Recently, I had the opportunity to return to the incredible, historic renovation project underway in south St. Louis being conducted by Earthbound Beer, for their new tap room and brewing facility. On the return, I re-joined historian and writer, Chris Naffziger, whose excellent feature can be read here. You might recall the earlier images, and my facetious complaining about photographing in complete darkness; this time around, the brewers and builders have installed some lighting and ventilation in areas which made photography a snap.
Check out the high water marks in the above photo. We were really lucky on our first excursion to catch it at the lowest level on the wall (a few feet above where it is currently).
For anyone interested in brewing history, or the history of St. Louis, this is probably the most exciting excavation and restoration in recent memory. I, for one, cannot wait to return when the project is finished, and to have a cold one in a space designated for beer more than 100 years ago (that was nearly lost in time).