The Schlafly Tap Room
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Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 108 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
This establishment is a definite stop on a brewery tour. As you park your car, you see hop vines growing near the malt silo in the rear of the tap room. The vines seem to be welcoming you as you walk up to the brewery. The main entrance has a brick archway that opens into a Biergarten. The old warehouse building is very open, but inviting with the wooden bar, floors and tables. There is a smoking and non-smoking section. The non-smoking section has the large bar with the "black bock" in the background. The brewing area is also visible from the dining area. All of their beers are available on tap with special bottle offerings available for sale. The menu has traditional pub grub, but with variations of the "pub grub" theme. I enjoyed a fried egg and ham sandwich with arugula aioli and served on grilled sourdough bread. Prices were reasonable and portion sizes were generous without being wasteful.
07-03-2009 19:59:55 | More by beerhobo22
4.18/5 rDev 0%
Stopped by here on a recent trip to St. Louis.
Atmosphere is good - we sat in the beer garden in front of the entrance. The inside is very spacious with a good deal of old time memorabilia. It feels like this place has been here a while.
Quality is good. Beers were served in room temperature glasses with the proper amount of head.
Service is good. We didn't wait long to place our order and the waitress knew all of the specials (seasonals and cask offerings).
Selection was solid. They had the six mainstays (kolsch, hefe, dunkel, apa, dry-hopped apa, and oatmeal stout), a seasonal (peach wit), and two cask offerings (oatmeal stout and american brown). I was pleased to see that they had a flight available with all of their mainstays. Very nice.
Food was surprisingly good. I had the fish and chips and enjoyed their take on tartar sauce, while the potato soup was also good and the beet salad was interesting.
Value is good - the total bill was around $40 bucks and that included two beers, two meals, and the sampler.
Overall this place didn't disappoint. A nice atmosphere and plenty of good beer available. Well worth a stop if you're in the area.
06-11-2009 01:49:20 | More by glid02
3.93/5 rDev -6%
A buddy of mine and I decided to visit St. Louis on a whim (~5-6hr drive from N. IL), and this was one of the places I wanted to check out.
It was fairly easy to find, just a bit due west of the downtown area.
The actual building itself was really interesting. I guess it used to be an old printing studio (brownie points for me, I ♥ printmaking).
The inside, honestly, is Massive for this type of a venue. We ended up sitting outside in the biergarten. It was nice, shady, and had a good breeze. We noticed there is even a balcony bier garten as well.
The selection of bier was pretty nice, I got a sampler of six biers, and a pint of the Rasberry Hefe. Turns out one of the biers (Kölsch) was out of stock, so I ended up getting a sampler and a pint of the Rasberry Hefe :
The Raspberry Hefe wasn't too bad, a bit understated for being raspberry.
The Oatmeal Stout was excellent; rich, dark coffee flavors. I wasn't in the mood for a stout as it was a bit hot, but I would recommend this one.
Hefeweizen was very good, though it has a bit of a different smell than I am used to getting from Hefes. Smell is not bad, but it is different. Regardless, very good bier. Got a 6-pack of these bottles to take home with me.
No. 15 was not my thing. Bubblegum sweet, but a bit bitter. No thanks.
I am too biased against Pale Ales to give an honest view of the Pale ale or the APA. I misunderstood the APA, thought it was an IPA, and was a bit surprised at my dislike of it. But American Pale Ales just aren't my thing, so I will leave it at that.
Food was pretty nice. I got some Pale Ale Bier bread (I know what I just said about Pale Ales :D hahah). It was like $6, and I was expecting 2-3 slices, but I got a whole minature loaf with some DELICIOUS bleu cheese spread.
That bread was filling and went PERFECT with the bier. I really liked the bread. My buddy got the Pita and said it was alright, but he hates Hummus, so I don't know why he even tried, hahah
Staff was pretty cool. Knowledgeable and friendly.
Our waiter was excellent, and gave me a good laugh.
Some 20-something female professionals were at a table, as she was trying to take their order they cut her off to answer their phone, and were just generally being very rude to her. So she just finished her sentence, said "Alright then" and went on to help her other tables. That made me laugh. And it's a good description of the feeling; a bit laid back and straightforward. I ended up talking to one of the staff, a gentleman, may have been the owner or manager, I don't know, but he was familiar with lots of the local breweries in the N. IL/WI area, so we had a great chat while my 6-pack was getting brought up from the Kellar.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience. If I ever get back to St. Louis, I will definitely be stopping back
06-03-2009 20:48:08 | More by TheSSG
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Schlafly seems to me one of those breweries that does nothing great, but everything well. Same goes for their tap room.
It's a great location with ample parking, an outdoor patio, two bars and a large indoor seating area. One can fill growlers, buy bottles, special releases and shcwag at the hostess stand. They even have a little hop garden outside the entry way. The large restaurant ceiling made the room seem really empty though.
The food menu is fairly small but the beer list is extensive, featuring all Schlafly's standards as well as three additional special brewery seasonals/experiments. Our service was good and you pay for what you get.
I'm a fan.
05-17-2009 22:49:01 | More by donkeyrunner
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
Best local craft beers are here at the Schlafly Tap Room. I've been going here for more than a decade now, and have fond memories of using the cute front entryway when it was in use. Silly, sad, I know, but don't care.
Cask options are often available, as well as seasonals throughout the year - always something new and fresh to try, or just go with one of their regular winners. For me it's the pale ale or oatmeal stout.
Pub fare is somewhat traditional with a skew towards some European (German) options. Some of it is pricey but overall not too bad. Pool table areas can get rowdy during prime hours.
05-06-2009 16:03:22 | More by yemenmocha
4.18/5 rDev 0%
This was my first stop when I blew into St. Louis. I've been wanting to go here for years, being a huge fan of Schlafly's beers. Very easy to find with was nice, and plenty of parking.
I ordered up a flight of the house beers, and the bartender lined up 10 beers in 5oz glasses. If that wasn't great by itself, the flight was only $6.75. All of the beers were tasty as to be expected, and getting to try the Oatmeal Stout on tap was truly awesome. The bartender was beyond knowledgeable, and new his beer in and out. The service was some of the best I've ever had at a bar/brewpub.
The food was also mighty tasty. In my quest to become even fatter, I ordered up a sandwich with ham, egg, cheese, and a mayo spread. My God was is delicious, as were the fries that accompanied the sandwich's journey.
Overall, I loved it here, and wished I could have stayed here all night. Wonderful place that will be my first stop the next time I'm in St. Louis.
04-24-2009 13:18:52 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
Went here for the oyster fest in early March. The place was packed for over-priced oysters (although good). I figured there would be better deals since it was a "fest", but at $17 for 12 oysters, the deals were not to be found.
Had a few different beers: Pale Ale, APA, Stout...all decent but nothing that blew me away. I like Schlafly beers, but would rather pull something from my cellar to enjoy when I can.
Service was okay, but the place was so jammed they couldn't be great. Trash cans were overfilled, plates/cups all over place, wall to wall people.
Overall, enjoyed the oysters and beer, but $$$ for the occasion.
03-22-2009 06:21:11 | More by Sean9689
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
I went to Schlafly hoping for something special, but I got average. What I really wanted was for them to have something special on tap, but they really didn't. Everything was exactly what I could get in the bottle (except for the dry hopped APA, which was the best beer of the night).
The food was ok. The burger that my girl got sounded like it had potential (ground sirloin, burger slaw, white cheddar, toasted English muffin), but it ended up being rather dry and boring. I had a pork chop special, over mushroom risotto. The risotto was good, but the pork chop was way under-done. I ordered it medium, because I like a nice, juicy pork chop, not a dry brick. It turned out to be more like a rare steak. In hindsight, I should have sent it back, but I was hungry.
They were out of beer bread, which was too bad, because I really wanted some, and it was my birthday, damnit, make me some! But they can't get dinged for that.
Overall, it was ok. I liked some other places in St Louis more than this. Worth a drop-in if you have the time, but if you only have time to hit one place in the area, go somewhere else.
03-15-2009 13:03:10 | More by sativen
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
Spending a weekend with our St Louis friends, and this is a must-go location. This time we had nine people, but we able to be seated right away. It was a little loud, but that was OK. It seemed to add to the atmosphere with that many people having a good time. Our server was really nice, but could have been a little more antentitive.
My wife and I started off with the Beer and Cheese soup. I thought it could have used a sharper cheese, but still very tasty. We started with the spiced porter, and it was very good. Since is was more of an English porter, I decided to go with the fish and chips for dinner. They were two huge chunks of white cod, very solid and filling. the vinegar and tarter sauce was perfect. The fries was seasoned, but pretty standard.
I was so impressed with the spiced porter that I got a growler to go. Over all a fun time and a place I will go back to the next time I'm in St Louis.
02-01-2009 22:37:21 | More by bort11
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
The Tap Room is always a good time no matter what size group you have. Great food, service and selection. The common theme that I often hear is that the Tap Room has the best selection but that Bottleworks has the best food. The Tap Room definitely has the better selection (as it should) but I'm a little torn concerning the food. I think the Tap Room has a good menu even though it's not as extensive as Bottleworks.
I'm definitely a fan of the cheese board and the fries! I think the bangers & mash and Tap Room burger are the two best items on the menu. I've heard good things about the schnitzel and tilapia reuben as well.
I had a Winter ESB and Barleywine the last time I was there. Both were great and I owe our waitress one for recommending the Barleywine. I'm definitely looking forward to trying the Irish Extra Stout this month as well as the IPA next month.
01-30-2009 20:32:38 | More by BelgianBrewFan
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