Former Sebewaing Brewing Company Employee, Lloyd Bolzman Passes

Of the remaining siBolzman Lloyd Ex people known to have worked at the Sebewaing Brewing Company, until a few days ago, six were still with us.  Lloyd E. Bolzman, 90, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility in Caro.  While employed at the brewery, he worked in the Bottling House and performed other various tasks on and off-site in the buildings owned or leased by the brewery.  Lloyd was one of the more versatile brewery employees and would often cover for the approximate seven volunteer fireman who had to leave the brewery when the fire whistle sounded.

He was born April 9, 1924, to the late Ernest and Elsie (Thede) Bolzman. On Aug. 10, 1946, he married Evelyn (Dubs) at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Linkville.

Lloyd enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing. He was a life member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kilmanagh, serving on different church boards during his life time.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn; his children, Lois (Rodney) Bohn and Dale Bolzman of Sebewaing; two grandchildren, James (Jennifer) Bohn of Sebewaing and Bradley Bohn of Nashville, Tennessee; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and LeEtta Bohn of Sebewaing; his sister, Ruth Bernhardt; brother and sister-in-laws Henry and Ava Gies, Dorothy Hafner, Ruth Heck, May Deering, Shirley Dubs, Val Dubs and Wilbert Dubs.

Lloyd was preceded in death by an infant son, Dennis Lloyd; his parents Ernest and Elsie Bolzman; in-laws Bert and Hazel Dubs, Raymond and Frances Bolzman, Doris and Herschel Gruehn, Luella and Roland Irrer, Joseph Bernhardt, Omar Hafner, Raymond Heck, Delyle Deering, Jim Dubs, Bill Dubs, Betty and Nelson Dunn and Bette Dubs.

The Can Debut

Canned beer makes its national debut in 1935. The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company worked with the American Can Company to deliver 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved and further production was approved. Continue reading

Website Publicity in 2014

This website has had some recent publicity in the Michigan ThumHuron County View. June 5, 2014 - The Pheasant Has Returned to Sebewaingb area and Huron County.  On June 5th, a brewery label was provided from the website to help promote a story about the return of a batch of commemorative Golden Pheasant beer to the 2014 Sebewaing Annual Sugar Festival.  The festival was this past weekend on June  13th-15th.  The article from the June 5th Huron County View is to the left.  Click on this article to see it in a larger format.  A big thank you to John Bonke of the Huron County View for taking the time to inquire with me.

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How Does a Brewery Work?

The Sebewaing Brewing Company used traditional beer brewing techniques mainly brought over GermanBeerFactoryPhotofrom German immigrants that settled in Sebewaing.  This diagram on the left shows the process of brewing beer from mashing to bottling.Beer Brewing Diagram

A more detailed look at brewing can be seen in this video on the right of a German brewery operating in the early 1930′s.  The detail in diagrams and related videos is quite advanced for the time and holds up well even in today’s new hi-tech world.

If you are curious as to what a hopback does or the purpose of a tun and copper, check out the diagram and video for more information!