Local beer fans converged on the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337) last Saturday to enjoy good beer and gorgeous weather at the brewery's annual Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Each year, Schlafly commemorates the enactment of the Cullen-Harrison Act on April 7, 1933. The act raised the definition of prohibited "intoxicating liquors" from 0.5 to 3.2 percent alcohol by weight, and set the stage for eventual full-on repeal of Prohibition in December of that year.
Besides offering a large selection of its own, Schlafly picks another state's beers to highlight -- usually one that has a limited presence in the St. Louis area. This year's festival highlighted the beers of Washington State with No-Li Brewhouse (Spokane), Elysian Brewing (Seattle), Epic Ales (Seattle) and Bale Breaker Brewing Company (Yakima).More »