Anticipation: (n) expectant waiting: the feeling of looking forward, usually excitedly or eagerly, to something that is going to happen.

There aren’t many beers that beer nerds in this town clamor for more than Schlafly American IPA. A recent winner in the STL Hops Beer Challenge, AIPA has droves of fans here and across the country. Well, the time is upon us. It’s time for the beer with more hop aromatics than any other beer in the Schlafly portfolio. It’s time for the beer that stands up to any IPA on the West and East coasts. It’s AIPA time!!

American IPA has big, bold hop flavor from American-grown hops and is deep golden and full bodied. Made with large quantities of 2 row and Crystal malted barley, this beer is an American, scaled-up version of its cousin style, English IPA. Flavored with the American hops, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe, this beer has pronounced bitterness and very prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. After fermentation is complete, we dry hop AIPA with a complex blend of 3 of the most aromatic US grown hops: Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe. Combined together they create a unique bouquet of aromatics that is the stuff of legends.

To help get things started, Schlafly Bottleworks will be tapping a cask of AIPA dry-hopped with Simcoe tonight, April 24th at 6:30. Bottleworks’ brewer Jerad Williamson is kicking off what he is calling his Olfactory Education Series where each cask is dry-hopped differently each week. Check out the schedule:

Upcoming Bottleworks Cask Nights:

  • April 24th AIPA dry hopped with Simcoe
  • May 8th AIPA dry hopped with Centennial
  • May 22nd AIPA dry hopped with Amarillo
  • June 12th AIPA dry hopped with Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe

In addition to the planned casks at Schlafly Bottleworks, we can confirm that both International Tap House locations will be tapping casks simultaneously next Wednesday, 5/2 at 6PM.

So what about draught? Well, you will be happy to know that both The Tap Room and Bottleworks will tap AIPA on this Friday, April 27th when their doors open. You will start to see draught at accounts around town the first week of May. As for bottles, while there is no definitive date, look for them to start showing up around the area mid-May, with the possibility that it is sooner at the two brewery locations.

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of year. AIPA time!