Thursday’s ad is for “Rheingold Beer,” from 1954. This ad was made for the Rheingold Brewery, which was founded by the Liebmann family in 1883 in New York, New York. At its peak, it sold 35% of all the beer in New York state. In 1963, the family sold the brewery and in was shut down in 1976. In 1940, Philip Liebmann, great-grandson of the founder, Samuel Liebmann, started the “Miss Rheingold” pageant as the centerpiece of its marketing campaign. Beer drinkers voted each year on the young lady who would be featured as Miss Rheingold in advertisements. In the 1940s and 1950s in New York, “the selection of Miss Rheingold was as highly anticipated as the race for the White House.” The winning model was then featured in at least twelve monthly advertisements for the brewery, beginning in 1940 and ending in 1965. Beginning in 1941, the selection of next year’s Miss Rheingold was instituted and became wildly popular in the New York Area. This ad announces that “Adrienne Garrett Elected Miss Rheingold 1954.” Garrett was born in California and initially lived in Santa Monica before her family moved to Westchester County, New York, when she was two, where she was raised and graduated from Westchester High School. After graduation, she spent three years as a secretary for a television network — ABC — before embarking on a modeling career, doing primarily commercial product work. Newspaper accounts claim she’s either 22 or 24-years-old, depending on the article, and I’ve been unable to confirm anything more precise. She appeared to be married with a one-year-old son, so Garrett may not be her maiden name, making it harder to find her biographical information. There’s plenty that include her measurements, shoe and dress size, and even hobbies (She loved to sew, swim and ice-skate). Her mother was a California model, and she was apparently being screen-tested when she became pregnant, which derailed her plans to start an acting career. But it seems to have all worked out in the end. In this ad, from May, she’s in her garden planting spring flowers.
Archives for December 1, 2022
Today is the birthday of Susan Boyle, who describes herself as a “Beverage Consultant and Researcher. Performer, Playwright, freelance Arts Facilitator and maker of Brigid’s Ale.” She makes the Braggot with her sister Judith at Two Sisters Brewing in Kildare, Ireland. We met a couple of years ago judging at the Brussels Beer Challenge and discovered we’re kindred spirits, especially when it comes to frites. Please join me in wishing Susan a very happy birthday.
Having dinner at Boelekewis in Belgium this August.
Susan, Carl Kins, Stephen Beaumont and Chris Swersey in Mechelen.
On a fry crawl in Belgium.
Susan, me, Chris Swersey and Cark Kins at Cantillon.
Outstanding in her field.
As a Viking with her sister Judith at the Kildare Medieval Festival.
Note: Last two photos purloined from Facebook.
Today is the birthday of William Krug (December 1, 1857-June 21, 1910). He was the grandson of Fredrick Krug, who was the “German-immigrant founder of the Frederick Krug Brewing Company of Omaha, Nebraska. Krug is often cited as one of the early settlers of Omaha. In addition to operating the brewery for almost the entire duration of his life, Krug operated Krug Park in the Benson community and was the president of the Home Fire Insurance Company, which was founded in Omaha in 1884.” His son Frederick H. was involved in the business, and was treasurer, but passed away when he was only 44, five years before his father passed away. William also passed away young, nine years before his grandfather died, and fours before his father, but was vice-president and GM of the brewery when he died.
This is a short biography or obituary from Find-a-Grave:
Married Katherine Griesedeck. Oldest son of Fredrick Krug and was the head of Krug Brewery at the time of his death. He was an investor in the development of fair grounds and was on the board of directors of the Omaha Driving Park Association. He was test driving a Stearns automobile driven by Mr. Wallace of Wallace Auto Company, when another car crashed into them at the intersection of 34th and Leavenworth. William was thrown from the car fracturing his skull on the curb dying instantly. He lived at 818 S. 20th Street.
The brewery in 1920.
“The Fred Krug Brewery was located at 2435 Deer Park Boulevard in Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 1859, Krug Brewery was the first brewery in the city. Krug was one of the “Big 4” brewers located in Omaha, which also included the Storz, Willow Springs and Metz breweries. Later sold to Falstaff in 1936, the facility closed in 1987.
And in its heyday.
This is a short history of the brewery.
In 1859 Frederick Krug established the Krug Brewery with an original output of one and a half barrels a day. In 1878 the brewery was located on Farnam between 10th & 11th Streets in Downtown Omaha, and by 1880 it was brewing approximately 25,000 barrels a year. In 1894 the brewery moved to 29th & Vinton Street near South Omaha. It cost $750,000 and was reportedly one of the best equipped breweries in the country. Omaha’s historic Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot is the only remaining building from the original Krug Brewery.
You wouldn’t believe there was such difference in beers until you use one Krug’s popular brands. They are uniform perfectly brewed and well-aged absolutely pure and leave no bad after effects. The kind of beer that acts as a tonic and a system builder. Order a trial case and begin to enjoy. – Text from a 1910 advertisement by Fred Krug Brewing Company.
Krug brewed beer under several labels: Fred Krug, Cabinet, and Luxus. Krug supported an amateur baseball team called Luxus, taking them as far as the Amateur Baseball World Championship in 1915.
Today is the 70th birthday — The Big 7-O — of Randy Mosher, longtime homebrewer, author, brewery consultant and graphic designer. Randy’s had his own consulting business since the early 1990s, Randy Mosher Consulting and Design, and has been an instructor at the Siebel Institute since 2003. He’s also a partner in 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and Forbidden Root. He’s also the author of Tasting Beer, Beer for All Seasons, and several more books on beer and homebrewing. Join me in wishing Randy a very happy birthday.