ST. LOUIS — Schlafly Beer will host its 21st annual Stout and Oyster Festival in March.

The festival is the largest of its kind in the Midwest region. It’ll be held at the historic Schlafly Tap Room at 2100 Locust on March 20 and 21.

The craft brewery flies in over 80,000 oysters overnight from both coasts. Schlafly works directly with many of the oyster farms who also attend the festival as ‘star shuckers.’ Twenty-five shuckers from around the country and Canada will be at the festival to shuck oysters all weekend long.

The Schlafly brewing team will offer its signature stout sampler with rotating specialty stouts throughout the weekend.

New St. Louis-inspired flavors will be poured such as: the St. Louis Smokehouse Stout, St. Louis Riplet Stout, Maplewood Coffee Stout, brewed with La Cosecha Coffee Roasters coffee, and St. Charles Coffee Stout, made with Course Coffee Roasters coffee. Other featured brews include the fiery Tabasco Stout and sweet and decadent flavors like the S’Mores Stout and Chocolate Orange Stout.

There will also be a special Oyster Stout that is brewed and canned in celebration of the festival.

This year’s Oyster Stout can features a “by-the-numbers” label with an image of the United States with the miles logged for the oysters to reach their destination at the Schlafly Tap Room.

Live music and the grand finale of the East Coast vs. West Coast vs. Mid-Coast Shuck Off provides entertainment for attendees. The Shuck Off features three shuckers from each coast (East Coast, West Coast and No Coast) going head-to-head in a relay-style race to shuck, slurp and then chug a stout. The fastest time crowns the winner. The full schedule includes:

The festival takes place on Friday, March 20 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Schlafly Tap Room. The festival is free to attend, and all food and beverage is available for purchase

March 20:

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skeet Rodgers and the Inner City Blues Band

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Funky Butt Brass Band

March 21:

11 a.m. to noon: The Provels

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Bootycoustic

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: The Grooveliner

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Saint Boogie Brass Band

6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.: Sean Canan’s Voodoo Mixtape

8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: East Coast vs. West Coast vs. Mid-Coast Shuck-Off

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