Thursday, March 25, 2010
They started as a microbrewery in 1991 and they produce about 30,000 barrels a year. They are what I would call a medium sized brewery that made a nice transition from micro- to regional brewery. They are meeting local market demand while continuing to produce a broad range of high quality beers. Last fall I purchased a pub keg of a Belgian ale they unceremoniously called Farm House Ale. I won't reveal too many details here short of saying it was a batch that must be experienced and not described. By chance I happen to have a photo of a half drunk glass; even a pessimist would describe this glass as half full if they had the first half.
But back to the news. I made contact with the brewers that be at Schlafly's and they are willing to do a test batch with our hops and see how it goes. This would be a fresh dry hopped brew. I am not sure what they are thinking, but I would presume something similar to what Sierra Nevada produces as a Harvest Ale, once in the Fall with the North American harvest and once in the Spring with New Zealand hops. It is, of course, only a tentative agreement and only a test batch but it is a cool possibility. Now I have to make sure we get enough in the ground to produce the 10-15 pounds necessary for that test batch!