The Schlafly Tap Room
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Active Beers: 72
Beer Ratings: 10,058
Beer Avg: 3.79
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4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
In Missouri, en route for points further west yet. This is the definition of a shitty trip, not so much because of the ride but rather the end game. 4 hours in and another 4 hours to KC where I'll set Randy free; this break in the day was to be the last supper in the lunch hour. Seems my best laid plans won't pan. We're a few hours away from knowing this, but inklings abound...
Housed in a post apocalyptic Manhattan-type set of massive brick brickings, it looks like buildings pieced together. Park in the big empty lunchtime lot, enter and hook to the right. Sizably open room with an "L" shaped stained stainless steel panel topped bar with a wood lip on the up front. Diamond plate front base, piping foot rail, and seating for a dozen on stools not backed. Barback is wood counter space with wines & booze displayed, and centerpiece 750's pedestalled. Large ornate framing, the inlayed area a green mosaic tiling of shapes with a logo crest on center, and diamond plating below with shelving extended glassware, a center shelf of scotch & singles. They've got a beautiful hand carved Schlafly logo piece of hops & leaves, painted up nice. Long double wide plank table bar counter just behind me, and nearly 2 and a half dozen tables out across the room.
Brown walls and brick outers with archway windows, old plank wood floors & ceiling, and massive beam up rights. Black ducts, spinny fan & pan lamps, and track spots over the bar. Spacious brew room with a trio of 15bbl fermenters behind glass on the far wall. Mash tun/conditioning tank action as well. Logo piece and beer style placards of "what you missed" stuff not on now, paneled "Schlafly beers on tap at such and such bars & restaurants" boards done up in colored chalk, an events & music board, a "hop in the city" mural, mounted deer heads, you know, the usual.
A trio of 2-pronged stand up microphone tap handles on each end, and sunken handpumps off each set. Looking at the tap selections displayed as a list on magnetic strips on the pillars along the bar, I think, um, maybe, sampler (I always think sampler). This one comes with 5 house standards on a place mat listing ABV's & IBU's (Oatmeal Stout, smooth, roasty, oaty, with a sweet bitterness; Dry Hopped APA, done with Zeus grown up the side of someone's garage, a good hoppiness there; Hefeweizen, hazy, but very unhefelike overall with its lack of clove and bananalessness, it's more an American wheat Ale, Kolsch, it's just a good clean Kolsch is all; Pale Ale, easy drinking amber oddly on the sweet side), and then because I was my usual pleasant self (sarcasm), I was able to, well, keep them seasonals coming (Wit, damn, that's a whole lot, and I mean, a whole lot of coriander, uh huh; Hop Harvest, earthy, spicy, a big mouth of Amarillo is what I got, okay, I get the Amarillo children's aspirin thing now; Oktoberfest, malty sweet wonderfulness; Oud Bruin, tasty, with some light sourness, it's no Goudie but then Goudie isn't even Goudie anymore; Pumpkin, rings in at 8%, cinnamonny backbone but it's a good pumpkin; Cask American Brown Ale, big grapefruity hop presence; cask dry hopped APA, took all the corners off but the CO2 version is better; and a blackberry cider, apple based, not too bad. The Oatmeal Stout, Kolsch, Oktoberfest & Pumpkin were the best of 'em, although there was nothing there that really sucked.
And foodings. I did a bowl of the steak chili, solid, beans, warming, and a BLT that defeated me, it's true, but to be fair, it was unruly and did come with fries. Randy; the veggie burger, and yes, pickled vegetables. The carrots, done in star of anise, were excellent, and the cucs didn't suck either.
Around the other side, an 8 seat bar with logo pieces inlayed on the stainless steel. 6 raised roundies adjacent for the sitting at and a small cool side nook room with 4 tables on benched seating. Past the bar, 2 pool tables with a foos in between, 3 dart boards, a Dirty Harry pinball machine in the corner (I know what you're thinking, did you play three balls or only two?), and a juke and some high tops back there. Deep greens, with black & whites of old goings on & this space under construction. Views over the out back Biergarten, a ½ dozen tables enclosed gatingly. Shirts & bottlings in the front area, and an event space upstairs.
Paul is the single most knowledgeable guy behind a brewpub bar ever (Well, he has worked here for like 19 years). He let me sample some things, some things, he did. Beer was solid overall and the food was a-plenty. Good scene and no TV's, so you'll have to actually hold a conversation in lieu of the idiot box. Oh, poor you. Solid joint.
Bonus: they've got the coolest Star Trek bathroom hand dryers, you know, ever.
04-04-2011 20:16:18 | More by slander
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-19-2009 14:20:55 | More by emerge077
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
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
The wife and I stopped at Schafly's Tap Room right after Six Row and liked it so much better. Place is huge, sprawling and oh-so-packed on a Saturday afternoon at 4:45 pm. This is a happening joint! But there's enough room for everyone- we found a spot around the dart-and-pool room and ordered from the bar. Lots of nooks and crannies around here...
Service was fine despite being crowded and beer is delicious and super fresh. They have 16 taps with a bit of everything (including two casks, Brown Ale and AIPA, but they're only in one of the two bars, so watch for them). We had the Grand Cru, Dry-Hopped APA and AIPA (7.2%). All of them were outstanding. We went home with a growler of the nasty-good AIPA for $13.
Ambience is great, cozy and comfortable despite being busy, with great and varied music (Queens, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi in between to fuck it up) and just a nice vibe.
Price is great here. Growlers are only $12 including the glass! Two 1/2 pints and a free full tasting of the Grand Cru was $7.50. Nice!
All in all, a cool place I look forward to go back to (and maybe try the food)!
07-24-2011 01:22:22 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Schlafly's Tap Room occupies a large building in downtown St. Louis. Street parking is found in all directions.
The building has a lot of sections and honestly I didn't see all of it. There is a pool/darts room to the right of the entrance, and the bar is on the left. Large windows allow a nice view of the brewing equipment. Lots of wood everywhere, and a couple chalkboards show what is on tap.
Schlafly has a nice array of beers available at any given moment, around 12 on my visit. They run the gamut from Pils to a couple different Stouts. Fairly eclectic options like a Scotch and English Brown were on tap. A few of the beers come in a standard sampler but the bartender was fine with going outside of that. They also have a small cooler of bottled beers (including the Reserves) near the host stand.
Service here was excellent. The bartender schooled me on several beer-related subjects, such as Altbiers and the different brewing techniques of some styles. He has even been to Germany and Belgium to try beers. I wish there was one like him at my local brewpub.
The food is pub grub for the most part, and while I just had the pretzel appetizer it was really good. Cheese sauce and a couple different mustards for dipping were yummy.
Overall I would definitely put this place near the top of the list for a visit to St. Louis.
03-03-2008 05:44:52 | More by Dogbrick
2.08/5 rDev -49.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
My review is going to be the worst of all of the reviews. I have a reason. I was in St Louis for businees and my hotel was within walking distance of here. I was hoping to be here often. Read below to find out why this was my only visit. Although the place was pretty cool, the dichotomy of left bar. Vs. right bar makes for an interesting dynamic. The left bar is boring, mundane, ordinary, lackluster, and not worth visiting. No music, no tv's, no atmosphere. I dont need the Blu Man group performing but something other than the hum of the dish washer and soda machines would be nice. The right side bar atleast had some entertainment value in the way of tv's and music.
First annoyance: they have all of the beers listed, but no prices, and the beers over 7% are poured into 10oz goblets. If you are going to give me 6oz less and charge me the same thing, atleast tell me.
Second annoyance: and this is HUGE. The bartender on the left side bar was sneezing into his hand and then serving beers with that hand. I was grossed out so I went to the right side. The bartender on the ride side was some old guy who was out back smoking while people were waiting at the bar for drinks. Needless to say, he came in from his smoke break (I know this because the smoking area is twenty feet from the bar) and started serving beers without washing his hands. As far as I know, those things shouldnt happen. luckily, I had received all of my beers when these things happened, or I would have freaked out. If sneezy and smoky hands are fine with you, be my guest: I will NEVER be back.
09-16-2012 23:45:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
As good as it gets outside of the GLBC pub in Cleveland. This is an old building that uses massive post and beam construction (sure would like some of that wood for my projects.) At least 3 levels, 3 bars, pool tables, super servers and hosts - completely knowledgeable. Even a small rooftop courtyard area next to the big second floor party room. The stairs are supplemented by elevator service. The beers are very good and as fresh as can be. Parking is off street and near.
If you've not tried the beers from Schlafly's you're in for a treat. They do a lot of different styles and they do the styles very well. They are also not afraid to experiment and venture into new ideas. Things like conditioning in oak whiskey barrels which put a whole new twist on imparted flavors. You have to give credit to a company that can compete, and compete well, in A-B's backyard. For that matter they're right in the front room and standing tall.
09-14-2003 22:28:25 | More by AtLagerHeads
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I have been to Schlafly's St. Louis Brewery several times over the years. It is located in an old building, not far from downtown. They have expanded over the years, and now have at least two bars as well as room for live music, darts, etc. The main bar room has a lot of large windows, and the walls are exposed brick, and the ceiling is exposed wood. The lazy ceiling fans are a nice touch. The bar surface is sheet metal with wood trim. There is some nice woodward behind the bar, with a tiled wall and a large Schlafly's crest. There seems to be a good selection of bourbons and whiskeys and wines as well as the microbrews.
As for the beers, when I visited they had 11 on tap, including a strong Tripel, a barleywine, a Winter ESB, and a Oatmeal Stout on regular draft and cask conditioned. The beers are average to very good. I found the Pilsner to be surprisingly good for its style. The Oatmeal stout was much better on cask than on carbon dioxide.
The bartenders seemed very helpful and knowledgeable. The little food I tried was good.
This is a nice place with ample parking.
12-28-2002 00:53:59 | More by UncleJimbo
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A great stop in St.Louis. It's in a neat old building that's easy to drive to, and you could walk there from some points in Western downtown or a metra station. Inside, there's a big bar area on one side, and a big dining area on the other. Lots of wood, and some brewing ops visible right in the dining area. Pretty good selection on tap, with about 12, including two on cask. I had a nice dry-hopped barley wine. Service was decent, especially for a Friday evening. Menu is heavy on fish (grilled grouper, fish and chips, etc) and is somewhat "British pub" in food selection. I had bangers n mash, and it was pretty tasty.
01-06-2009 15:25:04 | More by shivtim
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited around 1 pm on a busy Saturday (an Oyster Fest was in progress) but our party of three only had to wait about fifteen minutes for a table in the main bar area. During the wait I looked around a bit. In the center of the brewpub is the waiting room that divides all the areas. In one direction there was a nice little alcove of merchandise and a cooler of six-packs of their beer (I took advantage of that!). Adjoining this was a smallish bar with tables that had smaller tap list. Pool tables, darts, and TVs (I think) could be found near here. It was lively. The bathrooms were fairly big and clean enough. There was another bar upstairs but I didnt walk up there. The bar area that we ate in had many tables and the bar itself was fairly big. Exposed bricks, high ceilings, big windows, chalkboards with info where to find their beers around town (including our hotel!); brewing equipment was noticeable through glass. I liked how it was simply decorated. There wasnt tons of trash on the wall, no clutter, it was straightforward and charming plus there wasnt any music blaring! Even though it was very busy, it wasnt cramped and I didnt feel claustrophobic. I could talk across the table without yelling and everything about the place was friendly and relaxed.
There were two beers on hand pump (the Oatmeal Stout was great, the Pale Ale was okay) and there were around ten more beers available on-tap. I tried both casks, healthy and good quality. I sampled two other beers on-tap (Honey Wheat and Irish Stout (no notes were taken on these)), seemed of high quality. There was a wide selection of styles, it was a shame I didnt have the opportunity to try the more exotic stuff.
The menu was wide enough for me; it was mostly pub grub, some of it with a twist. I enjoy the cold turkey sandwich with an appetizer of pretzels. My dad enjoyed his soup and sandwich and my girlfriend enjoyed meal as well. The prices were reasonable for both the beer and food.
Service was quick, accurate, and friendly. No complaints here.
I wish I could have stayed longer or visited again on Sunday but it wasnt met to be. I really liked this brewpub, I didnt fall in love with it like I did, say, Great Dane in Wisconsin or Free State in Lawrence mainly because I didnt think the beers were as superior. This place did have a better vibe. Without question though, if I find my way to St. Louis again this place gets priority!
-Easy to find.
-Parking wasnt an issue during my visit.
03-08-2005 18:36:57 | More by bditty187
The Schlafly Tap Room in Saint Louis, MO
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