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Indianapolis Brewing Company
1 mss box, 66 folders

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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                            Processed by: Rusti L. Keen, March 2010                         

Organizational History:

Founded in 1887, the Indianapolis Brewing Company, owned by an “English Syndicate”, was the merger of three local businesses, the P. Lieber Brewing Company City Brewery, the Casper Maus Brewery, and the C.F. Schmidt Brewing Company.  The company won medals for its Duesseldorfer beer at the Paris Exposition of 1900, the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, and at Liege, Belgium in 1906.  The company billed itself as a modern brewery, ranking among the largest and best in the world.  Producers of Ozotonic and malt extract both before and during Prohibition, the company reincorporated in 1933 under the name of Indiana Breweries, Inc., but switched back to Indianapolis Brewing Company in 1935.  According to the Indianapolis Encyclopedia (1994), the IBC closed its doors in 1948 when the president, Lawrence Barden, went to jail for short-filling bottles and the company went bankrupt.  Brands produced by IBC included Tafel, Circle City, Crown Select, De Luxe Bock, Duesseldorfer, Lieber’s Gold Metal Beer, Tonica, Burgomaster, Derby, Pilsner Club, Indiana Club, October Ale, Derbey, and Progress Beer.


Bodenhamer, David J., Robert G. Barrows, and David Gordon Vanderstel. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. p. 349-350.

Scope and Content Note:

A photo album of the Indianapolis Brewing Company, C.F. Schmidt Brewing Plant.  The collection consists of 64 photographs, 1 index, and 1 map.  Photographs comprise the brewing plant facilities and equipment. 

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1. 

1. Index
2. McCarty Street View of Brewery
3. Brew House
4. Water and Beer Tanks
5. DeLaVergne Ice Machine
6. Linde Ice Machine
7. Gas Compressor, Small
8. Gas Compressor, Large
9. 150 K.W. Generator
10. 100 K.W. Generator
11. Consolidated Ice Machine
12. Water Pumps
13. Pure Air Pumps
14. Boiler Feed Pumps
15. Boiler Room
16. Racking Machine
17. Keg Wash Machine
18. Hoop Driver
19. Cooper Shop
20. Chips Wash Room
21. Hydro-Power Soaker
22. Monarch Filler and Jumbo Crowner
23. Monitor Pasteurizer
24. Labeling Machines
25. Loew Outfit, Complete
26. Goldman Soaker, No. 2
27. Eick Washer
28. `Monarch Filler and Jumbo Crowner
29. Goldman Pasteurizer
30. Goldman Outfit, Complete
31. Labeling Machine
32. Goldman Soaker, No. 3
33. Eick Washer
34. Monarch Filler and Jumber Crowner
35. Goldman Pasteurizer
36. Goldman Outfit, Complete
37. Brine Cooler
38. Settling Tanks
39. Fermenting and Gas Storage Tanks
40. Fermenting Cellar
41. Fermenting Cellar
42. Bottle Cellar
43. Bottle Tank Cellar
44. Beer Pumps
45. Lower Storage Cellar
46. Ale Tanks
47. Beer Pumps and Filters
48. Enzinger Filter
49. Bottle Cellar
50. Draft Beer Cellar
51. Brine Pump
52. Fore Cooler Ice House
53. Brine Tanks
54. Ammonia Condenser
55. Steam Condenser
56. Water Purifier
57. Racking Room and Wash House
58. Ammonia Condensers
59. Head Office
60. Scientific Station and Garage
61. Brew House
62. Bottling Department and Stock Room
63. Brewmaster’s Residence
64. Lower Floor of Brewhouse
65. Ice House Cellar
66. Map

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 box, 66 folders, 66 items
Collection Dates: n.d
Provenance: Unknown
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
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