The Schlafly Tap Room

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The Schlafly Tap RoomThe Schlafly Tap Room

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2100 Locust St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63103-1616
United States

(314) 241-2337 | map

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Photo of climax
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's nice that they have a separate parking lot, considering their location on the west side of downtown. It can get busy down there and a little hairy not too far away.

Visited on an October Friday night, it was dead considering the Cardinals were playing a playoff game a few blocks away. Live music graced the back room, but I was in the mood for a quieter atmosphere.

The guys around seemed to know about beer and the way things are. Our waiter was quick to recommend to us his opinions, positive AND negative, which is always appreciated.

The menu is moderately sized with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and a few dinner plates. My lamb burger was good, but my fiance's reuben was gargantuan and delicious. Lucky for me, she gave me more than half of it (which I certainly did not need). The beer bread appetizer is a good deal, you get A LOT.

The beer selection is strictly Schlafly as it should be. The main beers that are distributed are forgettable. Do yourself a favor and order some brewpub exclusives, they are where it's at. There were two cask conditioned beers, and they were both right on the money. Schalfly pumpkin makes for an excellent dessert.

As far as the beer goes, it is an all out bargain. Four beers on the check only accounted for $17, and I got 2 casks and a seasonal. The math is on their side, I would certainly return.

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Photo of Moon2Goddess
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I especially like the atmosphere at Schlafly because it is enormous, with high ceilings, lots of room at the bar, lots of space between tables, abundant windows providing natural light, gorgeous knotty's just a nice place to be. We were there during a week day so had the game area and jukebox all to ourselves, which made the experience that much more enjoyable. Abundant choices for samplers, given by a backwoods kind of bartender. The locals who did not seem concerned about getting back to work, liked to talk and made us feel welcome. Delicious beer, d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s, especially the pumpkin ale. We spent an entire afternoon trying one amazing sample after another, he getting better at darts the more he drank and me getting worse (although I kind of suck to begin with). It takes the same amount of time to fly to St. Louis as it takes me to bus to work everyday, and it is easily worth the time and effort. If you are going to the St. Louis area, you gotta go to Schlafly.

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Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just passing threw but had to stop (with the family) for I wanted a growler. They do have a good value on filled growlers.

Great old building, lots of brick and wood. Gives good old world brewery feel. Dark but yet well lite.

We stopped mid-afternoon, ample parking behind the brewery though not a busy time.
It was us, a small group and accouple at the bar.
So for us service was very good and quick. I ordered my Growler, a draft, appitiz, soup and gotta try the beer bread. Kids had root-beer floats.

We were in a spacey booth by brewer tanks behind glass. awesome.

Bought a accouple glasses, the bill came to $80.
But did i say worth it!!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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)!

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Photo of tripelhops
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty much located downtown in St. Louis this is the original location and a second one has been added in Maplewood, called Bottleworks. Beer is brewed here and the building has multiple rooms and floors for various groups and sometimes music. Very nice game room right off the entrance and next to the bar. The food is consistenly high quality, but tends to be more british pub type food, vs fried wings and toasted ravoili, etc, a pleaseant break from regular bar food. Prices are reasonable for what you get, and the beer is constantly changing with their seasonals and special pub only brews which are nice. A great place to visit if you're downtown.

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Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My work trips to Saint Louis aren't complete without a stop at Schlafly Tap Room. There is always a wide variety of beer styles to choose from and the beer is very consistent. Among my favs are the No. 15, Pumpkin Ale, APA, Coffee Stout, Christmas Ale, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, and Oak Aged Barley Wine. These beers should be enjoyed at the bar or the gameroom (which you have to yourself for the most part during the weekdays in the afternoon).

But what really sets this place apart is the atmosphere and food. The place is spacious and generally packed, but find a seat at the bar and you'll be befriended by the local regulars where you'll be engaged in stimulating conversion. And while you're making new friends, don't forget to get an order of beer bread or soft pretzels to share with those around you.

As for the brewery tour, I've gone once and enjoyed it very much. There wasn't anything amazingly different about the facility but the history of the brewery is very intruiging.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Situated in an old brick industrial park surrounded by smaller brewpubs and restaurants which seems to be the staple in downtown St. Louis. The Schlafly Tap Room is in an old factory and is quite spacious with two lower level bars. Left side has a few couches and bar tables. Pool darts and a juke box to boot. Up to 12 different taps. Consistant yet oft rotating seasonals and one short. Just okay food. The temperature of the beer from the taps is not optimal but its better than most joints. Cask at the South bar. More of a dining room area, but you can still belly up to the bar. Ample parking in the lot and on the street. Brewers and execs always running around. Nice tavern feel. Lotta wood. Old school art on the walls. Classy and clean. Friendly staff, some more versed than others. Overall, a good fun place to hang out!

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Photo of phaleslu
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fantastic old building with a nice atmosphere for eating and drinking. The food is beyond what you’d expect in a run-of-the-mill bar/restaurant or brewpub. Schlafly is diligent about using local farms and high-quality ingredients. This is one of my favorite places to eat and drink when I’m back home in St. Louis. Excellent location between Downtown and Midtown, so it’s close to everywhere. The tap list updates constantly, and there are always 2 casks. They have frequent events here and host some great festivals throughout the year. Oh yeah, and the beer is very good. A must-visit if in St. Louis.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite spots for beer and food in STL. Just had dinner there the other night and sat in the courtyard for the first time so I thought I'd write the review, having sat in the dining room, bar, and the outside courtyard now.

Great atmosphere here for a brewery. Renovated old building, close to downtown, and close to several other new breweries opening up in the area.

Of course, you have to be a fan of Schlafly beers (which I am a huge fan), but if you have others in your party who don't drink beer, they have several wine selections as well.

The service has always been great any time we've stopped in for dinner. Two bar areas available, one in the dining room, and one on the other side next to the billiards room. The food is very good, and the burgers are great. I love how they keep the beer selections rotating, especially the cask selections.

Highly recommend.

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Photo of JRorie
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love the Schlafly Taproom! It is a place you that you can go into, knowing you are going to have a good meal and something nice to drink. They always have two rotating beers on cask and around 8 more rotating on draft. I always get a growler fill there, as it is the cheapest in the area. They also have a mix-a-six cooler, and their 750s for sale. I love the Mussels, but have never had anything from there I didn't like. I tend to stay with lighter fare, and make up my carbs in beer. The "Plate of Swine" is pretty magical though, and the burgers are outstanding.

The location is great as well. You are just a short distance from Six Row, Urban Chestnut, Buffalo, Square One, and iTap. All great beer drinking stops.

If you are looking for good beer, food, and atmosphere in the St. Louis area then this is your place!

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love going to the Schlafly Tap Room. Bout my first Growler from there as they are down the street from Saint Louis university, where I attend. I had known of their reputation from a few bottled beers that I had. Right away walking in you get a great vibe from the bare bones feel of the place. Its a very warm and inviting atmosphere. The servers there are really helpful and they will gladly explain any of the beers served, although the beer menu is also very detailed. The food is also delicious, i would recommend the burger to anyone. Worth a stop for anybody who loves good beer, good food and a good time

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Review from Notes
Visited 2/12/11

I flew in to Lambert Saturday afternoon and hit up the Tap Room straight from the airport. We ended up rolling in around 5ish, and it happened to be during a Fish Fry event that was being held. Even with the event (and the place was absurdly packed, the wait was less than it took us to finish an entire pint. We hit up one of the bars, easily found seats and waited for our table. The building itself has a lot of character, very rustic, all exposed hardwood. It was cozy, but yet had a bit of a factory feel to it. Our waitress was the perfect balance between attentive and not being up your arse, which is difficult given how busy it was to begin with. The food offered here is extrodinarily different than that at the Bottleworks - so if you're looking for some of your favs from bottleworks, don't come here. However, I enjoyed the selection and was amazed to see Poutine on the menu! This is a Canadian app that I've only ever seen offered in Maine, and is a favorite of mine. My dinner companion went for a burger, and I did a soup and salad. The portions were HUGE and I definitely ordered too much. For what we ordered, and what we got, the pricing was great. They had about 8 different beers on tap - one being the Smoked Porter which hadn't been brewed in several years. So we got a growler to go and were very happy with the experience overall.
Schlafly continues to be one of my favorites while in the St. Louis area.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

When you first enter Schlafly Tap Room (the original brewery of Schlafly beer) you're greeted with a limited selection of merch and a mess of the 750s and some of the seasonal release beers for purchase. Then you can go to the right (main dining area, main bar, brewery facility) or left (small bar, food service at the bar, and billiards tables) or up (large 2nd floor area for private parties with a nice little bar). The small left bar (typically where my friends congregate because it's quieter) has everything offered at the main bar and a few flat screens for games. The main bar and dining area is beautiful with hand crafted wood work. There are typically about 14 beers on tap (couple staples, then the rest are rotating taps). Tap Room is also great for getting cask beers and on-off beers. The staff matches the atmosphere, they're very knowledgeable and helpful across all levels of beer knowledge (for helping new initiates experience beer to talking shop with home brewers).

If you're in St Louis and you love beer, you better get yourself to the Tap Room. End of story.

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Photo of DCon
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

There is no wonder why this is the number 3 brewery in Missouri! They've got a great BrewPub to back up their tasty ales! While only staying at this brewery for two pints (Christmas Ale & Oatmeal Stout), I had a great vibe from the place and will be returning once I am back in the area of Washington Ave.

While Schlafly has a variety that is usual tremendous, they only offered 2 of their beers on tap that I haven't tried and I wanted to explore new beers they had to offer. The service also was average as it took us 15 minutes to order a beer and our party was never greeted. Overall, the beer was excellent, prices very cheap, and atmosphere friendly and inviting.
Eins.. Zwei.. Drei.. Suffa!
Have returned over 5 times since my first visit (including their Anniversary Party, Cod&Cask Festival, and for dinner 3 separate times). Have much more of a positive review now that I've seen both busy nights, events, and also dining in.

Both Paddy and Paul have done a fantastic job at the bar with all of the parties I attended with. If you are coming with a group of friends and just there to hang out, the north bar is more for you with a dart board, pinball machine, pool table, and jukebox to keep you busy. The south bar is more easy going and is next to the dining room so isn't as rowdy. You are by a few of their brew kettles and have a clear hop note on your nose the entire time. Just what I like!

When it comes to food, I highly recommend their Swine Plate, including a bratwurst, fried bacon, a pork chop, mash potatoes, and gravy. What a feast. I have also enjoyed their 1 lb. reuben sandwich, roasted amish chicken, pretzels, and boiled shrimp. One thing I wouldn't recommend and won't be going back to will be their frog legs. Not much meat or anything to them.

I'm hoping they keep brewing more innovative styles! I lately have enjoyed their Vanilla Milk Stout and Chocolate Orange Stout and both were amazing! Also, the New Zealand IPA was fantastic but will not be around much longer. Get yourself into this place!

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Photo of manahansf
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped in on a recent visit to St. Louis. This was our dinner stop for our brewery day. The dining area is very nice with a good looking bar and a cool look at some of the brewing equipment through a window. The menu is not really my style. Not a typical brewpub menu which is neat but a little too much for me. The beers are good and there are quite a few to try. The staff is easy to talk to and helpful with the beers. Lots of small batch bottles for sale and Schlafly gear. Grabbed a few bottles and a growler. I'd go back for the beer bread and a flight some day.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Last time I was at the taproom, I wasn't impressed overall. We didn't have anything to eat but it looked like they had a great selection of eats. The selection on tap was pretty small taking into account that Schlafly brews over 40 different beers. I think, at the time we went, there were only 8 beers on tap. I ended up having an oatmeal stout and their APA as well as some other standards/flagships.

Atmosphere was relaxed and the bartender was absent when not quickly and rudely filling our requests. We didn't ask anything major out of the staff, didn't ask for samples, etc. A group of four sober patrons simply ordering a couple of pints... Beer pours were off but filled generously enough. The place was empty enough for our group to enjoy our conversations without shouting but the service/workers really didn't add anything to the experience.

All in all, this is just an average run-of-the-mill brewpub where one can try Schlafly beer. Maybe I'll have food and sit in the restaurant portion of the building next time and re-review...

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Photo of wolffman17
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A family reunion in middle-of-nowhere Illinois = the opportunity to stop in for lunch at a brewpub in St. Louis.

Schlafly Tap Room is located in an interesting part of downtown that looks to be the historic district. Neat, old buildings line the streets. The Tap Room occupies a restored building that was previously a printing factory - big and beautiful. I love brewpubs that find spots like this and make it work. Feels like it could have been a brewery all along. The interior is huge and begs to be explored. Space is definitely not lacking. The outside front patio (more like a small courtyard) makes for an enjoyable outdoor experience weather permitting.

Solid beer all around with about a dozen beers on tap. Regular lineup sampler doesn't disappoint (APA stands out), and the seasonal Pumpkin Ale is pretty good. The C3 (as in collaboration between three breweries) is an interesting hoppy Mild. Excellent.

Service this particular visit wasn't so hot. It wasn't bad necessarily, just not great. Considering the lack of crowd on an early afternoon, it was odd that our waitress seemed to be in slow motion. We sat quite a bit just waiting. Not a big deal, though, and nothing that would keep me from going back again by any means.

Interesting menu consisting of the usual suspects along with some more atypical offerings. It's refreshing to see things like frog legs, rarebit, falafel, and roasted lamb on a brewpub menu. Priced well too.

Good beer and excellent surroundings - I could spend many hours wasting away lazy afternoons if I lived here. I will visit again next time I'm in St. Louis.

EDIT: To me, this is definitely an "A" brewpub. Hopefully I'll get to go back sometime and remedy the service rating that has dragged down my overall score.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.53/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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.

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