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Old 01-21-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Did a little more checking. In 1997, Hudepohl-Schoenling (which resulted from a prior merger), was sold to the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams). As I said in a earlier post, Boston Beer Company brews 66% of its product in Cincinnati. As of the beginning of 2009, the Schoenling Little Kings Ale (little green bottle) was still being produced. Jim Koch, a native Cincinnatian and founder of Boston Beer Company (you see him in their TV ads, sort of like Lee Iacocca, Dave Thomas of Wendy's, and recently John Schnatter of Papa John's).

Last week, a major fire occurred at the original Christian Moerlein brewing company building, at one time the largest brewer in Cincinnati. There has been no beer brewed there for many years. But I can go to the store and buy Christian Moerlein beer in bottles. My guess is it actually comes out of Jim Koch's brewery.

One constant in the beer industry over the last half of the past century was acquisition. The small were bought out by the larger, and so forth until some of the largers folded. I remember Weidemann who sold out to G Heileman of Wisconsin, who in turn sold out to Stroh's. During that time, I remember Weidemann Royal Amber, which was only produced in draught. Being draft, it had limited distribution, but boy it was good.

You may actually find Weidemann beer today, produced by the Pittsburgh Brewing Co. (ooops now Iron City Brewing Co. after a bankruptcy reorganization). And guess what, if you find Burger, it is from the same place.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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Appears I need to correct myself on some points. It is correct the Hudepohl-Schoenling brewery was sold to Boston Beer Company in 1997, and is where a significant amount of their Sam Adams product and derivatives is currently produced.

What I failed to note were the Christian Moerlein, and also Little Kings Cream Ale brands were acquired by Greg Hardman of Cincinnati, though contract brewed in Pennsylvania. They have also acquired the rights to the Hudepohl Hudy Delight and Burger labels. The Wiedemann label was previously acquired by Pittsburgh Brewing Co. (now Iron City Brewing Co.).

It appears I gave too much credit to Jim Koch, though he is a formidible force in the industry.

It is rather hard to keep up with these retro brands, as they continue to do battle with the major breweries, which are in reality now down to three Anheuser-Busch, SAB-Miller, and Molson Coors. SAB-Miller and Molson Coors effectively reduced this to two when they agreed to form Miller-Coors for the US market.

The recession has also cut into the beer market, but here's hoping the entrepreneurs will continue to try and bring back the brands from our glorious past.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:15 PM
 
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While doing some followup research, found an article which stated Christian Moerlein was the largest brewer in Cincinnati out of 32 in the Pre-Prohibition days. What was the population of Cincinnati then? 32 Breweries - Wow!
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:33 PM
 
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kjbrill, these books look like they're right up your alley:

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Old 01-24-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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kjbrill, these books look like they're right up your alley:

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Old 03-26-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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Is anyone here a fan of Hudepohl? I know it's making somewhat of a comeback and was curious if anyone was a fan. I know Quatman Cafe features Hudy Delight on tap, but it's still something you have to look for in the stores rather than being a common sight. I'd love to see it featured at Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium someday. Hopefully it'll return to the Queen City for brewing also.
I am a fan. I learned to drink beeer in Germany in the 70's. My husband and I stopped off in Cinncinatti on our return to the States. The beer was amazing. Just like German beer. Where can I get some?
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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This is not Hudy, but I did pick up a 12-pack of Burger at Kroger last week. It has been so long I can't decide whether it is the Burger I remember or not. Frankly, it tasted a little harsh to me, but this may just because I haven't had a real beer in some time. Did notice while the label said brewed under control of Hudepohl Schoenling Brewing in Cincinnati, the actual brewing and bottling company was identified as LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

I guess that is what we get today, companies preying on our nostalgia.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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This is not Hudy, but I did pick up a 12-pack of Burger at Kroger last week. It has been so long I can't decide whether it is the Burger I remember or not. Frankly, it tasted a little harsh to me, but this may just because I haven't had a real beer in some time. Did notice while the label said brewed under control of Hudepohl Schoenling Brewing in Cincinnati, the actual brewing and bottling company was identified as LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

I guess that is what we get today, companies preying on our nostalgia.
My last walk though the Miller's plant in Milwaukee, I saw pallets of Pabst which was being brewed.
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