St. Louis, Missouri is home to many unique restaurants, bars, cafés, and small eateries, but The Schlafly Tap Room on Locust St. is an experience in itself. First opened in 1991, it’s home to many unique beers and holds a claim to fame for being St. Louis’ first new brewpub since prohibition.
Co-found Tom Schlafly said that his inspiration for opening the place came in 1983 at Oxford where he claims he learned a great deal about beer and felt compelled to open his own place. Many critics surfaced, claiming he would be crazy to open a brewery near Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, but we bet they’re all kicking themselves now seeing how wrong they were.
Restaurant-goers recommend the raspberry hefeweizen beer, and as far as the food goes, Schlafly offers the classics and the unexpected. Plates range from typical bar food like steak and fries or burgers, but go as far out as vindaloo curry and their “plate of swine,” a loaded meal consisting of a bratwurst, beer-battered bacon, a grilled chop, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Ah, doesn’t your heart just hurt reading that?
Each year, Schlafly churns out about 50 new beers, and the taproom has live music from Thursday to Saturday from 9 p.m. until midnight. The beers on tap change frequently, so there’s always a reason to come back for more.