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Maytag Dumps Anchor Brewery

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 28, 2010

Well, enough of the “Fritz,” the pioneer of craft brewing. The investment and consulting company, The Griffin Group, has purchased the 70-man San Francisco operation. Of course, when he purchased the faded brewery in 1965 with the kind of old money that craft brewers never had the advantage of, he was lauded as a brewing visionary, but at the time, Mister Maytag didn’t even know there was a beer movement. No one did.

More at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/27/anchor-brewing-sold-griff_n_554464.html

I had a hell of a time a few years back when trying to get a simple food recipe with an Anchor beer product included for my book, Beer & Food: An American History. One of his reps wanted to flood me with so much long-winded info, history and mythos about Maytag, in addition to the recipe, that the moment that I explained that I was dealing with about 40 breweries and could only mention a nice teaser about the breweries, they stopped speaking to me.

So many other nationwide micros and regionals were very understanding in the editorial problems of writing and getting a long-winded 700-page book published, that they were very willing to send me a concise burb about their breweries and founders rather that the War & Peace approach. While Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company wrote the foreword for the book, even he kept it to a tight few paragraphs.

Quite an ego. Maytag will remain with the company as chairman emeritus.

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Carlsberg Workers Strike Over LUNCH-ONLY Beer Breaks

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 12, 2010

“Wow…Danish brewery employees say “NO!” to rolling out the barrels over new beer break policy.

For anyone who’s been to Europe, it’s interesting to note how liberal the paradoxical role that beer, or alcohol consumption in general, has carved out in the customs and attitude of of Western Europeans while also enforcing stringent regulations on driving and blood/alcohol levels.

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Geoffrey Baer at Channel 11, WTTW Talks About Schlitz Tied-Houses On “Chicago Tonight,” April 10, 7 P.M

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 10, 2008

I fed his producer a bunch of info about the former Schlitz saloons in Chicago. It’ll be interesting to see if I get a “Contributor” mention.

From the WTTW site;

Ask Geoffrey
Is there something in your neighborhood you’ve always wanted to know more about? Our resident Chicago expert Geoffrey Baer joins us to answer many of those questions in a new segment called “Ask Geoffrey.”

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I hope the topic gets the attention it deserves.

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Conflict Over Historic Brewery Comes To A Head

Posted by Bob Skilnik on July 8, 2007

Conflict over historic brewery comes to a head: Allentown set to prosecute owner over Neuweiler building’s poor condition.
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Released : Sunday, July 08, 2007 4:00 AMJul. 8–Since rolling out its last barrel nearly four decades ago, the Neuweiler Brewery has sat mostly empty, fading from its architectural glory and serving as a symbol of Allentown’s failure to capitalize on its waterfront.

The brewery on N. Front Street went bankrupt in 1968. Since then, it has been the subject of a lawsuit, site of a chemical spill and accumulator of unpaid taxes. It also has joined the National Register of Historic Places.

Yet, for many people, the brewery — even with its ornamental brick facade, Greek granite portico and copper cupola — simply has become part of the backdrop at the edge of downtown. For those living in the neighborhood, where many people don’t stay long, it’s always been just another empty building.

But like other decaying buildings in Allentown and along other city waterfronts, this one finally is getting more attention.

Tired of the brewery’s New Jersey owner, Stuart Kellner, ignoring demands to shore up the site, city officials are preparing to prosecute him under state building code law, a step up from city ordinances.

Tired of waiting for Kellner to make repairs to keep passers-by safe, the city also is preparing to fix the brewery on its own. The Allentown Redevelopment Authority is moving toward condemning it, as it did with the Colonial Theater on Hamilton Street, to secure it and seek a redeveloper.

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Teamsters still foaming over ejection by brewer Yuengling

Posted by Bob Skilnik on May 28, 2007

POTTSVILLE, Pa. – Dick Yuengling Jr., fifth-generation owner of the brewery that bears his name, called his employees together a few weeks before their labor contract was set to expire to talk about the future of the business.

“Read between the lines,” he told them at one point, according to government documents on the management-union feud that followed.

Depending upon whom you ask, Yuengling’s speech was either a pep talk to urge employees to work harder or an ultimatum to dump the Teamsters union, which is what they did.

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