Schlafly Debuts First Foeder Beer: Local Oak

 

Schlafly Beer introduces the next beer in the “From The Ibex Cellar” series: Local Oak. The fourth in the 2017 series of premium beers from the Tap Room’s Ibex Cellar, Local Oak releases officially today. The largest, locally owned craft brewer plans an initial limited distribution in the St. Louis area, with subsequent releases throughout the remainder of the year.

Inspired by the famous sour ales of Belgium, this beer starts as a Saison and undergoes several transformations, fermented with the additions of Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces and two Saison yeast strains. Aged gracefully for over three months in Schlafly’s new elegant foeders hewn from locally grown Ozark timber, this is where the beer develops a lot of its character.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains the flavor profile, “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.”

This is the first from the brewery’s foeders, made by Foeder Crafters of America, the Missouri-based craftsmen and only foeder makers in the U.S.

The “From the Ibex Cellar” beers feature unique beers brewed in exclusive, smaller bottles that pay homage to the Ibex with the majestic symbol embossed in the glass. The packaging mimics the striking architecture of the Schlafly Tap Room’s building from the pitches and peaks to the arches that hold up the cellar below. A typeface from the 1900s, discovered by one of the Schlafly designers in the St. Louis Public Library archives, inspired the exclusive design for the label and packaging. The series launched with Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout followed by Imperial Coffee Stout and Gooseberry Gose. A Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale will be the next in the series.

The “From the Ibex Cellar” beers are available for purchase in four-packs of 11.2 ounce bottles with a suggested retail price of $17.99. The beers will be available only in bottle format at the Schlafly Tap Room or Bottleworks retail areas as well as a limited distribution in the St. Louis area.

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