Moehn Brewing Co. Burlington, Iowa. ( 2 images )

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Moehn Brewing Co. Burlington, Iowa. ( 2 images )
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This is a couple of shots of the old brewery building in Burlington Very well built and still in pretty good shape ( I think )
Remember the Moehn Brewing Co. by Carla and Greg Moehn
Chicago brewer Greg Moehn is the great grandnephew of Martin Moehn, founder of the old Moehn Brewing Co. (pronounced “main”) in Burlington, Iowa. The majestic red brick building still stands at 922 Osborn Street in the town on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Before arriving in America, Martin Moehn worked as a cooper in his native Bavaria, barreling pickles and sauerkraut as well as beer. After training as a brewer, he emmigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Burlington, home to a large German population. Once there, he bought beer from local breweries and began putting it in his own bottles to sell.
In about 1890, Martin Moehn bought the Western Steam Brewery, which he ran until 1903. In the meanwhile, around the turn of the century, Moehn saved his money, engaged investors and formed a company to plan for his new brewery. With capital of approximately 5,000, the Moehn Brewing Co. was launched and opened in 1904 with an annual capacity of 25,000 barrels.
“My grandfather, Walter Moehn, who was Martin’s nephew, had a job at the brewery shoveling coal into the furnaces that heated the kettles,” recalls Greg Moehn, of Applied Beverage Technology, and formerly of Hopcats Brewing Co. in Chicago and the old Chicago Brewing Co.
By 1915 the capacity at Moehn Brewing Co. reached 30,000 barrels a year. The Moehn Brewing Co. brands included Moehn Select and Moehn Export. A near beer called Malto-Dextrine was also produced in 1916, “but,” according to Greg Moehn, “it just never took off.” The firm closed in 1917 when Iowa’s Prohibition hit.
In the end, the copper tanks were melted down and shipped to Middleton, Iowa, where a munitions plant used the metal for bullet casings.
“I think the Moehn Brewing Co. building is a great example of German Gothic architecture,” says Greg Moehn. “It was designed by the Chicago architect Bernard Bethel, who designed and built between 40 and 50 other breweries in the Midwest. My family history of brewing is what started me on the craft brewing to begin with. It’s in my blood.”
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25th Ickworth Wood & Craft Fair 2014
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25th Ickworth Wood & Craft Fair
A great day out on Sunday 5 October 2014, at the 25th Ickworth Wood and Craft Fair.
It all began in the in 1989 when after the great storm of 1987, the estate found it had significant tree damage and an excess of wood to dispose of. The first sales of wood were held in the empty shell that was the West Wing of Ickworth at the time, but it rapidly grew out of this space and moved outside. Today it’s evolved into a weekend for everyone to enjoy as woodcraft and many other country craft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce, wood demonstrations, craft stalls and children’s activities including archery to test your skills.
Ickworth Wood
This is a rare opportunity for wood professionals and enthusiasts to buy quality Ickworth wood milled from the estate. Choose from oak, ash, sycamore, cedar and cherry, ¼ sawn 1" to 2 ½" planks. The wood this year was naturally resourced after the recent storms, as well as felled within the management of the estate.
Specialist Wood Displays and Stalls
An opportunity to watch craftsmen at work turning British wood into unique pieces of art. A wide variety of stalls selling everything from handmade wooden puppets to tables, sculptures, rocking chairs and bird tables to windchimes.
Craft Stalls
Many stalls selling quality homemade and home restored items, by the stall holders. From tempting cakes to pretty jewellery. The perfect time to for early buying of Christmas presents that will impress everyone and that are not available on the high street.
Eating and Drinking Stalls
A wide variety to choose from. From hog roast, hot dogs or possibly a jacket potato, together with a refreshing glass of fresh lemonade or maybe a beer to wash it all down. The chance to take some local brewed St Peter’s beer home or home brewed ciders.
A visit the pottery tent where the Anglian potters could be found, selling a wide variety of beautiful handmade products including raku fired pieces. You could also see the Raku firing kiln and learn all about the art of pottery with live ‘throwing wheel’ demonstrations.
There were a number of other pottery stalls where you could admire the skills of the stall holders and purchase the items they’ve made. You could even add your own designs to a plate which would be fired and sent to you. A lovely momento to remember the day.
‘Oliver’ Steam Traction Engine
Oliver the ‘Little Ruston’ steam traction engine opened and closed the fair with his arrival and departure tooting his horn. Watching the engine at work sawing wood, a fantastic opportunity to step back in time and reminisce about bygone days.

Craft Beer Festival & Summer BBQ
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Another great event we attended this summer was the Craft Beer Festival & Summer BBQ at Hart House. Held in the Hart House Courtyard, the place was packed with a wide range of beer affectionados ranging from the beer-by-quantity university crowd to the beer-by-quality tasters & sippers. I’m not entirely sure which team we’re on… perhaps both.

Mirella Amato, Toronto’s Cultural Craft Beer Expert ran a series of beer-education tips and ran through a fascinating history of Beer in Ontario.

Participating Craft Breweries:
Great Lakes Brewery •Grand River Brewing•Cool Beer Brewing Company Inc.•Creemore Springs Brewery•Mill St. Brewery•Wellington Brewing Company•Cameron’s Brewing Company•Big Rock Brewery• F&M Brewery•Barley Days•Black Oak Brewery •Hockley Valley Brewing

There’s a great pre-event write-up on TasteTo who were also in attendance.

Disclosure: I got comped entrance by the organisers and it turned out that our cousin Ben was part of the catering crew.

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