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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Summer LagerSchlafly Summer Lager

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BA SCORE
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%


Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Helles-Style Summer Lager is a bright, golden beer, perfect for summertime. The malts we use impart a wonderful, fresh grain character, reminiscent of European lagers. The German Noble hop, Mittelfrüh, lends a mild lemony, spicy flavor.

The German word “Helles” translates as “light” and “Lager” means “to store”. This beer style emerged in Germany through the Spaten Brewery’s marriage of British, Bohemian and German brewing techniques. This style is an integral part of brewing history and a predecessor of the straw-colored, light-bodied beers which are the most widely consumed beers in the world today. The lager yeast ferments the beer more slowly and at lower temperatures; it is then stored for maturation. This results in a beer which is more smooth and drinkable. Today, many American craft brewers offer this style as a maltier and hoppier alternative to American light lagers.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: Vancer on 04-14-2009)
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a keg of this one on at home and it is not lasting long. The beer pours a light straw color. There is absolutely no haze in this one. A finger of white head falls to a brief cover over the brew, leaving a decent amount of sticky lace as it falls. This one fits right with what I expect for the style. The nose has some sweat fermenting dough qualities to it, with a light and crisp noble hop playing behind it. Things are pretty mellow in the aroma. The flavor brings more prevalence to the herbal noble hop sitting over the slightly sweet bready quality of the malt. It finishes with a crisp bitterness that hangs on beyond the final swallow of the beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of moderate but with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles that really makes it feel light. The drinkability of this beer is second to none. At 4.5%, it is a true session beer. All aspects of the brew are mellow, but not boring at all. This is a style that needs to be made by more breweries. I might be putting in an order for another 50L of this one sooner than later.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 06:27:52 | More by kmpitz2
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gofreaksgo

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: What a great label. Very soothing summer tones of light blue with a crisp yellow. What does the beer look like? I don't know because all good lagers should be drunk from the bottle/can like I would at the beach/bbq/baseball game.

S: Stuck my good nostril (the right one) right on the edge of the bottle. Inhale deeply and I get sweet malts with just a touch of classic hops and a good skunk.

T: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hint of lemon, sweet malt that sticks with you, just enough hop bitterness to remind you that it be a beer ye drinks.

M: This beer is clean and it coats the mouth. Saliva producer. My mouth literally is watering with anticipation of each swallow.

O: This is a great light beer. I anticipate transitioning out of my winter stouts with this beer every year. When I need something lighter with flavor I never hesitate to grab this beer. It is in my beer cooler and fridge for the whole summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:56:08 | More by gofreaksgo
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm really starting to fall in love with these Munich helles lagers, they are just so good. This one is being reviewed from the tap room on st.Louis on of my favorite places in the world. Has a light golden color with zero head on it, smell is kinda weak has. Tiny skunkiness to it like it should. Taste is awesome ,has the perfect mixture of malt and hops. This beer has a great mouthfeel and even better drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2009 02:41:28 | More by 1fastz28
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cubbyswans

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale color pours with a finger head. No haze to this beer. Looks exactly how I think a good lager should.

S: This has a nice light aroma. A touch of hop characteristic.

T: Tastes absolutely great for a summer lager. It has a nice hop flavor to it, and a touch of citrus as well.

M: The beer isn't watery. You know you're drinking a beer, yet it's not heavy. This is perfect for drinking on a hot summer day.

D: All around a great beer to me. They go down so smooth and the beer is very refreshing.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 17:10:49 | More by cubbyswans
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ligh tgolden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and a well rounded and nicely done hop profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily maintained profile

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:20:23 | More by mikesgroove
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift to me after GTMW '10 from the dear Steven Hale. Some have remarked that I am like a gossip columnist, routinely name-dropping in the hopes of impressing people. F**k that! I am intimate with many/most in the beer industry. I talk the talk, but I also walk the walk. I first met Mr.Hale back in '03 when I badged my way in at the downtown Taproom. I never envisioned a return, but I have been in StL twice since and I would not hesitate to go back.

That Schlafy is beginning to CAN should not be a surprise. Theirs is a quality organization, beginning at the ownership level and trickling down to their regulars. Sure, it would be easy to crack wise about the 500-pound gorilla in town, but they got over that hurdle a while back. Tom Schlafly is a brilliant writer with segues that I would die to pull off in my writing and I am proud to have spoken to him on a couple of occasions.

CAN we get a review in here, somewhere? Hey, read Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" - the details are in the transgressions!

For the aesthetes who must have beauty in packaging, this had a striking sky blue and sunshine yellow motif offset by ebony black.

I do not know about you, but that got me nowhere. CANtents, that's what's important! Some Crack & Glug action must be in order. My aggressive pour still only netted me a finger of bone-white head with lousy retention. The color was to die for, however. It was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality. Sunshine in a glass. Nose had a slightly-sour Noble hops odor. I do not play favorites and this was kinda harsh. Mouthfeel was medium and it was moderately sweet with just enough hops spiciness to make it dance on the palate.

Whang dang, sweet p**n tang! This was the twang on the tongue that you only get at the dentist's office when they clamp your tongue with pliers and get at that bad boy (your tongue) with a wire brush. There was me and an MS1 back when where he had to have the {ahem!} hairs plucked from between his teeth and I had to have my tongue scrubbed after every liberty port in the Navy. I speak from personal experience.

Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Sweet memories, but the beer was just soooo good. Finish reminded me why I CANverted to lagers initially. A well-made lager CAN and will sustain you even when there are no hops forthcoming. More, please, sir.

Are you looking to fill your cooler? This is it!

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 11:41:37 | More by woodychandler
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bort11

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Schlafly pint glass. Not a lot of head on this pour and no lacing either. Bit of a disappointment in this department. Color is a clear pale yellow with corkscrews of carbonation spinning around.

Smell has a light green grass aroma with pale malts giving of a hint of graininess. Taste has a slight lemon and bay leaf start, but then the hops kick in with a peppery finish. Nice surprising spiciness. Pretty aggressive finish to a mild start.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a Pilsener. The spicy kick adds a new dimension to a crisp finish. I had this with some spicy Pad Thai, delicious combo. I look forward to cracking open a can after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: can

05-15-2010 01:45:08 | More by bort11
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iceball585

New York

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright pale yellow color, clear, thin fluffy white head that faded to a thin ring fairly quickly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Pale malts, wheat, grains, light hops auroma, hint of citrus

T- Lemons, light malts, grains, wheat, straw, slight grassy, flowery hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, good balance

D- Worth buying again

This brewery had the right idea when they aimed more toward a Munich Helles than a typical American Summer Ale for their summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 22:53:18 | More by iceball585
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jsh420

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 03-08-10

pours bright gold with a 2 finger head that left notches all down the glass

smells of lemon and grassy hops and sweet grains

tastes of sweet bready grains with lots of lemon and grassy hops on the finish

mouthfeel is nice and light with ample carbonation that is both smooth and crisp

drinkability is good - this style is perfect for summer

overall not as good as Weihenstephaner but i have yet to find one

side note schlafly tweeted that they are canning these this summer!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 01:42:42 | More by jsh420
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great clarity with this golden hued helles. Nice bubbling and ok foam that recedes to nothing.

Crisp toast mixed with even crisper hops to balance that malt aroma out.

Nice malt sweetness of the best simplicty. This simple toasted malt sweetness mxies well with a divining grass hops that balance everything out to crisp yet sweet brillance. Very crisp palate that is refreshing and easily sessionable with lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 04:58:47 | More by scruffwhor
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Ottertude

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a golden yellow with a thin head that quickly disappeared.

Not much smell at all, to be honest. Maybe a faint whiff of hops.

I do enjoy the taste though. A nice balance of slightly toasted malt and hops with a good clean finish.

The mouthfeel was fairly thin, just a touch thicker than water.

Schlafly needs to make this very drinkable brew all year round. I could pound these all night. Good job Schlafly!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:57:27 | More by Ottertude
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last line of my bottle review from last summer:
"Very easy to drink. If this were in cans, I would certainly toss it in the cooler to bring out on the boat."

Well, they must have listened and I lucked out and found a 12 pack of this one in cans... Had 6 of them yesterday while lounging around the pool, heading out on the boat, and showing my 3.5 year old how to fish. I thought it was a PERFECT beer right out of the cans.
In fact, I'm only planning on pouring this one into a glass to review it-- I'll be drinking the rest straight from the can on the water or at the pool!

Served in standard pint glass.

Light golden color is bright and clear. Actually looks "summery" and fresh. Small white head settled to a collar after a few sips. Minimal spotty lacing.

Smells lightly sweet with a noble spicy hop. The flavor is the same-- light, gentle sweetness is well-balanced with a light bitter bite to help it finish crisp and clean.

Body is spot on-- plenty of carbonation in a light, easy drinking body.

Overall, I found this a little more enjoyable straight from the can, but this is certainly a tasty and enjoyable for a summer beer.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 14:49:42 | More by AleWatcher
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a flavorful Helles. Actually, it's bold enough with the floral hops that it actually brings out a fair amount of nectar-like fruitiness. Edges closely to a super clean Blonde Ale. The hop flavor (Saaz?) makes a remarkable impact in the nose and taste, then carries the beer deep into the clean finish. The hearty pilsner malts give a firm foundation for the hops and without interferring with the delicate and perfumy notes. Softly sweet and bready to create a nice light body and to bolster the carbonation to support a lot of creaminess upfront, and then dryness late. Definately a top choice for the lawnmower types. Only a slight graininess and vegital note both in the aroma and flavor keep this beer from very high scores.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 00:11:18 | More by BEERchitect
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tapman

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head is small, white and shrinks to almost nothing. Body is a very light straw, clear and filtered.

Some floral notes and a little graininess. Very clean.

Pilsner malt, a little bit of (Saaz or similar low alpha acid) hops and that is it. Once again, very clean. A bit on the light side, which isn't bad for the style, but this one is extra light.

Light, crisp and perfect for summer.

Helles is a tricky style since you can't hide anything. While this one seems to play it safe, it is quite clean and therefore a decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 04:23:55 | More by tapman
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KI9A

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours typical pissy yellow American macro, but, with a decent head, some lace, some retention.

S: Biscuits & honey. Some malt.

T: Some maltyness, a slight hit of honey, some pear/sour apple. Some noble hops on the back.

M: Clean, some residual bitterness, it almost makes you put the glass back up for another quaff pretty quick.

D: See the last line of above. It's wierd, but it really reminds me of their Kolsch. To prove it, I did a side-by-side. It's close..Are they using the Kolsch yeast for this beer?? Damned fine session beer, even better than their Pils. Will pick up a case jsut to have around...looks to be a new staple in the fridge for me. Damned fine lager, guys.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:24:30 | More by KI9A
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love 6/17/09, four days ago. Pours a clear, pale yellow color into my Sierra Nevada Summerfest pokal. There is a fizzy white head that has good retention, and leaves no lace. Aroma is of toasted grain, fruit, citrusy and slightly spicy hops.

Taste features a bit of sweet, fresh toasted grain, a refreshing lemon zest like citrusy hops, along with a bit of spice. Slightly dry finish. Very refreshing and easy drinking on a hot summer day. A welcomed new edition to the Schlafly seasonal lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 03:00:41 | More by hckyfn9999
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a pale straw with a quickly dissipating head. Noble hops in the nose with a little sulfur, also some bready malt. Decent base of malt, fairly dry. Noble hops in the finish. Very easy drinking. This is a great summer time beer. I've been drinking a lot at the lake this summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:19:12 | More by homebrewhawk
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow pour with 1/2 finger white head and faint retention. Leaves surprisingly nice strands of lace for a lager, though. For a lager.

Lemons, honey, and summer bouquet of flowers define the aroma. Nice and what I would expect in a summer beer.

Lemony sweet best describes this glass. Lots of lemon up front and in the finish. Nice grassy body, fairly light and true to style.

Ok, it's 97 out right now and it's 9pm. Just finished walking the dog. This beer really hits the spot and that's what it is designed to do.

I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:58:53 | More by beer2day
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ahq514

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a light golden color that is transparent enough to read through. Has a fluffy, white head (about a fingers worth). Appears to have a good amount of carbonation. Skids of lacing.

Aroma is mainly of lightly buttered, biscuity malt with only a hint of earthy, floral hops in the background.

Very similar to aroma. Has good lightly toasted, biscuity malt. Very light floral hops in the background. Some elements of straw in there too.

Light body, high drinkability, and moderate carbonation.

There's not a whole lot to say about the beer, but it is a good, lighter beer that you could easily put a few back and still feel alright. Will probably enjoy this beer a few times throughout the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:14:53 | More by ahq514
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whynot44

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale straw yellow color with a modest and fast disappearing white head.

The aroma is light toasted malt, lemon and herbal hops.

The taste is light crisp bready malt with hints of honey and lemon, finishing slightly dry with a nice herbal hop note.

Refreshing, smooth and very drinkable. Light/medium bodied. A very nice summer cooler but good enough to be a year round drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 04:18:26 | More by whynot44
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wnh

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled with love on 07.12.2011.

Pours a thinnish, watery golden straw with plenty of action. One finger of foamy white head that quickly diminishes to a light film covering the surface.

Subtle and clean on the nose, with aromas of lightly toasted grain, hay, a hint of lemon, and just a touch of cracked pepper. A bit of mild but sweet honey rounds things out.

Malty and sweet on the palate, tempered on the tail end by crisp hops. Flavors of buttered toasted multigrain bread, clover honey, grass/hay, and maybe a hint of candied lemons. Little bit of acidity on the finish.

Light bodied, rounded and supple and soft. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with a short finish. Solid and easy to drink. I'd have no qualms drinking multiples if this was my only option for a hot summer afternoon. There's nothing fancy here, but for a summertime lager I'm quite impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 21:20:50 | More by wnh
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-17-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 04-25-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Clear, bright golden color; lots of bubbles seen in the glass. Big rocky white head of 4+ fingers, showing good lacing and a very good amount of retention.

S: Clean, with a pilsner malt character, followed by spicy and grassy hops.

T: Nicely balanced between slight sweetness and a light amount of bitterness. Flavors also include some lemon citrus.

M: Crisp with medium carbonation and a light body. Finish is dry with lingering citrus notes.

O: Good and refreshing lager for the warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 22:11:23 | More by sommersb
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong lager from this increasingly fine brewer. This is a very good Helles that come through with the promise of this style to deliver flavor. Strongly flavored is a forte here as the bread and yeasty sense is finely stated by this brew. The look is a very nice gold with an average white head and light lacing. The feel is just a tad thin, not objectionable, but definitely lighter than desired.

I would rate this beer as very drinkable and clearly a session brew. It is most reminiscent of the Hofbrauhaus strain of Helles and I believe it could sub there very easily. Clean, crisp, and clear are all attributes of this offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2003 00:47:30 | More by AtLagerHeads
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jkrich

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness date on label.

Poured a clear, light golden color with a very nice fluffy white head that receded slowly revealing intricate lacing.

A very refreshing aroma of european hops and sweet malt.

It begins with a soft malty flavor that is followed by a little lemony tanginess and hints of vanilla. Not very complex but extremely refreshing which is its intent.

Adequate carbonation for the style and light bodied with a pleasant sweetness that coats the tongue.

This is a fine example of a summer session lager and what a good time to try it: the memorial day weekend. This is an underrated style and I am glad to see more breweries attempting the helles lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:40:10 | More by jkrich
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Illtryit

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into frozen mug.

Pours yellow - gold, clear and clean, with a 2 inch head. The head dwindles, but sticks around til the end with very nice lacing.

smells a little like citrus.


Taste is pretty damn good. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it tastes how the mega breweries wish their beers tasted...a flavorful, clean, crisp lager. A little watery but thats good on a hot summer day.

This beers has supplanted Bud Light as my bbq beer! Go ahead and get yourself a 6 pack of this, invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:22:15 | More by Illtryit
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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
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