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Indiana became a state in 1816 and in that
year our first two commercial breweries opened. Since then over 350 licensed
breweries have offered cool, refreshing beer to Hoosiers, made by Hoosiers. 200
years of history.
chronicles, city by city, the rise from small family backyard breweries,
breweries at religious orders, large factory breweries, two prohibition periods,
massive mega-conglomerates, brewpubs, and back to small family-owned breweries
that offer a wide variety of beers directly to customers fresh at the brewery.
$21.99 publisher's suggested price
Bob Ostrander &
Derrick Morris have provided us a detailed journey through the rich heritage and
tradition of brewing beer in Indiana.
The beer memorabilia including the
fascinating pictures of actual cans and bottles displays the inherent pride
these Hoosier brewers possessed in their brands.
The figures on number of
breweries and their barrel production will surprise you and it all leads to the
final chapter on the Modern Era with the current rebirth in Indiana-produced
- Jeff Eaton,
Owner/Brewer, Barley Island Brewing Company and Board Member/Secretary, Brewer's
of Indiana Guild
Hoosier Beer is a splendid overview of
Indiana's brewing saga from the early 19th century settlement to the present. I
reads like a conversation with the convivial Bob Ostrander and offers a peek
into Derrick Morris' in-depth collection of beer memorabilia.
You can access information about the
hundred-plus breweries that came and went, 1800s to 1990, in a variety of
formats: by region and community; alphabetically by name of brewery; along a
timeline; by breweries and brands. Ever on the trail of uncovering new data,
Ostrander squeezes in an addenda - "Breweries We Have Uncovered Since This Book
Went to the Publisher."
The modern era of brewpubs and
production breweries 1990-2011 is arranged alphabetically by city, Aurora to
Wilbur, with a chart of who is still in operation and which are in the process
of opening. For the casual reader the first 206 pages will provide a pleasant
journey with details about each brewery and introductions to the brewing method
and collecting. For the more scholarly reader, the notes, bibliography and
appendices entice further explorations.
(4 stars out of 5)
- Rita Kohn, Nuvo, Indy's
Alternative, Aug 10, 2011
Crack open a bottle of
Champagne Velvet and dive into the first complete
history of brewing in Indiana, where the beer history is
as old as the state itself. Three-hundred-plus breweries
have churned out the good stuff for thirsty Hoosiers,
and this city-by-city guide gives readers a sample of
every spot, allowing time to savor the flavor while
sharing the hidden aspects, like the brave and hearty
brewers who assisted the Underground Railforad and
Hoosier personality and spirit shine in the classic
labels and advertisements, many of which are displayed
here in vibrant color. Join Indiana beer enthusiasts Bob
Ostrander and Derrick Morris on a pub crawl through this
state's proud beer history.
Bob and Derrick
(picture courtesy Steve
Here are some stories you'll read about in this
A farm brewery was part of the Underground
Railroad during the Civil War and a speakeasy and bordello during Prohibition
(Hoham/Klinghammer in Plymouth).
A large brewery’s life was ended due to a labor
strike (F.W. Cook’s in Evansville).
One brewery was part of a utopian colony (New
Harmony), and one was part of an Archabbey (Saint Meinrad).
One brewery recovered from $3,000 debt in 1881
(Joseph Miller in Covington). Another brewery’s owner, when faced with a
$5,000 debt in 1889, committed suicide (Main Street Brewery in New Albany).
Several were in the back rooms of inns and
hotels—early examples of brewpubs.
One brewery bought the local newspaper in order
to change its editorial stance during a temperance campaign (Indiana Brewing
Association in Marion).
Some breweries were related to famous people,
including Hew Ainslie, Tony Hulman, Richard Lieber, Cole Porter, Knute
Howard Hawks, Governor Robert Orr and Kurt Vonnegut.
A brewery and distillery company started a
city’s fire department (Great Crescent in Aurora).
*Many breweries were taken over and managed by
the widows of the owners, and some were started and operated by women.
One brewery paid its sales manager $108,000 per
year during Prohibition (Kiley in Marion).
One brewery piped water from its spring to
neighbors during the Civil War—and even built a bathhouse (Spring Brewery in
One came to an ignominious end when the
president was arrested for income tax evasion after the ex-commissioner of the
IRS got a $363,000 tax bill reduced to a $35,000 refund (Indianapolis Brewing
Many brewery buildings have gone on to other
uses, including shopping malls, college classrooms, apartments and office
The first brewery in Fort Wayne, at the American
Fur Trading Company post, was started by Alexis Coquillard, the founder of
Brewery owners were jailed for selling bootleg
beer during Prohibition. One was given probation because people would be put
out of work (Huntington Brewery). One owner was jailed for bribing federal
Prohibition agents (Southern Indiana Brewing Company in New Albany).
Breweries owned or sponsored minor-league and
Negro League baseball teams. One sponsored the Notre Dame football team (Kamm’s
One brewery was built specifically to entice
settlers in the 1850s to buy land in a new community (Cephas Hawks in
One brewery closed three days before winning a
gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival (Evansville Brewing Co.).
Many were started by immigrants to the United
States from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland.
One “Brew on Premises” was set up where anyone
over twenty-one could brew his or her own beer.
Dozens of brewery owners served as mayors, bank
presidents or congressmen.
A surprising number of breweries burned
down—some multiple times. One man (Charles T. Doxey of Anderson) had a
brewery, a barrel stave factory, an opera house, a handle factory, a music
hall and a plate glass works destroyed by fire while he was a state senator, a
U.S. representative and running for governor.
One brewery opened a famous restaurant in
Chicago that is still operating (Berghoff in Fort Wayne).
One brewery was owned by a pipe organ builder
(Louis van Dinter in Mishawaka).
Three modern-era breweries were opened by
Inventions from Indiana led to the modern CO2
regulator, beer line cleaning equipment and corn-adjunct beers.
The largest of the old-line breweries made over
one million barrels (bbls) of beer annually (a barrel is sixty-one gallons;
Sterling, Drewrys and Falstaff).
The largest of the modern-era breweries has a
capacity of about fifteen thousand bbls (Three Floyds).
There was a lot of information that didn't fit
onto the printed pages of Hooser Beer. We've put it all in the Addenda here at the web site.
Associations are all new
Cities covered in Hoosier Beer by chapter:
Point, Hammond, Hobart, La Porte, Michigan City, North Judson, Mishawaka,
Columbia City, Decatur, Elkhart, Goshen, Huntington, Kendallville,
Ligonier, New Haven, Wabash, Waterloo, Vera Cruz
North Central Indiana
Bremen, Delphi, Logansport, Marion, Peru, Plymouth, Rochester, Warsaw
West Central Indiana
Bowling Green, Brazil, Covington, Crawfordsville, Greencastle, Harmony,
East Central Indiana
Anderson, Cambridge City, Connersville, Muncie, New Castle, Noblesville,
Richmond, Ridgeville, Shelbyville, Union City, Winchester
Batesville, Brookville, Columbus, Dover, Lawrenceburg, Madison, Napoleon, New
Alsace, Newtown, North Vernon, Oldenburg, Osgood, St. Leon, St. Peters, Salem,
Seymour, Sunman, West Harrison
Cannelton, Ferdinand, Haysville, Huntingburg, Jasper, Mount Vernon, New
Boston, New Harmony, Newburgh, Parker’s Settlement, Petersburg, Princeton,
Rockport, St. Meinrad, Tell City, Troy, Vincennes