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This Month's Feature Article...

We Want Beer: Prohibition And The Will To Imbibe.
We've all heard colorful stories about the rum-runners and whiskey bootleggers of the Prohibition Era. But what about the beer trade? How did the nation's die-hard beer drinkers keep their whistles wet? And what role did beer play in the utter and ultimate failure of the "Noble Experiment"? Take a gander at this month's two-part feature and learn about beer's life during National Prohibition. [Read the article.]


Browse The Beer History Library...

  • General Interest Items:
    ... Chronology of the U.S. Brewing Industry From "American Breweries II."
    ... Beer Barons The German-American brewery magnates.
    ... Beer & Television A brief history of beer commercials.
    ... George Ehret's Hell Gate Brewery Once America's largest brewery..
    ... Diary of a 19th Century Brewmaster In his own words.
    ... William Penn & Beermaking In Colonial Pennsylvania. From "Brewed In America."
    ... D. G. Yuengling & Son. America's Oldest Brewery, established 1829.
    ... King Gambrinus. AKA: "The King of Beer." Who was he?
    ... The Patron Saints of Beer. An article by the Brews Brothers.
    ... George Washington: President & Beer Lover. From "Brewed In America."
    ... George Washington's Beer Recipe. Read his personal recipe for beer.
    ... The Six-Point Brewer's Star. What does it mean?
    ... Kansas City Breweries: A Historic Driving Tour.
    ... Adolphus Busch: King of Beer. Five-part feature article about Adolphus Busch.
    ... Der Sternewirth. Every 19th century brewery had one.
    ... 1879: The Year In Beer. A few interesting stats on brewing in 1879.
    ... Shakeout in the Brewing Industry. Consolidation of brewing 1950-1980.
    ... A. Gettelman Brewing Company. History brochure produced in 1954.
    ... Miller Brewing Company. History brochure published by the brewery.
    ... Traveling Billboards. A novel advertising medium.
    ... Miss Rheingold Contest. From Will Anderson's Beer To Eternity.
    ... Originators of Rheingold Beer. An article by By Rolf Hofmann.
    ... Texas' First Brewery. A visit to the enchanted ruins.
    ... Story of Black Pride Beer. As told in a 1969 Brewers Digest feature.
    ... Frank Jones Brewing Co. From Will Anderson's Beer New England.
    ... The Giant That Was Narragansett. From Will Anderson's Beer New England.
    ... F&M Schaefer Brewing Co. From Will Anderson's Breweries of Brooklyn.
    ... More coming soon.


  • Quick Reference Info:
    ... Concise Timeline of Beer History. By Prof. Linda Raley, Texas Tech Univ.
    ... Chronology of the U.S. Brewing Industry From "American Breweries II."
    ... Top 10 in 1997. Barrelage of U.S. top 10 brewers in 1997.
    ... Production of U.S. Breweries 1863-1994. A chart showing annual barrelage.
    ... The Brewing Process. As shown in a 1950s USBF brochure.
    ... More coming soon.


  • Excerpts from the book, "Brewing Beer In The Buckeye State, Volume I"
    by Dr. Robert A. Musson.

    ... Consumers Brewing Co., Newark, Ohio A look at "the brewing capital of the world."
    ... Simon Linser Brewery, Zanesville, Ohio The brewery merger craze of the late 1800s.
    ... Schuster Brewing Co., Massillon, Ohio Life as a 19th-century brewery worker.
    ... Stang Brewing Co., Sandusky, Ohio
    ... Wooster Brewing Company, Wooster, Ohio


  • A few short articles by historian Carl H. Miller:
    ... Why Milwaukee? A look at "the brewing capital of the world."
    ... The British Are Coming! The brewery merger craze of the late 1800s.
    ... Labor In The Brewery. Life as a 19th-century brewery worker.
    ... Adolphus Busch: Captain of Industry. Lifestyle of a Beer Baron.
    ... The Saloonkeeper. Saloons were the brewer's lifeblood.


  • Articles by beer writer Gregg Smith:
    ... The Golden Age of Taverns
    ... Brewing in Colonial America - Part I
    ... Brewing in Colonial America - Part II
    ... Brewing in Colonial America - Part III
    ... Brewing in Colonial America - Part IV
    ... The Chicago Beer Riots


  • Articles Reproduced From American Breweriana Journal:
    ... Wagner Brewing Co. (Illinois) by Donald Roussin & Kevin Kious.
    ... Wm. J. Lemp Brewing Co. by Donald Roussin & Kevin Kious.
    ... Mascoutah Brewing Co. (Illinois) by Donald Roussin & Kevin Kious.
    ... Diamond State Brewery (Wilmington, Delaware) by John Medkeff.
    ... Arizona Brewing Company by Ed Sipos.
    ... More coming soon.


  • Ohio Brewery History Series:
    ... History of Brewing in Steubenville, Ohio.
    ... The Diehl Brewery in Defiance, Ohio.
    ... Breweries of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
    ... Beer-making in Portsmouth, Ohio.
    ... Marion Brewing & Bottling Co., Marion, Ohio.