A Brief History of Brewing in North Central Indiana
Argos, Bremen, Delphi, Kokomo, Logansport, Marion, Peru, Plymouth, Rochester, Warsaw
|Hugo Wolff had a brewery of 1,000 bbl capacity that closed around 1885 according to The The Register of United States Breweries 1876-1976 - M. Friedrich & D. Bull|
|The 1868 Business Directory for Indiana lists a Delphi Brewery, Geo Shillinger, prop. It was near the Deer Creek bridge in Delphi.|
Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery
2007 - Present
|A brewpub started by a native of Kokomo on the extreme south side of the City along US31. The brewer is John Templet.|
|Brass Monkey Brewing Co.
2008 - 2009
Started by local
homebrewer Andrew Lewis, it was located in the basement of the Sycamore
Marketplace in downtown Kokomo. Using cut-open beer kegs as brewing vessels,
his 10-gallon batches made the Brass Monkey the smallest licensed brewery in
Because of the small brew run Brass Monkey quickly became known for non-traditional beers that change frequently.
All sales were through the bar in the Marketplace. Brass Monkey closed overnight when the Sycamore Marketplace food court closed.
~1848 - 1870s
~1855 - after 1859
Schaefer & Markert
The Indiana State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1859 lists "Luy, Charles, Prop'r Brewery and Dealer in Produce."
|Logansport Brewing Company
1866 - 1894
Columbia Brewing Company
K.G. Schmidt Brewing
(photo courtesy Bruce Mobley)
|August Frost founded this
brewery in 1866 on the north side of High St, west of Fifth (412-416 High
Street). He sold it some years later to John Hurbner who sold it to John
Mutcheler who renamed it the Logansport Brewing Company. Eugene Prager was
the president and manager in 1890. The Binz family seems to have been in
According to the Logansport Weekly Pharos, Logansport Brewing was sold in 1894 to Ferdinand Krebs; Mrs. Binz three sons Frank, August, and William; and George Schmidt. In September of 1894, August Binz resigned as bookkeeper.
John G. Kelp was the first manager of the Columbia Brewing Company when it was re-formed in 1894. By 1913 it had been greatly enlarged with an ice plant, 45 employees, and produced 25,000 barrels of beer that year. Brands included Logan Brew.
The K. G. Schmidt Brewing company of Chicago was owned from the 1860s until prohibition by the Schmidt family, Kaspar and his son George K.
George was appointed City Controller of Chicago in 1928 but when he lost the mayoral election against "Big Bill" Thompson in the 1932s he moved to Logansport. During prohibition he refurbished the closed Logansport Brewery and, in 1935, re-opened it as the K.G. Schmidt brewery with his sons G.K. Junior (secretary) and Ernst (vice president).
George K. died in 1939.
This division went bankrupt around 1950. The ensuing court case involved Schlitz Brewing and wasn't settled until after 1978.
Also see The Hunt for G. K. Schmidt if you're interested in duck decoys.
|The United Brewery Workers Union No 78 was organized in Logansport in 1892.|
|The Chandler's 1868 Business Directory for Indiana lists a brewery in Jonesboro (then spelled Jonesborough). It was owned by Robert Corder.|
|Indiana Brewing Association
Marion Brewing Association
Indiana Brewing Company
1887 - 1913
(photo courtesy Bruce Mobley)
|This was reputed to be one of
the largest and best-equipped breweries in northern Indiana at the time. It
was located at 1550 Railroad Ave (now 525 Lincoln Blvd.)
In 1909 it bought the local paper, The Dawn. This was during a "local option" temperance campaign.
Brands included Bottled Tiger and Indiana Beer "The Pride of the State". Peak capacity was 40,000 bbls.
The Kiley Brewing Company bought the assets after prohibition.
1934 - 1942
Their main brand was Patrick Henry. The address was
525 Lincoln Blvd.
They advertised heavily in Ohio and Wisconsin in the 1930s.
Slogans: "Masters of All Ale, Stout, Half-and-Half", "Patrick Henry, The beer with an ale base".
Capacity topped out at 200,000 bbls.
In 1936 they ran into an embarrassing situation when the sales agent was named one of the highest salaried people in the country. See the newpaper article here.
|Fox Deluxe Brewing
1942 - 1951
|In 1942, Kiley and the Patrick Henry brand ended up in the Grand Rapids, MI division of Peter Fox out of Chicago. The brands were Fox Deluxe and Silver Fox. Production ended in Marion in 1951.|
|George Rettig & Son
1859 - 1867
Rettig & Cole
James O. Cole
|James Omer Cole and George
Rettig went to California in 1850 to do some gold prospecting. Rettig
returned to Peru after 4 years and Cole continued on in California, opening
Cole returned from California in 1867 and had saved $30,000. This was well enough to buy into the Rettig brewery and have a family fruit farm in South Peru (annexed by Peru in 1914).
The firm of Rettig & Cole is referenced in official documents in August 4, 1877 as owners of land that through which a ditch would pass. Production was large for the time at 6,940 bbls peak.
Franklin J. Blair was killed in an explosion at Cole's Brewery on July 18, 1885. Or maybe it was Maurice Burch, or on July 25th.
George Rettig is listed as having "interests in brewery, pork packing & real estate" in 1888 according to the book "Here We Live Over the Last Fifty Years", Peru and Miami County, 1885-1935 by Patricia Jones Settle.
The Cole Brewery was unionized by 1891 but that union disbanded that year. An effort to re-form the union was attempted in 1901.
There is reference to J. O. Cole being the proprietor of Peru Brewery in 1905. By this time production was up to 12,000 bbls annually.
Their beer, a bock among other styles, was bottled in corked embossed bottles as shown at the left as well as 1-quart stoppered bottles.
The Cole brewing operation ended with local option prohibition. By that time the family had a traveling circus and also continued the Cole Bros. Natural Spring Water using the same spring that supplied the brewery. This was sold in 2005 and 2006 by the Cole Water Company, 52 Strawtown Pike, Peru. That company was sold to IdeaSphere Inc.
Cole Porter, born 1891, was given his his mother's maiden name (J.O. Cole's daughter).
The only other references to Andrew Baldner found are marriage records in Peru of him to Rosina Zehry in 1854 and to Theressa Roedel in 1865.
|Hinton & Co.
|The 1886 Miami Business Gazette lists a Hinton & Co. as brewers and wholesale ice.|
This was located east of the woolen mill near the canal east of the city.
1857 - 1884
During the Civil War, "Mr. Hoham put in a substitute, whose name was Alexandria Dunlap, and paid him $800." (same source as above)
John Klinghammer was born in the Alsace region of France and emigrated to the U.S. By 1874 he was living in Plymouth and had a management role in the Hoham family brewery having married Magdalena Hoham.
Klinghammer's daughter, Mary, married Jacob Weckerle, a local saloon keeper, and he joined the business in 1874.
The brewery produced 1,585 bbls of beer at peak. We have not been able to find any brand names used.
The Hoham Mansion (pictured) on Ind 17 on the southwest edge of Plymouth has a cellar dug in 1857 in the yard under 9 feet of dirt. Down there are two rooms, each 70 by 20 feet with high vaulted roofs and dirt floors. Brick vats in these rooms were made for storage of a lager beer made in this private brewery. These rooms were also reportedly used as part of the Underground Railroad.
|We've seen an amber bottle, purportedly from the 1890's, for sale on eBay that is embossed "Henry Stien, Plymouth IND".|
|Eidleman & Haslett
???? - 1870?
Eidleman may have continued brewing and is possibly the same person involved in this story:
1873 - 1876
Metzler was also a pharmacist in town.
A story is told in the Rochester News-Sentinel about people stopping at the Metzler Brewery in 1886 (located in a triangular plot north of the Erie Railroad tracks and between them and Monticello road, west of Main Street).
|Geo. O. Harlan &
Co. operated a distillery in Rochester in 1860 through around 1900.
There are 3 distilleries listed in Rochester around 1900, George O. Harlan and Co., Metzler Brewery, and S. Wagoner & Co.
A bottling works was built in Rochester in 1900 by Howell & Wesson. They bottled soft drinks and beer.
YesterYear In Print about Warsaw of 1862-1863 "A fanning mill, a
brewery, and two foundries were in Warsaw about this time."
Lang & Randels built a brewery in Warsaw in 1864.
William Augustine had an ice house on North Lake Street from 1865 to 1869 as well as a brewery.
The Warsaw Daily Times of October 19, 1901 says "That old church edifice after the Warners left his county and settled in Iowa became the frame-work for the first brewery and the only one that Warsaw ever had." This does not describe when, what church, which brewery, or where it was located.
The Old Jail Museum in Warsaw has a "blob-top" bottle of Athrope beer bottled in that town sometime around 1910.
The Mad Anthony Brewing Company of Fort Wayne opened a tied house restaurant in Warsaw in 2008. No brewing is done at that location.
Copyright 2004, 2006, Bob Ostrander