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King Falstaff
Chris Branan

King Falstaff

New Orleans, Louisiana

Statue atop the old Falstaff Brewery in Downtown, New Orleans.

Canon AT-1 ,Canon FL 135mm,Kodak MAX 400

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John Medkeff 29-Feb-2008 21:54
Terrific photo!

The name of this figure atop the brewery is Duke Gambrinus, not King Falstaff. Gambrinus is affectionately known as the unofficial 'patron saint of brewing', though Jan Primus, the actual historic figure, was not a saint but rather, the Duke of Brabant.

Statues like these adorned many 19th century breweries in the US and Europe. This is the first example I've seen of a Gambrinus statue with a goat. The goat also has a long histoy of association with bock beer, in particular.