the making of Schlafly Titanium (an obvious play on Bud Light Platinum.) A beer so rare, there’s only one. Now you have a shot at this ultra rare gem – or at least the empty bottle from the video. The auction (already up to $350 dollars) is for the empty collectors item, a $50 dollar gift certificate for the Tap Room or Bottleworks, a VIP tour (up to 10 peeps) and 2 tickets to the Repeal Of Prohibition Festival. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to The Gateway Chapter of The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society. [Ebay]