Schlafly Bottleworks

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 Schlafly Plz
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63143-2454
United States

(314) 241-2337 | map

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a Monday around lunch time. Not too crowded. It was a beautiful day so the insider part of the restaurant where I sat was mostly deserted.

V – This place is a big open bright place that is more German beer hall than craft beer hideaway. Lots of tables. Probably a great place to bring a big party, but not the type of place a rate highly or consider as a place where I go to have an introspective geeky beer discussion. 3.75

Q – The Schlafly brewery is on the other side of the wall - can’t get any fresher than that. 4.5

Ser – It was slow, but I received quick attention from the server as well as the manager later on after my meal. I ordered a beer with experimental hops and I liked being given the opportunity to write down my impressions for the brewers. 4.25

Sel – Just Schlafly beers. No guest taps. Disappointed that there was not an opportunity to drink some of their more unique beers that are only sold in a large bottle format. 4

Food – The rainbow trout was good, but the boiled and then deep fried potatoes that came with it stole the show. 4

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This location has a decent dining area, with a merchandise area that includes all the brewery smells. The beer selction was ample, with about 12-16 varieties on tap and a vibrant, if limited, food selection.

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Photo of mlockman
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Excellent selection of beers, though flights were limited and one was hard-pressed to obtain samples of anything not already included in the fixed-selection flights of six in the restaurant and four at the end of the tour. Still, they had an excellent Scotch Ale available on tap that is not available in bottles and was not offered at the Tap Room (at least not at the time this review was written). The tap list for both the Bottleworks and the Taproom is available online at, and I would recommend checking out the selections there before venturing to either location. The food was good, though not traditional pub fare. For instance, bison was a common fixture on the menu (i.e., spaghetti with bison meatballs) though I ultimately opted for a turkey burger with a brie spread and cranberry chutney (which was AMAZING, by the way). We sat on the patio and there were a large number of families with small children; particularly impactful on our experience was the table of small children sitting directly behind us who continued to shriek and wander around our table throughout the entirety of our stay. Perhaps this would not have been the case if we had sat indoors by the bar, but we wanted to enjoy the nice weather and thus it detracted from our experience somewhat. Nonetheless, highly recommended.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

This is a really cool facility and a great location in Maplewood, but not a great taproom. A good place to tour if you are in STL, but don't expect much from the taproom. The beers on tap were mostly just the standard Schlafly brews that you can find in 6 packs anywhere in MO. The vibe was pretty poor. We planned to be there all night, but had to leave after an hour because the music was so poor. It's a good spot for an older crowd that enjoys the blues and decent beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Located in an easy to find area in Maplewood, this brewery has convenient parking and plenty of room. There is a tasting room, bar area, restaurant room, and a small section with local brewing history. Plus, they have a small shop as well. We sat in the restaurant, which was open and clean, but also a little sterile and without much character. The server was young and prompt, but not overly interested. The beer was excellent...especially the coffee stout. Food was typical pub selection, although the deviled egg appetizer is noteworthy. Certainly worth a visit.

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Photo of east_tn_gk
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

There modern bottleworks facility is definitely worth a visit. They provide a good tour and usually ample refreshments in the sampling room. Excellent food and often have good bluegrass style bands. Their beers are very good, and they do provide a menu that gives you information on them. Selection is fair, very slanted toward IPA. While this is the case, anyone can find something that they can enjoy here. One of my absolute favorite places to go when I lived in the St. Louis area.

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Photo of norris-of-homewood
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The food was great, , the service was great, the beer was great My wife who would only have a sip of any beer before the tour now loves stouts and porters. We came for lunch and stayed for the tasting. The only minor drawback was that the same glass was used for all 4 of the tastings. However, the price of the tasting was also...great! (free) This is a "must stop" if you are in the Saint Louis area.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Schlaflys is a cool place with a lot of beers. They have something to cover pretty much every type. I grabbed the sampler before going on the tour. The Hefeweizen was probably my favorite out of all the beers that I hadn't had prior to visiting the brewery but I have had a lot of their stuff. Schalfy puts out a lot of good beer. I was told that they have bluegrass bands play on the patio at night on the weekend but didn't stay for that because we were rushed to get to a Cardinals game.

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Photo of soju6
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Place has a unique ambiance situated in an old supermarket. There is a large patio area to enjoy when the weather is nice along with an indoor dining area. The bar is of good size and is equipped with a number of taps. They serve a large number of the regular year round beers and a number of their seasonal or special offerings. I like that as there is always something new to try on every visit. the bartenders are friendly and very knowledgeable about the beers the serve. If interested they do provide tours of the brewery. There is also a gift shop to purchase some logo gear and glasses or build a six-pack to take home. Place is worth checking out.

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Photo of jale
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here on Valentines day. Well planned layout here with the bar/taproom seperate from the restaurant area. They have a second large taproom available for groups and rental. The gift shop area has a wide selection of clothing, glasses and misc. Brewery logo items along with bottles to go. The beer is average with a decent selection of styles. Now for the food....Hands down the best pizza crust you will ever have. They use beer in the dough instead of water. They also baste the dough with house made garlic infused olive oil. Simply the best thin crust pizza I have had. I was able to pick up some large bottles of their BBA Imperial stout. Nice place to stop for food and beer when in the area.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally made it to the bottleworks to check it out. Usually I go to the taproom, but this one is worth checking out too.

i stopped in for lunch on a sunday and they had quite a few people in there already. It's a really nice building with a great patio and lots of room inside and out for people to hang, drink, eat and socialize.

The food was good, although I've only had one example of it to choose from. The menu was nice and the prices ranged from quite reasonable to fairly pricey entrees, but for the most part it wasn't unreasonable at all. I had the buffalo burger and quite liked it. The beer was great, I had an oatmeal stout and it was so fresh and delicious! There's a nice store with lots of souvenirs, tee shirts, hats, koozies, etc. There's also a large selection of beer to go, and the prices for that are quite reasonable. I got one of the whole foods rye bock 750mL bottles for less than ten bucks, and it was fantastic.

The selection I'm rating as good, even though there really aren't that many choices. However, there's takeout and lots of stuff on tap, and it's all great Schlafly stuff.

I haven't taken the tour yet, but it's free, and I will next time.

There is an employee there who has answered lots of specific questions via email for me, thanks Steve.

I'd like to try this place on a festival or event night. It's a pretty cool place.

ETA: wear closed toed shoes if you want to take the brewery tour, they are required.

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Photo of Chincino
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to Schlafly Bottleworks for a tour and lunch this past weekend and I was impressed.

The service was good and the food was also good. I recommend trying the beer cheese soup and the black bean burger.

The beer selection was good. My friend and I tried a sampler of 6 beers including 5 of their regular beers and a seasonal which was a pumpkin ale. We also were given 4 5 ounce samples at the end of our tour of the brewery. My favorite beer was the dry hopped APA.

The tour was great and also free. If you go here for a tour, as a side note, you have to wear closed-toed shoes as a safety rule. Our tour guide Alex was very knowledgable and provided us with a great tour of the facility. You can get bottles of Schlafly beers to go at the store.

Overall, I really enjoyed by visit to this place and would recommend it as a place to go when in St. Louis.

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Photo of JRorie
4.22/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is the red headed step child of the Schlafly brew pubs for me. I always dig the beer that is being poured, except for the fact that there is only a cask there once a month. The Taproom has two on at all times.

The vibe isn't as good as the Taproom, but can still be pretty cool when they have the Bluegrass bands playing or an event going on. The shop is a nice feature, tons of Schlafly swag.

The menu is just okay for me. I have had and enjoyed most of what I have had there, but again the Taproom has it beat.

Don't get me wrong, I love this place. If I were to choose though, I would pick the taproom most every time. Definitely a nice change of pace and a must try if you have never been.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I drink and eat at The Bottleworks on an almost weekly basis. Their beer garden is very peaceful and their bar-side section has one heck of a bar. They have a nice selection of beer on tap. For the best beer experience, I would say the best time to visit The Bottleworks is the very start of fall/end of summer, because its not flaming hot outside and so the beer garden is mild. They also have on tap some of their best seasonal beers; Pumpkin Ale, Raspberry Coffee Stout, Belgian Singel, Blueberry Cider, and Oktoberfest. Their seasonal brews are incredibly creative, but their Dry Hopped APA, Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout, and Kölsch are solid beers that are great year-rounders.

They have a small menu. It is not large by any means, but anyone knows who has been around the block a few times that the best pubhouse restaurants have smaller menus, because they specialize and make those items on their menu with the best ingredients that they possibly can get with incredibly creative recipes. Schlafly has very fresh food that complements their beer incredibly well. Their desserts are fantastic. I am a vegetarian. They make these meatless "chicken" enchiladas that I suspect even a meat eater would find incredible.

They also have their "Imperial Pint Club" where you get special benefits such as more beer for the same price, invitations to exclusive events/parties etc. I will get my membership soon.

Good food, good drink, at a price that . Bottleworks is a place committed to being a true local beer experience that not only facilitates community but they run their business conscientiously and responsibly.

Totally recommended if you are in The Lou. There is nothing like a mild evening in their beer garden.

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Photo of tripelhops
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The is the 2nd location for Schalfy, the Tap Room downtown being the original. Atmosphere is not quite as neat, as this was once a large grocery store, but it is larger and has a very different food menu, which I like better. Brewery tours are great here. Calzones are incredible here, and many local ingredients are used and noted on a chalkboard inside. Beers are similiar to that at the Tap Room, with regular and seasonal releases, and occasional specials only found here. If you're in the county, then hit this location up.

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Photo of phaleslu
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I’ve heard that endless red tape caused them to ditch plans to build in the City and go with Maplewood instead. Unfortunate, but it’s become the anchor to the Maplewood strip along Manchester. Very good food, and they’ve focused on using local farms and quality ingredients. Good atmosphere, with a nice big bar area and patio. If they salvaged any of the old Shop ’N Save store, you can’t really tell. About the same amount of selections as the Tap Room, but each will have some different seasonals and specials in addition to the standards. Each has different events, too. I love coming here.

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Photo of timmytootimes
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I love this place! The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and the food is focused on local ingredients and farmers, they also grow a lot of there own food in the spring summer and fall. My only complaint would be that they are a bit under staffed at times. They have some the best beers in the world and know how to throw a hell of a beer festival. I highly recommend becoming a regular here you'll thank me if you do. Also check out the Tap room down town for a completely different menu and beer selection.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally, decided to come to the Bottleworks after several visits to the Tap Room. The atmosphere is very similar to Tap Room. Nice wood interior with views of tanks and numerous boards listing the beers on tap. The beers are very good and very fresh. Service is pretty good. The selection is nice most of it is their bottles with a couple exceptions. The Tap Room carries more rarities or small batch beers. The food is good. Farmer's platter is very tasty and the bison burger is pretty tasty, too. Food was a little pricey and the pints were about 50 cents more than I'd like. It's worth a stop especially since they have so much to go beer available.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Welcome to the brewing and bottling site for Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly Beer). With the exception of the canned Summer Helles and the special 750s (brewed and bottle at the Taproom), this is where all Schlafly beer comes from. As an old converted grocery store, the brewery and bottling line is off to the right and the store, bar, restaurant, and patio is off to the left.

The food and service are good, but if you're coming you should be most concerned with the bar and taps. The bar is nice and long and is physically separated from the restaurant side. There are tables as well, so plenty of seating. You can order food, but you place your order at the bar. All the current tap offerings (typically 12 including one cider for the non-beer types [they also have a limited spirits menu and wine]) are posted on both sides of the bar with 8 inch logos of each of the beers. The beer is coming from 100 feet away, so you're getting it as fresh as you can.

Overall, the vibe here is laid back and enjoyable. Not a lot of pretentiousness here with a lot of helpful bartenders and locals. This is a great place to bring friends and family to when they're in the city and is even better for initiating people into crafted beer. If you want more one-off taps, head down to Taproom and get your fill. Overall, great place with great beer.

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Photo of Zundo
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Overall this is a pretty good place to grab a bite to eat and get a good beer. The food has a central premise of being locally and organically grown. The bison berger there is pretty tastey. The environment is fairly lively, but is a good place for boys/girl's night out, a place to bring the family or go on a casual date. The bar area is pretty nice, but the seating arrangement out there is a bit odd. Its location is really good being in the Maplewood area.

The tour was interesting, but a little rushed. Its nice to see a smaller microbrewery have a local / ground up feel, if you will. There is nothing fancy about the inside of the brewery. The guy who ran the tour was kind of ignorant, but it was a decent tour.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is located in a renovated grocery store in the Maplewood township, about 10 - 15 west of downtown. This place is much different from the Tap Room in many respects. It is usually more crowded, has different food (I prefer the food here), has different beers on tap (check out for what's on tap), and has an overall different feel to it.

Most importantly, there is always something on tap that I haven't tried before, or have tried and love coming back to. They always have seasonals, brewery-only releases, and their flagships on tap. Secondly, making a decision from the food menu is always difficult for me as there are many things I want to eat there. Plus, the focus on locally grown produce and ingredients (they even grow stuff in the garden attached to the building) is one of my favorite things about this place.

When visiting St Louis, it would depend on where you are, but I would suggest coming here over the Tap Room. Better food, livelier crowd, and usually good music on the weekends.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.7/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Walking in, I was impressed by the amount of space at the brewery, and the clean lines that it presented. The feel overall is well-lit and airy. Conversation is the main noise that predominates.

The quality is quite good here; I had the pumpkin beer, the saison, and the porter, and quite liked all three. Of the three, the pumpkin was my favorite. I would be interested in trying the Christmas beer.

Service was fine, nothing exceptional. Very prompt, although the waitress did not really have anything informative to say regarding their beer.

Selection is good, around 10 beers on tap, and a full menu of food. Too many lighter-style beers for my taste, however.

The food was very tasty. I was super-impressed that they strive to obtain all of their groceries from local purveyors.

Overall, a very good place. I wish that there were some more complex beers in their selection, although the beers I had were well-crafted. It is decently priced, nice atmosphere, and you won't go wrong with their food, either.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Schlafly Bottleworks serves as a brewpub/bar, gift shop and full brewery and bottling line. The building is clean and charismatic and one can see all of their fermentation tanks from the outside of the building through full-length (30 foot+) glass windows that face the parking lot. Atmosphere inside is laid back and staff is hit-or-miss on friendliness and beer knowledge. Our tour guide seemed very knowledgeable but a little uninterested, having sounded like he had done this same tour 8 times that day. I talked with him briefly about various beers and hop varieties in the tasting room and that seemed to perk him up a bit. Beers fresh on tap were great and this stop made a great last stop of the day for our recent STL brewery/brewpub tour.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to this place a couple of times before I decided to review it because every time I had a different experience.

The place has an interesting set-up and I guess that goes back to the fact that it used to be a supermarket. Once you walk in there is the bar area right in front with some nice eclectic decor about, what else, but beer.

The bar is long and narrow and its sandwiched by a nice open dining room and on the other side by a nice patio-like beer garden.

The quality of the Schlafly beer has been proven to be one of the best in St. Louis and they had about 11 beers when I attended. I tried the Saison which was nice and spicy and everyone at my table (non-BA types) loved it. I then followed it with a Dry Hopped APA off which I took a growler home because its their hoppiest beer right now (Sep 2010).

There food is always delicious. I had the chicken enchiladas which were yummy and spicy. Bottleworks is a cool place plus its jst steps from my house.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

When walking into Schlafly's Bottleworks, one can tell it is a recycled supermarket. This plays into the reduce, reuse, recycle frame of thought for the company. Inside it was decorated with a stab at contemporary/rustic appearance. The men's bathroom looked like a hurricane went through it, and makes me mark this one down a bit for the category... Just too much urinal spillage!

The quality and service were decent. The waiter was a good dude, but didn't know much about rotational beer they were serving. He seemed to be vacant at inopportune times, but he was pretty swamped so I can't ding him too much.

As for the selection, they had 11 beers on tap for the day. This is an ample amount but they had four of the 11 beers in the hefeweizen/witbier category, so not much in the way of variety. There was nothing highly noticeable such as a barleywine or any imperial stouts.

The food is where this place really makes its mark. The ingredients are local and fresh. This is one of those places that have appeal for the beer drinker and non beer drinker, so this makes for plenty of variety.

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