This past Saturday, Schlafly hosted their 14th annual "HOP in the City" beer festival. Located at the Schalfly Tap Room in Downtown St. Louis, the 5 hour festival featured live music, food, and of course, beer.
If you were one of the lucky ticket holders, you were granted access to unlimited samplings of ~40 different types of beer brewed by Schlafly. The variety included just about any type of beer you can think of (and some you can't). Some of the more popular beers were the Chocolate Stout, New Zealand IPA, and Vanilla Milk Stout (which ran out while we were there). Every year Schlafly has a "festival beer" with this year being their Pumpkin Stout.
|Round of Vanilla Milk Stout|
Two beers which I thought were unique were the Nitro Stout and the Smoked Porter. The Nitro Stout is artificially nitrogenated which leads to a head with very fine bubbles. The Smoked Porter was my least favorite beer of all of them that I tried. The smokiness gave it a flavor similar to something you would put on a wound to clean it.
My three favorite beers from the festival were the Dry-Hopped Märzen, Oktoberfest (which I've bought a few six packs of already), and the Vanilla Milk Stout. The Dry-Hopped Märzen had a sweet fruity flavor to it, the Oktoberfest had a nice maltly flavor, and the Vanilla Milk Stout had a unique sweetness to it given off by the lactose.
|Brian tossing the cornhole|
After the festival, we went further downtown and had some pizza at Pi Pizzeria. Pi has some of the most delicious pizza I've ever eaten. I washed mine down with a Schlafly Common (brewed exclusively for Pi) and finished the meal with some Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Pudding that I shared with everyone. All-in-all, it was a great day filled with beer, food, and friends!
|Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Pudding|
|Finishing the pudding|