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"Life is all skittles and beer." — Tom Lehrer

Ghost Beer Haunts Stink Cave

Over at the Cincinnati Business Courier, Jon Newberry noted today that the great stink in Latrobe could affect some local Cinci brands of beer, such as Hudy Premium Beer (see Cincinnati Business Courier).

I don’t know nothin’ about Hudy, but I do know that it’s not uncommon for brands of beer to share production centers. Though Hudy is a Cincinnati, Ohio-proud beer, it’s brewed over in Latrobe, Pa. Hudy is a German-style beer. If you’re trying to find a case, check out a Kroger’s grocery store and bend over to peruse the lawnmower brews.

Brooklyn Growler reader David N. Lewis, age 32, of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, wrote in to inform this here site that the previously noted City Brewing Co. of Latrobe, Pa. and Wherever, Wis. was also the maker of Wiedmann beer.

Wiedmann was a beer that was produced by the Geo. Wiedmann Brewing Company of Newport, Ky. The brewery has been closed since 1983. Newport, for all intents and purposes, is a part of the Cincinnati metro-area as it is just over the river and whatnot.

In its day, the Wiedmann brewery was not only synonymous with Newport, but it was also the Bluegrass State’s largest brewery. The brewery was founded sometime in the 1870s shortly after George Wiedmann moved to Kentucky from Germany.

Wiedmann described itself as a Bohemian-style beer. Bohemia is a region of Central Europe that is in the modern day’s Czech Republic.

A Bohemian beer is a lagered beer (cold stored; historically stored in caves) that is, essentially, a pilsner-style beer. If you’re trying to imagine what a Wiedmann tasted like, think about a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon on a hot day when you’ve just finished a physically exhausting task.

Let’s all raise a can of ghost beer and toast an unholy stink.

Photo of some Wiedmann beer cans via Kentucky Beer Cans, used without permission.

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Iron City Causes a Stink

The City Brewing Co. brewery in Latrobe, Pa. has been temporarily shuttered amid allegations that it is releasing an odoriferous emanation (see Associate Press).

Residents noticed a foul stench wafting from the local municipal sewage plant that was notably worse than the smell typically associated with the wastewater-treatment plant. Officials at the plant believe the smell is related to the drainage of sugary drinks from City Brewing.

This Latrobe plant produces Iron City Beer in addition to Arizona Iced Tea.

City Brewing is a LaCross, Wis.-based brewery but purchased the Latrobe Brewing Co. – ye who dealt what the city of Latrobe smelt – in 2006. Rolling Rock was formerly brewed at the Latrobe Brewing Co. Rolling Rock, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch (a subsidiary of Belgium-based InBev), moved production of the beer to New Jersey post-Latrobe acquisition.

Speaking to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, plant controller Zach Mazzoni said that the brewery will install a new floor-drainage system to ease the flow of organic material into the wastewater-treatment plant.

The Latrobe plant recently installed a new canning line to increase its production, while also recalling previously laid-off employees back to work.

Image via Flickr/Creative Commons.

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July 2020