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The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

182 Ratings
Ratings: 182
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Active Beers: 87
Beer Ratings: 12,677
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2100 Locust St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103-1616
United States
phone: (314) 241-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @schlafly

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Well I went here last week and was exceptionally pleased. Overall value was very fine, and they gave us a military discount too!

The beers were great, especially the pumpkin, and they had two cask offerings on hand, the dry-hopped APA and the brown, both of which were delicious.

The selection was quite good, as they had about 14 offerings on tap or in cask.

The prices were quite reasonable, not super cheap but very acceptable for a bar, and for such quality brews.

I thought the food was quite good, not super cheap but on par with the type of establishment.

The take out was great too. 6.99 for a standard sixer, 8.99 for the grand cru and other premium bottle conditioned beers, and 10.99 for the 2008 special reserve imperial stout. With a tee-shirt I think I bought sixty plus bucks of take out, and would do it again. The sixers were cheaper than I can find them elsewhere. Since I haven't seen their premium bottle conditioned beers anywhere else, I can't say if that was a good price or not, but it seemed on par with others of similar type that I have found around the country (aka Boulevard Smokestack).

I will be back for sure! Highly recommend!!

My most recent trip here resulted in my liking the place even more. Not changing my rating numbers but I tried the swine platter and the beer battered bacon... to DIE for! Which you probably will, due to artery cloggage!

Also every time I go there people are really nice and wind up buying me free beers. :-) Military discounts.

Also, you can get a "sampler" of beers. I got the six pack sampler for myself and two other people I met there and we shared them. Each was a five ouncer, I think. it's not on the beer menu tho, it might have been in the food menu but I'm not sure, so ask for it. Good way to gauge what you'd like to have a full glass of before you buy.

Also, I got a growler of dry-hopped APA, definitely one of their very best offerings which I highly recommend.

Very nice location because it's about a six buck cab ride from union station (where the ball park is) or you can walk if the weather is nice (it's a bit of a walk tho). It's also just a six dollar cab ride back to the arch/casino/landing district, which is right by the train station. Essentially any hotel in town that's near the train is a fine place to access the Taproom from, being able to get there pretty easily/cheaply and without having to drive.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

A - This place is located ina very cool area of St. Louis where most if not all buildings are red brick. The inside is nice and old school with nice wood beams and finishes amongst the nice brick structure. There are two bars one in a more traditional sense and the other ion a larger dinning room area that views the brewing equipment. The place is loud even at traditionally off hours like a Sat at 230pm which is awesome. Overall great feel.

Q - Schalfly beers are great! This time around I tried their cask India Brown Ale a great Brown Ale spiced up with great quantities of hops.

S - This was my first visit to the Tap Room and initially our waitress seemed annoyed when I asked what was on tap as opposed to recognizing the menu that was pinched between the salt and pepper shakers at our table. Other than this she was prompt and adequate.

S - Great offering of the Schlafly draft menu that you might not usually find in bottles. vEry good stuff.

F - Tried the pub fries and the pita and dip. Very good pub food.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

I took my family here for a part of my wife and I's anniversary a couple of days ago. I intended to go to the bottle works, but accidently went here with no regrets.

The place is located in a slightly run down part of town, but the area does have some potential. We were going to sit in the beer garden, but moved inside for fear of becoming victims of a drive by. Once inside, I kind of got the feeling of an olde school style of bar circa 1935... Lots of wood, a lot of dudes having a beer to discuss the events of the day, or just to chill.

The waitress was very attentive, so no complaints in this department. I did not strike up a conversation with her in order to gauge her beer knowledge.

I didn't look at the drink card for the day, but I'm pretty sure one cannot go wrong when coming to a great beer producer.

The food was okay, but I could tell very fresh. I started off with the frog legs (my first time ever). I loved them as well as my two year old daughter. My wife wouldn't touch them, since she's a wimp... The shepherd's pie I ordered tasted great, but wasn't what I would consider a shepherd's pie. It was vegetarian. My wife ordered a pita thing that was supposed to have humus as the main ingredient, but it didn't have any humus. The worst was their "German" style potatoes salad. I've lived in Germany for eight years and never had potatoes salad like this before... Still had a good taste to it, though.

Overall the beer was decently priced, but the food was a little expensive and overpriced. We did share the desert at the end. It was labeled as a bread pudding I believe. It was big enough for three people and tasted out of this world. Besides the beer, that was the high point of the occasion.

Lastly, don't hold your breath for a deal on the beer to go. We got some Shlafly reserves, and I bet they are way over priced.

TheSarge, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of TheMadJack
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

Was tipped off on this place by a friend of mine from St. Louis. Made sure to visit the taproom on a recent trip out there.

The taproom is tucked in an old, depression-era brick building. Atmosphere is a sharp contrast to, say, the modern, open styling of the Stone brewery, but this is hardly a bad thing. The interior is warm, familiar, and comfortable.

About 15 Shlafly beers were prominently listed as on-tap. I had the Oatmeal Stout and the American Brown, both solid entries.

Service was prompt, attentive, and friendly without being chatty. What else do you need? We walked in, were greeted and seated almost immediately, had our drink order taken soon after that (just enough time to look over the drink menu), and our food order was in a couple minutes later. I had the fried oyster po' boy and my girlfriend had a cup of the beer cheese soup and pilsner boiled shrimp. The menu is impressive, and I think the hardest thing about the visit was choosing a meal. Food arrived hot and in a reasonable amount of time and was tasty as hell. When the bill arrived (without our having to ask or wait for it) our order came out to about $40.

This deserves a separate paragraph: You owe it to yourself to have their toffee pudding at least once in your life.

I recommend heartily that you visit if you should find yourself in St. Louis.

TheMadJack, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

I've been going to the Taproom since their opening evening in 1991. We make it there several times each month. The atmosphere is like an old pub, beautiful old wood floors, bar, and normally a nice selection of beers. The barmen are very knowlegable of beer, its like going to a friends house, and having one. The food is good, but, would like to see more selection. Maybe a nice steak?

The Taproom went NON smoking a couple months ago, and, I am just SO happy about this.

Also, the events they have are top-notch, and, a tom of fun..Oysterfest, Cod & Cask, Hop in the City, ect., are well planned, and done so nicely. They hold nothing back.

KI9A, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of TheMightyGUEST
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

I went out here with my friends on a sunday. The building itself is on the historical register and appeared in the film "Escape from New York." Good to know I'm drinking where Snake Plissken stepped.
The diningroom itself was mostly empty aside from maybe a couple others, but for the most part I blamed this on two factors: One, we were drinking on a Sunday and two, downtown St. Louis is mostly dead as far as activity goes. The menu selection was good, more upscale than I was expecting. I was looking for this to be more of a burger joint. I had the monte cristo which was delicious and enormous! It doesn't reheat very well the next day, but it's amazing when it's fresh.

The selection of beers was up to Schafly's usual good standards. One of our friends had their sampler and my friend Mike and I tried out their "Extra Special Extra Bitter." The beer itself was wonderful from the tap. A nice dark color, good head, and a pleasant warmness when drinking even though it was chilled perfectly.

I'm generally a fan of the brand, so I was delighted to see the brewery (along with a little bit of the process as displayed in the dining room). This is one of St. Louis' best operations, and I would encourage anyone to check this out while they're in the area.

TheMightyGUEST, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of jefftb
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%

We went at around 11pm on Friday night. We walked in and went to go to the bar side but the smoke was INCREDIBLY thick. We opted for the restaurant side where there was no one so atmosphere was kinda lame (no TVs or anything), but didn't matter. Schlafly was my number one target while in St. Louis.

The beer selection was incredible and the bartender (Paul) was willing to let us sample anything (with generous sized samples.) At first, he came across rather rude and was a bit offensive, but as we sat and talked to him, he came around. He was very knowledgeable about their beer and beer in general. I learned quite a bit from the guy.

They are apparently going smoke-free in a coupe months, so that will be nice.

jefftb, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of MOShepp
4.72/5  rDev +14%

Went here after a business meeting with three friends. One of my friends used to live in St. Louis and this was his regular hang out. He picks up a mini keg from them when he's in town, I think there like 3 gallons.

The place is an old warehouse with plenty of parking,though I was here on a weekday at 2:00. It's a great old buiding with massive beams and lots of windows. You can sit right next to the mash tuns and fermenters (behind glass).

They were emptying the spent mash when we walked in and it smelled great (I homebrew), but a couple of my non-craft brew friends didn't like the aroma.

Service was pretty good. We didn't eat but the menue looked interesting and my buddy said the rueben was his favorite.

I have drank Schlafly's for years so I wanted something they had on tap only. I had two 16oz of Hop Harvest Ale and it was great. One of the non craft drinkers had the summer lager and liked it and ordered another. My buddy had the pale ale and a hop harvest and enjoyed both. There's no hope for the other friend, she ordered a margarita.

The have cask ales and even an old hand pump tap, might try that next time. Great place, great beer. Highly recommended.

MOShepp, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Visited Schlafly twice over the weekend for lunch. Enjoyed the beer and food very much. The building itself was impressive, and on the national register of historic places. Once inside, it was a little confusing at the host station. The sign says "see hostess for table", but both times we didn't get anyone there willing to greet/seat us. Instead we wandered in and sat at the bar in the main room to the right. To the left was an overflow bar with a game room and restrooms.

The rough hewn beams and industrial decor felt authentic, and the view of the patio outside was nice. The tanks were in full view from the dining area. Above the bar a carved wooden crest depicted hops, wheat, and a surly black billy goat. It was nice to see two cask ales, the APA and Imp. Coffee Stout. The APA was the star of the show, but didn't seem as good on tap as on cask for some reason. I tried the fried green tomato BLT special, and lamb sandwich. The veggie chili was really good with a side of rarebit on top. Bar service was timely and friendly, table service was good, but sort of routine and aloof. Didn't get much info about the APA from the server other than "its an american pale ale". On our 2nd visit, the bartender mentioned it was dry hopped with Simcoe. There was a broad range of styles on tap, such as Altbier, Helles, Kolsch, Pumpkin, Oktoberfest, Dry Stout, Oatmeal Stout, etc. I must have missed the American IPA everyone was raving about recently.

Overall a quality stop for food and rotating seasonal craft beer fresh from the source.

emerge077, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of japetus
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Living in Saint Louis, I sometimes think people take for granted the quality of the Tap Room. I have traveled to a lot of different brewpubs around the country, and the tap room atmosphere is one of the best....up there with Founders in Grand Rapids. Awesome bartenders who are knowledgeable about beer, huge open dining room and multiple other places to party and hang out... when it's warm they have a nice courtyard to dine in, pool tables, darts.... Really great food. Close to the Blues/Cards. I'd say it's a must visit for any beer geek who is in the area.

japetus, Oct 13, 2009
The Schlafly Tap Room in Saint Louis, MO
92 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.