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During the years of 1918 to 1933 the production of alcoholic beverages in the United States was prohibited by the 18 amendment of the constitution. The ratification was certified on January 16, 1919 and taking effect on January 17 1920. This amendment would stop the production at the breweries from making their brands of beer. For the companies that would survive these years they depended on producing non-alcoholic beverages.

During this time in Fort Wayne, Indiana the two biggest breweries were the Berghoff Brewing Company and the C. L. Centlivre Brewing Company. Both companies would produce non-alcoholic beverages. Below are bottles from these two breweries.

The first photo is a Berghoff Products MFG. Inc. Ft Wayne, Ind. in the color green. This company made Nearbeer and Bergo soda.

berghoff pro 1.berghoff pro 2

Below is a Centlivre B. Co. Ft. Wayne, Ind. also in the color green. This company during the prohibition years became the Centlivre Ice and Cold Storage Company. Also making a near beer called " That it" for two years.

centlivre 3.centlivre 4

For more about these two brewery company refer to.

Article # 38: Vintage Old Paper: Beer Advertising.
Article # 123: Old Crown Ale & Weidemann Special Brew: Beer Neck Labels.
Article # 179: Berghoff beer from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Article # 287 C. L. Centlivre Brewing Comapany.


Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker) Bottle Collection.

berghoff pro 1a..centlivre 3a

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