Bob Smith of Culpepper Virginia 2009
We entertained six neighbors Saturday evening for a
Fauerbach event. As you can probably guess., the export and amber were huge
One gal, whose father owned a NYC Irish Pub, loved the export and her attorney husband, a former home brewer, couldn't say enough about the amber. Another couple, former UW Badgers, remembered the Fauerbach name and wished that you have a local distributor. Another neighbor, a former CIA agent, had to leave town and asked that I save a bottle of each for his return (which I did). We all agreed that you had an excellent product and have honored the Fauerbach tradition. It was clever of you to market the ice boat shirts as I can well remember the stories of the "Yellow Kid". That was a great photo of the steam locomotive at the brewery and, although I was quite young, I remember seeing it that way. I checked the roster of the C&NW RR for steam engine No. 143 and found that it had a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and was built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1890. It was a dual purpose (passenger and freight) loco used generally for light duty on branch lines. It had a life span of about 50 years so was probably scrapped right after WWII. The consensus was that we will reorder when we schedule our little special events, especially if the attendees will be Wisconsinites. Continued good fortune and may you experience heavy sales demand.
Dear Peter 4/13/2007
My husband Tom Esser started working for the Fauerbach Brewing Company in 1960. He had just returned from serving 6 months in the National Guard. He was offered a job with the brewery. His grandfather and father had owned a bar in Cross Plains and had Fauerbach on tap for many years. Shortly after starting, he was called up to service during the Berlin crisis, and was stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington for a year. He was very grateful to the Fauerbach family for keeping his job open and was happy to return to begin a 42-year career selling Fauerbach beer and Pepsi Cola. The brewery sent many cases of beer on the train to Seattle with the troops. They were the only soldiers drinking Fauerbach in Seattle. After the brewery closed, he collected many souvenirs with the Fauerbach name. He enjoyed telling stories about his days working for the brewery. He would have enjoyed the rebirth of Fauerbach Beer.
Noreen Esser, Cross Plains, Wisconsin
|Joseph Bossart, grandfather of contributor, Clayton Bossart|
I started working with my dad in 1943, just out of 8th grade to help Dad on the delivery truck - the same age as he did. He took care of the horses then, so he must have seen his dad every day. The big difference was that he expected me to work and graduate from UW - which I did in Chemical Engineering.
I handled those monster kegs back then. As I remember, Fauerbach had a mixture of wooden and steel kegs in 1943, probably because they wanted to use those wooden kegs as long as they served purpose. Imagine that today! Both weighed about 200 in the 1/2 barrel size. Compared to 155 for aluminum. Both used some pitch inside. Wooden kegs were also water soaked to further prevent leakage.
We usually offloaded the kegs by guiding and dropping them as gently as one's strength allowed onto a bumper shaped pillow, usually made of heavy rope.
I vaguely remember some steel or wood kegs of full barrel size. The bars around the University preferred those: they sold a lot of tap beer! I did handle those 31 gallon steel kegs( about 310 pounds), when I was older.
Best Regards, Clay Bossart
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your online presentation of the Fauerbach Brewery history. One of my brothers found the web site and sent me an email. My Father worked for the Fauerbach Brewery all of his adult life. I have only one picture of him at work so your web site is very informative and interesting. I remember him telling us about the ice harvesting and I believe the practice was later followed by the Oscar Mayer Co. who provided the ice for the toboggan slide at Olbrich Park on Lake Monona. I also remember my husband researching ice boating when he became interested in it in the late 1960s. Apparently the Fauerbach Princess was quite famous. My Father's name was Odillo Joseph Schroeder (O.J.) and he remained with the Pepsi bottling franchise after the close of the brewery and worked till he was 75 in 1980. He was always very proud of his employment at Fauerbach and as a teenagers we were very 'cool' having a dad working at Fauerbach Brewery. Thank you, your work on this web site is very much appreciated.
I am glad to hear you got a chuckle from the text of your grandpa's sign. Looking back a couple other memories come to mind. One is the gigantic urinals in the men's room off the bar room. They sure don't make them like that any more. You probably remember those, don't you ? Plus the beer taps on the giant keg behind the bar. And that beautiful mahogany bar. Perry Hibma ran a small marina just a ways down from the Brewery and when he thought the bar needed refinishing he would come by and sand it down and give it multiple coats of marine-grade varnish. Of course he could drink all the free CB he wanted from the short-fill cooler while he worked. So it seemed to need refinishing quite frequently!
Your grandfather had a maintenance man whose name was Roy Schott. He and your grandfather had a pretty close relationship. But old Roy had a bit of a downfall.
He liked to drink a little. (OK, old Roy liked to drink a lot.) And when he did he often became emboldened to the degree that he would give your grandfather a piece of his mind and summarily tell him just what he thought of him....in which wasn't always in the kindest manner. Your grandfather would then fire him on the spot. But old Roy would always show up for work the next day anyway and your grandfather would always re-hire him. This was a regular ritual and went on for years and was a source of amusement to us all.
Your website mentions the ice-boating. It was your great uncle Bill that was the ice boater back then, wasn't it ? And if memory serves me, your grandfather had two sons...Karl Jr. who we knew as "Prib" and Donald whose nickname was "Louie".
Another memory is the Fauerbach Cherokee Marsh cottage. We would have summer events there and make steaks on the big outdoor fireplace with the big steel grill built right into the masonry work. That was before there were Weber-type and gas grills. Those were great times and great T-bones !! And I seem to recall that one or more of the rooms of the Fauerbach cottage had oak paneling the was salvaged from the old Brewery beer vats when they were replaced with the more "modern" copper ones. Does your family still have that cottage? (Today the property is a Madison City Park. The Cottage is the Caretaker's home.)
Saturdays were not usually a work day. But some of us would come in anyway. There would always be plenty of ring baloney sliced up on the bar along with crackers, Dusseldorf mustard and of course CB beer. Other regulars that would drop by for this breakfast ritual included Don Schmidt from channel 15, Ardun Pope from the Dane County sheriff along with any number of off-duty Dane County police officers. It was a nice way to get together with a great bunch of good guys.
Best regards, Don Frye