Repeal Day, Monroe and Prohibition

A state convention gathered in Utah on this date in 1933 to ratify the 21st Amendment. A three quarter majority was needed to make it official and Utah became the 36th state to do so. Making December 5 the official day the 21st Amendment was ratified. Now this date will be known as Repeal Day.
Of course history is more complicated than that and I plan on covering some of those stories in the next few months. During my research I discovered a great blog post by Kathy Warnes. It is about Monroe during the beginning of prohibition. I will share the first paragraph then link it below. It’s fun and informative.

Rumrunner Muskrat La Framboise preferred to move his bootleg whiskey stored in jute bags tied together at the tops like ears in his boat equipped with a stopper resembling a bathtub plug. He rowed along the Detroit River Highway from Ecorse to its mouth near Monroe taking orders and delivering his liquid refreshment. When a government agent or policeman spotted him and gave chase, he pulled the plug and the boat would sink. After the drama of the chase and capture died down, he’d return to his boat and dive for his liquor, or if he had a large shipment, he would bring a few friends along to help. Muskrat became as skilled as a loon diving for fish at this method of River recycling.

Bootlegging Down The Avenue de Booze

Featured Brewery Site: 1121 S. Monroe St.

1121 S Monroe

Welcome to our first Featured Brewery Site. Today we are taking a look at the old Wm. Noland & Sons building. It was once used to store excavating equipment. At 5 thousand square feet, it is large and open space with high ceilings. The location is less than a mile south of town on the edge of the city line.
The large space would give it an Original Gravity feel. The openness means you can create any design you wish. The property itself is around 2.5 acres which leaves plenty of space for parking. You will need it because there is no street parking.
The best feature of this property is the back section which runs along Plum Creek near Lake Monroe. That has unlimited potential. It can be used as a patio, a small hop garden, an area for games(volleyball, cornhole etc.) or even a sitting area similar to the Hoplot where you could have a BBQ pit and maybe a fire place which would take special permit.
The biggest problem with this property is the cost. It’s over 400k and in the end may cost around a million to make into a brewery. That is a huge investment. But if this property was done correctly it has the potential to be unique enough to make it worth the drive to our corner Michigan.

Beer Won’t Make You Bilious

I was doing some research today and found this Green Seal beer ad from 1915. It was brewed by the Buckeye Beer Company out of Toledo, Oh.
I love the health benefits that Green Seal claimed. It’s really hard to read some of the print but I did see that “good beer makes good blood”. It was probably true that beer was healthier than milk and water. I feel they implied that a government official bestowed a green seal of approval to their beer. I picture C. Everett Koop.

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Buy Beer Memorabilia in Monroe?!

Today is Small Business Saturday and it’s time to seriously think about Christmas shopping. Believe it or not there are ways to support a business here in Monroe and get the beer lover in your life a piece of history.
Monroe Currency and Coin is one of the newer stores to downtown Monroe, Michigan, it opened in 2012. My initial thought was I have a child in day care I don’t have money to spend on currency that I don’t intend to spend so what does this store have for me? I was so wrong.
I met Joe Peruski, the owner of Monroe Currency and Coin, by pure coincidence. And we started to talk about local brewing history. I used something his Grandfather wrote as a reference when writing about Wahl Brewery. It turns out he sells antique beer memorabilia including some stuff from Monroe. But don’t just pop in without talking to Joe. He is knowledgable about local history and the really good stuff is in the back room.
So if you are looking for unique gifts Monroe Currency and Coin is a great place to find it. It’s located at 125 E Front in Monroe, Mi.

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Homebrew Contest at 129 Lounge

Saugatuck Brewing Company and 129 Lounge are having a homebrew contest Saturday December 13 starting at 7 pm. The winner will brew on Saugatuck’s brewing system then have their beer on tap at 129 Lounge.
This is a really nice prize with a cash value of over 250 dollars. It would also be nice to get together with other local home brewers. Come on out to share some of your beer and if someone who is passionate about homebrewing pass this event onto them, the more the merrier. Yes, it is short notice but homebrewers also have beer ready to serve this time of year.

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Partyville Beer Event for the Humane Society

Monroe is having a beer and wine event! Actually the number of beer events are on the rise over the last few years but they are usually scheduled on days when I can’t make it… And this is no different. But I remember the days when there was not a lot going on so I get excited when I see local beer events.

It’s brought to you by Partyville  with partial proceeds going to the Humane Society of Monroe. So you have good local beer and wine plus a good cause. I did verify that Rave will be there so that means Bell’s and Founders.

Here are some details. Please check out the flier for more…

Saturday October 26, 2013 6 to 10pm

Location: Monroe Golf & Country Club 611 Cole Rd, Monroe (734) 241-5190

$25 per person advanced $35 per person at the door

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I Like to Drink Wine More than I Used to…

“How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides,  every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.  Remember when I took that home wine making course, and I forgot how to drive?” Homer Simpson

I am excited to tell you about the Downtown Monroe Wine Crawl this Friday July 19 from 5:30 to 9pm. It’s a wine tasting but also a tour of Monroe businesses where you can share food and drink with friends. And it’s priced at just $20.

This is a perfect event for the City of Monroe. I feel like we should be a big wine town. We are located on the Raisin River which was called that because of the wild grapes that grew along it. Plus we were founded by the French. How did we lose this heritage?

Here is  a list of the participating businesses…

Wine Tasting Locations:
Book Nook
Frenchie’s Fine Jewelry
Monroe Bank & Trust
Craving’s
Hotel Sterling
Calendar Group (Formerly Steve’s Tavern)
Wise Guy
Martin’s Shoe House
Mind/Body Balance
Steven’s Family Chiropractic
Ryan Donaldson Photography

Food Locations:
United Bank & Trust
Mancino’s
Monroe County Convention & Tourism
Belle Fleur
River Raisin Banquet Center
Victoria Day Spa

Entertainment:
Off Beat Productions
Live jazz music
Monroe Big Band

Bell’s Tap Takeover at Buffalo Wild Wings

I hope you excuse the short notice but I found out about this tap takeover during a very busy weekend. It’s Bell’s so this will be a great event with fantastic beers including Black Note! How good is Black Note? It received a 100 on Beer Advocate. That’s a perfect score!

Here are the details…

Bell’s Tap Takeover

Buffalo Wild Wings in Monroe, MI

March 12, 2013 6 to 8pm

special tapping of Black Note at 7pm

Join us as we introduce our new spring seasonal beer, Smitten golden rye ale. We will also be featuring some of our specialty beers throughout the evening including Black Note, which will be taped at 7 p.m. Still not convinced? The event takes place on Wing Tuesday, so there will be discounts on wings all day.