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September 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - September 2017

Because this is the back-to-school edition of my column, I have a sports trivia question that might challenge even the most alert among the alert readers (ARs) of this column.  What was the first team from the United States to win the Stanley Cup?  Hint: This team won Lord Stanley’s trophy by defeating the defending champion Montreal Canadiens  in 1917. Second hint:  This team was not one of the so-called “original six” teams in the NHL.  Third hint:  This team never played in the NHL.  Say what?

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August 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - August 2017

Fifteen hundred years ago, more or less, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table traveled all over Britain searching for the Holy Grail. Forty years ago, exactly,  Bill Walker and I traveled to the British Isles and embarked on a search of our own.

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July 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - July 2017

I’m not quite sure when I first heard the classic blues song “Good Morning Little School Girl” or whether the version I heard first was recorded by John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters or someone else. Whichever version I heard first, it made a great impression on me when I was a little school boy. At the same time I was also quite taken by Bessie Smith’s lyrics reflecting a female perspective:

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June 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - June 2017

It’s no secret that there’s tremendous discord in Washington, DC these days, with cordial and respectful dialog giving way to acrimonious exchanges and name-calling. I can say this from personal experience.  On the evening of May 1st of this year I had dinner with some alert readers (ARs) of this column at a fine restaurant in the shadow of the newly refurbished Capitol building.  More precisely, we were in an upstairs room at Source, which is operated by Wolfgang Puck and whose only shortcoming is its failure to sell Schlafly Beer.

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May 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - May 2017

April of 2017 marked an historic milestone in the City of St. Louis with the election of Lyda Krewson as the City’s first woman mayor.  She is the fifth mayor since the Schlafly Brewery was founded in 1991. Her four predecessors, in order, were Vincent Schoemehl, Freeman Bosley, Jr., Clarence Harmon and Francis Slay.  Among the other things these gentlemen have in common, each of them appointed me to the Board of The St. Louis Public Library at least once in the past 33 years.

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April 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - April 2017

Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun.

Most alert readers (ARs) of my generation will recognize these lyrics from Carly Simon’s 1972 hit “You’re So Vain.”  These same ARs will also be aware of the decades of speculation that ensued as to the identity of Ms. Simon’s vain inamorato.  Among the potential paramours whose names have been mentioned are Warren Beatty, David Bowie, David Cassidy, Mick Jagger and Cat Stevens (FKA Steven Demetre Georgiou, NKA Yusuf Islam). 

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March 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - March 2017

The story of an iconic St. Louis brewery began with the arrival of a German-speaking immigrant in New Orleans in the 1850s. Having survived an arduous transatlantic voyage in a sailing ship, he encountered xenophobic bigotry in America. He made his way up the Mississippi, finally settling in St. Louis. He became a successful entrepreneur in the beverage business and was a pioneer in shipping his products nationwide by rail.  Today his name is on a brand of beer that has achieved national acclaim.

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February 2, 2017

Top Fermentation - February 2017

On these cold winter days one of the hottest topics is immigration, particularly with respect to Muslims and Hispanics. As many alert readers (ARs) know, this column does not generally take editorial positions on issues not related to beer.  Nevertheless, I’d like to report a discussion that recently took place at the south bar of The Schlafly Tap Room that might have benefited from input by Muslims and Hispanics.

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January 1, 2017

Top Fermentation - January 2017

Ever since the election some die-hard supporters of Hillary Clinton have been predicting that the sky will fall in Washington, DC on January 20th, when Donald Trump is inaugurated as president.  I’m sad to report that sky has already fallen in Washington.  At least part of it has.

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December 1, 2016

Top Fermentation - December 2016

On July 1, 1991 President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas to fill a vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. Sixteen days later, on July 17th, The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. purchased a building at 2100 Locust Street at the western edge of Downtown St. Louis.  The building had been vacant for decades and had survived a lot, most dramatically a firestorm in 1976 that had completely destroyed eleven nearby buildings.  This firestorm had created its own wind system that bent the streams of water from the firehoses and blew the helmets off the heads of firefighters.  The damage was so extensive that in 1981 the neighborhood was used as the setting for Escape from New York,  a post-apocalyptic film directed by John Carpenter.  Presumably there was nothing in the South Bronx that looked as bombed-out as the intersection of 21st and Locust.

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