Each beer from Schlafly comes with a commitment.
Whether rolling off the lines at Bottleworks or aging deep below the Tap Room floor, every beer we pour, package or raise is made by hand and with heart.
Our brewers curate over 60 unique styles, utilizing 102 hop varietals, 77 malts and grains, 59 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast strains from all over the planet.
From Midtown to Maplewood, we believe in neighborhoods.
Beer is more than an emblem of solidarity. Producing it locally leaves a significant impression on the surrounding community. We’ve experienced this first hand, twice.
At 2100 Locust, we opened the first new brewpub since Prohibition in 1991. And in Maplewood at the turn of the 21st Century, we established a landmark for the area and a cornerstone of local commerce. Both locations stand as unique testaments to the heritage of a region and the strength of a community.
Local suppliers make it possible.
Everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and marketing comes from our hometown. We like growing our business where we live. And seeing others grow theirs.
We minimize the environmental impact of travel.
100% renewable energy drives our entire operation. Solar energy produces 32,000+ kilowatt hours per year from the 105 photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.
Environmental stewardship influences each decision we make. Buyers know farmers by name. And livestock seem to appreciate the spent grains that find their way into troughs around the region.
Our brewpubs divert 74 tons of organic food waste from landfills by composting, produce 4 tons of fresh food from our urban garden each year and has been a dedicated 5-star original member of The St. Louis Dining Alliance.
Being the largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery in Missouri comes with a welcome responsibility.
Our brewers work to keep up with demand but never seek to outgrow their neighborhood roots. You can even monitor our distribution and see why we maintain a thoughtful footprint that insures quality and extends our ongoing commitment.
As Schlafly continues to define the craft movement, we invite you to learn about the art, the science and the soul that goes into everything we do.
The Saint Louis Brewery History
THE SCHLAFLY TAP ROOM BREWERY
Our Tap Room brewpub and restaurant was officially established
in 1991. The original flag that was planted remains our
flagship Schlafly experience.
And its history stretches back even further than our occupancy.
Samuel L. Sherer, the building’s original designer and self-taught architect, studied Ruskin, Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement in England and later became the first Director of the St. Louis Art Museum. The two original adjoining buildings have better than good bones. They have steel girders put in place to support the weight of printing presses of the early 1900’s for the Swift Printing Company. He came to the realization that “architecture is the most useful of the fine arts and the finest of the useful arts.”
We feel similarly about beer.
After 65 years, Swift Printing relocated their operations, leaving this robust structure uninhabited for the next 22 years.
The following years found the buildings in such disrepair that the makers of the movie Escape From New York felt that filming Kurt Russell walking past 2100 Locust Street would give moviegoers the impression that Snake Pliskin really was walking in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
Nowadays, the Tap Room puts out a very select 2,000 barrels per year.
Our Ibex Cellar series is brewed exclusively at this facility. Or, more accurately, in the hallowed workshop below.
This sacred room, quiet in space and undisturbed by light and motion, sees the brewmaster’s most-favored batches from inception to limited-edition bottling.
Part laboratory, part workshop, the Cellar fuses new concepts with ancient techniques. Aromas and subtleties fill the still, cool air. Exotic hops and rare grains convene. The unfinished wood of small barrels laid end-to-end soak and exchange characters.
A patient passion ensues.
SCHLAFLY BOTTLEWORKS BREWERY
In our quest to meet increased demand, we remained focused on quality craft beer. Since 2003, Schlafly Bottleworks Brewery in Maplewood, MO has more than exceeded that standard.
Everything inside the Bottleworks has been designed with beer and the environment in mind. We worked closely with Energy Solutions to make sustainable decisions throughout the six-month design process.
This is now where we brew over 60 styles (batch sizes ranging from 20 to 30 barrels – this is equivalent to 180 kegs) for packaging in 12oz bottles and draft kegs (50 liter and 1/6th bbl.) for distribution to our thirsty Schlafly loyalists around St. Louis and throughout the Midwest region.
The location couldn’t be more perfect.
Just as we sought to revitalize an industrial-age printing house with the Schlafly Tap Room, we wanted to find a place of local significance for Bottleworks.
An abandoned supermarket was not only the perfect footprint but also a great symbol for sustaining the surrounding community. Fittingly today, this location hosts a weekly farmers market—the largest of its kind in the St. Louis area—complete with live music, real-life farmers and, of course, brewery-fresh beer.
And we’re in a constant state of exploration.
You might not realize that just across the county line from the city proper resides our full-time laboratory staffed with scientists from the University of California, Davis. Every style created by Schlafly goes through three comprehensive levels of testing—physical chemistry, sensory and microbiological.
We’ve always known that beer is the perfect blend of art and science. Now we have irrefutable proof.
Eleven months after commencing demolition and construction, we opened our doors on the 70th anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal. And we still consider this an appropriate tribute from a brewery founded by lawyers.