Although Prohibition was officially repealed in the United States on December 5, 1933, I found myself at Schlafly in downtown St. Louis this weekend, on a beautiful spring day celebrating my right to drink 81 years later.
To give you a little background, a nation wide ban on alcohol (prohibition) took place in the U.S. between 1920 and 1933 as covered under the 18th amendment to our constitution. After proving to be unsuccessful with known speakeasies in every city, the illegal transportation of alcohol from Canada, and widespread distilling taking place across the country, president Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill in March of 1933 to legalize beer and wine with low percentages of alcohol. A few months later in December, the addition of the 21st amendment ratified the 18th amendment and made spirits, hard liquors, and all beer and wine legal across the country.
Now as I’ve mentioned before, my father and I have a mutual love of beer and often bond at beer events. This occasions is no exception, and although I wasn’t sure what to expect, I agreed to go with him and a family friend. We arrived to find the event in full swing under a large tent outside Schlafly’s Bottleworks location, and couldn’t wait to go inside. The event was crowded, so crowded in fact that you couldn’t hear the live jazz music playing or walk through the crowd without almost walking into someone. While this event seemed to feature fewer breweries than most my father and I attend, the extensive selection of Schlafly brews, and the other breweries featured had an excellent selection and made finding a drink easy to do.
Now the last thing I’m going to say is that if you ever find yourself in St. Louis, you have to make a point to visit either Schlafly location (Taproom or Bottleworks) and grab a drink. It’s a local brand, and although their beers have extended past the borders of St. Louis, their delicious food has not. Even if they’re not hosting an event, Schlafly is well worth a visit and should make every travelers list when visiting St. Louis.