Move over stouts and porters, The Saint Louis Brewery™ introduces a chocolate and coffee…golden ale

Schlafly Beer announces the arrival of Double Bean Blonde, the latest limited special release from The Saint Louis Brewery™. Double Bean Blonde is a distinctive take on the traditional blonde style, blending coffee and chocolate flavors together. The brewery makes the American blonde ale with Carapils and pale malts, Marynka hops, and American ale yeast for a well-balanced, smooth beer that lets the notable additions of the beer come through. The brew rests on cacao nibs sourced from Ghana for rich chocolate flavors, and in its final stages of brewing, a cold coffee toddy is added to the beer for a pleasantly fresh coffee aroma. This blonde pours golden, clocking in at 6.3% ABV with 25 IBUs, presenting prominent layers of coffee and chocolate in each sip.  

Photo Credit: Schlafly Brewing

Photo Credit: Schlafly Brewing

“We asked ourselves, ‘why not use a lighter beer—in body and color—to pair with chocolate and coffee?'” explains Stephen Hale, ambassador brewer for Schlafly Beer. “The golden ale really acts as a canvas on which the coffee and chocolate flavors can perform. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take risks with our beer, especially when we have access to such great partners like Kaldi’s Coffee.”

The blonde ale stems from an ongoing local partnership with Kaldi’s Coffee. In collaboration with Josh Ferguson and Tyler Zimmer of the St. Louis-based roaster, Double Bean Blonde features coffee beans sourced from Tanzania with a unique cold toddy extraction process, blended with filtered water, to create a less acidic coffee for the beer. Schlafly and Kaldi’s Coffee previously collaborated to brew Coffee Stout, a core seasonal brew available November through March, which appeared in Schlafly’s limited-release Stout Bout variety pack earlier this year.

Schlafly first introduced Double Bean Blonde at its alternative art fair in 2015, Art Outside, and after receiving resounding positive feedback, Schlafly decided to bottle the beer for distribution. The brewery successfully showcased the beer again at Schlafly’s 17th annual Stout & Oyster Festival, held March 4-5, 2016. Double Bean Blonde illustrates Schlafly’s commitment to experimental brewing, its dedication to collaborating with other like-minded local businesses, and community engagement—putting customer feedback into action and creating what beer lovers want to drink.

Double Bean Blonde can be purchased on draft or in six-packs of bottles at the Bottleworks or Tap Room locations. The six-packs ($9.99 suggested retail) are also available across the brewery’s entire distribution region. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution and products, visit

 About Schlafly Beer: 

Founded in 1991 by Tom Schlafly in St. Louis, Schlafly Beer is the largest locally owned and independent craft brewery in Missouri, proudly offering more than 50 unique styles of craft beer. The celebrated brewing company continues to define craft with a dedication to sourcing the best ingredients, supporting local sustainability and community efforts whenever possible, and delivering a superior beer experience from year-round to limited-edition styles. In 2014, Schlafly Beer’s production of 60,000 barrels of beer took place between its two brewery-restaurants, Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust St.) in downtown St. Louis, and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.) located in Maplewood. The Schlafly Tap Room was the first new brewpub to open in Missouri since Prohibition and is housed in a restored wood and brick building on the National Historic Register. Schlafly Bottleworks offers free weekend tours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. on the hour, and every half hour on Saturdays. Schlafly Tap Room offers free brewery tours every Sunday. For a full listing of Schlafly Beers and for more information on distribution, visit Find Schlafly Beer on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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I am a sports fanatic, music lover, outdoor enthusiast and beer advocate born and raised in sunny San Diego, CA. While I am not out exploring San Diego’s craft beer scene, I can be found hanging out at the beach with friends or attending southern California’s many live music events. My passion for craft beer was inherited from my father while home brewing together in their garage. I continued to share his passion for craft beer with friends while attending college in Los Angeles, where I was able to explore the craft beer scene outside of San Diego. In the future, I hope to be involved in Marketing/ Event Planning for the craft beer industry so I can spread my love and passion for beer with the larger San Diego community. I am an avid sports fan and can be seen sharing a pint with other aliens at local Padre and Charger games!

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