A regional favorite and widely praised for its distinctive, uniquely flavored, award-winning brews
Founded by Fran and Tony Caradonna in 2000, the O’Fallon Brewery is one of St. Louis’ oldest and biggest craft breweries, celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. In the beginning, the Caradonnas did all the brewing and selling themselves, focusing on only one beer style - the O’Fallon Gold. They grew the brand over the next several years and in 2011 sold the brewery to former Anheuser-Busch marketing executive Jim Gorczyca.
Jim Gorczyca, who is now the CEO/President of O’Fallon Brewery, found his way into the world of brewing at the age of 18 and he has spent most of his life in this exciting industry. After starting his career with a beer wholesaler in Missouri, Jim worked with some major brewers and built relationships throughout nine moves around the United States and a three year international assignment where he traveled throughout Europe, Russia and China. He discovered that beer was as diverse as the consumers drinking it and was exposed to a wide variety of beer styles throughout his travels. Upon returning to the United States, Jim was determined to become a part of the craft beer revolution and brew beers that challenged and delighted consumers. He joined the O’Fallon team in 2011 and it was the opportunity of a lifetime, bringing twenty years of domestic and international beer experience to a small brewery with unlimited potential. At O’Fallon, Jim and his team strive to brew the highest quality beers possible and their efforts have been rewarded with many medals and awards.
Overseeing the brewing operations is Head Brewer Brian Owens, an O’Fallon, Missouri native who studied marketing, chemistry, and microbiology, in addition to earning his Certificate of Brewing and Packaging from UC Davis. He joined O’Fallon Brewery in January of 2002 as the brewery’s first employee and has been an essential member of the team, overseeing several expansions while maintaining a top notch brewing team for crafting O’Fallon’s award-winning beers. In 2015, the brewery moved into a 40,000 square foot facility in Maryland Heights, Missouri, complete with a taproom and restaurant where they can continue to grow.
O’Fallon Brewery’s portfolio of beers include a wide variety of styles, from Amber Ales, Porters, and IPA’s, to Stouts, Wheat beers, and a number of specialty ‘once brewed’ and seasonal offerings. Each are distinctive, balanced, and uniquely flavored, and sure to impress your palate. We hope you enjoy the two selected for our Craft Beer Club members this month.
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1. What is the difference between an American Pale Ale (APA) and an India Pale Ale (IPA)?
APA’s derive from the British Pale Ales, and most notably Bitters, Special Bitters, and Extra Special Bitters. They range in color from golden to amber, have pronounced bitterness to balance a moderate malt profile and usually take much of their flavor from the use of American hops. Alcohol content typically ranges from 4.5% to 6%. IPA’s are traditionally a British Pale Ale, but a bit more ‘beefed up.’
During British occupation, soldiers stationed in India lacked decent ale to drink. India was not a good area to grow hops and barley, and it was a long journey by ship so the beer often spoiled by the time it arrived from England. A solution was found by taking the British Pale Ale and increasing the alcohol and hopping rate. The higher alcohol content helps beer stand up to extreme conditions and time, and the hops have preservative properties as well. With an IPA, one can usually expect more bitterness, more alcohol, more maltiness, and more hop flavors and aromas when compared to APA’s.