Monday, December 6, 2010

Malt and Stock Houses, Lemp Brewery

I know very little about brewing, but buildings labeled "malt house" and "stock house" are almost certainly involved in the direct brewing of beer.If you look closely, you can see where the tanks used for brewing the beer were located.The buildings themselves are massive, amazingly proportioned and still have some nice decorative detail.Imagine product gliding across the rollers or conveyor belt in between buildings.I love the door to the Fermenting Department; it looks like the door to a temple, a temple of beer brewing or something.Street trackage, now embedded deep within the brewery is always fascinating to me; the idea that trains once went down the middle of streets in major cities blows me away.The rest of the photos are from in between the two massive buildings, showing what is actually a fairly intimate space. I can only imagine the hustle and bustle of what was at the time the busiest brewery in the world.


2 comments:

  1. Tom Maher - KirkwoodDecember 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    THANK YOU for this series of photos!
    While looking at a number of these buildings, there appears to be quite a bit of brick repair/replacement, all obviously done long ago.
    I wonder - was this damage incurred during the Great Tornado of 1896?
    My late Grandmother (1877-1969) experienced this as a resident in the Lafayette Park area. I recall her descriptions of this - and the 1927 tornado, which struck in much of the same area.
    These two tornadoes are STILL the first and second most costly in United States history.

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  2. I don't know, to be honest. I always thought the twister was farther north in Lafayette Square, but you could be right.

    Does anyone else know if the brewery was damaged?

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