Lion Brewery – Label Fun

This one is fairly unique, and another one (like the 1/2 label of my earlier post) that I had not even heard of…Trupert American Pilsner Beer!  Anyone know any details of this one?


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9 comments (click to read or post):

  1. Should I wait for someone else to start this thread? I'm taking up a lot of space here!

  2. Sam..PLEASE do start. You're not taking up have wonderful insight on these labels and the history of brewing in our area. If I was able to get you to write a book in our comments I'd welcome it. Never hesitate to comment...

  3. All I know is that it was a contract-brewed product commemorating Trupert Ortlieb, the patriarch of the Ortlieb clan who served in the Civil War, as outlined on the label. I assume maybe Henry Ortlieb had something to do with its development prior to his opening Poor Henry's in Philly.

    The only case I ever bought was maybe in the late 80s at a bargain-basement price, probably to get rid of excess stocks, which would imply it didn't meet sales expectations. As I recall, it was OK at best.

    What intrigues me with this example is the government warning on the label. Not sure that warning was required at the time I got mine, which might mean that it was brewed for a longer period than I would have guessed.

    Pure speculation.

  4. Thanks Sam....that's great info. You'd be surprised how little info there is out there on the internet about many of these beers so you're an invaluable resource. I think there's a book in there somewhere for you Sam....

  5. Yeah, old drunk dredges up useless trivial beer memories. It'll sell a million copies! I think I'll stick with the occasional My Beer Buzz entry.

    Thanks for the kudos, though!

  6. I'd bet there's an audience interested in reading it and that finds it far from useless...

  7. seriously! someone should write a book on the Lion's history/products/breweriana.

  8. I remember this one by name but not by label. I was around college age when Sam says this one was out and I really dont remember if I tried it. I used to give just about every lion product (except the lights) a try, anyone remember otto's oat bran? Not sure if the association with Ortliebs would have turned me on or off to it back then. On I suppose. Some of these brands you waited on thinking they would be around for a while and there would be a "push" behind them but then they disappeared...

  9. This just in from JessKidden:

    Oh, BTW, "Truppert" was Joe Ortlieb's first entry into the craft beer world after selling out to C. Schmidt's (Truppert was the first name of the Ortlieb who founded the brewery)- mid-1980's? It was a similar beer to the contract-brewed Manhattan Gold (NYC's first brewpub


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