Chef Gerard Craft Teams Up With Schlafly for Seasonal Ale
Local James Beard-nominated chef Gerard Craft continues to impress at the critically acclaimed Niche by partnering with Schlafly Beer to release a limited edition, small-batch Chestnut Mild Ale. The collaborative effort will be celebrated tonight with one of the restaurant’s reoccurring series, The Monday Supper Dinner, by pairing the new beer with seasonal comfort food.
According to a release, Schlafly Beer founder Dan Kopman approached Craft and his team for help after a successful introduction of the Chestnut Mild Ale last year by using one of Missouri’s finest ingredients—the chestnut. Bringing 200 pounds of them into the Niche kitchen from the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry, the nuts were peeled and ground before being hand-delivered to Schalfly to get the brew going.
Since Niche’s goal is to bring 100 percent of Missouri ingredients to the table, the partnership worked out nicely. “Missouri has some of the best chestnuts in the country,” Craft says. “They are a huge part of Niche’s menu this time of year and have an awesome sweet, almost caramel-like, nutty flavor.”
Menu items for the three-course Monday Supper will include dishes such as a roasted cornish hen with spaghetti squash, pepitas, feta schmaltz and oregano or a Missouri miso ice cream with sweet potato cake and candied pecans.
Once the beer debuts at tonight’s dinner, the Mild Chestnut Ale can be enjoyed for a limited time at Schlafly’s Tap Room, Brasserie by Niche, Pastaria and other local restaurants. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.2337; Niche, 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.773.7755