Thursday, December 4, 2008

Schlafly Unfounded Rumor

I heard a rumor yesterday that caused blood to flow to a certain part of my body, Schlafly was going to buy the Parkville Power Plant building and turn it into a Schlafly brewpub. I think I've mentioned on this blog several times that I really enjoy the downtown St. Louis Schlafly brewpub and we go there every time we are in the Lou. I thought it made perfect sense for Schlafly to open a brewpub in KC and the Parkville location would be perfect for them.

So I spent a couple of hours yesterday tracking the rumor down. An Internet search yielded 0 results, although I did learn a lot about Phyllis Schlafly's views on power plants. I emailed Owen at Fat City and and judging by his response of "Holy S*** Batman", I gathered this was the first he had heard of it. I emailed a couple of other contacts in KC and St. Louis and they hadn't heard anything. I went to bed last night with Schlafly dreams running through my head. Then this morning I got an email from Mike at Stl Hops that pretty definitively shoots the rumor down. He emailed his contacts at Schlafly and they said there is no truth to the rumor, they're focusing more on improving their beer and expanding the range of their selection.

My dreams were dashed. It was still an interesting rumor, maybe we could get a Free State or Blind Tiger brewery in that location, I doubt it but a blogger can dream can't he? At the very least, a Rock Bottom brewery would be a welcome addition, I've long thought that they should convert one of the 5 Old Chicagos in town to a Rock Bottom Brewpub. For now, though, the beer drinkers of Parkville will just have to get their fresh brewed beer elsewhere.

15 comments:

  1. Doubt they would put a Free State in the Slavery State!

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  2. That would have been awesome if not for the fact that Schlafly is not good.

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  3. I do like their APA but that's about it. Why not a Boulevard pub? I'm surprised there's not one anywhere yet...

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  4. Waitaminnit — the "Parkville Power Plant building"? Is the Power Plant out of business? And if so, when did this happen?

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  5. There used to be a Rock Bottom in KC. In the late 90s? Can't remember now. Closed.

    Back when Fitz' Root Beer had their restaurant in Union Station, I am pretty sure their bar was Boulevard branded, and only served Blvd beer. It was cool. They should do something like that again, but NOT in Union Station. :)

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  6. Good point Anonymous!

    Chimpo, The Schlafly brewpubs are pretty great and have better beers than they bottle. If not for the brewpubs I would feel a little more negative towards Schlafly.

    Lee, I thought you read this blog, it closed on October 2nd.

    Beer Girl, Rock Bottom was over in that monstrosity that is 119th and Metcalf, I think in the building that is/was J. Alexanders. I used to go there and have always loved it. Don't know why it closed though.

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  7. I read regular, but I can see looking at my RSS feed reader that that post is one I missed.

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  8. Lee, It's kind of funny, the one post on here that kind of affects you, you miss. I remember wondering why you didn't comment on that post.

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  9. Rock Bottom was over there on 119th and Metcalf it wasn't j alexanders though. The last time I was out there it was a Chinese Buffet or something, it was in the parking lot area in front of Best Buy. It wasn't very good and it closed about 1999 or so. Plus, JoCo wasn't ready for that yet, now that it is fashionable they might go for it.

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  10. Although I hate to see anyone adventurous enough to try brewing fail, I must admit, I was never real impressed by the Power Plant's beers. The only one I really liked was an IPA they produced in the summer of 2007.

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  11. I know the old building has had major problems and that the Railroad would like it to go away so they could build a second rail line through Parkville. I thought I read in the northland paper that the brewery owner(s)was looking elsewhere to start over.

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  12. The old Rock Bottom building has been probably ten different restaurants in its time. Chinese Buffet, Champs Americano, Rock Bottom and these are just off the top of my head. Horrible location.

    I would love to see a Boulevard Pub or something to that nature.

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  13. The closing of Power Plant sure does get a lot of people talking. However, the shutdown of the Flying Monkey Brewery was kind of a secret it seems. I still see their beer in stores. Does anyone know what happened to "Kansas City's Local Alternative?"

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  14. Just subscribed to comments, so I'm late on this. I don't remember the Rock Bottom, but that is likely because I wasn't drinking age and was away at college.

    From the sound of it, I'm guessing that Rock Bottom was located where the Old Chicago is now, especially since Old Chicago is affiliated with Rock Bottom.

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  15. D - According to our bartender at Barley's, they're distributing/selling the rest of their inventory & closing shop. He mumbled something about "saddle" and "ranch" but honestly I didn't catch it. Google doesn't help, either, so I don't know if they've put their remaining inventory "out to pasture" or what... it sounds like other companies/bars/breweries are buying their beer & selling it under different names.

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