Sour beers are still going strong in the Midwest, and Schlafly Brewing is adding in another option for the beer geeks that love them, debuting their newest addition to the Ibex Series just in time for St. Louis Craft Beer Week. The name of the newest offering? Local Oak.
Local Oak starts off as a traditional Belgian style Saison, but then gets the wild yeast treatment from Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, along with two other Saison strains for three months. But the true highlight is what the beer was aged in. Local Oak received its aging time in brand new foeders made from highly sought after Missouri oak grown in the Ozarks, built and handcrafted by Foeder Crafters of America, a Missouri based company which also hold the title of the only foeder maker here in the United States.
In a recent press release, Schlafly’s ambassador brewer Stephen Hale explained the beer for those curious about its flavor: “The mixed-fermentation process creates all the personality that you expect from a beer like this, with tart and fruity traits introduced from the Lacto and Brett, with a light malt character.”
Local Oak is available for purchase in bottles only at the Tap Room and Bottleworks for a suggested price of $17.99 along with limited distribution around the St. Louis area. So no need to wait in line, but check with your local bottle shop just in case.