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The Minneapolis Brewing and Malting Company of Minnesota, USA

Dates Trade Name Historic Address
1850 - 1859 John Orth’s Brewery Corner of Marshall & Brewery
1859 - 1883 John Orth & Co. (George P. Weinell) 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1883 - 1890 John Orth Brewing Co. 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1890 - 1893 Minneapolis Brewing & Malting Co., No. 2,... 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1893 - 1920 Minneapolis Brewing Co. 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1918 - 1933 Golden Grain Juice Co. 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1933 - 1967 Minneapolis Brewing Company 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1967 - 1975 Grain Belt Breweries Inc. 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1970 - 1975 John Hauenstein Company (Aka of Grain Belt Br... 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
1970 - 1975 White Label Brewing Company (Aka of Grain Bel... 1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast
  • Beer brands and recipes sold to G. Heileman Brewing Co. of Lacrosse, WI. For nearly three decades the grand Romanesque brewhouse laid vacant. It was threatened with demolition constantly as it's owners looked for a buyer. In 2006 it was sold and renovated and is now home to residential housing and retail establishments. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • U-Permit Number :   MINN-U-812
  • L-permit Number :   L-31

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20th May 1821    

John Orth, founder of what would become the Grain Belt Brewery of Minneapolis, is born in France.

1850     FoundedJohn Orth’s BreweryCorner of Marshall & Brewery

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Circa: 1850    

1859     John Orth & Co. (George P. Weinell)1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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1875-1883
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Circa: 1865    

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Circa: 1868    

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Circa: 1870    

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Circa: 1872    

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9th May 1875    

The John Orth Brewery in Minneapolis benefitted from a lengthy writeup in the Minneapolis Star.
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1875    

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1876    

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1877    

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23rd April 1883    

John Orth filed Articles of Incorporation for his brewery in Minneapolis.

1883     John Orth Brewing Co.1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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John Orth Extra Pale Lager Beer
1883-1890
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1884    

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16th January 1886    

The John Orth Brewery, predecessor to the Minneapolis Brewing Company, struck it's first artesian well on the brewery property at only 225 feet.
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1886    

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15th June 1887    

John Orth Dies of Bay Fever he caught while visiting Algiers. In 1850 he founded what would become the Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis. He was 65 years old.
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1887    

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14th December 1889    

A fire destroyed the tower of the John Orth Brewery in Minneapolis.
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1889    

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28th July 1890    

The articles of incorporation were filed for the Minneapolis Brewing and Malting Co. It was a locally owned combine consisting of the John Orth Brewing Co., The Heinrich Brewing Co., The F. D. Norren... View More
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1890    

1890     Minneapolis Brewing & Malting Co., No. 2, John Orth Brewing Co. Branch1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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Extra Pale Beer
1890-1893
Kaiser Beer
1890-1893
Lager Beer
1890-1893
London Porter
1890-1893
Wiener Beer
1890-1893
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Begin: 1890     End 1920

1890 - 1920
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Circa: 1890    

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Circa: 1891    

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1893 - 1940
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1893 - 1940
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Begin: 1893     End 1940

1893     Minneapolis Brewing Co.1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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Extra Pale
1893-1920
Extra Pale Old Lager
1893-1920
Golden Grain
1893-1920
Grain Belt Beer
1893-1920
Grain Belt Golden Beer
1893-1920
Grain Belt Golden Bock Beer
1893-1920
Grain Belt Golden Extra Pale Beer
1893-1920
Grain Belt Golden Gilt Edge Beer
1893-1920
Grain Belt Golden Original Beers
1893-1920
Grain Belt Golden Wiener Beer
1893-1920
Minnehaha Pale
1893-1920
Old Lager
1893-1920
Zumalweiss
1893-1920
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Begin: 1896     End 1940

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Begin: 1897     End 1940

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Circa: 1899    

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Circa: 1906    

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Circa: 1909    

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Circa: 1910    

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Circa: 1910    

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Circa: 1911    

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Circa: 1911    

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Circa: 1912    

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9th January 1912    

Fire destroyed the Mankato branch of the Minneapolis brewing Co. Much of the keg and bottle beer that was stored there was ruined.

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1913    

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1914    

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1916    

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25th April 1917    

The Minneapolis Brewing Co. begins selling Rex Nutrio cereal beverage.

1918     Golden Grain Juice Co.1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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Canadian Pale
1918-1933
Gin-Ade
1918-1933
Grain Belt Malt Tonic
1918-1933
Lager
1918-1933
Malt Beverage
1918-1933
Minnehaha
1918-1933
Minnehaha Ginger Ale
1921-1933
Minnehaha Grape Soda
1921-1933
Minnehaha Lemon Soda
1921-1933
Minnehaha Orange Soda
1921-1933
Minnehaha Wild Cherry Soda
1921-1933
Zumalweiss
1918-1933
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1st October 1921    

The Golden Grain Juice Co. trademarks its Minnehaha brand of flavored sodas.
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1933    

1933     Minneapolis Brewing Company1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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Canterbury Style Ale
1933-1936
Gilt Edge Beer
1933-1950
Grain Belt Ale
1933-1936
Grain Belt Beer
1933-1950
Grain Belt Friendly Beer
1933-1950
Half & Half
1933-1950
Minnehaha Ale
1933-1950
Minnehaha Ale
1934-1962
White Seal Beer
1933-1936
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1934    

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1935    

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Circa: 1936    

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Circa: 1936    

1937Capacity 600000 Barrels
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1937    

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1938    

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Circa: 1939    

1939Capacity 600000 Barrels
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Circa: 1944    

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Circa: 1945    

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27th June 1946    

The Minneapolis Brewing Co. closed for the day to remember beloved Chairman of the Board Jacob Kunz, who died earlier that week at age 75.
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1947    

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1950    

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Circa: 1950    

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Circa: 1951    

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Circa: 1952    

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26th April 1952    

The Minneapolis Brewing Co. published the booklet "The Heritage Of America's Grain Belt".
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1953    

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1954    

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25th March 1954    

The Minneapolis Brewery of Minnesota phased out the 'bottle cap' Grain Belt logo in favor of a simple diamond.

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1956    

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Circa: 1956    

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Circa: 1957    

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Circa: 1958    

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2nd April 1959    

Grain Belt announces the production of Wunderbar Beer, produced in Minneapolis and White Seal Beer, to be brewed in the former Kiewel's plant in Little falls, Minnesota.
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1960 - 1975
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Begin: 1962     End 1975

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30th January 1963    

For the last time, the Minneapolis Brewery tapped into an aquifer beneath their building. This one was nearly a quarter-mile deep.
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Circa: 1963    

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Circa: 1964    

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Circa: 1965    

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Circa: 1966    

1967     Grain Belt Breweries Inc.1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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G.B.X. Malt Liquor
1968-1976
GBX Malt Liquor
1968-1971
Grain Belt Beer
1967-1976
Grain Belt Beer
1967-1975
Storz Beer
1968-1976
Triumph Beer
1967-1976

1970     White Label Brewing Company (Aka of Grain Belt Brewery)1228 Marshall Street & 13th Ave, Northeast

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White Label Beer
1967-1976
White Label Beer
1970-1975
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Circa: 1970    

1975 ClosedJohn Hauenstein Company (Aka of Grain Belt Brewery)