The First Pour: Schlafly 20th Anniversary Imperial Pilsner
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Hops: Marynka & Strisselpalt
Yeast: German Lager Yeast
To celebrate Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly) entering their 20th year, the brewery is releasing four specially crafted beers. Typically we don’t quote the brewers description/story behind the beer, but we feel Schlafly’s description warrants repeating:
Dave Miller, original Schlafly Brewmaster and creator of our Pale Ale recipe (and others) returned to brew with the other two original Schlafly brewers; Dan Kopman (co-founder) and Stephen Hale (Tap Room Brewmaster). The Imperial Pilsner was created as the first of four unique releases by Schlafly celebrating our 20th Anniversary and will be released in 750ml bottles and on draft.
The beer pours off the tap with a clear straw yellow color. The head dissipates quickly, but leave a nice light carbonation in the glass. The smell isn’t overbearing on the first pass, but it really enhances as you slowly drink the beer down. The aroma is grassy with yeasty sweetness and citrusy aroma hops playing in the background. The taste is somewhat sweet with a slightly tart bittery finish. The hop oils do coat the tongue a little after having a few pulls. Schlafly did a really excellent job making such a big beer so easy to drink and enjoy. You don’t taste the high ABV, but you do get the warming alcohol sensation after the first sip and throughout the beer experience. You can easily enjoy one or two of these beers, but anymore and you’ll pay for not heading the 9% ABV. If you pick up a bottled version of this beer, we’d advocate sharing with friends.
It’s important to stress the rarity of this beer. Schlafly hand bottled a limited number of 750ml bottles and only circulated four kegs outside of their Taproom and Bottleworks facilities. Cicero’s was lucky enough to receive two of these kegs and it will go fast! Come and enjoy it off draft as it’s truly a unique beer and experience.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.