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

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.


Inaugural Walleye Winter Brewfest January 2

This should be a great event and I am really looking forward to it. I love it when beer Fest are that close to my house. Below are the details from the event’s website…

Tap into a beer lover’s wintertime paradise at the inaugural Toledo Walleye Winter Brewfest on Friday, January 2. Tickets are on sale now! The Winter Brewfest will take place at Fifth Third Field during the much anticipated 10-day Walleye Winterfest, presented by ProMedica.

Beer beginners and experienced enthusiasts will get to sample more than 250 beers from over 50 breweries while enjoying live music on two stages AND fun and games all around the main concourse!

Advanced tickets are $35. Ticket will be $45 on the day of the event. That price includes 15 “taste tickets”, each good for a 3-ounce beer sample. Additional taste tickets will be available at the event.

There will also be a special VIP ticket available for $55, which includes 20 taste tickets, grazing stations and exclusive beer drafts.

Not a beer drinker? Designated Driver Brewfest tickets are available for $25. DD VIP tickets, which include early access to pregame grazing stations, are $45.

All that beer taste-testing is sure to make you hungry. The Hen and Hound will be open during Brewfest and serving plenty of delicious food for those wanting a hot bite to eat.

Doors open to VIP ticket holders at 5:30 p.m. Gates open to the general public at 6 p.m.


Glass City Beer Fest 2011

The Glass City Beer Fest has quickly snuck up on me as it is this Friday, March 4, 2011.  You can click on menu for the full list of beers that will be served but I want to throw out a few highlights… Goose Island will be there serving their Belgian style beers, Jolly Pumpkin is the lone Michigan brewery and Great Black Swamp Brewing will be there.

Great Black Swamp is Toledo’s newest microbrewery. I love when breweries  get their name from a part of their city’s history and I recall that there was a micro brewery with the same name in the 90s located on Monroe Street attached to Nick & Jimmy’s across from what was then Franklin Park Mall. They also served  Mosquito Red which I remember enjoying. I e-mailed them to see if they were affiliated with the old brewery and Great Black Swamp”s Paul Travers was nice enough to quickly respond. Paul wrote “We don’t have any direct affiliation with the old Black Swamp but my partner Bob (Morris) knew everyone that was involved and had a hand in the Mosquito Red that they brewed. The recipe has gone through some changes since then but they were nice enough to let us use the name.”  I can’t wait to try Mosquito red’s new taste.

Here are the Glass City Beer Fest’s details.

Glass City Beer Fest 
Friday,  March 4, 2011 ,   7:00 – 11:00 PM
Erie St. Market,  Civic Center Promenade
237  S. Erie St. – Downtown Toledo
100%  of the 2011 GlassCity Beer Fest proceeds will support the programs &
services of the following  NOT-FOR-PROFIT  organizations :