Re: Old Beer Brands
Date: June 14, 2011 04:20PM
Edelweiss and Fox Deluxe were both Chicago breweries, but Drewery's technically was not. Drewery's bought the failing Atlas Prager brewery here in Chicago and used that facility to bottle and can their beer that was trucked in from Indiana. I have an extensive collection of Chicago breweriana and continue to study their histories.
Peter Hand (Meister Brau/Old Chicago) was the last of the vintage Chicago breweries to go out of business in 1978. While other "breweries" have come and gone since then, most are, or were not breweries by definition according to the barrel-per-year output; but microbreweries. I believe Goose Island is now a true "brewery" by output.
Some of the better known Chicago brands were Monarch/Encore/VanMerrit, Atlas, Edelweiss, Canadian Ace, White Eagle, Prima, Fox DeLuxe, Conrad Seipp, Yusay, Atlantic/Tavern Pale, Best, Gottfried, Standard/Utah Brau, South Side, West Side, United States, Ambrosia/Nectar, and many more lesser-known breweries.
A fun fact is Meister Brau successfully marketed the first low calorie "light" beer and called it "Meister Brau Lite". Miller bought Meister Brau and is selling their "Miller Lite" using the exact same recipe they received from Meister Brau!