2015: The year of O’Fallon Brewery
May marks a significant milestone for St. Louis’ second-largest and second-oldest craft brewery. O’Fallon Brewery celebrates its 15th anniversary, releases an original summer seasonal and opens a new 40,000-square-foot brewery!
ST. LOUIS (April 28, 2015): For 15 years O’Fallon Brewery has created award-winning beers for every taste and season. In May O’Fallon Brewery introduces its latest seasonal – Strawberry Best – an American-style wheat beer brewed with strawberry puree to create a subtle strawberry flavor and aroma with a slight tartness. Strawberry Best continues O’Fallon’s tradition of brewing beer with unique ingredients to create new and distinctive flavors.
“We were one of the first in the country to brew pumpkin beer and peach beer – and last year we introduced a stout brewed with Bissinger’s chocolate,” said Jim Gorczyca, O’Fallon Brewery president and CEO. “Our Strawberry Best seasonal is the latest in a long line of distinctive and delicious beers brewed by O’Fallon.”
Light in color and soft in bitterness, Strawberry Best is made to be enjoyed during the hot summer months. It is brewed with two-row, Bonlander and white wheat, in addition to German Tradition hops, resulting in a crisp, strawberry wheat beer. Strawberry Best is 4.4 percent alcohol by volume and 7.9 IBUs. Strawberry Best will be available in six-packs of 12-oz. bottles and on draught and priced comparably to other O’Fallon brands.
The release of Strawberry Best comes during a time of growth and excitement for O’Fallon. In May, O’Fallon Brewery celebrates its 15-year anniversary and opens a new brewing facility in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
“O’Fallon Brewery’s 15th anniversary is a tremendous milestone for the company,” said Gorczyca. “For the past 15 years, we’ve introduced incredible beer. Our new facility will expand our capacity and allow us to continue to be a leader and innovator in the craft industry.”
O’Fallon’s new 40,000-square-foot craft brewery will open at the end of May. The new brewery is located in St. Louis County just north of Westport Plaza and will have an annual brewing capacity of 25,000 beer barrels (344,500 cases), more than double the company’s current volume. The brewery will have room to expand to approximately 50,000 barrels (689,000 cases).
The new brewery will offer tours and include a tasting room. It will feature a wide variety of O’Fallon beers, including O’Fallon’s specialty beers which will only be available on tap in the tasting room. Light fare will be served.Since May 2000, O’Fallon has developed unique and award-winning beers, such as Wheach, 5-Day IPA and Smoked Porter, among others. “We love beer,” said Gorczyca. “And we’ll always look for new ways to brew and make better beer.”
The O’Fallon Brewery is a small craft brewery founded in St. Charles County just northwest of St. Louis. The company brews O’Fallon Gold, 5-Day IPA, Hemp Hop Rye, Wheach, Zeke’s Pale Ale and Smoked Porter, which won a Gold Medal at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery also brews seasonal beers including Strawberry Best, King Louie Toffee Stout and O’Fallon Pumpkin Beer. Specialty beers in its Brewer’s Stash series include 10-Day IPA (an imperial IPA) and Sticke It to The Man (a darker, hoppier version of a traditional Dusseldorf Alt).