Food Photo Essay: 2013 Stout and Oyster Festival at the Schlafly Tap Room

On Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) celebrated its annual Stout and Oyster Festival, flying in 30,000 live oysters from both coasts, along with a team of all-star shuckers.

The stout they already had on hand -- pints and pints (and pints) of it, in three varieties.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

RFT contributing photographer Crystal Rolfe was on hand to document the event in colorful little electronic dots for your delectation.

See also: - RFT's pick for "Best Food Festival" (2009) - The Six Best Craft Beer Makers in St. Louis - Food Photo Essay: The Block Restaurant Butcher and Bar

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

A happy pair of (former) oyster virgins.

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

A small fraction of the tens of thousands of oysters flown in for the occasion await the shuckers (also flown in for the occasion).

Crystal Rolfe
Crystal Rolfe

On the half-shell: shucked oysters galore.

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