It happened a while back but we wanted to acknowledge the passing of Phyllis Schlafly.
She was known to the public as an important and controversial political activist and voice in the American social/political discourse over many years.
Less known her tie to an important family in the modern history of American brewing.
In the public areana, Shlafly was an American constitutional lawyer and conservative activist. She was known for her staunchly conservative social and political views, her opposition to feminism, and her successful campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment the U.S. Constitution. Her 1964 book, A Choice Not an Echo, a push-back against Republican leader Nelson Rockefeller, sold more than three million copies. She co-authored books on national defense and was highly critical of arms control agreements with the former Soviet Union. Schlafly founded the conservative interest group Eagle Forum in 1972 and remained its chairman and CEO until her death.
Shlafly is the brand name of a beer made by the St. Louis Brewery. The beers sold under the Schlafly brand are distributed in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi, Arkansas, northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., New York and New Jersey.
The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. was incorporated in 1989. It was founded by Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly, a lawyer and nephew of the Phyllis Schlafly, although she was not involved with the brewery in any way. Their goal was to create quality local microbrew beer.
In 2010, production of some canned beer was shifted to Wisconsin. Late in 2011 Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. owners Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman signed a purchase agreement to transfer a 60 percent ownership interest to Sage Capital, a St. Louis, Missouri equity company led by Wes Jones and John Lemkemeier.
Back in 2014, the brewery filed for an exclusive trademark on the use of the name ‘Schlafly’ to sell microbrewery beer; however, this was opposed by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, on the grounds that “alcohol has a connotation that is the opposite of conservative values.” On August 14th, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sided with the brewery over Phyllis Schlafly, who had planned to appeal the ruling.