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Question: Who was Gambrinus?


Top Row, second can from left: The 14K is in red letters which is a real sleeper. 


If you're looking for a State without a ton of cans but you want the challenge of finding the tuff and obscure - Welcome to the Buckeye State!


Hey Mabel....Black Label!

Buckeye "Have Vim - Keep Trim"

Burger Brewing Cincinnati was the first Brewery to market  "E-Z" open cans where they put aluminum lids on the cans in 1960. This was two years before self opening zip top cans were developed and it made the use of the church key much easier to punch holes in the lids.


The metallic Burger Ale and its enamel version counterpart should have their Book 2 values reversed - the metallic can is the rare one! Gary Zavisin, a Cincinnati pulltab specialist, acquired two metallic Ale cans that were in better condition than the Book can (total known on grade - three/ off grade approximately seven).

The Burger Tap (one of two known, is the Book 2 can with the other can being a Flat Top). This Dynamic Duo is crazy rare.


Schoenling acquired the rights to the Fehr's (formerly of Louisville, Kentucky) labels somewhere around 1964. The "Draft Brewed" can is one of only three cans known and has never been pictured in any of the books. The Draught Beer is a 2017 addition and is a self opening can. "It's always Fehr Weather" is printed on the cans - gotta love it! 



Fehr's was hopeful that when the Federal and State authorities approved the

use of the word "Pasturized", for their draft and draught cans, that it would

help save their financially troubled brewery. It was a case of too little, too late.

The Gambrinus can has a book value of two. I purchased it from a well known

dealer who said it was the only one he's ever had. I'm not sure of its true value

but if you find one you should probably jump on it.


The Schoerling (Beer in Black) is a 2013 acquisition, but I believe it to be the USBC book can and I have seen one off grade example.


The Schoenling in the middle has the Zip Top in the back bubble while the Schoenling on the right has the Ring Top in the back bubble. 

In 1973, Burger Brewing Company decided to focus in their profitable soft drink business and suddenly stop brewing their Beers and Ales. Hudepohl picked up their labels and recipes until Schoenling purchased them in 1986.


The tan Hudepohl and the Standard Beer from Cleveland are both the USBC cans. 


Cleveland - The Standard Brewing Company opened a new bottling and canning plant at their facility in 1950 and claimed to be the first brewer in Ohio to use flat top cans. In 1961, they sold to F&M Schaefer (New York) who in turn sold the facility to C. Schmidt & Sons (Philadelphia) in 1964.Schmidt's continued production at this facility until 1972 when they purchased Cleveland's Carling Brewing Company. Schmidt's produced the self opening can pictured here with a red label while nearly identical flat top cans have a maroon label. 

Answer: A mythical european King that represents the entire brewing trade.






House of Carling "Hey Mabel - Black Label"

Carling Brewing Company                                  

1.      1933 Peerless Motor Car Company run by James Bohanon in Cleveland, Ohio could not sell cars during the depression

         and decides to brew beer instead. They teamed with Carling Brewing from Canada to create their first plant in the


2.      1954 Carling purchases Stag Brewing in Belleville, Illinois from Griesedieck Western Brewing Company

3.      1956 Carling builds new brewery in Natick, Massachusetts 

4.      1956 Carling purchases Frankenmuth Brewing Company in Frankenmuth, Michigan

5.      1958 Carling builds new brewery in Atlanta, Georgia

6.      1959 Carling purchases Columbia Brewing Company in Tacoma, Washington

7.      1961 Carling builds new brewery in Baltimore, Maryland

8.      1964 Carling builds new brewery in Fort Worth, Texas

9.      1964 Carling purchases Arizona Brewing Company in Phoenix, Arizona



High Point Carling Empire   9 Breweries    Trouble at Fort Worth

        It is interesting to note that the black label cans being produced with the map of the

        USA on the back only shows 8 stars for the Carling Brewing locations. The Fort Worth

        plant was a new ultra-modern continuous brewing operation never tried before in the 

        industry. When operations commenced, the beer tasted bad. The customers that tried

        the product, would not return. The problem was in a single pipe which was readily fixed

        but the damage was done and Miller Brewing Company bought the facility. This started

        a slide that Carling never recovered from.


1966 Carling sells Phoenix Arizona plant to National Brewing Company of Baltimore

1967 Fort Worth plant sold to Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee

1971 Cleveland plant sold to Schmidt's Brewing Company of Philadelphia

1971 Atlanta plant sold to Coca Cola

1975 Natick plant closed

1975 Carling merges with National (Baltimore) and forms Carling-National Brewing

1979 Carling-National bought out by G. Heileman Brewing of La Crosse, Wisconsin

1979 G. Heileman closes Columbia plant


G. Heilman continues to operate

1. Belleville Illinois closes 1988

2. Frankenmuth Michigan closes 1990

3. Baltimore Maryland closes 1996


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