F.X. Matt Brewery
On December 5, 1933 the Noble Experiment that was Prohibition ended at 12 midnight. At 12.01am the first beer to be released was the Utica Club Pilsener Lager from the F.X. Matt Brewery Company in Utica, NY. The brewery started in 1888 by German immigrant Francis Xavier Matt and is still run by the Matt Family today. This traditional German lagering brewery today produces thier own range under the Saranac label. It also produces a number of beers under contract, most notably a large proportion for the Brooklyn Brewery, NY.
Beer can desguised as WW2 grenade. Release by F.X. Brewing during the war.
The current brewery was commissioned in the 1950's (a brave move post WW2 amongst the prevelant anti-German sentimant). The lagering capacity of the brewery is quite large. The most unique difference in the brewhouse here was the Mash Filter.
At one stage, F.X. Matt brewery was one of only 40 or so breweries still operating in the U.S.A. There was a time where they feared they would have to close, however, the continued on and refused to compromise on quality. Testamant to this is the number of 'craft brewers' who choose to have F.X. Matt brew many of thier staples and seasonals! One little known fact is that F.X. Matt brewed that once popular Australian invention Two Dogs alcoholic soda!
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