If you haven't seen it on shelves yet (our read our review last Thursday), Schlafly Beer has recently debuted their "Stout Bout sampler" for your fall/winter enjoyment. The Stout Bout features three new beers, available exclusively in the variety pack: Vanilla Milk Stout, Mexican-style Chocolate Stout and Toasted Coconut Stout. On top of the new stuff, you'll also get a consistent winner in their Coffee Stout which also makes its way into the 12 pack.
We mentioned the Mexican Chocolate Stout would be coming in our New Brew News back in August (always trust NBN) and sure enough here it is. These beers actually were developed as part of the brewery’s Small Brews program, a weekly experimental brewing day at the Bottleworks location on a 20-gallon Pilotworks system.
Note to Schlafly: We make good test tasters.
It's not just the stouts that are hitting distro, their White Lager (a Zwicklebier) is also returning in time for the cold months. This beer was actually one of the brewery’s most successful releases last winter, and will also be available in the coming days as an easy-drinking unfiltered lager.
Through our Small Brews program, we experiment with a recipe and try out different variations until we feel that we have a winner. We then test the beers out on our consumers either in our brewpubs or at our signature events. For example, White Lager first debuted at our HOP in the City Festival, whereas these stouts were part of a tasting sampler at our Stout & Oyster Festival in March. Great feedback cues the potential for a larger market roll-out. - Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale
For more about the beers:
Stout Bout: This variety pack debuted last year, but this year’s beers take the sampling experience to a new level with three stouts found exclusively here:
- Schlafly Vanilla Milk Stout (5.2% ABV / 25 IBUs), aged on real vanilla beans, is sublimely smooth and rich, with a balanced sweetness that’s lightly hoppy and mildly bitter.
- Schlafly Toasted Coconut Stout (5.7% ABV / 30 IBUs) captures the tastes and scent of toasted coconut, adding a subtle sweetness to a robust stout through the addition of coconut chunks
- Schlafly Mexican Chocolate Stout (6.2% ABV / 25 IBUs) is brimming with chocolate and cinnamon flavors. The distinctive characters of Mexican Hot Chocolate are the base of this decadent stout.
- Schlafly Coffee Stout (5.7% ABV / 30 IBUs) showcases a 20-year partnership with local St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee, combining traditional English stout with premium French roast coffee for award- winning flavor.
White Lager: The German-style Zwicklebier offers an unfiltered twist on traditional lagers. The style dates back to the Middle Ages with a noticeably hazy, golden hue, hint of orange zest, and silky finish. Recognized by Joshua Bernstein for Eater as “your new thirst-quencher,” White Lager offers an easy-drinking beer with 25 IBUs and a strong malt backbone of Europils and wheat. White Lager presents the drinker a smooth and zesty full-flavored beer that clocks in at 5.5% ABV, a welcome departure from the higher-alcohol winter warmers inundating the market this time of year.
White Lager can be purchased in six-packs ($8.99 suggested retail) across the brewery’s distribution region. The beer can also be enjoyed on draft at the Schlafly Tap Room or Bottleworks brewery-restaurants as well as select on-premise locations. The Stout Bout sampler pack will be available in retail only across the brewery’s distribution region for $14.99 suggested retail. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution and White Lager, visit www.schlafly.com/beers/distribution.