Everyone loves a good beer now and then, and Omaha’s history is rich in breweries and beer. The “Big Four” breweries in Omaha were Frederick Krug Brewing Co., Storz Brewing Co., Willow Springs Distilling Co. and the Metz Brothers Brewing Co.
Frederick Krug founded his brewery in 1859 in Benson. By 1878, Krug was located between 11th and 12th Streets and Farnam. Krug bought a park in Benson in the early 1900s, adding a beer garden and amusement rides. Krug Park was highly successful until 1930, when four people were killed on the roller coaster.
Willow Springs Distilling Co. was brought to Omaha in 1866. It was seized by the government for back revenue taxes in 1869 and sold the same year to James McGrath and Peter Iler. They distilled both beer and spirits.
The Metz Brothers Brewing Co. was another early brewery in Nebraska, starting out as the McCumbe Brewery. It was sold several times until the Metz brothers, Frederick and Philip, purchased it in 1861. It was located at 1717 S. Third until they later moved into the Willow Springs building after the distillery relocated to expand.
The Storz Brewery started out in Saratoga, Neb., as the Saratoga Brewery in the early 1860s. It was sold in 1863, then again in 1865, becoming the Columbia Brewery. A young German immigrant named Gottlieb Storz later worked there, and he purchased the brewery in 1884.
The Falstaff Brewery is still close in many of our hearts. Falstaff leased, than later purchased, Krug in 1935, and the Omaha location at 25th and Vinton became their third plant. They closed in 1985 and the buildings were torn down in 1997.
You used to be able to get your beer delivered in baskets and your spirits in plain cases.
Here area few more random beer ads that have run in The World-Herald throughout the years.
And, if you had a problem with your drinking, there was always this…
Hope you found this blog intoxicating!