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Schmidt’s was an industry leader in technical innovation and was the first brewery in the country to use a computer.
Beautiful women have been used in advertising to attract attention for years.Dubois was famous for their Budweiser and probably was the last brewery to have a brand by that name.They were taken to court in the 1960s by A-B, which claimed they owned the exclusive rights to the name. Three years later it joined with fourteen other breweries to become part of the Independent Brewing Co. This combine was formed to compete with the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, formed in 1899 and consisting of twenty-one branches.You can learn more about Pennsylvania brewery history at: for its Horseshoe Curve and the Pennsylvania Railroad shops, Altoona was home to nine breweries over the years, two of which survived Prohibition: the Oswald Brewing Company, which went out of business in 1936, and the Altoona Brewing Company, which lasted until 1974.The last survivor was the oldest and started in 1852 as George Enzbrenner’s Empire Brewery.In November he placed his first product on the market, which consisted of nine barrels of ale and porter.
Ten years later the brewery was producing just under 800 barrels per year.
Today there is a spring on Route 120 at Brewery Run Rd.
where people can fill containers with the spring water once used to brew Binder’s Beer.
In the 1940s there was ongoing friction between the AFL Teamsters and the CIO for control of brewery workers.
In 1952, long steel and coal strikes were followed by a four-month strike by brewery workers all of which may have been responsible for the demise of Chartiers Valley, Homestead, and First National branches.
Pre-Prohibition lithographs frequently pictured them in classical poses that mimicked fine art.