Thursday, June 23, 2005

Strike Progress

I don't know if there has been much progress on the strike with Lohr. I have heard things, but I have been unable to substantiate any of it. I heard that a fed mediator was going to be called in.

Hmm. I really hope to someday carry AB again. I hope they resolve this. Sooner would be better for everyone.

There is an odd occurence that is happening. I used to bartend at the SBAC right before opening the Royale. They ordered heavy when they heard the strike was going to happen. The night Montrelle from the Panda boxed at the South Broadway Athletic Club was the last of their supplies of AB. The SBAC carries only AB products. It is a heavy union place. The vast majority of their members are union guys. Their cleanup crew is union. All the work that is done on the place is union. From the last I heard they are holding the line and no longer have any bud, and I would expect the SBAC to hold strong on the union line.

The Junior Golden Gloves is set to be there on the 29th of June. This is sponsored by Budweiser. In fact it is known as the 2005 Budweiser/St. Louis Junior Golden Gloves according to the signup sheet that was sent to me by Steve Holley. Steve Holley is a good guy who works for AB on special projects. He organizes a lot of bouts every year and he also puts together the Golden Gloves with help from AB. This is a great thing. He does a lot of it on his own time. Now there are going to be fights sponsored by AB with no AB being served. Man, they really got to resolve this strike soon. This is absurd. We are in Saint Louis, home of AB and are having the Golden Gloves sponsored by AB with no AB being served. This is not right. They have got to settle this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I hope the strike ends soon,too. It's weird being in a St. Louis bar and unable to drink AB products.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Murphy said...

From the stories I heard from time to time, a strike like this wouldn't have lasted long back in the day, mostly because the city would be up in arms.

This is a hard-core AB town as well as one of the most union towns in the country (around 20% of the workforce in the area is union, nearly twice the national average). I would think the combination would lead to a precipitous drop in AB sales in the area as well as enormous pressure from AB's own workers and maybe even their management to strike a deal.

One thing I am not completely clear on, however, is the place LOHR holds in the distribution system in STL. I know there are several distributors in STL, but I am unsure as to who handles what, as in is LOHR the exclusive AB distributor? I know they also handle the Michelob family, Bacardi concoctions and Red Hook. I wonder what other products they handle? My girlfriend (a former AB employee) mentioned that AB owns most of Corona among others.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Burt Bollinger said...

Can't you just go to the grocery store or whatever and buy some Bud cans? Or does that go against the spirit of the strike? This stuff is confusing.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being the only bar in St. Louis to take this stand.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

AB may own pieces of Corona and other beers, but LOHR is the exclusive dealer of AB in the STL. They handle a handful of other brands too, but it is negligible. The grocery stores do sell beer, but it is also distributed by LOHR and the non-union aka scab drivers. It is also illegal to get AB products from the county Grey Eagle or the grocery store for on premise(bars). We are required to go only to the distributors.

There are also quite a few other bars holding the line on the strike.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

The Trophy Room has a sign in the window that says their AB products are delivered by distributors other than Lohr. So how does that work?

7:51 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I believe that the sign at the Trophy Room says the AB beer served is delivered by union drivers. That means they stocked way way up like the Meow and the SBAC. Either that or they are doing something illegal.

I should go over and ask because if they figured out how to get the beer legally from union drivers I need to see what is up. I know of a couple of places that are refusing deliveries but they have figured out black market ways to keep their stock of AB. I don't think the Trophy Room would boast of that, for the other joints keep that on the down low.

8:20 AM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

Just passing through, I'm digging the blog by the way.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous MattH said...

So did the Post today just take your comments straight from the blog or did they actually interview you?

Also, at Cat's Meow and a few other of my favorite joints....many, many individuals are taking part and NOT ordering any AB products, whether the beer is there or not.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

It was an interview. Funny cuz the article said I had darts, and I pulled those machines a month or so ago.

I just got off the phone with KTRS. People are supportive.

1:37 PM  

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