Flag Day In DC


There’s an odd story I tell about the weirdest, coolest, eeriest day I had back in 2010 on the first day of the World Cup. I’ve never had anything close to the “right” forum to retell this, outside of “why do you have this in the basement?”, until now.


Published in: on January 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm  Comments Off on Flag Day In DC  

Eppig Coasters Exist?

Probably the most unexpected Christmas present this year was a set of four “Eppig Beer and Ale” coasters. Neoprene foam coasters.


As explained before, Google has been Tool 1 for research. This collection, amazingly, was buried somewhere within Amazon. In the days since Christmas I have searched for this product listing inside other marketplace site, it ONLY appears in this Amazon listing:

Eppig Family Name Brand Beer & Ale Drink Coasters – Set of 4

Beautiful set of beer and ale coasters featuring an original retro design that’s bound to be a big hit with any beer drinker.

Knee-jerk reaction is this seller found a name they liked and slapped it onto a cheap item for sale. We’ve all received the junk flyer in our mail showing what kinds of items (shirts, mugs, hats, etc) that can be adorned with a family name. I could say “but but Eppig isn’t common and it means something to be on a coaster!”, and I’d be wrong And insanely naive.

However this happened it’s both intriguing and entertaining. And useful. More info when (if?) I hear from the seller.

Published in: on January 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm  Comments Off on Eppig Coasters Exist?  

Selling Beer By Weight

(originally published April 19, 1890, NYT)

(originally published April 19, 1890, NYT)

Beer economics start with the price of grain and end with the price of grain.

In late 19th century Brooklyn, the Independent Brewers’ Association fought against weight-price reduction of their beers sold at saloons in both pints and growlers. Their argument was two-fold; the rise in price(s) for ingredients will not be covered by the receipts of the beer sold, change in sale price would affect the size of the pour for sale.

Regulating the cost of the pour, a measure imposed by the IBA, kept the price of a pint in Brooklyn between 7¢ and 9¢. This also restricted the profits of saloon owners selling IBA-partner beer. Interesting that the “growler” is represented as a concept, rather than a standard unit of beer. This issue lives on today in variable price per ounce of canned beer versus a growler pour, further convoluted by location of pour.

Added to the family tree is Peter Eppig of “the Joseph Eppig concern.” He was joined by another prominent figure in the Eppig line of breweries, Frank Ibert. Frank was a brewer and Joseph Eppig collaborator.

One aspect that isn’t exactly clear is the concept of “non-pool” beer. Can’t exactly connect it to “non-union” beer, so this will remain a question.


Published in: on November 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm  Comments Off on Selling Beer By Weight  
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Parking Garage

From the Bulletin of the Board of Standards and Appeals of the City of New York, Volume 4, we learn that in 1919 the executor of the Leonhard Eppig estate applied for a public parking garage permit. Additional revenue? Empty space that needed something, anything?

Published in: on September 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm  Comments Off on Parking Garage  

Leonhard Eppig – What We Know So Far

Leonhard Eppig

To begin this project meant that I knew almost nothing of this man, his history, his family. Common information circulating around stated he emigrated from Germany at a young age (by our our modern standards), one day he had a brewery, then he had children, and finally he died before 1900.


Published in: on September 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm  Comments Off on Leonhard Eppig – What We Know So Far  

The beginning…

Leonard Eppig's Germania Brewing Co

Here’s where we start.

This has been seen all over eBay as just a vintage poster of a brewery with no context, a brewer with no identity.

This is the journey.

Published in: on September 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm  Comments Off on The beginning…