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.
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.
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.
May 25, 2012 |
YOU THINK WE have a pretty good beer scene now? You should've seen this town back in 1879. Every neighborhood had its own brewery, and every corner had a saloon. In the preceding 30 years, more than 250 breweries had opened — many of them closing quickly, but others becoming national powers. A census by Western Brewer magazine counted an astonishing 94 breweries up and running. The city's population was barely half of today's, and yet it had 12 times the number of breweries we boast of in 2012.
September 30, 2012
A meal of "bread and water" sounds like a harsh sentence. Change that to "bread and beer" at Ardmore's Tired Hands - their crusty loaves baked in cast-iron pans with ale yeast - and I'll have fun all night. Jean Brouillet IV's formula for a brewery-cafe is simple, where the local fare is in service of his inventive beers. And that sturdy bread, served with a rich yellow Trickling Springs butter, sea salt, and fennel pollen, is all the sustenance I'd need. As one of the brightest entries in our current micro-brewery boom, Tired Hands beers are worth the spotlight, with numerous interesting variations on hoppy American ales and Belgian-style saisons, my favorites, anchored by funky and bubbly FarmHands.
January 17, 2015 |
Is America's oldest lager non grata to Pennsylvania's newest governor? Yuengling, from the Pottsville-based brewery, appears to have been left off the list of beverages to be served at next week's inauguration for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) said he learned from constituents and others that inauguration planners had specifically declared Yuengling not to be served. Vereb said Thursday he was not sure why, or if Wolf knew, but added that he didn't think it was accidental.
September 19, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - Two local brewers are battling over the rights to resurrect Fort Pitt Beer, the post-World War II king of Pittsburgh beers. Jones Brewing Co. of Smithton, which has brewed Fort Pitt, is vying for the rights to the latest iteration of the beer with Duke Brewing's Mark Dudash, an Upper St. Clair lawyer who resurrected Duquesne beer last year. Jones Brewing, which makes beers under the Stoney's label, has received federal and state approval for a Fort Pitt label.
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.