The ‘Other’ St. Louis Brewery for Sale

Brewers of Schlafly beer ready to sell – on certain conditions

St. Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly craft beer, is for sale. But company founders Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman say they are in no rush to sell their brewery, and they would strongly prefer a local ownership group that includes current brewery workers.

The main reason for the “for sale” sign outside St. Louis’ largest craft brewer is succession planning, they said. Schlafly, 61, who owns nearly 80 percent of the company, has no family interested in running the business. Kopman, 48, who holds about 20 percent, also does not see his school-age children becoming involved with the brewery.

Earlier this month they turned to the brewery’s senior staff to look for ways they could buy the company.

The brewery, which was founded in 1991, sells its beer under the Schlafly name and operates two brew pubs, in downtown St. Louis and Maplewood. It posted nearly $12 million in sales last year.

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  1. beertje46 says

    admin wrote: Brewers of Schlafly beer ready to sell – on certain conditions

    St. Louis Brewery, maker of Schlafly craft beer, is for sale. But company founders Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman say they are in no rush to sell their brewery, and they would strongly prefer a local ownership group that includes current brewery workers.

    The main reason for the “for sale” sign outside St. Louis’ largest craft brewer is succession planning, they said. Schlafly, 61, who owns nearly 80 percent of the company, has no family interested in running the business. Kopman, 48, who holds about 20 percent, also does not see his school-age children becoming involved with the brewery.

    Earlier this month they turned to the brewery’s senior staff to look for ways they could buy the company.

    The brewery, which was founded in 1991, sells its beer under the Schlafly name and operates two brew pubs, in downtown St. Louis and Maplewood. It posted nearly $12 million in sales last year.

    I predict an employee buy-out will be successful. Look at the amount of talent Schlafly has retained from the very early days.

  2. Jephro says

    Sad to see Tom & Dan step out of the picture but, well, check out the full article…
    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/story/1558EF668AF5C1758625774A0007BD9D?OpenDocument

    Great beer, and an even better group of people that is Schlafly. I have learned much from both Otto and Stephen over the years, especially in the early days when we were practally clueless with our nearby infant brewery. i.e. (pointing at a Hop Back) “What the hell is that for, did we forget to install something?”

    I may have to go home and crack that 750 of Schlafly 2007 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout i have cellared to toast you guys with.
    Good Luck to you all!!