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In expansion, St. Louis’ Schlafly Beer to start brewing in Nashville at Blackstone Brewery

July 20, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer

Schlafly & Blackstone

Schlafly and Blackstone breweries are forming "an alliance," says Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman.

A decade ago, in the land of Anheuser-Busch, Schlafly Beer made just 9,383 U.S. barrels of craft beer.

In that same year, 2001, the St. Louis brewery took its first significant step to expand, buying an old grocery store in Maplewood, Mo., that would later open as the Schlafly Bottleworks in 2003.

With the increased capacity, Schlafly began to expand production. In 2010, it brewed about 35,000 barrels of beer, and is on pace to brew over 40,000 this year. Schlafly distributes in Kansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

Schlafly is now quickly approaching capacity again. With that in mind, Schlafly has struck a deal to begin brewing beer in Nashville.

As part of a long-term agreement, Schlafly beer will be brewed at Blackstone Brewery’s new production brewery starting later this year. That’s according to a recent blog post from Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman.

This agreement will allow for continued growth of Schlafly in Tennessee and the surrounding areas as well as free up some much needed capacity at Schlafly Bottleworks in St. Louis.” [source]

According to Kopman’s blog post, the deal came about through an old friend. Dave Miller was the first Head Brewer at The Schlafly Tap Room in 1991. Miller later moved to Nashville to be Head Brewery at Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery. Miller, along with Kent Taylor and Stephanie Weins, owners at Blackstone, started planning a few years ago to build a new production brewery in addition to their brewpub. As a result, they sought advice from the folks at Schlafly about starting a production brewery in Nashville.

We got together in both Nashville and St. Louis and realized that we could form an alliance that would benefit both of us. We’re now happy to announce that we have a long term agreement with Kent and Stephanie to access some of their capacity in order to produce some Schlafly Beer at their new Brewery in Nashville beginning later this year,” Kopman wrote. “… The exact timing still depends on the go-ahead from our Quality Team.”

Details of the arrangement were not disclosed in the post.

So what do you guys think about the expansion plans? Leave a comment below.