An old name in St. Louis brewing history is returning to its roots.
Griesedieck Brothers Brewing Co. plans to open a brewery in the Baden neighborhood in north St. Louis in June 2017.
Manager Bob Griesedieck told the Post-Dispatch that he and his father, Raymond Griesedieck, spent several years finding a suitable location that will allow the company room to grow. Its beer currently is brewed under contract in Wisconsin.
“Next year, it’ll be the 60th anniversary of the last batch of Griesedieck beer brewed in St. Louis,” Bob Griesedieck said.
Griesedieck Brothers Brewing’s roots in St. Louis began in 1911 when Henry Griesedieck Jr. founded the company with his five sons.
The brewer shut down during Prohibition but grew production to a million barrels by the early 1950s.
Its radio sponsorship of the Cardinals ended in 1953 when the team was acquired by Anheuser-Busch, and in 1957 Falstaff Brewing acquired Griesedieck Bros.
Ray Griesedieck, a grandson of one of the founders, revived the brand after it was dormant for several decades and began distribution to grocery stores and bars in the St. Louis area in 2002.
Griesedieck brewed about 300 barrels under contract last year and forecasts annual production will reach 1,000 barrels after it opens the new brewery in a 23,000-square-foot facility at 1240 Switzer Avenue.
The building, which is owned by Griesedieck Brothers, will give the brewer a chance to show off some vintage signs and an extensive beer can collection when a tasting room opens.
“We have a lot of history we’ll be able to show off,” Bob Griesedieck said. “St. Louis is a town that takes pride in local beer, and this will let us talk about our heritage.”
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