About the Drewry's plant on S. Damen. I grew up on 17th Street between Damen & Hoyne. The Drewry's plant was on the southeast corner of 17th & Damen. You could smell the beer when the wind blew from the east off Lake Michigan.
And on 18th & Damen, on the northeast corner, Bishop's Chili was located. Yum! But boy - was it ever spicy for a little girl!
The best beer ever made was Atlas Prager. My grandfather would not be without it. I remember when the old brewery on Blue Island was torn down, he would go to their new location (they merged with somebody on the south side) and he would load up his Packard with a dozen cases of beer. I think the brand finally disappeared about 1962, and which point he settled for Meister Brau.
Funny I stumbled upon this thread. I recently spotted an old plastic illuminated Meister Brau sign, all the way out [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamdhopkins/6664278751/]in Hampshire![/url] It's facing the back alley of a bar.
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My Parents had a Mom and Pop grocery store in Riverside in the 1950's. I remember my Dad would sell Meister Brau Boch. It only was available once a year. He said it was the strong beer at the bottom of the kegs.
> My Parents had a Mom and Pop grocery store in
> Riverside in the 1950's. I remember my Dad would
> sell Meister Brau Boch. It only was available once
> a year. He said it was the strong beer at the
> bottom of the kegs.
> Was he pulling my leg?
I remember my dad buying Meister Brau Bock in the ‘60’s. It came around for a few weeks in the spring and it was still doing so in the ‘70’s when I started drinking beer myself. The story was the same around my north side neighborhood: It was the annual vat cleaning and there was some residual stuff at the bottom that the “bock” was made from. I only half believed that back then and I’m pretty sure I heard a more credible explanation somewhere along the line that I simply can’t remember. (Maybe I don't want to because the folklore version is far more interesting).
I worked in several Chicago breweries in the summer of 1960 between my sophomore and junior years of college. Canadian Ace was the pits. They made 40+ different beers there, including Bullfrog, Old Vienna, and dozens more. However, many of them came from the same vats. Their half gallon bottles sold for 50 cents.
Atlas Prager and Peter Hand were the cleanest and best of the four breweries I worked in that summer. At Canadian Ace you could drink beer while you worked because there was no foreman around on the night shift. The other breweries restricted workers to two beers at lunch time, and one at each break.
Atlas Prager Beer was long our family's beer of choice. My grandfather served it in his restaurant on Loomis Street, and after he retired, there were always a few cases in the basement. I believe they went out of business around 1962, and I remember going with him down to the old brewery to try and get some beer. We wound up with some beer called "Lesley's" (?) which wasn't as good, and at that time my grandfather switched to Meister Brau. I still have a lot of Atlas Prager memoriblila from the old restaurant.
Does anyone remember a beer called NUDE. It had a thermalsensitive label, which was a picture of a girl in a bathing suit. As the glass bottle warmed up the inked in suit would become transparent. Need I say More?
At some point, it seems that someone bought the name for Fox Deluxe because my dad used to get it in the late 70's and possibly into the early 80's. He found it one day in those returnable cases at a place in Des Plaines and it was apparently pretty cheap.
Many years ago, I noticed that a building along a train route that I took had the names Tysons Foods and Fox Deluxe on it.
If you look at Google's street view for 370 N. Morgan, you can see the building still says Fox Deluxe on several sides.
From a search, it appears that Tysons Foods acquired something called Fox Deluxe Foods at some point, so it is probably completely unrelated.