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Plant Photos

Below are some pictures of all the former Falstaff Brewing Corporation sites- Click on Thumbnail to view - thanks to everyone who sent in photos and to Mike Harris for the tech support! There are more photos of interest on the Other Photos page.

Updated 3/02/07- New Orleans Photos Added

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Former Headquarters St. Louis - torn down a few years ago, now the site of the St.Louis Science Museum - scan thanks to Don Roussin 

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The Continental Bank building- Falstaff once occupied several floors here as a headquarters (unless noted, pictures are from my collection)

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   Lemp Buildings  St. Louis 86 - This is where it all started! (note my cool 1980 Ft. Wayne built IH Scout, this was the last year they were made, it will appear again!) / Lemp lithograph thanks to D Roussin and K Kious - Cherokee St - within sight of Anheuser Busch      

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Lemp 4/2000

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Lemp close ups thanks to Joel Gandt

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 Some shots of the Lemp Complex, thanks to the Comtesse DeSpair. To see the rest of the pics just click here and be instantly transported over / Lemp Postcard sold on eBay

Some New Shots of Lemp, thanks to historian Donald Roussin

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 Falstaff International Museum - recently completely refurbished, St. Louis 4/2000 -1900 Shenandoah

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     Plant One (originally Forest Park Brewing)  Bottle Shop & Plant St. Louis 1986 / Drawing of Plant One in 1946 thanks to Don Roussin, Plant One at night from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat / Plant One Bottle Shop '56 thanks to Derek Oltman - 3662 Forest Park Blvd

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Plant One 4/2000

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 Entrance to Plant Two St. Louis, former Otto Stiefel Brewery - thanks to Bryan Monaco (most of this was torn down in the 1950s) (there is an article about the destruction of this plant on the More Photos page)

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Plant 3 Omaha NE, 1986 former Fred Krug Brewing Co. (Courtesy of Thomas Glatch) Plant falls into disrepair and is torn down in 1997. 25th & Deer Park

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Two more shots of Omaha - thanks again to Tom - Plant 3 in 1961 in the middle thanks to Don Roussin - offices 1955 / entrance 1959 / and stripping out the assets 1992 thanks to Bryan Monaco. The last three shots are from Don Solo's exhibit on the Beer History Site Photo Gallery

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   (Left) entrance to offices of  Plant 4 New Orleans formerly National Brewing - This building has now been cleaned and refurbished as the "Love Outreach Ministry"... / (Right) The structure on the top of the tower is the "Weather Ball" which used to give colored weather forecasts - 2600 Gravier Street

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      New Orleans 1980s, left thanks to "the Brewer's Monk" / middle & right to Larry Faucheux.  Note on Larry's middle photo where the tanks had been torn out, this will happen again and again....

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"Big Easy" back in the 1950s & the brew kettles, thanks again to Bryan

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                 King Gambrinus, the patron of beer, still sits on the throne - New Orleans sign 6/2000

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Some additional shots of New Orleans 11/2002, this is being used as a steel fab yard now.

   

12/18/04 These new pics of the New Orleans plant sent in by Dixie Aldridge

2/17/05 Here is a linen drawing of the Falstaff brewery in New Orleans when it still was National Brewing. Thanks to Gregory Ensslen of the Big Easy for the pic!

 

6/30/05 This great shot of King Gambrinus atop the former Falstaff brewery in New Orleans toasting the Dixie Brewery thanks to Chris Branan. For the rest of his pictures of the Falstaff brewery click here.

 

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The former Columbia Brewing site on the north side of St Louis was Plant 5, 3 shots from 1986 show it being converted into apartments, also three shots of the site in 2000  The last nine shots were taken by Joel Gandt in 12/2000. Apparently the building's super came out and wanted to know why he was taking pictures of the building. Even after he tried to explain, she absolutely could not fathom why someone would want to take pictures of a brewery that was no longer producing beer. It's like the wife always says to me "If I gotta explain it to you, then you won't understand" Pic of plant 5 in the 19th century from the Beer History Site - 2000 Madison Street - don't forget to take an Uzi with you J

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      Two shots on left,  Pacific Brewing & Malting became Plant 6 San Jose 1969 - thanks to Bryan Monaco -  Right, same shot today - Condos instead of a brewery! Thanks to Michael Ostrofsky for the pic - 1025 W. Julian Street - surprisingly the old hops silo has been turned into this modernistic home! For the story click here

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        Plant 7   Ft.Wayne, IN 1983    formerly Berghoff Brewing - 1019 Grant Avenue for more on this plant go over to the Ft Wayne Brewery Tour page

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3 shots of Ft. Wayne 1986 - Thanks to Fil Graf aka the "Brewer's Monk" - note where "Berghoff" logo had been removed in upper right / Ft Wayne falling down thanks to Wes Weaver      

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    Thumbs of Ft Wayne 8/2000 - most of the plant has been torn down, the lights are on in the former sales offices but nobody's home..  dismantling the Ft Wayne plant to ship to Pabst in China - scan thanks to Derek Oltman, former employee

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Plant 8 Galveston, TX  previously Gulf Brewing  1986- 33rd & Church St (for more go over to the Galveston Tour page)

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Galveston brewery in the early days and in 1956 around the time of the Falstaff purchase. Postcard from the 1960s - thanks to Derek Oltman & Tom Clark

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                  Galveston, 1986 - billboard had almost completely faded away by then / abandoned semis in yard 

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    Galveston 1999: certain parts of the brewery are being renovated  /   Bottleshop office / view of brewery from Church St. Brewhouse and brewhouse tower built in 1960, blue building on the upper right was the hospitality roon. Thanks to Robert Ebert for the photos.                       

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Galveston brewery 1999 - damage to building caused where S&P pulled brewhouse tanks out to be shipped to China (PBR is available throughout China, brewed with this equipment) -Galveston offices today -  thanks again to Robert Ebert     

Some shots of Galveston just after it was closed by Ralph Stenzel

 

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                Plant 9 (formerly Harry Mitchell's) El Paso, TX  1980 -3801 Frutas   / Falstaff execs toasting in the beer garden 1956 / inspecting the bottling line / brew kettle / offices and bottleshop - thanks to Derek Oltman  New shots from El Paso 12/2002 -front of brewery, now leased for offices, storage space and lofts / side of same / bottle shop / offices / cool shield on gate of offices / beer garden / bar with kegs in wall to pour ice cold Falstaff Beer fresh from the brewery / German motif painting in beer garden / bottle shop offices / back of brewery

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      Plant 10 (formerly Griesedieck Bros.) warehouse St. Louis, MO 1986 / and 4/2000 as seen from the Museum  - 1900 Shenandoah          

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       Plant Ten St. Louis, 1999: Thanks to Mike Killian, Meramec Brewing Co. (what a mess!)

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Plant Ten 1999/ location or brew kettle #2 / aging cellar where tanks were removed in 1997 / steps down to the original Consumer's Brewing Caves : photos courtesy of Bryan Monaco                                                                         

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Plant 10 1987 - scans thanks again to Dan Diana / two more shots of Plant 10 - 8/2000 with yours truly in front

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 Panels taken out of plant 10 courtesy of Marc Gottfried of the Morgan Street Brewery in St Louis

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 Construction the world's first outside storage tanks for beer @ Plant 10 - 1965 pics thanks to Bryan Monaco

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View of Plant 11 malting operations near Chicago (torn down recently) from the Chicago Skyway this was the former Albert Schwill & Co., at one time the largest manufacturers of malt in the world - Thanks to Larry Faucheux for the shot!

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My pics of Chicago (taken hanging out from the car on the freeway!) 1980s

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 Some nice shots of Plant 11 while it was still standing and during its destruction. Great pics thanks to Michael Stanich of Mike's Photography in Whiting, IN. To contact Michael to purchase copies of these pics, click here

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Three nice shots of Plant 12 Cranston, RI previously Narragansett Brewing late 1980s - many thanks to Tom Clark! Inside the Trolley Barn building 1999, the only structure - thanks to Bob Hedlund and a black & white shot of the plant from the ABA - Cranston & Garfield Ave.

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   Falstaff operated the old Burgie plant in San Francisco from 1972-1975. It was then spun off to Paul Kalmanovitz who operated it as a General Brewing plant until '78, scan thanks to Bryan Monaco. The plant started its life as the Milwaukee Brewery and after a number of name changes became the Burgermeister Brewing Company. Schlitz and Meister Brau of Chicago owned this plant before it was purchased by Falstaff.

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Two pics on left  S.F. again in 1977 - thanks to Robert Ebert for lending me the pictures  Right: S.F. being torn down & same site today -- a CostCo parking lot instead of a brewery - Thanks to Michael Ostrofsky for both shots (though he was a bit blinded by the sun on the right!) (Isn't there a Joni Mitchell song about this: "they tore down the brewery and put up a parking lot....")  432 10th Street                              

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 While technically not a Falstaff  brewery, Falstaff was brewed at Pearl in San Antonio for the last 10 years. Robert Ebert took these shots just before the plant was closed April 2nd 2001. Apparently the gift shop will remain open. Left to right ; visitor's entrance /gift shop/south side of plant from gift shop/offices/outside of  Jersey Lilly saloon / inside of Jersey Lilly / Falstaff products on display. The round building in picture #5 were the stables, which was built in 1894. 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX.

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Here is a drawing of the old P Ballantine Brewery in NJ - Falstaff purchased the brands but never operated the brewery. It was located at Ferry & Freeman streets in Newark, some of the buildings are still standing and being used commercially                 

 You will note that a lot of the Falstaff / General Brewing equipment ended up at the Pabst plant in China. Here is a picture of plant 0ne in china, which is no longer used. It is the former lucky plant in Vancouver, WA. the picture on the left is the brewkettle from the plant. Thanks to Andrew Fratianni, the brewmaster of Pabst, China. 11/06/04 On the right are the Ft Wayne brew kettles, they were removed from the Pabst China Brewery in late 2000 due to a lack of experienced maintenance personnel in China. There were plans to use them in a visitors center but now they sit forlorn in southern china. These kettles brewed many a falstaff for your webguy in the 1970s...

Deceased Texas Breweries

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 04/19/04 Some shots I have taken in my travels around Texas. Most normal guys I know head for a bar or a nice dinner after they are done with work. I look for old breweries.....(l) Lone Star Brewing - San Antonio started 1884, (m) Pearl Brewing - San Antonio started 1883, (r) the former Joseph Schlitz later Stroh's brewery in Longview

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4/19/04 But here's one Texas brewery the "Axis of Evil"  Budmillercoors (just kidding) couldn't kill off. Ol' Spoetzel Brewing in Shiner, TX is still going strong and brewing some mighty fine handcrafted grog. If you can't have a Falstaff, when you belly up to the bar order yourself up a Shiner Bock, OK hoss? Them kettles are "purdier" than a Permian Basin sunset. If you'd like the whole Spoetzl story, you can read my article in the latest issue of the American Breweriana Journal  (right) Texas Bluebonnets in bloom on the highway to the brewery - just showing I have a sensitive side too.