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.
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 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.

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.

Oshkosh incorporates. We’re now a city!
    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.

    The Fifth Ward Brewery is launched More.

    Jacob Lachmann launches a brewery in Neenah. More.

    There’s now a brewery in Butte des Morts. More here.

    Oshkosh's love affair with bock beer is underway More
      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.

      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.

      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.

      Franz Wahle, co-founder of the Stevens Point Brewery moves to Oshkosh. He builds a new brewery at the foot of Doty street. This brewery will eventually become the Union Brewery operated by John Glatz and Christian Elser (see 1869 entry for more).

      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.

      A brewery is built in nearby Winneconne. Here’s a history of the Winneconne Brewery.

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

      Hops have become a hot commodity in Oshkosh More.

      Oshkosh adds a sixth brewery as the Union Brewery of 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.

      Leonard Schiffmann brews Weissbier in Oshkosh More.

      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.

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

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

      Lorenz Kuenzl opens the Gambrinus Brewery near what is now the intersection of Harney Avenue and Eveline Street.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      English-brewed bitter beer finds an appreciative audience in Oshkosh More.

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

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

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

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

      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.

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

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

      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.

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

      A look back at the Nigl Saloon at the northwest corner of 9th and Ohio.

      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 dominates the beer market here.

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

      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.

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

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

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

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

      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.

      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
      The Peoples Brewing Company of Oshkosh is open for business More.

      Beer from Peoples Brewing Company begins flowing in Oshkosh.

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

      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.

      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.

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

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

      Prohibition begins. The three remaining Oshkosh 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 soft drinks More.

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

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

      During the depths of Prohibition, Felix Gertsch becomes the first American-born brewmaster at the Oshkosh Brewing Company More.

      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.

      An Oshkosh "beer doctor" gets busted.

      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.

      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.

      Wildcat breweries in Oshkosh get raided. Read all about it here and here.

      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 and here.

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

      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.

      Oshkosh’s Lee Beverage begins distributing beer More.

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

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

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

      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

      The Magnet becomes Wisconsin's First Beer Bar More.
      1949; Oregon Street near W. 8th Avenue
      Charles Rahr III becomes the the 4th generation of Rahr brewers at the Rahr Brewing Company of Oshkosh More.

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

      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.

      The first wet-hopped beer comes to Oshkosh More.

      A mid-century look at beer culture in Oshkosh.

      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.

      Shorty Kuenzl buys Lee Beverage and takes on the Oshkosh Brewing Company, the brewery his family helped launch. More.

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

      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.

      Peoples Brewing of Oshkosh becomes the first black-owned brewery in America More.

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

      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.

      Peoples Brewing Company of Oshkosh grinds to a halt More.

      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.

      Demolition crews begin tearing down Peoples Brewing Company More.

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

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

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

      Oblio's begins serving American Craft beer on draught.

      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.

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

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

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

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

      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.

      O’marro’s Public House Opens More.

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

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

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      Chester V's opens with 40 craft beers on draft. Take a look inside, here.

      Jeff Fulbright announces his plan to open the Oshkosh Bier & Brewing Company. More.

      RJ Nordlund becomes the brewmaster at Bare Bones Brewery. More.

      The Ruby Owl Tap Room opens in downtown Oshkosh. 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.