Beer has become part of many cultures around the world including the United States. For many years, it can be inferred that most occasions are celebrated with beer no matter how big or small they are. Beer brewing started around the 6th millennium BC and has been passed on from generation to generation.
In 1840, Johann Adam Lemp established a beer brewing company in St. Louis, Missouri. Lemp was born in Germany who later on moved to the United States and made his living through his grocery store. His dream of having a grocery store gave him what he needed most however he soon realized that among the top purchased merchandise in his store is lager beer. The word lager means storage in German but in most countries, it has been coined as a type of beer since lager beers have been famous for many years.
There are different types of lager beers around the world and they are widely available under different brands. Back in the day, caves were used as beer storage also known as the process of lagering or chilling beer in a place with low temperature. Germany is home to many brands and types of lager which is why Lemp decided to take the practice of brewing beer as he moved to United States.
The process was not easy. Starting his new line of business needed a lot of sacrifice. He had to close his grocery to focus on beer brewing. He soon established a saloon together with his brewery and called it the Western Brewery. With much patience, work and luck, his saloon was patronized by many customers. The Falstaff Brewing Corporation introduced the Falstaff beer and he soon moved to a bigger place. He took his son with him and trained him about the business who soon took over his business as he passed away. As his son William Lemp took over the business, the brewery was renamed Lemp Brewery Complex.
The complex was comprised of natural caves which were previously used by German brewers in that area. The setting was naturally cool which is prefect for stocking beer. During those years, refrigeration was a luxury that not everyone could have right there and then which is why putting beers in caves were the best option. The brewery had 27 buildings and though the owners had been long gone, the complex still stands today and has been part of history especially for those in St. Louis who were fond of their beer back in the day.
The production of beer by the Lemp family slowed down as the Prohibition in the United States was declared in 1919. Under such declaration, sale, transportation and production of alcoholic beverages such as beer are prohibited. This move was backed up by the Anti-Saloon League which was moved by rural Protestants that time. The Lemp's decided to shift their business from beer making to shoe making so the complex was acquired by Anton Griesedieck who also knew a lot about breweries. He and his sons operated the complex and renamed it to Griesedieck Western Brewery Co. It was then operated by sons where they were also able to come up with non-alcoholic beer and changed the name of the company to Griesedieck Brothers Beer.
Today, people in St. Louis still look back and recognize these people who were behind the best beers in the world. Falstaff beer signs and other mementos are sold in shops to commemorate their contribution to the art of beer brewing in United States. Though there are many brands and mixes of alcoholic beverages today, nothing can beat the classics which are products of not only good ingredients but of passion, hard work and experience.