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The Oertel Brewing Company of Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Dates Trade Name Historic Address
1864 - 1868 Franz (Frank) Rettig Beargrass Creek (688 Main between Cabell & Wayne)
1868 - 1873 (Henry) Kast and (George) Stoepler Beargrass Creek
1873 - 1877 Chas. Hartmetz & Bro. (John) Beargrass Creek
1877 - 1884 Charles Hartmetz Beargrass Creek
1884 - 1888 Hartmetz & Oertel Beargrass Creek
1888 - 1892 Madgalena Hartmetz (Charles's widow) an... Beargrass Creek
1892 - 1918 John F. Oertel, Butchertown Brewery Beargrass Creek
1906 - 1918 John F. Oertel Co. 1400/1404 Story Avenue
1918 - 1936 The Oertel Company 1400/1404 Story Avenue
1920 - 1933 John F. Oertel Co. (Aka of The Oertel Co.) 1400/1404 Story Avenue
1936 - 1967 Oertel Brewing Company, Incorporated 1400/1404 Story Avenue
  • The Fate of the Brewery building is unknown
  • U-Permit Number :   U-KY-602
  • L-permit Number :   L-8

Timeline

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2nd October 1838    

Magdalena Hartmetz nee: Simon was born in Germany.

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28th February 1855    

John Frederick Oertel was born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

1864     FoundedFranz (Frank) RettigBeargrass Creek (688 Main between Cabell & Wayne)

1868     (Henry) Kast and (George) Stoepler Beargrass Creek

1873     Chas. Hartmetz & Bro. (John)Beargrass Creek

1877     Charles HartmetzBeargrass Creek

1884     Hartmetz & Oertel Beargrass Creek

1888     Madgalena Hartmetz (Charles's widow) and brewmaster John Frederick OertelBeargrass Creek

1892     John F. Oertel, Butchertown BreweryBeargrass Creek

Products

Cream Beer
1900-1920
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1906    

1906     John F. Oertel Co.1400/1404 Story Avenue

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Oertel Brew Lager Beer
1906-1918
Oertel's Cream Beer
1906-1918
Oertel's Pale Brew
1906-1918
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1910    

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1916    

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17th March 1917    

The John F. Oertel Co. of Louisville, Kentucky began selling Cerella cereal beverage.

1918     The Oertel Company1400/1404 Story Avenue

Products

English Ginger Beer
1918-1933
Oertel Brew Double Dark
1918-1933
Oertel Special Brew Bock
1933-1936
Oertel's 12-2 Ale
1933-1936
Oertel's 32 Beer
1933-1936
Oertel's 92 Beer
1933-1936
Oertel's Cream Ale
1933-1936
Oertel's Just-A-Nip
1933-1936
Oertel's Little '92 Lager Beer
1933-1936
Oertel's Pilsner '92 Lager Beer
1933-1936
Oertels "Real Lager"
1918-1933
Oertels Dark
1933-1936
Oertels Grapine
1918-1933
Oertels Lager Style
1920-1933
Oertels Prince of Ales Ginger Ale
1918-1933
Oertels Root Beer
1918-1933
Sa-Te
1920-1933

1920     John F. Oertel Co. (Aka of The Oertel Co.)1400/1404 Story Avenue

Products

Beerella Beverage
1920-1933
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14th November 1933    

Strongman Galen Gough declares that he will stop eating food and subsist solely on Oertels Beer. He was supervised by the brewery and guarded by four Legionnaires, who took shifts 24 hours a day.
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1933    

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16th December 1933    

After 33 days Galen Gough ended his beer fast, where he subsisted on nothing but Oertels Beer, by allowing the company's beer truck to drive over his prone body.
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1934    

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1936 - 1940
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Begin: 1936     End 1967

1936 - 1967
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1936 - 1967
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Begin: 1936     End 1967

1936     Oertel Brewing Company, Incorporated1400/1404 Story Avenue

Products

Little Brown Jug Ale
1934-1939
Oertel's 92 Beer
1934-1968
Oertel's 92 Bock
1934-1960
Oertel's Cream Ale
1934-1939
Oertel's Pilsner Beer
1934-1936
Oertels '92 Lager Beer
1936-1950
Oertels Real Lager Beer
1933-1936
SpeciaL Cream Ale
1936-1950
Thorobred Malt Liquor
1960-1968
1937Capacity 180000 Barrels
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1937    

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Circa: 1938    

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2nd January 1939    

The Oertel Brewery announces the release of their famous chalk statue hand.
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Circa: 1939    

1939Capacity 25000 Barrels
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Circa: 1942    

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Circa: 1952    

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Circa: 1955    

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Circa: 1958    

1967 ClosedOertel Brewing Company, Incorporated