ABOUT RAHR'S BEER OF GREEN BAY WI
A LONG HISTORY OF BREWMASTERS
You were born a family brewer
You were weaned on the family beer, for it was a food for survival
You will be schooled at the earliest age to brew the family beer
You will brew the finest and best quality family beer with pride
You will be consistent and uncompromising
You will brew with the honor and integrity of our family
You have the family brewer heart and soul
You will brew as our ancestors have for hundreds of years
You willingly shall place your name upon your beer
You are a Rahr, my son, this is your birthright
Love your father Ludwig Rahr
Henry (Heinrich) Rahr the 1st, was a full-fledged brewer at the young age of just 18 years old. At the young age of 12, his father Ludwin Rahr distilled in his sons a love for brewing. It all started with one heartfelt note penned by Ludwig to Henry at his time of birth.
After 6 years of mastering the craft under his father's supervision, Henry the 1st left his home in Wesel Germany in October of 1853, traveling across the Pacific to America by steamship. After arriving at the port in New York at the end of October, Henry immediately made his way to Manitowoc WI at his uncle’s behest (Wilhelm Rahr).
Soon thereafter he began brewing using his special methods and the treasured recipe of his family line, which he earlier had learned from his father Ludwig.
In that moment, the idea of Henry Rahr and Co. was born. Henry then packed up again and headed to the Green Bay area to begin his new venture. With a newfound partner, he brewed beer at Shanty Town Brewery, also known as the Bellevue Brewery, while continuing brewing Henry Rahr and Co. beer or Rahr’s Beer of Green Bay WI.
A short time later, Henry’s two younger siblings, Charles and August, joined him in Green Bay to accelerate the family business in America. Charles and August started their Rahr’s Brewery nearly 50 miles south in Oshkosh WI.
In the mid 1860’s, three Rahr breweries existed in the great state of Wisconsin.
Henry Rahr and Co Brewery in Green Bay WI | 1853
Wilhelm Rahr Brewery in Manitowoc WI | 1847
Charles Rahr Brewery in Oshkosh WI | 1865