The word, "brew,” like a lot of words from our vocabulary has multiple meanings. If you want to "brew up something,” you could be referring to a cup of tea, or perhaps a plot to "brew-up trouble." However, most people when referring to an establishment as a brewery, they are referring to a place where an alcoholic beverage is made. The business might go by a different title, such as a winery, or maybe a distillery, but all are in the business of making an alcoholic beverage of some type.
The brewery business has been around for centuries, and all types of alcoholic beverages have interesting histories. Beer is said to have been the first alcoholic beverage brewed. Originally created in the Middle East, it was made from a family of starched-based grains, which were often a combination of barley mart, rice and/or corn.
The history of bourbon whiskey in America stretches back to the early settlement of the colonists. The early colonists in America were familiar with beer, however, brewing was difficult in the beginning, because malt did not grow well in the new land, and it was expensive to import.
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the blockades were lifted allowing ships to bring in goods into the country. Whether helping improves demoralize the world's newest nation, bourbon whiskey, made from native corn became a new popular alcoholic beverage. The first major distilleries were located in along the eastern coast. Historians relate it was Benjamin Franklin's idea to mate liquor from native corn, and it was a good one. Even George Washington established a distilling operation at his home on Mt. Vernon.
During the days of the 'Old West", whiskey seemed to flow like the winds. The movies and television shows of the 1940’s, 50s and 60s, many times centered the activities at the popular saloon on Main street Often times, the background for the story could be based on fact, however it might apt to be exaggerated. The real cowboys, bandits, and lawmen did exist; and many of the western towns were truly a "wild frontier". Saloons were where men met to socialize, drink, play cards, learn local news, and have a fight now and then. Whiskey was the popular drink -maybe because refrigeration wasn't as available, and other beverages might require cooling. The cattle drives, wagon trains, and eventually railroads brought money, news, and gossip to an otherwise uninformed population.
The understanding of the why and who could or could-not consume alcoholic beverages became a subject of multiple discussions. With WWI looming ahead, and anti-German feelings on the Rise, all alcoholic beverages became a public concern. Alcohol poisoning, and concern about those who could not control their constant need for the drink, was becoming a concern by Lawmen and health officials. So on January 16, 1919, the eighteenth amendment of the Constitution Became law. The law permitted some drinking, by some people, for a few reasons, but the laws were Confusing and very specific. The church members were happy, a lot of lawmakers were happy, but their happiness didn't last long. As the times of Prohibition started, then so did the up-start of speakeasies and underworld gangsters. Lawmen were constantly hunting down stills, and moonshiners, and arresting operators of Medicinal Spirits Companies, who didn't follow the rules.
Drinking behind dosed doors, unlike the open saloons with their swinging doors, welcomed Women, alone or with an escort.
The popularity of the relatively new "automobile" gave the bootleggers and moonshiners another avenue to deliver and quickly move their business ventures when and if the "law" found their locations. It didn't take long before many states were beginning to regret the enactment of the Eighteenth Amendment. There was a lot of hatred for the method and manner in which the Prohibition Act had been presented to the states and the ways in which the law was being enforced. The new law Caused distrust among businesses, there were constant raids, and/or searches on private businesses and homes. Some good came from Prohibition, but it wasn't long lasting. Those who drank good liquor moved to poorly made products which could poison them and often killed.
The Great Depression in 1929 - and the Government in a sad fix - it no longer received income from the source of liquor taxes. The ending result was the enactment of the Twenty-first Amendment on December 1933. The original intent perhaps was a good one, but the result was the opposite of what they intended.
People collect lots of items regarding different alcoholic beverages. There always appears to be plenty around. Everything from - shot glasses, match books, napkins, beer mugs, wine bottles, and Of-course postcards are usually available. The cards here are a few that I have- a collector probably won’t find any postcards at the local pub, but then you never know-