Inky Beer Factoid: January 6

On this day in 1987, the Old Milwaukee logo above was abandoned by the company. The logo above was in use from 1983-87. Since then, the following logos were used to market this historical beer. Photo References  

Inky Beer Factoid: November 28

On this day in 1932, entertainer, Groucho Marx made his first radio debut.  Groucho was without a doubt, intelligent and quick-witted in his impromptu comedy performances.  If you’ve never had an opportunity to listen to one of his radio shows, you are in luck.  They can be easily found with a little savviness on the…

Inky Beer Factoid: October 18

On this day in 1971, The Oshkosh Brewing Company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin stops making beer after 107 years.  At this time, Oshkosh was brewing 20,000 bbls. Only a few weeks later, Theodore Mack Sr., at Peoples Brewing, purchased the popular brands; Chief Oshkosh, Badger, Rahr’s, and Lebrau and continued for a couple more years until…

Inky Beer Factoid: September 1

On September 1, 1900, four of the local breweries in La Crosse, Wisconsin, were consolidated into one huge brewery, named the “La Crosse Brewing Company.” The local breweries consolidated were the C & J Michel Brewing Company, the G. Heileman Brewing Company, the Franz Bartl Brewing Company, and the Zeisler and Sons Brewery. Currently, the…

Beer Factoid: July 12

On this day in 1919, Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Brewing Company introduced a “near beer” called PEP to the public just 12 days after beer became illegal due to the Wartime Prohibition Act. Even though Oshkosh tried to promote and sell this new product to the public, it wasn’t a huge hit by beer lovers.

Beer Factoid: July 5

On this day in 1996, Lakefront Brewery brewed the first government approved gluten-free beer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They named this organic beer the New Grist.  What’s in this gluten-free beer? New Grist contains “water, rice, sorghum, hops, and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses”.

Inky’s travels in Wisconsin

Hello friends! Inky recently returned from the great state of WI and uncovered a few photos that you might like. Get ready for travel, antiques, graffiti, sunsets, art, beer, and more art and beer from my travel from Colorado to Wisconsin. Enjoy!

Ink: Collins’ Sisters

A long time ago, my sister Carly mentioned that she would not get a tattoo unless all three of us got the same one. (Thanks for making this happen, Carly!) Around Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, my two sisters (Lisa and Carly) and I headed over to Lake Geneva Tattoo to get matching ink. Thanks to…

Inky Beer is off to get an education!

In only one month, Inky Beer will head to Madison, WI to attend the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) Brewing and Distilling Course! During the course, we will learn topics, such as: Alternative and High-Gravity Fermentations, Fruit, and Barrel Use Barley Varieties and Production Beer Flavor Training Brewery Case Studies Brewery Tour Brewing…

Support Wisconsin’s Homebrew Bill

Click here to read more about supporting Wisconsin’s Homebrewing Bill. Home of excellent and historical breweries, help Wisconsin’s government make good decisions about the future of homebrewing today! Cheers.