The Schlafly Tap Room
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Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 10,635
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4.95/5 rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had wanted to visit this place since a visit in May 2005, when I tasted everything I could get my hands on in two days. The "don't remember the name" Micro at Union Station was operating then, as was Morgan Street but my impression was Schlafly would be the best of the lot. Although I didn't get to either Schlafly facility, I had one of their tap items (probably the Pale) and a bottled dark beer and wasn't overwhelmed. I got to both of the micros above ; Morgan Street was particularly bland and I came away less than impressed with St. Louis. However, during the last week of June 2007, I had the chance to go (1 1/2 mile walk each way!) to this facility which also took me past Panama Red's just two blocks away. As luck would have it, Paul was tending the bar that night and he really showed this Beer Trekker some hospitality. I particularly enjoyed the ever expanding array of tasters which included two hand pull items. There is nothing I like better than a lot of little glasses in front of me! Fortunately as well, I was surrounded by knowledgable and friendly regulars and I had some nice conversation as I meandered through an outstanding selection of beers. Many highlights included St. Louis Dark Lager - a great nose and well balanced malty brew, Dry Hopped American Pale Ale on the cask, a very satisfying American brown Ale, a 15 Anniversary, and even the Pils was nice. The Rarebit and toasted rounds complemented the beers really well. This was one of best beer evenings I have ever had. Thanks, Paul!
07-12-2007 02:54:21 | More by BeerIsland
4.72/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
10-31-2009 14:33:09 | More by MOShepp
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I went on the Bud tour, a couple of miles down the road. There's no sense in needlessly ripping into the Bud tour or into Bud's business practices. Or, actually there is. But there's no way I can do so after having gone on that tour without sounding very hypocritical. The tour was free. Some of the stuff was interesting. You got two free beers at the end of it (four, if your companion is a non-drinker. Like mine was.)
There were no hassles. Like, none. Nothing even close to a hassle. We showed up, a friendly man told us where to stand, and then we stood there and went on a tour. At the end of it we were given beers without paying for them. They didn't even card me and I'm only 25.
But there was--again, this is an observation, not a complaint--there was a very inorganic feel about the place. The two high school girls who led the tour delivered rehearsed lines soullessly, the same way that girls at Dairy Queen pull down on the handle of the Blizzard machine. Nothing about the tour was even remotely informative. Sure, the enormity of the whole operation was impressive, but I could have read a book and got the same basic effect, minus the free beer. Sincerity is something that is never really considered in places like that. That's--that's just the way things work these days. No sense getting angry about it. Sheen over sincerity. And there's nothing sheenier than the Bud tour.
So then after the tour I had just drank four beers in 45 minutes and was feeling a little tight. We drove through some achingly beautiful architecture and a whole lot of hip-looking bars that I assume would cost a lot drink at. And then we got to Schlafly, and even from the outside the sincere, humble beauty of the place was enough to make me want to cry.
Right up front there's a little plastic donation bucket with a thermometer on it telling you how much has been raised for whatever goal. These are commonplace so I ignored it. But then I looked a little closer and it was for donations for Schalfly's bid to buy Inbev (a foolproof scheme designed to keep AB in Saint Louis). That's a pretty funny gag, and it was just perfectly executed. The red part of the thermometer was barely above the bottom, stalling out around the 100 dollar mark. The very top of the thermometer said 500 million dollars. Something about its visual presentation just struck me. It was like the sad little Christmas tree that Charlie Brown brought home. I mean, before the rest of the Peanuts gang ruined the tree by whoring it up. It was a blunt, almost proud admission of limitation. It said "The sky's not the limit here, the roof is. And we're fine with that." It spoke of ambitions beyond global market penetration and the crushing of one's enemies. It spoke of contentment, happiness, and community spirit. It spoke of pride divorced from cruel capitalist ambition. It was, in short, a perfect emblem of the brewery itself.
(I should note that the proceeds raised from the bid were going to some legit charity or other, btw).
The building was gorgeous and the atmosphere was the tops. No TVs, no music. And that's grand. Don't get me wrong, I like watching the game as much as the next guy. But sometimes, damnit, I just want to have a meal and actually engage in some conversation. The lack of music was nothing short of a godsend. Again, don't get me wrong. I (probably) own more CDs and LPs than anyone you know. But I don't care for most mainstream music. I certainly don't like crap. And crap and mainstream music are the only things that usually played in bars, and they're usually played at headsplitting volumes.
The crowd was nice. It was split between very laid back 20-somethings and businessmen just getting done with their shifts. Everyone was chill. Chill like ice. No pretension, here. Just people who wanted to drink some good beer and have a chat with one another. Miles away from Chicago-area establishments, in that respect.
The beers were the tops. The selection was wide and fairly adventuresome and nothing tasted in the least bit bland, predictable, or ordinary. No off nodes in anything. Everything was served in proper glassware. And, best of all, everything was cheap as can be.
I got a full case of beer for just over 30 dollars, after tax. None of it was bottled any more than three days ago. (Again, mad props due to a brewer who puts the Bottled On dates conspicuously on the front of their labels.)
This place is a must visit. We had to jump over to a Tom Waits show, so we only got to stay about an hour and half, but I could have easily spent a whole night here. Wonderful.
06-28-2008 18:00:31 | More by mynie
4.64/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Wow, did CarlN26 pick an occasion to visit! It was the Fourth of July and the facility was open for a World Cup soccer game between Germany and Italy, although they are normally closed on holidays. It also represented a chance for me to meet The Man, Tom Schlafly, himself. If you have never read his musings in their monthly newsletter, I highly urge you to visit the website and sign up for an electronic copy. Tom and I (he said immodestly) take the same non-linear, waggle dance approach to our thinking and writing. His column is always interesting, insightful, and thought provoking. I got to meet Steve and Matt, two of the brewers, which was very cool. We also had a small BA Gathering of CarlN26, MJR, Vancer, and yours truly.
And now, the review. There were two entrances to the place: one through the outdoor patio, the other from the parking lot. Me, I am a parking lot type of guy. They had a slatted wooden porch with an overhang supported by steel I-beams and hops lattices/ trellises running between the porch and the beams. The vines were out of season and dormant when I visited, but I could intuit what was happening. Coming through the door, the restaurant area, with its own bar, was off to the right. To the left was The Taproom, with a cabinet full of wearables to the immediate left upon entering that space. The short bar was on a right oblique from the entryway, flanked by two heavy, thick, wooden pillars with colored chalk blackboards hung from them announcing Beer; On Tap; and Beer Here! The back bar had a nifty steel(?)/copper(?) mesh screen with the circular Schlafly Beer logo writ large in the center. Continuing aft, past the bar, there were a couple of pool tables and a foosball table. To the right were a couple of fermenters behind glass and to the left, down a set of steps, were a bunch of high tables and chairs. There was also a small, semi-private room off to the extreme right of the bar. The washrooms were in a passageway behind the back bar, on the other side of the wall.
Beers? Sheesh. We started with the Kolsch, which was highly refreshing on a humid, if not necessarily hot, day. Next up were samples of the excellent Cascade-driven cask-conditioned Pale Ale (just fantastic!); cask-conditioned Brown Ale (decent, but not enough to rave about); a sneak preview of the admittedly young Grand Cru; tastes of their upcoming Barleywine, which had had staves of Missouri oak wood soaking in the beer as it aged; and their Imperial Stout, which was aged in used Jim Beam barrels. Finally, I had a delicious APA, following a caution that it tended to a more English style and may not have been to my liking. Fortunately, I have learned to heed others advice on occasion and I found it very pleasing.
10-10-2006 09:07:38 | More by woodychandler
4.63/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this place. Large building with 2 bars downstairs and one upstairs. The main bar and dinining area is on the main floor and has quite a few beers on tap (somewhere around 10) and one hand pull. 4 or 5 regular offerings and 4 or 5 seasonal offerings. Typically the pale ale is cask-conditioned, though occasionally the Oatmeal Stout appears. Quality ranges from decent to rather impressive.
Service at the bar is always, always good. Service in the restaraunt ranges from good to inattentive.
Food can be good, the fish and chips are really quite nice, though the menu in general is a bit dull.
Still, a great place that makes over 30 styles of beer per year. You should stop in at least once every other week just to keep up with what's on tap.
01-04-2005 19:55:17 | More by nogoodreason
4.61/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited on a Sunday, which also happened to be St Patrick's Day, at around 12:30 PM. Place was easy to find, with ample parking. The lot wasn't all that full, so didn't think it would be too busy.
The hostess station is also where you can buy a variety of beers and merchandise. We were promptly seated, the dining room is large. There is a large bar with a list of what beers are available, in this case, they had 16 offerings. The place has a rustic feel to it with exposed brick, a lot of hardwood, and exposed ductwork.
Our server was friendly and seemed well informed about the offerings. I started with the sample, which had 5 5 ounce glasses of regular offerings, and one glass of a rotating offering, in this case, a Belgian pale ale.
My wife ordered the Cuban sandwich, I ordered the vegetable vindaloo. The wait for our food was not bad at all, and the food was nicely presented and was very good.
Once I finished the sampler, I decided to test our server with a question about their quad beer. She said she would have to ask a brewmaster for the answer, and in only a few minutes I received an answer to my question. I was impressed with the service overall, and the bartender was also helpful.
Very glad I made the trip down to this place, been wanting to go for some time. Definitely one of the better brewpub experiences i have had, highly recommended if you are in the area,
03-18-2013 02:11:24 | More by Vixie
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
What a class act!
My wife and I went on vacation here recently and those plans included St. Louis as part of our "trek across the Midwest." Needless to say, this was the place I was looking more forward to than any place in all of St. Louis. Our hotel wasn't that close, but we walked it anyway and don't regret it! However, if your plans include the City Museum like ours did, you've got it made!
Atmosphere: Very rustic feel which I dig. It's pretty large as far as craft beer places come. Once you walk into the foyer, you can either head right to the bar or wait for a table which includes the left side also. We chose the former.
Quality and Service: First of all, I was really surprised to learn that a large percentage of the employees here have been here for many years. That speaks volumes to me as to how the employees are cared for. The bartender we had here was probably the best I've had in my entire life. Seriously, he was very open in terms of recommending other craft breweries in the area to hit during our stay. He was a craft beer thoroughbred!
Selection: All the yummy flagships and standard line-up entries were here, including an awesome Dortmunder and cask-conditioned, Galaxy-hopped DIPA. Excellent and very diverse.
Value: Sigh... Here goes: I talked to the bartender for at least and hour or longer. At one point, the subject shifted to job professions and I told him I was military. Apparently he made a mental note of that. After my wife and I ordered a couple of samplers, several beers, and an order of gourmet pretzels, we were ready to go and he rang us up:
Bartender: That'll be $13.
Bartender: Mr. Schlafly feels very strongly about supporting the military and he is best friends with XX Commander of XX military base and you folks are our heros.
To come full circle: Schlafly is a class act and amazing operation and will always hold a place in my heart and fridge!
12-15-2012 06:06:51 | More by Chaney
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is a great brew pub. They have a pretty deep list of standard offerings, and always have something special on tap, as well as something special on cask. They also have a pretty long lineup of seasonals that I never get tired of. The cask beers, they've really been playing around with lately. Extra hopped versions of their Ales, a vanilla bean smoked porter... it's something different all the time. You can go to this place once a month and always have something different to try. Not to mention they fill growlers for take home of anything except the cask beers. Recently I brought home a growler of their Imperial Stout for a staggering $11. That was the deal of the year for me.
The quality of the beer is top notch. I keep Schlafly kegs on tap at home.
The food selection I think could use a little help. When going to the tap room, I generally don't consider making a dinner out of it here. I usually eat elsewhere first. That said, the bar service has always been top notch for me. I can't recall ever having to wait long to get a beer.
*edit - They've gone non smoking. This is a huge plus for me. Now I can take my family to dinner here.
01-08-2009 18:02:49 | More by cubbyswans
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-06-2010 12:17:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.54/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
I visit St. Louis for some Cardinals games at leas once a year, but this was my very first time inside the Schlafly Tap Room.
The location is superb, just on the outskirts of the heart of downtown and not bombarded with obnoxious banners and signs. The atmosphere is outstanding. Wide open with high ceilings, everything is super clean and comfortable. My wife and I sat in the restaurant side. The bar is long and filled with a slew of frequenters that take part in the loyalty club. I know I'd be there on an every-other-day basis if I lived in STL.
Our waiter was very congenial and informative, as well as prompt with all of our drinks and food. We only had the asparagus soup because we had previously eaten, but it was phenomenal.
The quality of Schlafly's beers is something I've always admired, and getting it on draft straight from the source just made their product that much smoother. The tap selection was full of variety. We tried several beers before enjoying a Cardinals victory over the Diamondbacks.
This place will be visited each time we go back to the Gateway City.
08-12-2013 18:34:36 | More by neckbracesub
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