Tuesday’s ad is for Bières du Lion, from maybe the 1940s. From the late 1800s until the 1980s, poster art really came into its own, and in Europe a lot of really cool posters, many of them for breweries, were produced. I’ve been posting vintage European posters all last year and will continue to do so in 2020. This poster was created for Brasserie du Lion (sometimes referred to as Grande Brasserie du Lion) which is located in Tournai (known in Dutch as Doornik and historically as Dornick in English), and is a Walloon municipality of Belgium. As far as I can tell, it was founded in 1892 as Brasserie Auguste, and after 1910 was known by a variety of names, including Brasserie de Ligne, Brasserie de l’Alliance, and Grande Brasserie du Lion Tournai. Although it seems possible the original Brassier du Lion was founded in Tournai and acquired the brewery in Ligne, renaming it. One source claims it was known as Brasserie de Ligne from 1910 to 1914, and then again from 1929 to 1940. Also, some sources say it wasn’t known as du Lion until 1940, but I have found letters with the Brasserie du Lion letterhead dated in 1935. I don’t know who the artist is who created this poster.
Archives for August 4, 2020
Today is the birthday of William J. Seib (August 4, 1836-after 1901). He was born in Germany and learned to brew there. When he was 18, in 1854, he emigrated to the United States and worked at several breweries in the Detroit area, including Stroh’s. He worked for several additional breweries before becoming the brewmaster at Conrad Seipp Brewery of Chicago, Illinois, a position he held for nearly two decades until his retirement in 1901, after fifty years in the brewing industry. He must have been very well regarded because he’s referred to as “the dean of American brewmasters.” Seib was one of three men appointed to draft the charter of the Master Brewers’ Association of the United States, along with Louis Frisch and Charles J. Schmidt, which was founded on April 14, 1887.
This is a short biography when he retired from brewing in 1901, when he was 64, from the American Brewers’ Review:
And this biography is from when Seib celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary.
Today is also the birthday of Aaron Mateychuk, former brewmaster of Watch City Brewing in Waltham, Massachusetts. I met Aaron during CBC week when the Craft Brewers Conference was in Boston in 2009, and we almost got together when he was in San Francisco a couple of years ago, but kept crossing paths instead. More recently, Aaron’s running the Lookout Farm Brewing & Hard Cider Co. in Natick, Massachusetts. Join me in wishing Aaron a very happy birthday.
Note: The first two photos purloined from Facebook, and the last is from Lookout’s website.
Today is the birthday of Julius Deglow (August 1823-August 4, 1885). He was born in Germany sometime in August, though the exact date is unknown, but since we know he died on August 4, that’s as good a date as any. He moved to Covington, Kentucky as a young man. In 1866, he founded what would become the Bavarian Brewing Co. Although ownership would pass to others, the brewery remained in business in some form until 1966.
This obituary of Deglow is from the Kentucky State Journal in Newport:
The many friends of Mr. Julius H. Deglow, the prominent tanner of Covington, will regret to learn of his rather sudden death Tuesday at about 1:30 o’clock. The deaths of Mr. Deglow and his wife are of a peculiarly sad nature. About three months ago they went to Germany to be cured of an illness, but not meeting with success, Mrs. Deglow came home to spend her last days. In a few days after her arrival she died. A telegram was sent Mr. Deglow in Germany, but he never received it, and he knew nothing of his wife’s death until he arrived in Cincinnati on Monday night. This sad news so affected him that he, too, died at his country residence on the Lexington pike about an hour after his arrival and taking his bed.
The Wikipedia page for the Bavarian Brewing Co. mentions Deglow, of course, since he founded the brewery, though how long he remained as an owner is unclear.
After the brewery was established as DeGlow & Co., new ownership interests within just a couple of years resulted in several change to its name beginning in 1868, including DeGlow, Best & Renner. However, in 1873, it was established as the Bavarian Brewery Co. Over the next several years the brewery operated under this name, but ownership interests varied. John Meyer obtained controlling interest and the brewery operated under his name for a short time, starting in 1879. Then in 1882, a German immigrant named William Riedlin, who established a saloon and beer hall called Tivoli Hall in the Over The Rhine area of Cincinnati, entered into partnership with John Meyer. It operated as the Meyer-Riedlin Brewery before Riedlin purchased controlling interest in the brewery from Meyer, incorporated the business under its former name and became president in 1889.
The Kenton County Public Library also has a history of the Bavarian Brewery, and again Deglow figured only very briefly in the first paragraph.
Bavarian Brewery can be traced back to the year 1866 when Julius Deglow and Charles L. Best began operating a small brewery on Pike Street in Lewisburg. In 1869, the brewery officially became known as Bavarian. William Riedlin and John Meyer were the next owners of the brewery. They purchased Bavarian in 1882. Seven years later, Riedlin became the sole owner. Anton Ruh was hired as the brew master.
Today is my friend Rod DeWitt’s 63rd birthday. Rod is the Director of Plant Engineering & Process Control at Anderson Valley Brewing Co. in Boonville. Rod also played drums in the Rolling Boil Blues Band. Join me is wishing Rod a very happy birthday.
Rod DeWitt, on the roof showing me the view depicted on every bottle of Anderson Valley Brewing during a private tour in May of 2006.