If you don't remember Lemp you'll probably remember its most popular beer, in the twentieth century at least, Falstaff. I've never had a Falstaff but I've been told that it was a standard American mega-brewery style pilsner - low on flavor and heavy on distribution.
But let's look back a little further. The pre-Prohibition Lemp legacy is certainly one to respect. It is said that Adam Lemp, the brewery's founder, was the first brewer to bring lager to the United States. Though this claim is hard to verify there is no disputing that he was certainly one of the first It is well documentated that he was brewing lager and ageing it in St. Louis caves as early as 1842. Lemp would later become the first brand to enjoy nation-wide distribution. Another interesting distinction held by Lemp beer is that it was the first brew to be delivered by airplane. For a more detailed look at Lemp's history read: William J. Lemp Brewing Company: A Tale of Triumph and Tragedy in St. Louis, Missouri
Living not to far from St. Louis myself, I was aware of the Lemp legacy but I wasn't aware that they'd reopened. According to their website, www.lempbeer.com, Steve DeBellis, the holder of the Lemp Beer trademark, joined forces with Nick Riggio, Jr. and James Schulte in 2003 to revive the Lemp Brewery. In 2004 they introduced their Standard Lager and later a Dunkelweiss, Jurassic Dark - the name referring to the lagering caves originally used by Adam Lemp.
I happened upon both one day tucked away on the bottom shelf in my local grocery store's beer isle. I grabbed both six packs and rushed them home. I'm happy to report that both are very respectable beers. Check out my reviews for Standard Lager and Jurassic Dark.