May 23, 2022

Missouri: The St. Louis Public Library Now Has Its Own Beer (For a Limited Time)

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the St. Louis Public Library the St. Louis Brewery (aka Schafly) introduced a limited edition (available now through June) brew named “St. Louis Public Library Peated Scotch Ale.”

From the STL Public Library:

Our Branch in the Central West End is named after Dan and Adelaide Schlafly, and Annie Schlafly has been a mainstay of our Foundation from the beginning. Christy Schlafly was a key force behind our wonderful Taste of Fiction event, and whole new generations ofSchlaflys, too numerous to mention here, are helping the Library as well. You can understand why I always assume that any event I attend is at least one-third Schlafly!

Schlafly’s brewmasters have developed a limited edition 2015-04-08_17-03-30beer, St. Louis Public Library Peated Scotch Ale, in honor of Andrew Carnegie’s gift to our Library over 100 years ago as well as his Scottish heritage. The brewers tell us that this Scotch ale was infused with a small amount of peat-smoked malt, which adds a smoky complexity reminiscent of some Scotch whiskies to the caramel notes of the base. Library staff members who got an early sampling (entirely professional interest, of course) gave it great reviews.

Coming this summer, a TRUE St. Louis institution, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (SO GOOD!!!) will launch what has been tentatively named, “St. Louis Public Library Chocolate Soiree” with hot fudge, caramel and salted almonds. Pi Pizza in St. Louis will also introduce a special pie later this year.

For more about the library’s 150th Anniversary visit the library’s web site and this article with several historic images from St. Louis Public Radio.

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