Saturday, November 26, 2005

The strike continues

We still don't carry anything delivered by Lohr. So that means we still don't serve AB products. I dropped the red handle when the strike began last May. I kept that empty tap open for a month. I thought the strike was going to be resolved. I hear now they wanted to break the union from the get go.

Lohr went and fired the drivers a while back. That seems to be an awful harsh thing to do, especially when profits are easy pickings delivering AB in Saint Louis. Management came by to see if I wanted to start carrying AB after they fired the drivers. Talk about reason to keep up the boycott. No way.

I have been looking forward to serving Budweiser when the strike gets settled. I don't think there is any good faith by AB to work out a solution. I was hoping to have a party to reintroduce Budweiser back to the Royale. I had it on tap before the strike and I plan on putting it back on when they settle. I would be proud to serve AB again. But only when the strike is settled and the drivers are back on the job.

But a disturbing thing has happened. I talk with the patrons and the employees. The patrons have been overwhelmingly supportive of the strike. My business has not taken much of a hit due to the strike because the of people that frequent my joint believe in the reasons behind the boycott. There is a lot of resentment from people behind the way that Lohr and AB have acted in this labor dispute. I have had now two managers request we should never carry AB again. I have had several customers express that we should not bother serving AB. That is awful harsh. I find it hard to believe that I may never serve Budweiser again. It is also disturbing that if I chose not to carry AB even after the labor dispute was resolved I would get support from both customers and staff. This doesn't seem right. I still hope to throw that party of AB's return someday soon. It is embarassing that I can't carry AB, and it is up to them to make that happen.

AB is an intergral part of this city. We all make mistakes. Hopefully they will recognize the mistakes they have made and make it right.


Blogger Diabetoboy said...

Schlafly is a nice alternative though, and I'd say it tastes better, like REAL beer. Just give them an extra spot. Coffee Stout would hit the spot more, especially for the holidays, compared to that foamy urine that people seem to worship around here.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Already done. That spot was open for only a month. We got the coffee stout in now.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lohr is banking on the prospect that bars like yours will find it increasingly more difficult to not serve A-B the longer the strike goes. I, for one, really appreciate the Royale not serving A-B. Feel free to share that customer sentiment next time Lohr management visits the Royale.

Here is a question for you: Lohr is asking the Teamsters to increase their loads at lower pay. If Lohr succeeds, do you think Lohr will cut the cost of beer? I don't see that happening, especially with Lohr's exclusive distributorship. This strike is about Lohr being greedy and breaking the Union. You should ask Lohr management if they plan on permanently reducing the cost of beer.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Lohr and the their SCAB drivers. I will never, ever drink another AB product again. Word is bond!

Also, this strike really goes to show how weakened organized labor has become. Recently I was in a tavern that was not honoring the strike and I saw a bunch of guys I knew to be union stagehands tipping back Budweasles like it was no big thang.

Needless to say, I haven't gone back there and from now on it's the Royale, the Trophy Room and Mangia for me.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous John Paul said...

I am a little late on this, but I agree that Schlafly does more for this town as far as sponsorship of music festivals and events (hoosierweight) than AB ever did.

Even before the strike, I never much cared for AB products, unless I was on a float trip and knew that half of my stash would either be infected with river water or lost at "sea". That was when I packed a cooler of Bud.

I have drank a lot of beer in my day and I think I know that the Schlafly beers are some of the best in the country. We are fortunate to have them in St. Louis, plus there is the SLU connection with Dan Schlafly teaching history at SLU for 30 years or so.

I am curious as to why you do not have the Pale Ale? Is there a reason? Wouldn't it be the best seller?

11:24 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I got Schlafly Pale Ale in bottle.

12:25 PM  

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