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Making beer in oak beer vats   

What's the highest rated czech style pilsner? Pilsner Urquel -- served from oak tanks at the Pilsner Urquel Brewery.   


Be sure to see the pictures of Fauerbach oak vessels, and read about the Hess Cooperage from Madison, Wisconsin. Both Companies were linked at the hip and as things went, ended operation in 1966

Hess Cooperage - Making white oak beer barrels
           
 1934 beer vats - Fauerbach brewery 1934 beer vats -  Fauerbach Brewery
Pilsner Urquell Brewery Cooper Shop Photos

Photo 1- 16 apprentices making barrels
Photo 2- Yard - note 4 men pushing storage barrel

This is where Frank J. Hess learned the art of beer barrel making

1950 use of oak and aluminum kegs 1966 The Hess brothers with their last 1/2 bbl oak keg White oak backbar at the Fauerbach Bar room

Joseph Bossart and Fauerbach Beer wagon 4 Fauerbach small kegs  1880 Fauerbach Brewery Company

Special Stories about oak vats and kegs

Ray Bareis

One of several fascinating stories from Ray Bareis, born about 1900 and raised across the street from the Brewery, is that of childhood memories of the lakefront side of the Brewery. The Brewery had a rail spur between the icehouse and other buildings. In the open yard, coopers repaired wooden kegs. Using two-handed wood shaving tools, they would shape replacement staves for a broken keg. Once enough of these repaired kegs were ready, the pitching machine would be turned on. This machine would pitch rosin like material inside the barrel to seal it and protect the beer. The yard also had a large wooden tank with thick sidewalls raised on legs that would allow its contents to be dumped into a rail car. This was for broken glass from the bottling operation. According to Ray, the gang initiation was to walk around the top of the container in bare feet! Of course, “if you were caught by Brewery employees, you got bounced back home.”

Clayton Bossart

"My name is Clayton J. Bossart from Monroeville, PA. I worked several summers plus odd weeks during holiday breaks from school at the brewery. My Dad, John L. Bossart, worked there over 40 years. When the Brewery offered him a contract to serve the city of Madison's bars during the latter part of WWII, I worked for him as well.

My Grandfather, Joseph Bossart, is pictured on your site driving the horse-drawn load of keg beer (See above left).

There was another picture of Joseph Bossart hanging in the Fauerbach Bar where he had a keg on each of his massive shoulders. I can never forget that one; did that make it into your archives? My Uncle Joe Schroeder also worked at Fauerbach for many years."

Clayton Bossart

"I handled those monster kegs back then. As I remember Fauerbach had a mixture of wooden kegs and steel kegs at that time, probably because they wanted to use up the older kegs until they had served their purpose. Both weighed about 220 lbs in the 1/2 bbl size, compared to 155 lbs for the aluminum kegs that came later. Both used some kind of black pitch inside; you didn't want either the wood or steel flavor in your glass of beer. The wooden kegs were also water soaked to further prevent leakage (and probably splitting), so their weight must have varied more than the steel kegs. We usually off-loaded these kegs from the tail gate or side doors of the truck by guiding and dropping them as gently as one's strenghth allowed onto a "bumper" shaped like a pillow, usually made from heavy rope.

I vaguely remember some steel or wood kegs in full barrel size. The bars around the University preferred those; they sold a lot of tap beer! I did handle some of those 31 gallon aluminum kegs (about 310 lbs), when I was older. Sales of that size seemed to be pretty much confined to the UW bars."

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Video clips and Interviews

Watch "Fauerbach Beer at 160 Years" on  You Tube  
Iceboating at it's best:  6 minutes / 2 fast laps  

2005 Fauerbach Re-emergence - Interview for The Beer Report (May '09)

2012 Fauerbach promotes iceboating on local TV from Lake Mendota

Bill Rogers Malt House --  Fauerbach beer served at Union House/Malt House for 3 centuries.


Poster series: Fauerbach "History in the Making."

        

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All posters are 11" x 17" and can be ordered with frame kits. Drop us a note with your request. 

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fauerbach ball team 1905

fauerbach beer wagon

#1 fauerbach iceboat champs

#2 fauerbach iceboat champs

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Prohibition partyn' 1905 Ballin' Beer  Hooked Up 2009 Champ
Iceboating
Ron Sherry

2010 Champ 

Iceboating

Bill Mattison

2011 Champ
Iceboating
Jack Ripp

end of prohibition Fauerbach

fauerbach shot and a beer

fauerbach is trendy

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and images here

Prohibition is over Parade float Shot and a beer Trendy night spots

Hess Cooperage Presentations by Gary and Jim Hess

Gary Hess and cousin Jim Hess have presented the story of their family cooperage and white oak beer barrels to 106 groups since May 2005.
They travel afar and provide their wonderful story free of charge to a wide variety of historical and service club groups.
Congratulations, Gary and Jim     -- 106 Presentations !

Fauerbach Wagon with Hess barrels 1910

Gary Hess and cousin Jim Hess at one of their Hess Cooperage presentations

Please contact Gary Hess at 608-222-9656 to schedule a presentation of the art of wooden beer barrel making!


Fauerbach History Archives:  plan on an hour ...and grab a beer while you're at it.

Links

Zoeller Graphics - Fauerbach art source

Fauerbach is a Wisconsin beer icon

MHTG Madison Home brewers and Tasters Guild

Hess Cooperage presentations


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Updated: August 2014     Fauerbach Brewing Company, LLC.  2004        Madison, Wisconsin       Email: