My 2012 book, Beer, Brats, and Baseball: St. Louis Germans was a stunning success, both among locals with a pinch or more of German blood in them and those around here who loved a good story. When the copies ran out, Reedy Press could have turned on the printing press to get more. Instead, we found new stories and updated the old, in a second edition called Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis. Here is a story of a German immigrant who retired to his homeland just before World War I, a local rock band that plays current-day German pop songs and a German who is continuing the German beer brewing tradition of St. Louis. The book is a must.
I’ll be at two locations this weekend signing and selling the book for the first time. From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 12, I’ll sign at the Ferguson Farmers Market, 20 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson. Then I’ll hop into my lederhosen and sell from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at the German Cultural Society’s Oktoberfest at 5020 West Four Ridge Road, House Springs.
You can also get a copy through Amazon or by sending a check for $21.50 made out to Jim Merkel made out to Jim Merkel, 4216 Osceola St., St. Louis.
Wir sehen uns dort.