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Falstaff Beer was first brewed by Lemp Brewing Company of St. Louis, Mo., in 1870 and continued production until 2005. The brand was at one point third-largest brweing operation in the United States. The last Flastaff brewery closed in 1990, but the beer continued as a licensed brand of Pabst Brewing Company until 2005.
The New Orleans brewery was founded in 1936 when Falstaff purchased the National Brewing Company of New Orleans after rejecting the historic Jackson Brewing Company (JAX in the French Quarter) and Gulf Brewing in Houston, which was owned by Howard Hughes.
While the New Orleans brewery was being refurbished, Falstaff sent barges of its premium “Winter” beer to New Orleans and sold it below cost at popular prices to create a Louisiana market for the beer even before its local plant opened. By 1974, the company was struggling for cash and sold its San Francisco brewery. The New Orleans during a December strike.
The brewery now has been developed into apartments.
July 12th, 2014
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