by Nancy Stiles
Every year, St. Louis' hometown craft brewery celebrates that most holy of events, the repeal of Prohibition, with a festival. Each Repeal Fest highlights craft beer from a state that isn't available in Missouri or across the river -- this year it's Washington state. Schlafly will be hosting brewers and their beers from Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing, Epic Ales and No-Li Brewhouse at the Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337)
"It is Yakima Valley over there, which is a huge producer of hops," Schlafly event director Jeffrey Brodzinski tells us. "They say St. Louis is the cradle of beer, but there's so many ingredients that come from Washington, so it's going to be really cool to see what they can do with ingredients from their own back yard."
As of yesterday, Schlafly expected the event to sell out. But if you can still get your hands on a ticket, $25 gets you a commemorative tasting glass and samplings of fifteen Schlafly beers and seventeen Washington brews.
"We have local hop farmers in Missouri, and [they'll] come out to educate people that don't know a lot about beer, show them what it looks like," Brodzinski says. "It brings a new perspective on what you're drinking. Same thing with food -- you have more an appreciation for it."
You can get tickets for the Repeal Fest at both Schlafly locations and online here.