Wilmington Brew Works Partners with Local Beer Historian to Place Grave Marker to Honor the “Father of Lager Beer” – Press Release

Wilmington Brew Works is hoping to raise funds to place a marker on the grave of Christian Kruauch, who Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr refers to as “one of America’s earliest lager beer brewers and perhaps the most significant figure in the state’s brewing history”. As always I’d like to thank John Fusco for forwarding me the information.

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WILMINGTON BREWERY UNVEILS CAMPAIGN TO COMMEMORATE PIONEER BREWER

Delaware’s Forgotten “Father of Lager Beer” Inspired an Industry

WBWWilmington, Delaware, November 6, 2018 – The gravesite of Delaware brewing pioneer Christian Krauch has been without a marker since his death 148 years ago. With the help of the public, Wilmington Brew Works is aiming to correct this historic oversight and honor the man known in his time as the state’s “Father of Lager Beer”.

The brewery has been working with Delaware beer historian John Medkeff Jr. and Krauch descendants on plans to place a granite monument upon Christian’s cemetery plot at the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. The organizers hope to raise the $2,700 needed for the memorial within the next several months.

According to Medkeff, author of Brewing in Delaware (Arcardia Publishing), Krauch was “one of America’s earliest lager beer brewers and perhaps the most significant figure in the state’s brewing history”. Krauch got his start brewing ale in his Philadelphia saloon after his arrival from Bavaria in 1838. Two years later, John Wagner brought the first lager yeast from Germany to Philadelphia. By 1850, Krauch relocated his saloon and brewing business to the burgeoning city of Wilmington and introduced lager beer to the First State. He was a respected elder of Wilmington’s German community and helped found the singing club that would later become the Delaware Saengerbund.

Though Krauch never expanded his business beyond his King Street saloon, he inspired and greatly influenced the generation of Wilmington brewers who followed him. With the popularity of and demand for lager beer dramatically increasing after the Civil War, Krauch disciples John Fehrenbach and Joseph Stoeckle helped transform what was once a modest occupation into one of Delaware’s most profitable industries.

Fate would not be as kind to Krauch. With his humble brewing operation eclipsed by Wilmington’s larger breweries, he died penniless in 1870 and was buried in an unmarked grave. Over time, Krauch and his contributions to Delaware brewing history have been largely forgotten.

Wilmington Brew Works recently paid homage to the pioneer brewer with a helles bock named “Krauch’s Creation”. The brewery is now advancing the tribute with the Christian Krauch Memorial Fund. The public is encouraged to help memorialize Krauch and celebrate Delaware’s rich brewing heritage by donating to the online campaign at www.plumfund.com/memorial-fund/krauch. In addition, Wilmington Brew Works will be donating a portion of proceeds from beer sales to the effort.

Media Contacts
John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507- 4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com
John Medkeff Jr., historian, delawarebeer@comcast.net, 302-981-5972, www.DelawareBeerHistory.com

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Wilmington Brew Works Selected as Delaware location for The 48 Beer Project

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Received a press release from John Fusco yesterday informing everyone that Wilmington Brew Works had been selected by Heidi Geist for her The 48 Beer Project. Details below:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILMINGTON BREWERY SELECTED FOR NATIONAL LABEL ART PROJECT

Artwork to Be Created and Installed at Wilmington Brew Works

October 22, 2018

Wilmington, Delaware – Maine-based artist Heidi Geist hit the road in early September on a year-long journey to create artwork for breweries in each of the continental United States. Geist’s mass art project, appropriately dubbed The 48 Beer Project, will bring her to the newly opened Wilmington Brew Works at the end of this October.

Geist has designed labels for nearly 20 craft breweries over the last three years at her Portland studio. When her lease expired, she was inspired to purchase a mini-school bus from eBay and convert it into a mobile studio with the intention of more directly connecting with her clients. Geist spent three months renovating the mobile studio, which she named ‘Fearless.’ She then conjured up the idea of nation-wide beer related project after a weeklong meditation.

The art collaboration is just one element of The 48 Beer Project’s larger mission. According to Geist, “Along the way, I will be talking with brewers, grains growers, other label designers, etc., about their role in the craft industry, and recording the stories of not just beer lovers, but strangers and friends from all corners of the country.”

Geist carefully targeted partners in her project, selecting breweries who shared a similar collaborative ethos. She was particularly interested in partnering with breweries like Wilmington Brew Works, who are involved in their local communities and support art organizations and other charities. “When this building had fallen into disrepair it was a drag on the neighborhood and the city.  We are excited to add purpose and meaning to such a beautiful building, and bring the spirit of experimentation back to this space! Partnering with the 48 beer project is an exciting way to begin an arts program here, where we can collaborate with local artists for future projects,” said Craig Wensell, CEO and Head Brewer.

Having already completed projects in the New England states, New York, and New Jersey, Geist will be stopping in Pennsylvania prior to her arrival at Wilmington Brew Works on Thursday, October 25. Her work in Delaware will have a bit more permanence than the labels she created as earlier parts of the project. During her three-day stay, Geist will be creating artwork on two of Wilmington Brew Works’ wooden barrels. The artwork will become semi-permanent fixtures on display in the brewery taproom.

About Wilmington Brew Works

Wilmington Brew Works is the first production brewery to be located in Wilmington’s city limits since 1954. Housed in a century old former laboratory in the Old Ninth Ward, we keep the spirit of the building’s creative origins alive with new and innovative ales, lagers, sours, ciders, and soft drinks. The company’s family-friendly taproom has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy a drink with friends, both old and new. Playfully Pretentious, Easily Enjoyed.

Media Contacts

Heidi Geist, The 48 Beer Project, heidi@diegeistart.com, 207-303-2520, www.diegeistart.com, Instagram: @48beerproject

John Fusco, Creative Director, Wilmington Brew Works, john@wilmingtonbrewworks.com, 302-507-4100, www.WilmingtonBrewWorks.com