Veit and Rathmann's Eagle Brewery was opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 1, 1876. The "Eagle" in the brewery's name was chosen to commemorate the centennial of American independence. The Eagle Brewery was founded by two German immigrants, Jacob Veit and Paul Rathmann. It was located on the northeast corner of First Street and Stocking Avenue on the city's Northwest side. Photographic evidence suggests that the the brewery occupied a fairly large two-story building and employed about a dozen men. Like most of the breweries in Grand Rapids at the time, the Eagle primarily brewed a type of lager beer especially favored by the city's growing German-American population. The advertising poster visible in the photograph depicts a goat, which suggests that the Eagle Brewery also produced a seasonal bock beer.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Consolidation
The Eagle Brewery operated independently until 1893, when it became one of the six breweries which consolidated to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Following the consolidation, both Veit and Rathmann secured management positions with the new Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Veit as Vice President, and Rathmann as Superintendent of the Bottling Department.
In 1893, these six Grand Rapids Breweries consolidated to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.
- Kusterer Brewing Company's City Brewery
- George Brandt and Company's Union Brewery
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- Veit and Rathman's Eagle Brewery
- Tusch Brothers Cincinnati Brewery
- Adolph Goetz's National Brewery
1. Wilhelm W. Seeger. The Braumeisters of Old Grand Rapids. Grand River Valley Review, Volume VIII, Number 1. 1988
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