“Tapped In” – Open House With Angie Noah

Angie NoahThe Sebewaing Area Historical Society has graciously agreed to assist us in our efforts by allowing us space to gather, to fellowship with you, to tell you about the project and it’s progress, and to give you an opportunity to tell us the stories you know about the Brewery!

Members of the Tapped In creative team will be present in the meeting room of the Charles W. Liken House during the SAHS regular summer open house events.

The dates and times are as follows:
Sun. June 7; Noon-3

Sat./Sun. July 11 & 12; Noon-3pm

Sat. /Sun. August 1 & 2; Noon-3pm

Sat./Sun. September 5 & 6; Noon-3pm

We are seeking:
-Sebewaing residents (or regional residents that have direct ties to the community) who wish to help tell the story.
– people who are interested in helping with RESEARCH and DEVELOPMENT over the next few weeks.
-STORIES or leads for stories. So if you know someone who worked there, or had parents or grandparents that could share stories, please put us in contact with them.
-SPACES. If you have space to share where we can hold rehearsals, public forums, or even a staged reading. Please let us know.

If you can and are interested in helping in one (or more) of these ways, please let us know and we will be happy to discuss the details with you further. Visit our CONTACT page for more information!

Local Sebewaing Man’s Vision Comes True

Rivers Edge Ryan WiltseRiver’s Edge Brewing Co. is located on the banks of the Huron River in the beautiful Village of Milford, Michigan. REBC was founded by three local families: Tom & Mary Kaye Ouvry, Michael & Gill Last, and Ryan & Carrie Wiltse. These long-time friends all live on the same dirt road, and it was one of many nights hanging out, enjoying some homebrew, that launched the idea of River’s Edge.

We set out to create a comfortable space to enjoy great beer and conversation, a place where friends and the community can gather to share a fresh pint and get to know each other a little better. What you won’t see are walls covered with TVs. What you will see is a gathering place with an appreciation for the history of both our community and the art of brewing. We believe every town deserves its own brewery, and we’re proud to be Milford’s!

Ryan hails from the town of Sebewaing, in Michigan’s Thumb. While growing up, he remembers always passing by the old site of the Sebewaing Brewing Co. (closed in 1966, demolished in 1984).

River's Edge BreweryRyan Wiltse and his wife Carrie moved to Colorado in 2006 where he entered the retail side of the beer industry, managing a beer and wine shop for Whole Foods Market in Denver. There he became a homebrewer and immersed himself in the culture surrounding the home of the Brewer’s Association and the Great American Beer Festival. He fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and enjoyed many trips hiking, backpacking and exploring the various mountain towns. There, possibly echoing the reality of once having a brewery in Sebewaing, he came to love the idea of a small-town, community-centered brewery.

River's Edge Brewing LogoMoving back to Michigan to Carrie’s hometown of Milford, Ryan saw an opportunity to bring this vision to his new home. Working with his friends and area residents Tom Ouvry and Mike Last, he’s thrilled to be a part of the thriving Milford community and to be sharing his passion for beer and great places to drink it!

To read more about the River’s Edge Brewery, visit http://riversedgebrew.com/.

Art Mast Home Location

Heidi Marie Schmitzer posted this question on March 26, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  She asked:

“Does anybody know where, in Sebewaing, the Mast family lived? I’m interested in knowing if any of their homes are still around?”

Here are the comments from the post:

Betty Guenther Art mast lived on Main st. Just before the Seb light plant, now a parking lot.

Heidi Marie Schmitzer Thank you Betty!

Steve Lenz Was that the green house?

Mark W Rummel There was another Mast Family I remember — Loren Mast. I think they later moved to Bay City and he was in real estate, if I remember right. I think they lived on N. Beck Street just south of the M-25 bridge on the east side, in what later became the Herb Gettel house.

Thank you to Heidi Marie Schmitzer for this post and all of those who took the time to comment in Facebook.

Huron County Brewing Company Beer

Huron County BottleMark W. Rummel posted this photo on March 26, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  He said:

“While looking for something else, I came across this old beer bottle from the Huron County Brewing Co., Sebewaing. I know that was the name for what we later knew as the Sebewaing Brewing Company, and our local beer guru Scott Thede can give us details. I think it’s from about the 1910-era.

I wonder if the “11-S” means it’s from 1911 ?

Don’t misunderstand — this is NOT for sale or available. Someone just posted a picture of this type of long-neck beer bottle as an example of what was used here at one time. I wish we COULD buy some of these… and drink a few, too…”

Here are the comments from the post:

Mike Seibel 11-S is likely a number that is related to molding the bottle such as a mold number or even a manufacturing plant identification in the case of a company with many locations.

Don Pobanz I have a collection of Sebewaing beer bottles that my Brother, David sent me years ago. It’s reaaly cool to have.

Bob Fournier Looks good

Judy Bergman Weber Is Scott related to Jerry and Carolyn Thede from my old neighborhood on Rose Island Rd

Scott M. Thede Mark, I do not know very much about these kind of bottles. My research has not gone back that far yet. I hope down the road I can learn more about them.

Scott M. Thede Judy, Bud Thede from Rose Island was my grandfather Otto Thede’s brother.

Thank you to Mark W. Rummel for this post and all of those who took the time to comment in Facebook.

1939 Essexville Hotel Menu

1939 Essexville Hotel MenuMark W. Rummel posted this photo on March 15, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  He said:

“You could buy Sebewaing Beer in 12″ long neck bottles for 10c or on draft (draught) for 5c at the Essexville Hotel, near Bay City, as this 1939 menu shows…”

Here are the comments from the post:

Brian K. Schwartz I’ll take it in a bottle, but it’s not noon yet.

Mark W Rummel Phoenix Beer was a Bay City brewery from 1898 until it closed in 1952. Kolb Brothers (1867-1939) was another Bay City brewery. I can’t find details about “Finest” Beer, but I expect it also was from Bay City or nearby.

Our Sebewaing Beer was almost a “hometown beer” for Bay City and Essexville and beyond…

Doug Rook Wow, a limburger sandwich and a 15 cent PBR, apparently then a “premium” beer at 50% more than Sebewaing and the other beers. 5 cent tap beer, give me a dollars worth!

Brian K. Schwartz Gotta wonder how it would fare in today’s market, considering how global it now has become.

Brian K. Schwartz Ugh!! Limburger cheese!! My grandfather, Frank used to eat that all the time. Grandma wouldn’t let him keep it in the house fridge!! He had to store it in the garage.

Doug Rook When I got married, my “trusty” groomsmen smeared limburger all over my car’s engine block.

Doug Rook My dad, Art Rook, liked limburger as well. It has to be an acquired taste.

Scott M. Thede Nice find Mark, thanks for sharing.

Bob Fournier Let’s bring back those prices. Remember the 15 cent shells and electric bull at the Cornerstone Unionville. Also Bill Pudubly, the one man band next to it.

Thank you to Mark W. Rummel for this post and all of those who took the time to comment in Facebook.

1934 Serv-O-Draft Dispenser

Serv-O-Draft Dispenser 1Mark W. Rummel posted this photo on March 9, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  He said:

“Wow — if you’ve got $485 (or more,) this item for sale today on eBay is for you! The seller says this:

“Very rare Sebewaing Brewing Company Serv-O-Draft Dispenser, 1934… made by Serv-O-Draft Co., Detroit, MI. It is a 3 7/8-gallon (1/8 barrel) comes with adjustable spout, has an air fitting to pressurize the container.

Serv-O-Draft Dispenser 2“This was owned by the brewery to be taken to your home or business and enjoy. It was originally called a growler. The spigot can be rotated 180 degrees. Is complete except for the original key. I have another key that will work but is not original.

“This item is very rare and would be the crown jewel of any beer collection. The tray is 21″ in diameter. If anyone knows more info about this item, please email me. Thanks! More information can be obtained by googling Port Townsend Brewing Company. Thanks for looking.””

Here are the comments from the post:

 Bob Fournier I know who’s that is. Seen it before

Serv-O-Draft Dispenser 3Steve Lenz Awesome

William Harder Bob so do I lol

Jim Bratton So, it works? Sanitary?

Lori Fisher That Port Townsend Brewing Company is not too far from us here in WA.

Thank you to Mark W. Rummel for this post and all of those who took the time to comment in Facebook.

My Sister’s Camera

My sister Bottlehouse Side Looking UpLori Yanke and I spent much of our time playing in and around the brewery.  There is a related story here for some of our adventures.

One of our favorite things to do was play baseball, softball, and kickball in the empty lot where the trucks were parked behind our garage.  We would use the Bottlehouse block walls as our catcher so the ball would not go far on a missed “at bat”.  Lori and I were 14 months apart in age and we were able to pal around more than with our younger sister Kelly Bencheck who was born a half a dozen years later.  One day we were playing baseball and even after Lori’s direction to her to stay away, Kelly approached Lori “at bat”.  Unfortunately, Kelly walked away with an accidental broken nose as the result of being at the wrong end of the bat.  From about the same spot where I would have pitched her the ball and Lori would have been at bat, there is a nice photo looking up at the brewery.

These photos were taken in the mid to late 1970’s by my sister Lori who was experimenting with her camera.  I am so glad she chose to use the brewery as her subject for her practicing.  I’d like to think Lori was reminiscing about all of the times we spent playing there and wanted to capture the views for nostalgic purposes!  She did a great job and I want to thank her for sharing her photos for this website.

Closeup of Pheasant  Lower Portion of PheasantFront of the Building

Brewery Collectibles of America (BCCA) Article

BCCA Article IconI met Clayton Emery and his wife at Cranker’s Brewery in Big Rapids, MI on a Thursday evening, December 18th.  We chatted for awhile and enjoyed a few beers together.  As an editor, he had drafted an article for Brewery Collectibles of America.  Clayton asked me to read a preview of the story.  It was well written and very accurate.  It reminded me of last June’s story that ran in the Huron County Tribune that Seth Stapleton had written.  Both of these guys took the time to research and ask questions.

I enjoyed my meeting with Clayton.  He was very thoughtful and has a genuine passion for breweries and the collectibles that are a part of the trade.  So sit back and enjoy this nicely done article written by Clayton Emery.

I posted this article on March 4, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  and said:

“An excellent story has been written by Clayton Emery, the Editor and RaffleMeister of Brewery Collectibles Club of America. It is a five page article for Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 loaded with history details and photographs of Sebewaing Brewing Company memorabilia. Here is the link to read it. http://sebewaingbrewingcompany.com/…/Brewery-Collectibles-C…

Here are the comments from the post:

Scott M. Thede This organization is looking for new members and you can read more at www.bcca.com

Kathie Kuhl What an incredible article to post for everyone to read. Scott, I’ve said it before and it needs to be repeated. What you are doing with this website not only thrills me because it’s family, but it reminds people what the American dream is all about. Hard work and people pulling together with a common interest to make a name for their town that will be remembered forever. Keep up the good work. It is so appreciated.

Scott M. Thede William, it may not be for everyone. I wanted to help on awareness that it existed. I am not a member currently.

Scott M. Thede Thank you so very much Kathie. Your words of encouragement really have helped me with this project. It makes me happy that you and others are reading this information. Thanks again.

William Harder Scott just letting who are trying to collect know this group has common labels and cans no posters and to help them save money. Been to a couple shows don’t have to be a member to go.

Scott M. Thede Sound good William. Thank you.

Clayton Emery just the editor and raffle guy for the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the BCCA. Thanks for the plug.

Clayton Emery Bill, some of the items in your collection actually came from one of our members, Wes Rundell. I believe he has other things that you may be interested in. Some of the Items listed were from his collection. He is a really great guy.

William Harder One item and that came from a garage sale by the marina, and that was a 1947 dog calendar it did not come from one of your shows Clayton,that is the only thing I bought from Wes

Bob Fournier Nicely laid out, will have to copy.

Thank you to those who took the time to comment in Facebook.

A Delivery Truck Door Hanging Around

Truck DoorScott M. Thede posted this photo on February 28, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  He said:

“Fred Sharpsteen posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago, but not on the Sebewaing page. I thought I would transfer it over since I know people from Sebewaing would want to see it. I know someone awhile back mentioned this door being in a restaurant in Pigeon. Shooter’s Grill as I understand it.”

Here are the comments from the post:Truck Picture

Scott M. Thede This is my best guess as to the truck it went with, the one circled.

Jerry Deeg That is pretty freaking sweet

Elaine Glaza yep,it is in Shooter’s. I remember commenting to my husband about it.

Mary Beers Been there, I have seen it in person!

Elaine Glaza Good food too Mary Beers.

Terri Bell Eden Somebody needs to open a new Sebewaing Brewing! The legacy needs to live on…..

Scott M. Thede It would have been the passenger side.

Frank Rothfuss So who won the door prize?

Troy Fletcher I told the owner that I want that door if he ever gets rid of it

Donna Mikolon You build it Terri Bell Eden and they will come!!! lol Cheers!!

Terri Bell Eden You know it sister! Donna Mikolon If I had the money I most certainly would!

Butch Baker They have another door outside of El Rio restaurant in Pigeon as well.

Thank you to those who took the time to comment in Facebook.

Order Book

Order BookMark W. Rummel posted this photo on February 11, 2015 in the Facebook Group “You know you are from Sebewaing, MI when …”.  He said:

“There’s a bunch of Sebewaing stuff for sale these days on eBay — including this cool Order Book.

It’s an entire book of two-part forms used by Sebewaing Brewery drivers at bars, restaurants and grocery stores to get paid. I’d say it’s from early 1950s (we got seven-digit dialing about 1958) because of the four-digit phone number. Plus it shows only Sebewaing Beer and Sport Beer were being sold regularly then, plus a blank spot for seasonal beers like Bock. Plus, the Brewery sold three sizes of barrel beer (draught beer) then.

This wasn’t printed by the Sebewaing Blade, but by a sales form company in Shelby, Ohio. It could be yours, if you’d like it for your CBWing collection…”

Thank you to Mark W. Rummel for this post.