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Gottlieb Heileman

  • Birth 6 Jan 1824 Kirchheim unter Teck, Esslingener Landkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Death 19 Feb 1878 La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 13926998

Brewer. He founded the brewery that became the huge G. Heileman Brewing Co. Born in Kirchheim, Wurttemberg (Germany), he emigrated to the USA in 1852, working first in Philadelphia and then went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1853 where he helped Gottlieb Maier found a bakery. In 1857 he moved to La Crosse and was employed in Nicolai brewery and the C&J Michel Brewery until he formed a partnership with Johan Gund in 1858 and they established the City Brewing Co. He became sole owner in 1872 upon Gund's retirement when prodution had increased to 3,000 from 500 barrels in 1860; then renamed the firm the G. Heileman Brewing Co. When Heileman died in 1878 his wife assumed ownership becoming the first chief executive of a brewery in the nation. By 1881 production increased to over 7,100 barrels. The commitment to qualirty paid off well and by 1902 over 160,000 barrels were brewed annually. In 1890 the sole proprietership was incorporated making his widow, Johanna, one of the first female presidents of a corporation; she remained active until her death in 1917. Until the 1880's, the brewery sold its beer in oak kegs but began selling in glass bottles for home consumption; as a result, production tripled in the years between 1902, when "Old Style Lager" was introduced, and 1912. Prohibition in 1920 caused the brewery to temporarily switch production to near beer, sodas and malt extract. With Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the brewery was swamped with beer orders, recapitalized as a public company and by 1953 produced over one-half million barrels of beer. In 1959, G. Heileman Brewing Company began acquiring breweries around the country including Blatz (1969) and Schlitz (1981) and culminated with total production exceeding 17 million barrels of beer annually including 5 million barrels at the La Crosse brewery. The company was acquired by Bond Corporation of Australia in 1987. Subsequently ownership changed hands a number of times until its name and brands, but not its breweries, were sold to Pabst Brewing Company in 1999. Coming full circle to the original 1858 name, former employees and investors acquired the Lacrosse brewing facilities, returned to the City Brewery name and again use Heileman's 1870 residence on Third Street, directly across from the original brewery, as headquarters. The largest brewery in the United States not owned by industry leaders Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors, its capacity is 5 mllion barrels annually.

Bio by: Fred Beisser


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  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 12 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13926998
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gottlieb Heileman (6 Jan 1824–19 Feb 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13926998, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .