Bottled Wisdom: An oral history of St. Louis' craft-beer movement

Bottled Wisdom: An oral history of St. Louis' craft-beer movement
Jennifer Silverberg

The taps behind many bars in St. Louis look very different today than they did two decades ago. Sure, there's probably still that familiar red Budweiser handle, but it's got additional neighbors in an ever-growing variety of local ales, porters, Hefeweizens and more.

Dan Kopman, cofounder of the Saint Louis Brewery (Schlafly), remembers how things used to be in St. Louis.

"You'd go into a bar, and you'd say, 'What beers do you have?' And people would say, 'We have them all,' meaning they had all the beers that Anheuser-Busch made," recalls Kopman.

Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly founded the Saint Louis Brewery in 1991 in the shadow of Anhueser-Busch.
Jennifer Silverberg
Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly founded the Saint Louis Brewery in 1991 in the shadow of Anhueser-Busch.
Fran Caradonna was instrumental in introducing microbreweries to St. Louis before she cofounded O’Fallon Bewery.
Caroline Yoo
Fran Caradonna was instrumental in introducing microbreweries to St. Louis before she cofounded O’Fallon Bewery.
Florian Kuplent of Urban Chestnut 
is leading the next generation of 
brewers in St. Louis.
Jennifer Silverberg
Florian Kuplent of Urban Chestnut is leading the next generation of brewers in St. Louis.

Click here for the rest of this week's Riverfront Times feature story, about the history of St. Louis' craft-beer movement.

 
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