Named as one of Food Republic’s 12 Ridiculously Cool Food And Drink Fests Around The World and most-recently, one of Departures magazine’s top March events, Schalfly's Stout and Oyster Festival is without question an amazing event. We at Saint Brewis enjoy going annually and last year we laid out 7 reasons to love the festival. Well, it turns out that there are a lot more than just 7 so this year, we're going to focus on one: The Shuckers. The shuckers are the folks that crack open the oysters for your enjoyment. If you've ever tried to shuck your own oyster, you know that it's not easy. This year, there will be 25 shuckers and Schlafly will be flying in 80,000 oysters OVERNIGHT (gotta keep it fresh to death, y'all) so these folks will be doing a whole lot of shucking.
For their skills and dedication to the event, the brewery decided to honor some of the shuckers by putting their image on a can of Oyster Stout. These cans will only be available at the festival so if you want to have some in your fridge, you've got to attend this year's shindig. Last year, Schlafly commissioned Photographer/Blogger Spencer Pernikoff (Whiskey and Soba) to capture photos of each of the shuckers. The brewery’s marketing team selected eight shuckers to be featured on the cans–many of whom have traveled to the festival every year since its inception.
Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains, “These men and women are family at this point. We also hear from guests that they look forward to the festival for the fun, but also to see and catch up with their favorite shucker. What better way to celebrate them than to raise a beer in their honor?”
All shucker cans will be filled with Oyster Stout (5.7% ABV with 30 IBUs). Schlafly’s Oyster Stout was crafted with toasty flavors of oatmeal, barley and oyster broth that complement the briny, juicy flesh of the mollusks quite well. In addition to the Oyster Stout cans, they will have several bars with a variety of beers on tap from stouts such as Irish Extra Stout and Oatmeal Stout to year-round beers such as White Lager and Pale Ale. They also brew 15 stouts – some exclusive for the event and available as Stout Samplers, five, five-ounce beer samples. This year’s flavors include everything from a Maple Bacon Stout to Mango Ancho Stout.
Guests can also enjoy oysters in a number of different ways from raw from both the East Coast (Bluepoint, Beaver Tail and Bay Shore) and West Coast (Sunset Beach, Wild Cat Cove and Dabob Bay), fried, Rockefeller and roasted. Additional specialty menu items will include oyster chowder and hushpuppies.
Live music and the grand finale of the East Coast vs. West Coast Shuck Off provides entertainment for attendees. The Shuck Off features three shuckers from each coast going head-to-head in a relay-style race to shuck, slurp and then chug a stout. The fastest time crowns the winner. The full schedule includes:
Friday, March 23rd
Saturday, March 24th
11am - 12:30pm: The Scandaleros
1 - 2:30pm: The Grooveliner
3 - 4:30pm: Big Mike Aguirre & the Blu City Allstars
5 - 6:30pm: Boudin Brothers Band
7 - 9:30pm: Funky Butt Brass Band
9:30- 10:00pm: East Cost VS West Coast VS Mid-Coast SHUCK OFF!
It wouldn't be a festival post if we didn't include a giveaway! This is actually a free event where you pay for beer/oysters as you get them. BUT we've got some vouchers for free pints and oysters to give away. We'll pick two winners and each winner will get vouchers for: 2 free pints and a dozen oysters. See full details and enter below.
Stout & Oyster Festival takes place on Friday, March 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Schlafly Tap Room. The festival is free to attend, and all food and beverage is available for purchase. For the ultimate Stout & Oyster experience, guests can purchase a Pearl Pass for $150 here for unlimited oysters and Schlafly beer (responsibly). See photos from past festivals here and here. For more information, visit www.schlafly.com/