I wish someone with vision and a lot of capital could find a use for the old Falstaff plant; it has a great location, history, a cave(!) and beautiful architecture. It needs to be renovated now, not later.
Members of the Griesedieck family have told me there are dozens of their relatives alive and well in St. Louis, and I just discovered a whole bunch more of them buried at Calvary. This cluster is across the way from… Continue Reading
For whatever reason, and not known for certain, Joseph Griesedieck, the founder of Falstaff, is buried in a separate plot with other family members away from the “main” family plot. Interestingly, as far as I can tell, none of the… Continue Reading
The second president of the Falstaff Brewing Corporation lies in a line of other family members at Calvary. Alvin Sr. converted to Catholicism to marry his wife, Mary O’Donnell.
Dear all, I’m seeking out any former employees or people who drank Falstaff Beer back in the day for a couple of articles I’m writing about the former brewery.
I love the old Falstaff Plant 10 over on Shenandoah, Lemp and Gravois. It sits forgotten, right in plain sight. I also find it sort of interesting the half dozen or more owners and names that have occupied these buildings… Continue Reading
Otto Stiefel’s old Union Brewery became Falstaff Plant No. 2, where the brewery continued to expand. Unfortunately, the central core of the plant, on the triangular block, has been demolished; its auxiliary buildings still stand. Interestingly, this image changes my… Continue Reading
The old Forest Park Brewery, just west of Grand on Forest Park Avenue, became the center of the Falstaff rebirth. These original images from Alvin Griesedieck’s book show that much of what was originally part of what was rechristened Falstaff… Continue Reading
The Central Library has an extensive collection of rare books, many of which are extremely fragile due to age. But Special Collections also has books from the Twentieth Century that are in perfectly good condition, such as Alvin Griesedieck’s The Falstaff… Continue Reading
I have become fascinated with the Griesedieck family, the “lost” brewing family of St. Louis. Everyone’s heard of the Busches and Lemps, but for much of the Twentieth Century, the three branches of the Griesedieck family fought competitively for dominance… Continue Reading