Schlafly Beer has announced the release of Single Malt Scottish Ale (ABV: 10.2% IBU: 25) as part of their From The Ibex Cellar Series. This beer completes the premium series, over a year and a half in the making, that launched this year.
The collection features six bold hand-crafted beers from the Ibex Cellar, the exclusive room beneath the historic Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. Previous releases this year included: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout, Local Oak, Gooseberry Gose and Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale. The Single Malt Scottish Style Ale will be available starting this week.
Schlafly first brewed the beer for its 21st anniversary in 2012, but this “From The Ibex Cellar” release allowed the current Schlafly brewers to further define the flavor profile. The team’s single sourced barrels are from Ardbeg Distillery in Scotland, well-known for their high quality, 10-year old Scotch whisky. Upon arrival, the golden ale was put in the barrels almost immediately to capture as many peaty, smoky nuances as possible. While the batches slumbered for four months in the barrels, the team brewed two more batches of the beer to blend with its barrel-aged counterpart.
“The first time that we brewed this beer, it was pretty much carbonated scotch,” explained Head Brewer Jared Williamson. “We wanted to approach the project a little differently this time. We conducted a series of blending tests which was a combination of different ratios of the barrel-aged versus non-barrel aged. We all settled on the right blend that gives tons of those same peaty, smoky, phenolic characters but is also pleasing to the palate.”
The blending process required input from several individuals from the brewing to marketing teams to regulars at the Tap Room.
“You can’t trust the palate of one individual when it comes to assertive beers like our Single Malt Scottish Style Ale,” added Williamson. “This meticulous process is one example of the care and quality that goes into our From The Ibex Cellar series.”
The beer itself is brewed with the highest quality ingredients from German Magnum hops to the Simpsons Golden Promise malt from one of the finest barley varieties out of the UK. The yeast is Schlafly’s proprietary house strain.
“This beer showcases the complexity that you can get from simplicity with the best ingredients and time,” Williamson said in closing.
Schlafly Beer, St. Louis’ largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery, proudly offers over 60 unique styles of beer. Each is handmade at the Tap Room in Midtown St. Louis or Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Utilizing 120 hop varietals, 95 malts and grains, 30 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast 18 strains from around the globe, Schlafly also works with local suppliers for everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and labeling. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Schlafly donates spent grain to local farmers to feed their livestock and utilizes 100% renewable energy throughout its operations.