Baumeister Sodas

Luxemburg Bottling Works was organized after 1900 and Kewaunee Bottling Co. - the largest and best remembered company - was organized in 1919 by Henry and Julia Baumeister. A year later, their first building was sold and the business was moved to the northwest corner of Harrison and Dodge Streets, the place remembered by most of today’s residents.

Burmeisters had little money but their enthusiasm and determination made the business a success. Henry Baumeister did most of the remodeling and repairs to the 1920 building himself with the after school help of Julia’s brothers, Ed and Loddie Schultz who lived with the couple until they themselves married. Gilbert Baumeister ran the company after Henry, and Gene Baumeister followed his father Gilbert. From its beginning, Kewaunee Bottling Co. grew in size and reputation. Distribution area included all of northeast Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

Pop manufacturing went beyond the factories. During the Depression, many made their own root beer, putting a raisin in the bottle before corking. The raisin "worked" and gave the pop its fizz. If one decided to speed up the process adding another raisin, there was a little too much fizz. Al Capone and Baby Face Nelson were in the news. There were always reports of them being in Wisconsin. Then there was John Dillinger at Little Bohemia in 1934. On a moonless winter night just after Little Bohemia, the kids were doing homework at the dining room table when the raisins started working a little too much, blowing off the pop bottle caps into the basement walls and ceiling. The screaming kids knew they were under fire and that Chicago gangsters were attacking the farm!

Bell's Brewing Inc.

Founded by Larry Bell as a home brewing supply show in 1983, Bell's Brewery, Inc. sold its first commercial beer in September 1985. Beer was initially brewed in a 15-gallon soup kettle and the company has grown remarkably from its production of 135 barrels in 1986 to over 216,000 barrels in 2010. The brewing company is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second facility in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's Brewery produces the Bell's brand of beers and also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe which serves their beer and food.


Blue Moon Brewing Company

At Blue Moon Brewing Company, they believe brewing is an art. It’s been that way since their head brewmaster and founder, Keith Villa, first created Blue Moon Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale back in 1995 in downtown Denver, Colorado. At the brewery, everything flows from the company's artistic approach to brewing. They carefully select quality ingredients to go into each of their beers and spend time making test batches until they arrive at a balanced, floavorful beer that everyone enjoys drinking.

Chimay Brewery

Founded in 1862, Chimay Brewery is a beer brewery in Chimay, southern Hainaut, Belgium. The brewery is located in the Scourmont Abbey, a Trappist monastery, and is one of the eleven breweries worldwide that produce Trappist beer. The monastery also makes four varieties of cheese.


The ciderboys were two ordinary people who had no money coming in and no product to sell, but what they had was an idea using a truly unique proposition: to create unique hard ciders blending unexpected fresh fruit flavors with the crisp taste of apple. Curiosity constantly fueled their determination; their refusal to accept ordinary common fruit set the standard by which their product would be judged. Founded in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Ciderboys' hard cider is America's best-tasting hard cider according to Chicago's Beverage Testing Institute (BTI).