Re: Significant Breweries in Kansas City History
Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:40 pm
is Pony Express still being produced? I haven't seen it for sale anywhere for quite a while. Perhaps the brewery only produces Flying Monkey now?
If one goes back to the late 1800's and early 1900's it would have been almost impossible to transport on a regional basis let alone on a national basis any finished food or drink product. As inter-city roads and highways were improved and larger vehicles came into existence shipping of these products became more efficient and consolidation became more likely.Highlander wrote: Wow, never knew KC had such a history as brewing center. I suspect we were a victim of consolidation in the beer industry...for a while it was just Miller, Coors Anheuser Busch (and basically still is from a commercial point of view). So, is Boulevard our only current commercial brewery?
It's definitely the largest, but there's also Flying Monkey / Pony Express--pretty significant in that they do their own brews plus contracts for Breckenridge out of CO--and Weston Brewing Company, which is fairly big in the region.FangKC wrote: Yes, Boulevard is our only significant brewery. There a several brew pubs around the area that sell to their bar patrons and in some liquor stores.
Yeah, prohibition basically killed the regional beer industry in most cities, leaving only the largest producers of macrolager alive. The big boys made near beers and sodas and sold their yeast for bread; everyone else died out. Only just within the last 10-20 years have regional brewers come back to any level of prominence. And of course, now Bud's ads are all, "We are not some trendy microbrew! We are real beer!" Hrmf.HalcyonKC wrote: Quite aside from any industry consolidation trend, wouldn't prohibition in the 1920's-30's have put an end to a lot of these companies? Guess it depends on the years in which they did business.