Saturday’s ad is for “Hamm’s,” from 1904. This ad was made for Hamm’s Brewing, which was founded in 1865 by Theodore Hamm in St. Paul, Minnesota. At its peak, it was the 5th largest brewery in America, and operated facilities in five cities, including San Francisco, L.A., Baltimore and Houston, in addition to the original brewery in Minnesota. This one features two windows, one with a bottle of beer in it and the other with what is presumably a view of the City of St. Paul, with the tagline below: “Hamm’s when you want Beer.” But it’s the headline at the top that is the point of the ad. It says: “Two Reasons.” And it’s the answer to the question below the headline. “Why all St. Paul [Minnesota] people who drink Beer should drink Hamm’s.” The answer is 1) it’s “best beer sold in St. Paul,” and 2) “Hamm’s Beer is Made in St. Paul.”
Archives for November 6, 2021
Today is the birthday of John N. Straub (November 6, 1810-November 1891). He was born in Darmstadt, Germany, and emigrated at age 20 to the U.S., in 1830, landing initially in Baltimore, but as soon as he was able moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1831, he founded the John N. Straub Brewery and became what is believed to be the first lager brewer there. As far as I can tell, he is not related to the Straub Brewery in nearby St. Marys, Pennsylvania, although its founder Peter Straub did work for John N. Straub when he first came to America, before starting his own brewery. The John N. Straub Brewery also had a branch in Allegheny, and in 1899, it became a branch of the Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
This biography by his son is from “100 Years of Brewing:”
This short obituary is from the Brewers Journal:
And this is a short history of the brewery itself, also from “100 Years of Brewing.”