Tuesday, September 4, 2012
St Louis–Schlafly Brewery Tour
Saturday we took a tour of the Schlafly Brewery. We learned a TON about beer making, hops, barley, and all the rest of the ingredients that go into some beers.
We read on the website before we went that you can’t wear open toed shoes during the tour. If you come in flip flops they make you put on these horrendously ugly green crocs. So Sonya and I decided what better of an excuse to buy new shoes. These are the ones I picked out. Sonya and I picked out pretty much the same shoe only they were different brands.
This was our tour guide and beer expert. He was very thorough and gave us a lot of information.
The “quality control” room. These guys get paid to taste beer all day.
This is where it all starts. Big huge containers with very important jobs to do…I should have taken notes.
Fermenting tank. This process can take anywhere from two to six weeks depending on what type of beer they are making.
After the tour we got to do a tasting. We tried three different beers. Our tour guide told us the difference between them all and answered a million questions from a man in our group who was trying to trip him up. That was quite annoying.
I liked the first beer we tasted quite a bit. If I remember correctly it was their Oktoberfest, then we tried the Oatmeal Stout which was ok, but definitely not my favorite and I can't remember what the third one was. OOPS!
We bought some to take home with us too. We bought a 6 pack of the Pumpkin Ale because it is my FAVORITE and then we got a sampler pack with 6 different kinds in it. It was fun to try them all out. There were several hits and misses in that bunch.