Philly (beer) history for saleMarch 17, 2010
The Gretz Brewery building off 5th Street just north of Girard Ave. c/o Dave’s cellphone.
I’ve been finding a lot of neat breweriana on eBay lately. I’ve been lusting after this item which is still up for auction. Bidding started and remains at $500, but it’s a marvelous piece of Philly’s pre-prohibition brewing history:
…but you have to watch out for fakes. My buddy got burned by a reproduction just like this one (below) of a turn of the century Rieger & Gretz ad. This one is still an active auction. So far no one has taken the bait:
I picked this up last week on eBay. It hasn’t arrived in the mail yet but for 15 bucks I doubt it’s real bronze:
I also just won this nice mug courtesy of the 1913 Philadelphia Beer Drivers Union:
If you’re at all interested in Philly, beer, or history, check out the master of all three- Rich Wagner will give a free talk on the history of brewing during prohibition at the Philadelphia Brewing Company
located in the old Weisbrod & Hess Brewery building on Saturday, April 10.
One last thing: There’s talk of a large beer garden planned for part of the old Schmidt’s Brewery complex (below).
Philly’s beer history, not just its beer culture is a major reason I’ve endured this city for 20 years!