1846
Webster Stanley establishes the first Oshkosh tavern at what is now the corner of Main and High Streets.

1849
Two breweries are established in Oshkosh:
  • The Jacob Konrad Brewery More.
  • The Oshkosh Brewery of Joseph Schussler More.
 1852
George Loscher’s Oshkosh Brewery is goes into operation at what is now 1253 and 1283 Bay Shore Drive. More.

 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 and its lineage will thread through the entire history of commercial brewing in Oshkosh. More.
      1860
      The population of Oshkosh is 6,086.
      The city has 12 taverns and three breweries:
      • George Loscher runs the Oshkosh Brewery at the south west corner of River and Eveline Streets.
      • The Lake Brewery, owned by Anton Andrae, 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 south east 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 later be known as the Rahr Brewing Company of Oshkosh.

      1866
      August Horn and Leonhardt Schwalm open the Brooklyn Brewery along what is now the 1600 Block of Doty Street. Or was it 1864 that the brewery started? The date remains in question.

      Franz Wahle, founder of the Stevens Point Brewery (the same Stevens Point Brewery we know today), moves to Oshkosh where he will build a new brewery at the foot of Doty street. This brewery will eventually become the Union Brewery operated by John Glatz and Christian Elser.

      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.

      1869
      Oshkosh adds a sixth brewery as the Union Brewery of John Glatz and Christian Elser begins producing beer. More.

      1875
      Lorenz Kuenzl opens the The Gambrinus Brewery near what is now the intersection of Harney Avenue and Eveline Street.

      1878
      The Union Brewery of Glatz and Elser becomes Oshkosh's leading beer producer:
      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

      1879
      Horn and Schwalm's Brooklyn Brewery burns to the ground. 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.

      1884
      December: Construction of the building that will become the Schlitz Beer Hall operated by Charles Maulick is complete.. These days the place is called Oblio’s. The whole story can be found here.

      1890
      Pabst Brewing of Milwaukee moves its Fond du Lac branch to Oshkosh. They set up shop at what is now the intersection of Commerce and Pearl where they ship in beer by train for bottling and keg sales in the area.

      1891
      The competition from Milwaukee intensifies. Schlitz Brewing builds a bottling plant and distribution center just north of where Commerce Street now joins Ceape Avenue.

      Four breweries in Oshkosh remain: Gambrinus, Brooklyn, Union, and Rahr.

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

      1897
      Pabst Brewing builds a new beer distribution plant at 136 Jackson Street; and a new saloon called the Pabst Exchange, which includes a dance hall and bowling alley at 600 Ohio Avenue. Both buildings are still intact!

      1904
      The end of an era: August Horn, founder of the Horn and Schwalm Brewery and first president of the Oshkosh Brewing Company passes away. More.

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

      1908
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company announces that “People who drink plenty of beer are always strong and healthy.” See it 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.
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company
      1913
      The Peoples Brewing Company of Oshkosh is open for business. More.

      1919
      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. See it here.

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

      1920
      Homebrewing explodes in Oshkosh. A look at the Oshkosh homebrewers of the Prohibition era 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. Plenty more on Getchius here.

      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.

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

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

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

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

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

      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 breweries founding families. More.

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

      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.

      1971
      The Oshkosh Brewing Company stops making beer. More.

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

      1972
      Peoples Brewing Company of Oshkosh grinds to a halt. More.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Production of Chief Oshkosh Red Lager begins. More.

      1995
      Fratellos’ Fox River Brewing Company opens at 1501 Arboretum Drive in Oshkosh. The first Brewmaster is Al Bunde.

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

      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.

      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
      Fox River Brewing Wins Silver at World Beer Cup. More.