History of the Evansville Brewing
brewery was founded as the Fulton Avenue Brewery in 1862 by John Hartmetz.
The Evansville Brewery has grown to become the
12th largest brewer
States, producing over 500,000 barrels annually. The Evansville Brewing Company
sells beer both domestically and internationally.
Sixteen breweries graced the river town of Evansville in 1862,
competing for the thirsty trade of this bustling port. One small brewery,
that was first set up on the banks of the Ohio, was taken over by noted
brewmaster John Hartmetz in 1877.
Hartzmetz guided the young brewery
through the "Great Beer Wars" of the 1890s. It then became a large regional
brewery with a national reputation for quality, producing its famous Sterling
Through the hard years of prohibition, the "Sterling Brewery"
developed techniques to survive, and continued to grow while keeping traditional
quality practices intact.
During WWII, the brewery welcomed the boys
home on leave with ice cold beer, and provided jobs for the veterans when
it was over.
The Sterling Brewery continued to grow, and became part
of brewing giant G. Heilmann Company of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. In 1988 the
brewery returned to local ownership and became known as Evansville Brewing
And the tradition continues . .
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