April 11 was circled on Jared Williamson’s calendar more than a year ago, when the lead brewer at Schlafly proposed to his girlfriend and they started planning a spring wedding.
The reception would be at the Schlafly Tap Room downtown, where the couple had their first meal together. Guests would sip on a limited-edition IPA with notes of passion fruit and strawberry jam.
“Schlafly has a long history of producing a one-off batch of wedding beer for employees,” said Williamson. “Brewing started a month ago. Within a week of that, we knew things were not going as planned.”
But, Williamson thought, there might be a silver lining in those beer barrels.