Two Photographs of Interior of Busch Brewing Co
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Two images which measure 7 by 5 inches, albumens mounted on cardboard. These images are of the Busch Brewing Company in Washington Missouri. See scans for condition. One of the photos has a framed print of the brewing company on the wall. Poor clarity on some of the subjects. The following is information from the website on the history of this particular brewery. Everyone is familiar with the world-famous Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, but few people know there was another, smaller Busch brewery fifty miles west in Washington, Missouri. The John B. Busch Brewing Co. was the second of three breweries to carry the Busch name in Missouri. The first was Busch’s Brewery, established in 1848, at 134 South Third and Plum Streets in St. Louis. It’s no coincidence the three breweries shared the Busch name. They were founded by brothers: Adolphus, John B., and George. John B. was the second oldest son whereas Adolphus Busch, co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, was the next to last of the children. . John B. Busch was born in 1832 and came to the United States when he was 17. He settled in St. Louis to learn the brewery business from his brother, George, then a brewer at what was probably the first Busch Brewery on Plum Street. John B. worked two years with George, and established his "Washington Brewery" in 1854 or 1855 (historical records differ). While brother Adolphus in St. Louis dreamed of expansion, the John B. Busch family in Washington became affluent, but they weren’t concerned with going statewide or nationwide. They just took care of Franklin County. The brewery’s total output never exceeded 10,000 barrels a year. John B. was a founder of the Bank of Washington and was closely involved in the church, Turnverein (German gymnastic and dramatic society) and the waterworks. He was innovative and a prime mover from that standpoint. John B. Busch Sr. died at age 62 in 1894 after a long illness. His son, John B. Busch Jr., moved back to Washington in 1894 and became company president. He was president until his death in 1937, when Ulrich W. Busch Sr. took over. At some point in time, Walter A. Busch, John B. Sr.’s youngest son, was president. When he died in 1947, his obituary identified him as the local distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. Busch sold beer under a number of different brand names: Washington Lager Beer and Busch Beer in the early years, and later, Culmbacher and Busch’s Pilsner. A May 1877 announcement in Die Washingtoner Post noted that the brewery was selling its usual bock beer. The Busch Beer name was used many years before Anheuser-Busch introduced Busch Lager near beer during Prohibition, and later, Busch Bavarian. Ironically, the John B. Busch Brewing Company closed in 1954, the same year Anheuser-Busch introduced its popular-priced Busch Bavarian beer.

Item #: AME-001473
Price: $200.00 USD

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