Founded by John Braun in 1846, Blatz was one of the finest Milwaukee breweries. In 1851 it was taken over by a neighbouring brewery owned by one Valentine Blatz, who gave the company his name and considerably increased the output before marrying John Braun’s wife. (Braun himself had died shorty after the takeover)
Blatz was the first Milwaukee brewer to market beer nationally, and after setting up distribution centres all the the States he went on to establish his own carpenters, railroad service, cooper shop and coal yard, before selling out to a group of London investors in 1890. They operated it successfully until the advent of prohibition.
Following the repeal of the eighteenth amendment the Blatz brewery again flourished, producing over a million barrels annually during the 40’s and ’50s, when this glorious neon sign dates from. Measuring an impressive 68” wide, this piece has been re-engineered to work on a UK power supply and boasts brand new neon tubes in the interests of safety and reliability.
It’s a fabulous slice of Americana and a true statement piece for your vintage kitchen or games room. Why not come down to our great new showroom in Weybridge and check it out first hand in all its illuminated glory?