Monday’s ad is for “Rheingold Beer,” from 1955. 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. Nancy Woodruff was elected Miss Rheingold 1955.” She was born in Detroit Michigan in 1933, but was raised in San Leandro, California. Humorously, one newspaper reported she attended “San Leandro high school in San Francisco,” and not in … San Leandro. When she was 18, two years ago, she moved to New York City to pursue a modeling career. She entered the 1952 Miss Rheingold contest and was chosen as a finalist, but lost to Mary Austin that year. But she tried again in 1954, and well, here we are. I’m not sure how her career fared after this year, as there’s not much information I could find. Apparently, she did some early television, but mostly commercial work. She married stock broker Jack Paul Adler of New York in 1956, and they appear to have had two children, before moving to Naples, Florida at some point. She passed away in early 2004. In this newspaper item, from May 22, 1955, they’re reporting on Miss Rheingold 1955 attending a reunion for Rutgers’ graduates, leading a parade and acting as “queen for a day” at the event.
Archives for February 6, 2023
Historic Beer Birthday: Henry Miller
Today is the birthday of Henry Miller (February 6, 1857-August 19, 1902). He was born in Pennsylvania, and was originally a furniture salesman. But later in life he co-founded the Duquesne Brewing Company in 1899, serving as its first president. They were one of the first breweries to pasteurize their bottled beer, the original Duquesne Lager and Silver Top, which quickly began outselling local and out-of-state competitors, and turning the business it into a large regional brewer. But in 1905, they merged with 16 breweries in the area to create the Independent Brewing Co. of Pittsburgh. They survived prohibition and by 1940 were the nation’s eighth-largest brewery, but closed for good in 1972.
There wasn’t much information, or even a picture, I could find of Miller. But here is a short obituary of him from the American Brewers Review:
Historic Beer Birthday: George Wiedemann Jr.
Today is the birthday of George Wiedemann Jr. (February 6, 1866-March 26, 1901). He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of George Wiedemann Sr., who founded the George Wiedemann Brewing Co. in 1870, in Newport, Kentucky. After his father passed away in 1890, he and his brother sons continued to run the business. After prohibition, the brewery merged with G. Heileman Brewing Company, and in 1967 was operated as the Wiedemann Division of the G. Heileman Brewing Company, Inc. The brewery was closed in 1983.
This is Wiedmann Junior’s obituary from the American Brewers’ Review from April 20, 1901:
Here’s another obituary from the Kentucky Advocate West:
And this obit is from the Cincinnati Enquirer:
And finally, this is from the Cincinnati Post:
Beer Birthday: Brian Ford
Today is the 59th birthday of Brian Ford, owner/brewer at the Auburn Alehouse near Sacramento, California. Brian previously brewed at Beermann’s Beerworks, but left before they closed well over a decade ago. His new place is in an old historic building, a really cool space, where he’s making some more great beer, and next year they’ll celebrate their 15-year anniversary. Join me in wishing Brian a very happy birthday.
Brian and Lisa at their Get’r Started Party in 2015.
Brian pouring his beer at the Raley Field Beerfest in 2007.
And here’s Brian with Glynn Phillips, from Rubicon, at the same event.
Rich Norgrove, from Bear Republic and Brian, bookending Dave Morrow from DBI, at the Celebrator’s 25th Anniversary Party in 2013.