Saturday’s ad is for Frank Fehr Brewing Co.’s Bock Beer, probably from the 1890s. The brewery was located in Louisville, Kentucky, but started out as the Otto Brewery. Its name changed to Frank Fehr in 1890, and remained that name until it closed in 1964. It’s a twofer, with not one, but two, goats standing over a barrel of their bock, with “Try Our” on the head and “Bock Beer” just below.
Tuesday’s ad is for Geo. Wiedemann Bock Beer, from around 1910, but definitely pre-prohibition. The Geo. Wiedemann Brewery was in Newport, Kentucky. But continuing Bock Week, it’s another beautiful illustration of a goat and his beer.
Thursday’s ad is for Falls City beer, a Louisville, Kentucky brand that was founded in 1905 that lasted until 1978. This is the second somewhat surreal ad for this brewery, the first was Falls City Gives You More. Like that first one, they seem to favor ads that rhyme, too. The ad copy is “Two Big Reasons Why Fall City is the Beer to Buy.” And the two reasons? They’re class, as well. “* Pasteurized * Bitter-free.” The big face in the foreground looks out of perspective somehow; it looks too big, too in your face.
- BBC Brewing Co.
- Beer Engine
- Better Days Brewing
- BJ’s Restaurant Brewery
- Bluegrass Brewing
- Browning’s Brewery
- Cumberland Brews Restaurant & Brewery
- Hofbräuhaus Newport
- Lexington Brewing and Distilling
- Red Ear Brewing
Kentucky Brewery Guides
Guild: None Known
State Agency: Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Capital: Frankfort
- Largest Cities: Louisville, Lexington – Fayette, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington
- Population: 4,041,769; 25th
- Area: 40411 sq.mi., 37th
- Nickname: Bluegrass State
- Statehood: 15th, June 1, 1792
- Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
- Number of Breweries: 13
- Rank: 39th
- Beer Production: 2,625,938
- Production Rank: 27th
- Beer Per Capita: 19.1 Gallons
- Bottles: 38.4%
- Cans: 58.4%
- Kegs: 6.6%
- Per Gallon: $0.08
- Per Case: $0.18
- Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $2.50
- Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $2.50
- 11% wholesale sales tax; 6% on premise sales tax. Wholesale tax changed in 2005 from 9% to 11%.
Economic Impact (2010):
- From Brewing: $124,158,766
- Direct Impact: $769,002,906
- Supplier Impact: $337,841,508
- Induced Economic Impact: $433,361,880
- Total Impact: $1,540,206,295
- Control State: No
- Sale Hours: On Premises: 6 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Monday through Saturday
Off Premises: 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Sundays
- Grocery Store Sales: Yes
- Notes: Local ordinance may vote to permit Sunday sales at restaurants. Sales from 2–4 a.m. only in Louisville. As of 2005 Sunday sales were allowed per state law, but may still be prohibited in some areas by local ordinance (as of early 2006, such a situation existed with smaller cities within Louisville Metro, though these cities have since changed local ordinances).
Alcohol sale restriction and wet/dry (both by drink and package) allowed by both county and city local option. Approximately 53 counties in the state (mostly eastern and southern counties) are dry, all alcohol sale and possession prohibited; 16 “moist” counties (with “wet” cities allowing package liquor sales in counties otherwise dry); 21 counties that are otherwise dry but have communities with local option that allow sales of liquor by the drink or under special exemptions allowing sales at wineries. Majority of wet counties around major metropolitan areas in state (Louisville, Lexington, Covington, Owensboro, Paducah).
Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.
For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.
Wednesday’s ad is for Falls City Brewing, a mostly obscure brewery from Louisville, Kentucky that operated from 1905 to 1978. They’re probably most well-known nationally for Billy Beer, created with Billy Carter, President Jimmy Carter’s less-successful brother. Looking at the record-player and the records in the ad — dude, get your hands off that vinyl, don’t you know how to hold a record? — I’m guessing it’s late 50s, and on closer inspection it’s copyrighted 1956. Parts of the ad copy are hilarious. “real cool … with plenty of cold.” But this is my favorite: “It’s pasteurized to guard its Magic Flavor.”