1849
London-brewed Porter is flowing into Oshkosh More.

Two breweries are established in Oshkosh:
  • The Jacob Konrad Brewery on Lake Street More.
  • The Oshkosh Brewery of Joseph Schussler opens on Bay Shore Drive. Everything you need to know about this brewery can be found here, here and here.
1850s
Hop farms are springing up in and around Oshkosh.
  • A history of hops in Oshkosh is here.
  • A look at hop farming in Allenville is here (with an update here).
  • A look at when hops were king in Allenville is here.
  • A hoppy history of Delhi, now a ghost town, just west of Oshkosh is here.
  • Lorenzo Hinman is growing hops in the Town of Clayton. More.

1852
George Loescher’s Oshkosh Brewery goes into operation at what is now 1253 and 1283 Bay Shore Drive More. There are more stories about Loescher’s Oshkosh Brewery here and here.

1853
Oshkosh incorporates. We’re now a city!
    1854
    Anton Andrea purchases the Jacob Konrad Brewery. It comes to be known as the Lake Brewery. Its lineage will thread through the entire history of commercial brewing in Oshkosh More.

    Strong Ale from Scotland is flowing into Oshkosh More.

    1856
    The Fifth Ward Brewery is launched More.

    1858
    Oshkosh's love affair with bock beer is underway More
      1860
      The population of Oshkosh is 6,086.
      The city has 12 taverns and three breweries:
      • George Loescher runs the Oshkosh Brewery at the southwest corner of River and Eveline Streets.
      • The Lake Brewery, owned by Anton Andrea, is located near the shore of Lake Winnebago in the general proximity of the area currently addressed as 74 Lake Street.
      • Christian Kaehler is making beer at the Fifth Ward Brewery, sometimes called the Bush Brewery, near what is now the southeast corner of Algoma Boulevard and Vine Street.

      1865
      Civil War Veteran Charles Rahr and his brother August found The City Brewery.  Located at the foot of Rahr Avenue near the Shore of Lake Winnebago, the brewery would come to be known as the Rahr Brewing Company of Oshkosh More.

      The mysterious Rudolph Otten, is brewing beer in Oshkosh. Here’s what is known of Otten.

      1866
      August Horn and Leonhardt Schwalm open the Brooklyn Brewery along what is now the 1600 Block of Doty Street. Here's a full history of the brewery.

      Oshkosh is the second largest city in Wisconsin with a population of about 11,000. Only Milwaukee is larger. Oshkosh has 40 groceries, 30 Saloons and five breweries.

      1867
      Franz Wahle establishes a farm brewery on the south side of Oshkosh. More here.

      Hops have become a hot commodity in Oshkosh More.

      1869
      The Union Brewery run by John Glatz and Christian Elser begins producing beer More.

      Gustavus Bogk opens The Oshkosh City Beer and Pleasure Gardens at the end of Otter Ave.

      It’s the beginning of what will become the Oshkosh House Saloon on Ceape. This is another of those notorious Oshkosh saloons that’s now gone and left no trace. More here.

      The Farmers Beer Hall opens at the  southeast corner of North Main and Ceape. More here.

      1870s
      Leonard Schiffmann brews White Beer in Oshkosh More.

      White Beer grows in popularity. Here’s a look at the White Beer breweries of Oshkosh.

      The peak years for brewing in Winnebago County have arrived. The county has 11 breweries, an all-time high. Here’s a look at the locations of those breweries.

      Hop Farms are found everywhere in Winnebago County. More on that here and here.

      Independent beer bottlers begin setting up shop in Oshkosh. More here and here.

      And here’s a closer look at one of those bottlers, a man named Otto Villnow.

      Horse-drawn beer wagons are a familiar site on the streets of Oshkosh. Here’s a look at the beer wagons of Oshkosh.

      1871
      Fire! Glatz and Elser’s Union Brewery burns. More.

      1872
      Death! A man is boiled alive at Horn & Schwalm’s Brooklyn Brewery. More.

      1874
      George Condie opens a rough and tumble saloon on Ceape. Not a trace of it remains, but the colorful history of the place is told here.

      1875
      Lorenz Kuenzl opens the Gambrinus Brewery near what is now the intersection of Harney Avenue and Eveline Street. More here. And Kuenzl’s back story as the head brewer at the Stevens Point Brewery is here.

      Leonard G. Arnold launches a most unusual brewery on South Main Street. More here.

      Joseph Kloeckner opens a saloon that will be a fixture on Oshkosh’s southside for the next 45 years. More here.

      1877
      For $1.20 you can get a 12-pack of bottled beer in Oshkosh. Those are quart-sized bottles, by the way. Here’s a history of beer prices in Oshkosh.

      1878
      The Union Brewery of Glatz and Elser becomes Oshkosh's leading beer producer. Here are the production numbers for 1878.
      1. Union Brewery: 1,530 barrels
      2. Horn and Schwalm’s Brooklyn Brewery: 1,366 barrels
      3. Lorenz Kuenzl’s Gambrinus Brewery: 470 barrels
      4. Rahr’s City Brewery: 340 barrels
      5. Christian Kaehler’s Fifth Ward Bush Brewery: 140 barrels
      Fire! Frederick Loescher’s Oshkosh Brewery burns. More.

      1879
      Fire! Horn & Schwalm’s Brooklyn Brewery burns (more). A new, larger brewery is built in its place. The new brewhouse is made of brick and can produce more lager beer than any other brewery in Oshkosh.

      Leonard Schiffmann establishes a short-lived white beer (wheat beer) brewery at what would now be the 1800 block of Doty Street. Schiffmann had previously been a saloon keeper on Main Street and was also an early bottler of beer in Oshkosh. See one of his clay beer bottles (probably from the 1870s) here.

      1880s
      Kulmbacher-style beer is popular in Oshkosh More.

      Breweries in Oshkosh begin adding corn to their beer recipes. Read all about it, here. Not all of the brewers here are fond of using adjuncts, though. Here’s what Joseph Schussler had to say about it.

      1884
      Construction of the building that will become the Schlitz Beer Hall operated by Charles Maulick is complete. These days, it's known as Oblio’s. The whole story can be found here.

      Frank X. Thielen is importing beer from other cities. Thielen becomes the beer merchant of Oshkosh. More.

      1885
      IPA may have made its first appearance in Oshkosh this year. More here.

      1886
      English-brewed bitter beers are finding an appreciative audience in Oshkosh. More here and here.

      Milwaukee mega-brewery Schlitz is focusing its attention on Oshkosh. More.

      1887
      Sunday “Blue Laws” are being enforced in the city.

      1888
      An Oshkosh brewer's tragic death. Theodore Schwalm of Horn & Schwalm's Brooklyn Brewery passes More.

      1890
      Oshkosh is known for its rough and rowdy saloons. An example of one such place is here.

      1891
      Large, shipping breweries converge on Oshkosh. More.

      The competition from Milwaukee intensifies. Schlitz Brewing builds a bottling plant and distribution in the heart of Oshkosh. More.

      There are four family-owned breweries in Oshkosh: Lorenz Kuenzl's Gambrinus Brewery, Horn & Schwalm's Brooklyn Brewery, John Glatz & Son's Union Brewery, and Charles Rahr's City Brewery.

      Here's a look at Joe’s Sample Room, a typical pre-Prohibition Oshkosh saloon. It's now known as Jeff's On Rugby.

      1893
      Oshkosh brewers collude to fix prices and challenge their competitors. More.

      1894
      In an attempt to stave off competition from Milwaukee’s brewers, Oshkosh’s three largest breweries merge to form the Oshkosh Brewing Company. More.

      1896
      Pabst Brewing builds a new beer distribution plant in Oshkosh at 136 Jackson Street. The following year, the mammoth Milwaukee brewery constructs a new Oshkosh saloon named the Pabst Exchange at 600 Ohio Avenue. Both buildings are still intact More.

      1898
      Oshkosh saloon keepers are in open revolt against the domineering ways of the Oshkosh Brewing Company. More here.

      1899
      A look back at the Nigl Saloon at the northwest corner of 9th and Ohio.
      And here’s more on Joseph Nigl, the man who made that saloon into an Oshkosh institution.

      1900
      The Main St. saloon now known as Barley & Hops is built More.

      The saloon era in Oshkosh is in full flower. Take a look inside a few of the old places here and here.

      The Oshkosh Brewing Company introduces Gilt Edge Beer. More Here.

      The Oshkosh brewing Company dominates the beer market here.

      1902
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company builds the saloon that would become Witzke’s More.

      Carrie Nation, the battle-axe of the temperance movement, smashes into Oshkosh. More here.

      Check out the Little Cozy Sample Room. This is what high-end beer joints in Oshkosh looked like at the turn of the century.

      1904
      The end of an era: August Horn, founder of the Horn and Schwalm Brewery and the first president of the Oshkosh Brewing Company passes away More.
      August Horn was a colorful character and we have stories about him here, here and here.

      1906
      See the Geek! The Oshkosh beer geek, that is. The 1906 model can be found here.

      1907
      Tom Ryan is selling England's strong Burton Ale at his Clipper Club saloon on Main Street More.

      1908
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company announces that “People who drink plenty of beer are always strong and healthy.” See it here.

      1910
      The Oshkosh beers are changing. The old-world brews are taking on a more “American” character. More on that, here.

      1911
      Plans are announced to establish a new brewery in Oshkosh. Peoples Brewing Company is on its way to becoming a reality More.

      The Oshkosh Brewing Company begins construction of what would become one of the most admired brewhouses in the Midwest More.

      1912
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company is being challenged. The folks at the brewery are not the least bit happy about it. More here.
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company
      1913
      The Peoples Brewing Company of Oshkosh is open for business More.

      Beer from Peoples Brewing Company begins flowing in Oshkosh.

      The Peoples Brewing Company introduces Aristo Beer. More here.

      Peoples Brewing begins making its annual Holiday Beer. Here’s a history of holiday beers in Oshkosh.

      1914
      The Milwaukee breweries are losing the fight in Oshkosh. The Oshkosh Brewing Company takes over the Pabst Exchange at Sixth & Ohio More.

      Oshkosh breweries team-up to fight their rivals from Milwaukee. More on that here.

      The old Gambrinus Brewery on Harney Ave. is demolished. More.

      1915
      The Rahr Brewing Company builds a new bottling plant on Rahr Ave More.

      The days of the horse-drawn beer wagon are coming to an end. Here come the beer trucks of Oshkosh.

      1916
      The Rahr Brewing Company of Oshkosh introduces Elk’s Head Beer. Here’s the inside scoop on that beer.

      1919
      On the Eve of Prohibition, the people of Oshkosh attempt to drink the city dry More.

      The Wartime Prohibition Act puts an end to commercial brewing. Oshkosh's three breweries limp along as best they can: The Oshkosh Brewing Company makes root beer, near beer and malt extract. Peoples Brewing and Rahr Brewing make near beer and soft drinks More.

      The Oshkosh Brewing Company disseminates an enormous lie, claiming it has solved the problem of Prohibition More.

      Oshkosh historian Clarence "Inky" Jungwirth is born. Here he tells a few tales about homebrewing in Oshkosh during the Prohibition years.

      1920
      Homebrewing explodes in Oshkosh. A look at the Oshkosh homebrewers of the Prohibition era here.

      Speakeasies have sprung up all over Oshkosh. The story on what was probably the most notorious of that bunch is here.

      1921
      Joseph J. Nigl, celebrated saloon owner and president of Peoples Brewing dies in a most unexpected way. More here.

      Federal Prohibition agents make their first significant raid on Oshkosh in a fumbling attempt to enforce dry laws in a city that refuses to quit drinking. More here.

      Oshkosh bootlegger Frank “Butch” Youngwirth, gets into the beer business. Here’s Butch’s story.

      1922
      Federal Prohibition agents return to Oshkosh for more raids. More here.

      Moonshine is available everywhere in Oshkosh. People here refer to it as the White Mule. The suspicious death of young Marie Repp is blamed on the free-flow of illegal alcohol in the city. Oshkoshers demand something be done. More here.

      1925
      Felix Gertsch becomes the first American-born brewmaster at the Oshkosh Brewing Company More.

      In the depths of Prohibition, Anna Windhauser establishes Oshkosh first homebrew shop. Her incredible story is here.

      1926
      Thomas A Getchius, member of the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors, introduces a resolution condemning Prohibition and encouraging the liberalization of the dry law to allow for beer. The measure passes 29 to 11. Getchius was a fun guy. Learn more about him here.

      1927
      An Oshkosh "beer doctor" gets busted.

      Theodore Fisher’s wildcat brewery on South Main Street is raided. More here.

      Mathias Sitter’s wildcat brewery on Harney Avenue is raided. More here.

      1928
      Chief Oshkosh "Beer" is born. The legendary brew starts out as a near beer More.

      Oshkosh has two homebrew stores.
      The city is flooded with homebrew.

      1929
      Bureau of Prohibition officials report that Oshkosh is a thoroughly “wet” city. Wildcat breweries abound and as many as 120 speakeasies serve a population of 33,000 people.

      Near beers are sold at Oshkosh “soda parlors.” The alcohol-free brews are often spiked with moonshine. More about that, here.

      1930
      Prohibition may be dragging on, but they’re still cutting loose in the Nordheim section of Oshkosh. More here.

      Mary Kollross’ wildcat brewery on Oregon Street is raided. More here.

      There’s a wildcat brewery making bootleg beer on Wisconsin Street. More here.

      There’s a wildcat brewery operating on High Avenue. Here’s how that came to be.

      1931
      Wildcat breweries in Oshkosh keep getting raided. Read all about it here and here.

      1933
      April: Beer becomes legal, once again... as long as it’s no stronger than 3.2%  More.

      Oshkoshers celebrate the return of legal beer. Join the party here, here, here, and here.

      Here’s a look at what those first beers of 1933 were like.

      December: The full repeal of Prohibition arrives. Oshkosh celebrates again. More here.

      Peoples Brewing begins production of Würtzer Brew, which will come to be known simply as Peoples Beer More.

      Oshkosh is a brewing anomaly. Of the approximately 1,400 American breweries that existed before Prohibition only about half remain. In Oshkosh, however, all three of the city’s breweries survive.

      1934
      Oshkosh’s Lee Beverage begins distributing beer More.

      A tour of Oshkosh taverns in the post-Prohibition era is here.

      1935
      Oshkosh gets its first taste of beer in cans. More here.

      1936
      The grand opening of the bar we know today as Oblio’s. More.

      1937
      Peoples Brewery begins production of Old Derby Ale, the first commercially brewed ale to come from Oshkosh in almost 50 years More.

      1939
      The total capacity of the Oshkosh breweries is now a staggering 130,000 barrels of beer a year. Most of that beer is sold locally.
      • Oshkosh Brewing Company: 75,000 barrel capacity
      • Peoples Brewing: 30,000 barrel capacity
      • Rahr’s Brewing: 25,000 barrel capacity
      1940
      The Magnet becomes Wisconsin's First Beer Bar More.
      1949; Oregon Street near W. 8th Avenue
      1949
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company becomes the first brewery in Oshkosh to can its beer. Here’s an illustrated history of canned beers from Oshkosh.

      1950s
      A detailed look at the brewing methods and ingredients used by Peoples Brewing in the 1950s and 1960s is here.

      1952
      Charles Rahr III becomes the the 4th generation of Rahr brewers at the Rahr Brewing Company of Oshkosh More.

      1953
      Rahr’s Centennial Celebration Brew is one of the few-all-malt beers made in America. More on that, here.

      Wilhelm Ernst Kohlhoff, the last of the German-born brewers to make beer in Oshkosh, is hired by Peoples Brewing Company. More here.

      1956
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company celebrates its 90th birthday More.

      A video tour of the Oshkosh Brewing Company is made. View it Here.

      The Rahr Brewing Company of Oshkosh goes out of business More.

      Some Oshkoshers are drinking India Pale Ale More.

      Though greatly diminished, remnants of the tied-house system still survives in Oshkosh. More here.

      1957
      The first wet-hopped beer comes to Oshkosh More.

      A mid-century look at beer culture in Oshkosh.

      Chief Oshkosh and Peoples Beer are going head to head for the title of beer supreme in Oshkosh. More here.

      1961
      David V. Uihlein, from the Milwaukee family that controls Schlitz, becomes president of the Oshkosh Brewing Company. For the first time the company is not being directed by a member of one of the brewery's founding families. More.

      Chief Oshkosh Beer begins its long, steady decline. That story is here.

      1963
      Shorty Kuenzl buys Lee Beverage and goes to work against the Oshkosh Brewing Company, the brewery his family helped launch. More.

      The Oshkosh Brewing Company introduces 8-packs of what it was calling the glass can. More here.

      1966
      The Old Town Pub and Restaurant, a distant harbinger of Oshkosh’s modern beer culture, opens on Main Street More.

      1967
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company is producing three different brands of beer. But the label may have been the only point of difference. The beer under the label appears to have all been the same. More here.

      1969
      Controlling interest of the Oshkosh Brewing Company is purchased by a group of six Oshkosh residents lead by Harold Kriz and Roger Zillges. Kriz becomes president. Zillges is named vice president.

      1970
      Peoples Brewing of Oshkosh becomes the first (?) black-owned brewery in America More.

      Oshkosh Welcomes Theodore Mack, the new President of Peoples Brewing More.

      And here’s more on the tangled history of Peoples Brewing during the Ted Mack years.

      1971
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company grinds to a halt. More.

      Peoples Brewing purchases the surviving brands of the recently defunct Oshkosh Brewing Company and begins producing Chief Oshkosh beer. More.

      1972
      Peoples Brewing Company of Oshkosh grinds to a halt More.
      Here's more on the strange story of the end of Peoples Brewing.

      1973
      For the first time in more than 120 years, Oshkosh is without a brewery. The city is awash in bland, pale lager. The dark ages for beer in Oshkosh begin.

      1974
      Demolition crews begin tearing down Peoples Brewing Company More.

      There’s Saint Patrick's Day beer riot on Wisconsin Street. It foretells the end of the Wisconsin Strip. More here.

      1975
      Beer can collecting is all the rage in Oshkosh. More here.

      1976
      The former site of the Union Brewery becomes Glatz Park More.

      1986
      After 15 years of neglect, the once magnificent brewery of the Oshkosh Brewing Company is torn down More.

      1988
      Oblio's begins serving American Craft beer on draught.

      1991
      A revival is underway.

      The Society of Oshkosh Brewers becomes Oshkosh’s first homebrewing club. Here's a history of the club.

      Production of Chief Oshkosh Red Lager begins More.
      Chief Oshkosh Red Lager is the first American craft beer to be packaged in cans More.
      Here's a look at a controversial Chief Oshkosh Red Lager billboard.

      1992
      The Chief Oshkosh Red Lager can is named Can of the Year by the Brewery Collectibles Club of America. More here.

      1993
      Chief Oshkosh Red Lager is targeted by a Minnesota group offended by the beer's use of a Native American name. More here.

      1994
      Jeff Fulbright makes a last ditch effort to save Chief Oshkosh Red Lager and the Mid-Coast Brewing Company More.

      1995
      Fratellos’ Fox River Brewing Company opens at 1501 Arboretum Drive in Oshkosh. Here's a full history of the brewery.

      1996
      The first Brews n' Blues Festival is held in Oshkosh’s Riverside Park More.

      2000s
      The long-lived bars along the Wisconsin strip are being torn down. Here’s the story of one of them.

      2001
      Fox River Brewing is awarded three medals by the North American Brewers Association. They receive a Gold for their River Bend Belgian Abbey; Bronze for Caber Tossing Scottish Ale; and Silver for Winnebago Wheat.

      2004
      O’Marro’s Public House Opens More.

      2005
      The first Hops & Props Festival is held at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

      2009
      The iconic emblem of the Oshkosh Brewing Company goes on permanent display at the Oshkosh Public Museum More.

      2010
      The Oshkosh Beer Blog is launched by someone without enough sense to know better.

      Fox River Brewing wins Silver at World Beer Cup. Kevin Bowen is the brewmaster More.

      2012
      Fox River Brewing wins its second World Beer Cup Award for its Brandy Barrel Abbey Normal. The brewmaster is Kevin Bowen.

      The Breweries of Oshkosh, Their Rise and Fall is released More.

      Casks & Caskets, Wisconsin’s first all homebrew beer tasting, takes place in Oshkosh More.

      2013
      Harold Kriz, the last president of the Oshkosh Brewing Company, passes More.

      2015
      Bare Bones Brewery announces its plan to open in the Town of Oshkosh.

      The Fifth Ward Brewing Company announces plans to open a brewery in Oshkosh.

      Sawdust City Brewing announces that it will open in Oshkosh. Later, the project's name is changed to The Highholder Brewing Company.

      Fox River Brewing is again distributing its beer. More on that here.

      Bare Bones Brewery opens its taproom.

      Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant & Brewery is renamed Fox River Brewing Company & Taproom. Production at the brewery is surging. More on all of that here.

      Bare Bones Brewery brews its first batch of beer. Meet the people behind the brewery here.

      2016
      Jeff Fulbright, former president of Mid-Coast Brewing and maker of Chief Oshkosh Red Lager, announces his plan to open the Oshkosh Bier & Brewing Company. More.

      Brews n’ Blues, Oshkosh’s longest running beer festival, ends after a 20-year run. More.

      For the first time, wet-hop beers are made by Oshkosh breweries. More.

      For the first time in more than 130 years an Oshkosh brewery makes beer with Oshkosh-grown hops. More.

      The Cellar homebrew shop opens in Oshkosh. It’s the first homebrew store in Oshkosh since Prohibition ended in 1933. More.

      Oshkosh Girl’s Pint Out is launched. More.

      2017
      HighHolder Brewing, begins producing beer. Mike Schlosser and Shawn O’Marro from HighHolder explain what Oshkosh’s newest brewery will be about.

      Fifth Ward Brewing Company opens in Oshkosh. More on that here. And the backstory on Fifth Ward is here.

      2018
      The first Fox Valley Winter Beer Fest takes place. More here.

      HighHolder Brewing releases its first set of beers. Oshkosh is home again to four breweries. It's the most the city has had since 1894. More here.

      Breweries in Oshkosh are making hazy IPAs. More here.

      For the first time since 1888, Winnebago County is home to eight breweries. More here.

      Fifth Ward Brewing introduces its first sour beer. It’s the first sour by an Oshkosh brewery since 1910. More here.

      2019
      The location of every Oshkosh brewery from 1849-2019 is shown here.

      Bare Bones Brewery releases Oshkosh Lager. It’s based on recipes from Peoples Brewing and the Oshkosh Brewing Company. Oshkosh lager becomes the first year-round lager produced by an Oshkosh brewery since Oshkosh Red Lager was discontinued in 1994. More here.

      The book Winnebago County Beer is released. It’s the first full history of brewing in Winnebago County.

      The beloved Mabel Murphy’s Tavern burns to the ground. Here’s the full history of the place.

      Oshkosh homebrew store The Cellar is sold to a brewer from Menasha. More here.

      Hidden Valley Hops Farm is established. It’s the first commercial hop yard in Winnebago County since the early 1880s. More here.

      Bare Bones Brewery introduces the Oshkosh Heritage Series of beers; a series of recreations and commemorations of historic Oshkosh beers. More here.