Schlafly Beer co-founder Kopman leaving brewery

Twenty-five years after co-founding St. Louis’ largest craft brewery, Dan Kopman is leaving the company.

Kopman helped launch The St. Louis Brewery, Schlafly Beer’s parent company, in 1991 with attorney Tom Schlafly.

As a longtime CEO at Schlafly, Kopman oversaw the growth of the brewery beyond its roots at the Tap Room downtown to the Bottleworks restaurant and brewery that opened in a former grocery store in 2003 in Maplewood. Today, Schlafly beer is distributed in more than a dozen states and produces about 60,000 barrels of beer annually.

Kopman, who lives in Clayton, said he has not yet determined if he’ll keep working in the beer industry. “I don’t honestly know where I’m headed,” he said.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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