Falstaff Plant No. 1, Revisited

Update: Six Row Brewing closed and has been replaced with Twisted Root Brewing. 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 Plant No….

Alvin Griesedieck Book on Falstaff Story

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’sThe Falstaff Story from 1951. Falstaff was still chugging along then, competing strongly with Anheuser-Busch, and expanding…

Rock Alva, the Griesedieck Estate

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 in the St. Louis and national beer market, Falstaff being the most famous (an heir…

Falstaff Brewery Plant Ten, Former Consumers/Griesedieck Brewery

Falstaff Brewery Plant Ten is a strange place, in that it has had numerous owners and brewers over the years. It’s actually sort of hard to tell how many it’s had. Also, I think many of the buildings around the brewhouse, once part of the brewery operation, are under different ownership than the main building….

Falstaff Brewery Plant Five, Former Columbia Brewery

Update: See the grave of the brewer of the Columbia Brewery here. Surely the former Columbia Brewery, later renamed Falstaff Brewery Plant Five, must have always dominated the St. Louis Place neighborhood. With the incredible amount of demolition in the area, it now rises out of what almost looks like a meadow, taller than the…

Falstaff Brewery Plant Two, Former Otto Stifel/Union Brewery

There’s not a whole lot left of Plant Two, other than a couple of periphery buildings. The central triangular block of brewery buildings were torn down decades ago for a parking lot, sadly typifying much of Gravois Avenue through the city. Like the Schorr-Kolkschneider Brewery, it occupies a triangular block. There are a couple of…

Falstaff Brewery Plant One, Former Forest Park Brewery

Update: Six Row Brewing closed, and has been replaced by Twisted Root Brewing. Falstaff Beer, once brewed and bottled in over ten locations around the United States, including four plants in St. Louis, has a long tradition going back to the Lemps. The old Forest Park Brewery, where the Griesedieck family began producing Falstaff after…

Falstaff Brewery No. 10, Benton Park

Update: I covered this brewery again in this post. Nothing seems to be going on at the old Falstaff Brewery just south of Gravois Ave since the fire two years ago. I guess they’re waiting for the economy to improve before they convert it to luxury condos.