On Tap: Schlafly 1616 beer released for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

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It’s the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death this Saturday. While you’re enjoying the SHAKE 38 marathon of performances around the city this week, be on the lookout for Schlafly Beer’s new brew Schlafly 1616. It’s an unfiltered lager made with Mandarina Bavaria hops and was crafted exclusively for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. You’ll find it on tap at many of the performances this weekend as well as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this summer and Shakespeare in the Streets this fall.

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

The local beer community is getting a new member. Senn Bierworks will be coming to University City through a family legacy of brewing by Dustin Chalfant, the four-time great nephew of Frank Senn., Jr., a German native who grew up in Louisville and started brewing in 1874. The new brewery is expected in 2017. 7593 Olive Blvd., University City

Good beer needs clean water. Brewers from around the city such as Alpha Brewing Co., 4 Hands, Schlafly, Old Bakery and more gathered at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. last night to sign a Declaration of Sustainability with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. The group discussed ways to make breweries around town maintain green and sustainable efforts. Also because of the Earth Day week, UCBC released a special brew Gewässerschutz as a symbol of its commitment to sustainable brewing.

April 23: Take a ride across the river for the fourth annual Belleville Ale Fest on Saturday. Support the local community by grabbing food and drinks with beers from both local and national breweries. 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. in Belleville, Illinois.

April 24: The annual Earth Day festivities make it to Forest Park this weekend. The Green Dining Alliance member has been celebrating for a few weeks now with everything from wild flower seeded paper vouchers in packs of Pale Ale to donating $1 per pint to Earth Day when purchased at spots around town. Be sure to check out the festival for the special edition IPA to mark the occasion.

June 7: The St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival isn’t until June, but you should plan to get your tickets soon. Held at the Gateway Arch Riverfront, the 10th year for this event showcases more than 100 styles of beer from over 40 local breweries and will include exclusive brew collaborations, great food, live music and more. There’s early bird pricing starting at $30 and will go up after May 1.

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