A Wisconsin Beer Maker in Japan
Wisconsinites were not the only ones to benefit from the state’s German brewers. In 1917, Japan’s Kirin Brewing Company hired German-American August Groeschel of Kewaskum in Washington County for his expertise in malting. The specter of national prohibition as well as anti-German sentiment during World War I likely influenced Groeschel’s decision to go. The article “They Have No Idea What it is to Run a Malt House,” by Jeff Haas, is a fascinating story of a Wisconsin man who helped improve the quality of the Japanese brewing industry.
via: Wisconsin Magazine of History vol. 82 (2003-2004), Wisconsin Historical Society
Our guest curator is Erika Janik, an award-winning writer, historian, and the producer and editor of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio. She’s with us the entire month of May, looking at the history of food and cooking in Wisconsin via the digital archives available through Wisconsin Heritage Online. Next week: Victory Gardens and other wartime food concerns.