Schlafly, a brewery based out of St. Louis, captured my heart many years ago. A very close friend of mine from college is from St. Louis and I have visited her and her family in St. Louis many times. Her brother is a brew master at Schlafly’s and we have visited Schlafly Bottleworks when they lived in Maplewood. One time I was even sent home with a case full of mislabeled bottles. Half the fun was trying to guess what kind of brew we would get when we opened each bottle! I have not met one of their brews that I do not instantly love.
A few years ago, I was thrilled when I noticed a local restaurant carrying Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale. I love a good pumpkin ale, but a good quality pumpkin brew can be hard to find. At that point, no where else in the area carried any sort of Schlafly beer, so I would make special trips to this particular restaurant on a regular basis to get my fix. Thankfully, local grocery stores have started carrying Schlafly beer! I often buy the variety pack case so that I can sample different types of brews. I recently found the Summer Lager, which I have never tried.
Basic Info (via bottle and website)
* Bright, golden beer perfect for summertime
* The malts used impart a wonderful, fresh grain character, reminiscient of European lagers
* The German hop, Mittelfruh, lends a mild lemony, spicy flavor
* Available seasonally (April through August)
* ABV: 4.5%
* IBU: 17
* Appearance: Straw colored, bright
* Process: German-style Helles
* Hops: Mittelfrüh, Magnum (DE)
* Grains: Pale, Europils, Carapils ®
* Yeast: German lager
This is certainly a nice, light, easy-drinking beer. Perfect for sitting out back near the fire pit and enjoying some good company. The lemony and spicy components are not overpowering, but add a subtle summer feel to the beer. It would pair well with a grilled chicken sandwich topped with a slice of grilled pineapple.