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Joliet Citizens Brewing


Another sharp keg label, this one from Joliet Citizens Brewing Company, which operated here from 1904 through 1948. (Its latter incarnation, Bohemian Brewery, brought Joliet's long brewing history to an end when it closed in 1958.) Not exactly sure what Joliet Citizens produced during Prohibition to keep the doors open - I'm sure on an official basis it was "near beer", but Joliet was a pretty wide-open town back then, so my guess is that they never stopped brewing the genuine article while the authorities looked the other way.

UPDATE: The comment below from "Mr. X" prompted me to take a closer look at that label - despite the "Keg Beer" moniker, the label isn't from a keg at all, but instead a 64-oz. bottle. But I didn't mean to imply that this label was from the Prohibition era - instead it's probably from the 40s or 50s. The fact that it doesn't say "near beer" or "tonic" or any of the old euphemisms from the dry days indicates this is the full-strength variety and is most certainly "legit." Now, whatever the brewery happened to ship out through the back door during Prohibition under the cover of darkness, that's another story...

November 22, 2008 in Ephemera, Joliet | Permalink


64 fluid ounces? Legit.

Posted by: Mr. X at Nov 22, 2008 8:54:06 PM

I have 6 solid copper beer mugs from Joliet Citizens Brewing Company with the initials WB on the bottom. Can you tell me about them?

Posted by: Chevy at Mar 4, 2011 10:56:06 AM

No idea, Chevy. I'm not a collector.

Posted by: Pete at Mar 4, 2011 2:46:07 PM