Feast Day Q/A

A Q/A with Sharon Smith, Curator of Civic and Personal Identity, Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. She’ll be speaking tomorrow at The Royale, during our Feast Day activities. Some tips as to what to expect.

Discuss, if you would, the initial work surrounding “Kettle to Keg.” For example, what are the components needed to research that moment in our history?
I did a lot of background research on the many breweries that existed in St. Louis from the earliest in 1810 until the beginning of Prohibition for the exhibit “Kettle to Keg.” We purposely stopped prior to Prohibition because we thought that was possibly another exhibit altogether. In order to research the many 19th century breweries in St. Louis I needed to look through the city directories for where they were located, check archival materials for any information about their history as well as other books written generally on the topic of brewing.

Of all the beer companies that existed here, there are some that still have some “name-brand” value around St. Louis. Are there any interesting, smaller breweries or lines or product that have caught your attention?
I am somewhat curious about the new generations of the old family name breweries, such as Lemp and Busch reinventing their brands.

To what degree did Prohibition forever impact the brewing industry here?
Prohibition was one major factor impacting brewing in St. Louis. Prior to Prohibition, and at the brewing heyday in St. Louis, there were over 30 breweries competing in the city. By the time of Prohibition only a few still existed, due in part to some consolidation of companies and some just not continuing to compete with the bigger ones. St. Louis headed into Prohbition with Lemp and AB still going, but AB was the main one standing when Prohibition ended. The breweries that survived where those that could find ways to sell “legitimate” products or at least disguise products they sold to look legitimate. AB was especially good at this.

To your mind, what are some necessary ingredients to any feast? Food, drink, good company and…?
When I think feast I think lots of people and lots of stories and reminiscing along with the food and drink. The atmosphere is usually happy and party-like.

How will your lecture be built and when will it occur?
My lecture will mostly look at the many 19th century breweries that exploded in the city and how many of them were of a German nature introducing that new lager brand of beer. I understand from Steven that it will occur around 2:30 on Saturday and there will be time for a Q & A, although I suspect many that attend the Feast will know as much or more than I.

August Events

Thursday, 8.9: DJ JJ
Friday, 8.10: Jim Utz of Vintage Vinyl
Saturday, 8.11: Fred Friction of KDHX’s “Fishin’ with Dynamite”
Sunday, 8.12: Cocktail Museum
Monday, 8.13: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, 8.14: TBD
Thursday, 8.16: John Gassel
Friday, 8.17: Mark Early
Saturday, 8.18: The Decaf Boys
Sunday, 8.19: Cocktail Museum
Monday, 8.20: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, 8.21: Pearl Necklace feat. Dr. Ferocious and Beans & Vice
Thursday, 8.23: TBD
Friday, 8.24: Thomas Crone
Saturday, 8.25: Second Annual Saint Louis Feast Day (all-day fun)
Sunday, 8.26: Cocktail Museum
Monday, 8.27: Vinyl Side Monday
Tuesday, 8.28: TBD
Thursday, 8:30: TBD
Friday, 8.31: 18andCounting

Bombs & Monsters Reading: Weds., July 25

Poetry Scores’ “Readings at The Royale” series returns 7-9 p.m. next Wednesday, July 25 at The Royale public house, 3132 South Kingshighway; Steven Fitzpatrick Smith, proprietor.

At no cost additional to drinks and eats, the public may experience, in this order:

Stefene Russell
Chris Chable
Chris Parr
Kristin Sharp
Uncle Bill Green

Ann Hirschfeld

Edward Scott Ibur

The occasion: Poetry Scores is reissuing the artbook/CD of our poetry score to Go South for Animal Index by Stefene Russell, copublished with The Firecracker Press.

Go South for Animal Index is a poem about bombs and monsters, and this is a themed reading: poems, songs and stories about bombs and monsters.

Full information here.

June DJ Calendar!

Almost all gigs are 10 p.m. – close, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 1 – Mark Early
Saturday, June 2 – TwangSpin, featuring Chris Bay, Dale Fisher and a cast of thousands
Tuesday, June 5 – Kate from KDHX’s “Beep Beep Boop Boop”
Thursday, June 7 – John Gassell
Friday, June 8 – Jason Potter and Morgan Nusbaum of Bruiser Queen, Inc.
Saturday, June 9 – Robert Griffin
Tuesday, June 12 – The Incomparable DJ TBA
Thursday, June 14 – DJ JJ
Friday, June 15 – Jim Utz of Vintage Vinyl
Saturday, June 16 – Matt Harnish of BDR Records
Tuesday, June 19 – Mark Florida
Thursday, June 21 – Dave Kirkland, aka David Kirkland
Friday, June 22 – DJ Tommy Ruxpin’s Club Royal Experience
Tuesday, June 26 – Dave Cleveland
Thursday, June 28 – Chris Bay of KDHX’s “Gold Soundz”
Friday, June 29 – The One-and-Only DJ TBA
Saturday, June 30 – Jeff Hess of KDHX’s “Afternoon Delight”

Wm. Stage Reading @ The Royale, Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.

St. Louis author Wm. Stage will be reading from (and selling) his new book “Not Waving, Drowning,” at The Royale this week. Look for him on the back patio on Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30. He’ll be reading off-on from then until 7:30, revving it back up as new patrons and interested parties arrive. Please join the longstanding local columnist, photographer and gadfly in a celebration of his newest work.

A summary:

A panhandler has a plum situation in the city, until she takes in a stray dog. A process server is caught relieving himself in an alley, a seemingly mundane event that sets off a cascade of ever-worsening misfortunes. During their getaway, two bank robbers make a wrong turn and accidentally end up in St. Louis’ Hibernian Parade—a serious problem since Black Irish are not welcome. These are some of the hapless characters in Not Waving, Drowning, Wm. Stage’s new work containing eight short stories, all set in the St. Louis area. Drawn from people he has either known or observed, the characters in these stories ring true, evoking drollery, pathos, and wonder.

And a tip of the cap:

“For what it’s worth, reviewing serious literature from ‘Midwestern’ writers always seems to be an afterthought versus the treatment given to newest, hottest writer emerging from New York with her trendy version of life in the Big City, a story that frankly makes you want to gag. Stage’s stories are about real people who face up to life like the rest of us. No bullshit, no pretense, just the guts of what makes life work for the fringe players in this old river town.”
– Steve Means, author, The Blue Kat