St. Louis has a long history as a beer town and a baseball town. The Brown Stockings, the team that eventually became the modern St. Louis Cardinals, was an original member of the founding class of the National League in 1875. That's also the year the Compton and Dry map of St. Louis was created -- clearly, drinking and baseball are cornerstones of the city. Numerous breweries, taverns and pubs were immortalized in the Compton and Dry map (the Cardinals have done pretty well, too), currently on display as the centerpiece of the exhibition A Walk in 1875 St. Louis
at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org
). Today at 2:30 p.m. during Drinking Up Compton and Dry's St. Louis
, Cameron Collins of Distilled History discusses the brewing centers of interest visible in the map, and reveals tidbits about the history and fates of the noble structures. Admission is free.
Sun., Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m., 2015