1863 The Thieme & Wagner Brewing Co. is founded by Frederick A. Thieme and John H. Wagner, both German immigrants. The brewery plot is located downtown Lafayette, on the corner of 4th and Union Streets. Frederick A. Thieme having ties with the German Beer industry, takes several trips to Germany to purchase a multitude of state of the art equipment. Production starts to take off; Ye Tavern Brew is their most popular beer.
pre-prohibition beer label from the Thieme & Wagner Brewery
1889 Taking notice of such a beautiful brewery Perry Randall, a well-known lawyer and business Tycoon, offers the German duo one million dollars for the brewery, which they decline. By 1894 the Brewery complex is a titan of industry, one of the most advanced breweries in the United States. Annual Production is over 40,000 barrels of beer. 1904 John Wagner and Frederick A. Thieme have passed away J. Henry and John Wagner Jr. are now in control. They live up to their fathers' examples quite nicely continually expanding their reach. In 1908 J. Henry dies unexpectedly and the presidency is thrust upon Frederick P. Thieme, who is seemingly unprepared. But relying on the values his father instilled in him, he not only carries on but by 1913 grows annual production to over 100,000 barrels. The 11th largest Indiana Brewery to date.
Original invoice from the old brewery.
1918 Signs of Prohibition start looming, in respect of public sentiment the brewery ceases production and reforms as the National Fruit Juice Co. The sell a sparkling apple juice called Apella and a near beer call Yette Brew. They carry on this way for several years but in 1923 there is a horrible frost in Washington that kills half the apple crop. They know the price hike won't take especially with Al Capone's bootlegging industry taking off, so they sell the complex. $200,000 is the final selling price, a staggering undervaluation of the business in place just a few years before. Despite the loss and disappointment, Frederick P Thieme makes the difficult yet noble decision to pay back all the creditors to the brewery, only walking away with a few thousand dollars.
1863 The Thieme & Wagner Brewing Co. is founded by Frederick A. Thieme and John H. Wagner, both German immigrants. The brewery plot is located downtown Lafayette, on the corner of 4th and Union Streets. Frederick A. Thieme having ties with the German Beer industry, takes several trips to Germany to purchase a multitude of state of the art equipment. Production starts to take off; Ye Tavern Brew is their most popular beer.
pre-prohibition beer label from the Thieme & Wagner Brewery
1889 Taking notice of such a beautiful brewery Perry Randall, a well-known lawyer and business Tycoon, offers the German duo one million dollars for the brewery, which they decline. By 1894 the Brewery complex is a titan of industry, one of the most advanced breweries in the United States. Annual Production is over 40,000 barrels of beer. 1904 John Wagner and Frederick A. Thieme have passed away J. Henry and John Wagner Jr. are now in control. They live up to their fathers' examples quite nicely continually expanding their reach. In 1908 J. Henry dies unexpectedly and the presidency is thrust upon Frederick P. Thieme, who is seemingly unprepared. But relying on the values his father instilled in him, he not only carries on but by 1913 grows annual production to over 100,000 barrels. The 11th largest Indiana Brewery to date.
Original invoice from the old brewery.
1918 Signs of Prohibition start looming, in respect of public sentiment the brewery ceases production and reforms as the National Fruit Juice Co. The sell a sparkling apple juice called Apella and a near beer call Yette Brew. They carry on this way for several years but in 1923 there is a horrible frost in Washington that kills half the apple crop. They know the price hike won't take especially with Al Capone's bootlegging industry taking off, so they sell the complex. $200,000 is the final selling price, a staggering undervaluation of the business in place just a few years before. Despite the loss and disappointment, Frederick P Thieme makes the difficult yet noble decision to pay back all the creditors to the brewery, only walking away with a few thousand dollars.
1863 The Thieme & Wagner Brewing Co. is founded by Frederick A. Thieme and John H. Wagner, both German immigrants. The brewery plot is located downtown Lafayette, on the corner of 4th and Union Streets. Frederick A. Thieme having ties with the German Beer industry, takes several trips to Germany to purchase a multitude of state of the art equipment. Production starts to take off; Ye Tavern Brew is their most popular beer.
pre-prohibition beer label from the Thieme & Wagner Brewery
1889 Taking notice of such a beautiful brewery Perry Randall, a well-known lawyer and business Tycoon, offers the German duo one million dollars for the brewery, which they decline. By 1894 the Brewery complex is a titan of industry, one of the most advanced breweries in the United States. Annual Production is over 40,000 barrels of beer. 1904 John Wagner and Frederick A. Thieme have passed away J. Henry and John Wagner Jr. are now in control. They live up to their fathers' examples quite nicely continually expanding their reach. In 1908 J. Henry dies unexpectedly and the presidency is thrust upon Frederick P. Thieme, who is seemingly unprepared. But relying on the values his father instilled in him, he not only carries on but by 1913 grows annual production to over 100,000 barrels. The 11th largest Indiana Brewery to date.
Original invoice from the old brewery.
1918 Signs of Prohibition start looming, in respect of public sentiment the brewery ceases production and reforms as the National Fruit Juice Co. The sell a sparkling apple juice called Apella and a near beer call Yette Brew. They carry on this way for several years but in 1923 there is a horrible frost in Washington that kills half the apple crop. They know the price hike won't take especially with Al Capone's bootlegging industry taking off, so they sell the complex. $200,000 is the final selling price, a staggering undervaluation of the business in place just a few years before. Despite the loss and disappointment, Frederick P Thieme makes the difficult yet noble decision to pay back all the creditors to the brewery, only walking away with a few thousand dollars.
1863 The Thieme & Wagner Brewing Co. is founded by Frederick A. Thieme and John H. Wagner, both German immigrants. The brewery plot is located downtown Lafayette, on the corner of 4th and Union Streets. Frederick A. Thieme having ties with the German Beer industry, takes several trips to Germany to purchase a multitude of state of the art equipment. Production starts to take off; Ye Tavern Brew is their most popular beer.
pre-prohibition beer label from the Thieme & Wagner Brewery
1889 Taking notice of such a beautiful brewery Perry Randall, a well-known lawyer and business Tycoon, offers the German duo one million dollars for the brewery, which they decline. By 1894 the Brewery complex is a titan of industry, one of the most advanced breweries in the United States. Annual Production is over 40,000 barrels of beer. 1904 John Wagner and Frederick A. Thieme have passed away J. Henry and John Wagner Jr. are now in control. They live up to their fathers' examples quite nicely continually expanding their reach. In 1908 J. Henry dies unexpectedly and the presidency is thrust upon Frederick P. Thieme, who is seemingly unprepared. But relying on the values his father instilled in him, he not only carries on but by 1913 grows annual production to over 100,000 barrels. The 11th largest Indiana Brewery to date.
Original invoice from the old brewery.
1918 Signs of Prohibition start looming, in respect of public sentiment the brewery ceases production and reforms as the National Fruit Juice Co. The sell a sparkling apple juice called Apella and a near beer call Yette Brew. They carry on this way for several years but in 1923 there is a horrible frost in Washington that kills half the apple crop. They know the price hike won't take especially with Al Capone's bootlegging industry taking off, so they sell the complex. $200,000 is the final selling price, a staggering undervaluation of the business in place just a few years before. Despite the loss and disappointment, Frederick P Thieme makes the difficult yet noble decision to pay back all the creditors to the brewery, only walking away with a few thousand dollars.