June 16, 1994 |
Firefighter Don Pearl cools off at a fire at American and Poplar Streets in North Philadelphia. A one-alarm fire yesterday damaged a five-story, vacant building at the old Ortlieb's brewery. Officials said there was a strong smell of gasoline, and arson was suspected.
April 11, 1987 |
Fred Von Czoerning, vice president and treasurer of C. Schmidt & Sons, Philadelphia's last remaining brewery, told salaried employees yesterday some of the business is being sold and that John F. Connelly, the firm's largest creditor, is forcing the sale because he wants his money, sources said. Von Czoerning told 100 Schmidt's employees that William H. Pflaumer, the company's owner, has signed a letter of intent with G. Heileman Brewing Co., of La Crosse, Wis., to sell Schmidt's brands.
October 5, 1987 |
A little bit of Philadelphia's brewing history goes on the block Thursday. At 11 a.m. the old Ortlieb brewery, on Poplar Street between Second and Third Streets, will be sold at auction. The owner, Joseph W. Ortlieb, a member of one of the city's best-known brewing families, said the proceeds will go to his new venture, a boutique beer called Trupert American Pilsner. "I'm basically liquidating assets here," said Ortlieb, known to Philadelphians for his "Joe's Beer" ads. Real estate sources said Ortlieb's prospects are unclear.
May 26, 2010 |
William H. Pflaumer, 76, the last of the local beer barons, died of heart failure on Saturday, May 22, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Pflaumer was a quintessential Philadelphia character widely known as "Billy" or, more grandly, "Billy the Beer King. " The final owner of the brewery that produced Schmidt's - Philadelphia's best-known beer - he was sentenced to federal prison in 1983 for evading more than $125,000 in excise taxes. The Christian Schmidt Brewing Co., between Second and Hancock Streets south of Girard Avenue, was the city's last independent brewery and had been a local institution since 1860.
March 19, 2014 |
Harry C. Broadley, 89, of Springfield, Delaware County, a longtime engineer for the Christian Schmidt Brewing Co. who turned the key in the lock on the brewery's final day, ending an era, died Wednesday, March 12, of heart disease at Riddle Memorial Hospital. From 1955 to 1989, Mr. Broadley was the director of engineering for Schmidt's brewery, at Second and Hancock Streets in Northern Liberties. In its heyday, the plant was a Philadelphia institution. Started in 1860, Schmidt's grew until by 1970 it was producing more than three million barrels of beer annually.
March 21, 1987 |
Christian Schmidt Brewing Co., Philadelphia's last remaining independent brewery, may be negotiating a buy-out from one of the nation's larger brewers, sources in the beer industry said yesterday. The prospects of such a sale were reported in Beer Marketers' Insights, a Nyack, N.Y., industry newsletter. In its article, the newsletter identified Pabst Brewing Co. of Milwaukee, Stroh Brewing Co. of Detroit and the G. Heileman Brewing Co. of La Crosse, Wis., as possible buyers. William T. Elliott, Schmidt's president, would not comment yesterday on any possible sale.
January 11, 2009
People might say they'll drink an herbed medieval ale brewed with mugwort and bog myrtle, but when it comes time for the barkeep to actually pull the tap handle, they're more likely to fall back on the familiar. Or so posits Tom Baker of Earth Bread + Brewery, who skeptically named his "black gruit" beer "The Bradley Effect" after the flip-flop voter syndrome often cited during the recent election. This ancient brew, which predates the use of bitter hops and uses herbs instead, is a great example of the esoteric styles Baker loves to create.
March 18, 2013
Selling out the brewery to Anheuser-Busch InBev is, in the eyes of craft beer drinkers, the equivalent of ditching Gryffindor for Voldemort and the Death Eaters. So it's no wonder Chicago's homegrown Goose Island has taken the beer-geek heat since its sale to the Bud Who Shall Not Be Named in 2011. The good news: since production of Goose Islands' mass-market brews (like 312 Urban Wheat) have been moved to Colorado and New York for a national rollout, there's more room at the original Chicago brewery for its more interesting efforts.
October 24, 1986 |
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which licenses the state's breweries, is studying a number of options outlined in a legal memorandum that could affect the future of C. Schmidt & Sons' brewery now that its owner, William F. Pflaumer, is in prison for a felony conviction. Robert Ford, a LCB spokesman, said the three-member board of Mario Mele, Daniel W. Pennick and Ralph O. Barnett is weighing whether it can force Pflaumer to sell his shares in the brewery or resign as the company's chairman and manager.
January 18, 2000 |
It once was the biggest brewery in Pennsylvania, employed 1,400 people, produced a cool three million barrels of beer a year, and provided Northern Liberties with its trademark scent of fermenting hops. In its heyday, there were Schmidt's Scholarships and celebratory dinners at the Bellevue Stratford. In 1987, it closed down, and since then, the once-thriving home of "beautiful beer" has slowly turned into a weed-strewn graffiti gallery. Tomorrow, at 10 a.m., unless owner William H. Pflaumer succeeds in another legal maneuver, the brewery will go on the block, to be sold at sheriff's sale.