In 1881, the brewery workmen of Cincinnati drew up a number of demands to be presented to the brewer. These were:
1. A reduction of work day from thirteen to ten and a half-hours.
2. A reduction of Sunday work from eight to four hours.
3. A minimum wage of $60 a month.
4. Freedom for the worker to seek board and lodging wherever he liked.
—Herman Schluter, The Brewing Industry and the Brewery Worker’s Movement in America, 1910
Before you even get to the dedication page of St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis, 1809-2009 the authors offer a page of similar quotes and an explanation. “When co-author Henry Herbst began toying with the idea of doing a book on St. Louis brewing history, he though that Wooden Barrel and Iron Men would make a good title, serving as something of a tribute to the vital ‘little guys’ in the brewing industry. . . . Simply put, there would have been no beer barons, the stars of this book, without the hard work and expertise of their employees. May this book also serve to preserve their efforts.”
This weekend I’ll be drinking to Iron Men and thinking I’d like to write a book called Iron Men and Wooden Barrels (a small edit) and to authors Henry Herbst, Don Roussin and Kevin Kious. I don’t want to bore you with the whole FTC thing still again but I bought this book the moment I saw BeerBooks.com was selling it, signed by the authors no less. However, I once had a pleasant conversation with Herbst and he said something I used in a story. Consider my endorsement of his book tainted if you like.
Or give this song by Steve Earle a listen and think FTC every time he sings FCC.
Added Oct. 19: Today I learned that Henry Herbst has died. Sad news, but at least he got to see his book in print.