"Cream Ale"
Tray Manufacturer:
Kaufmann and Strauss Co.
New York, NY
Est. Mint Value:
Date of Manufacture:
Size, Shape & Style:
12" x 1.5"
Round - SS Dish
Date & Where Purchased:
December 1999
Watertown Cream Ale
Stock Tray:
Watertown Consumers Brewing Co.
Watertown, New York
Comments: Finish is a bit dull on this one. I think this one is pretty tough to find, as it is the only one I have seen. One of the best Eagles on a tray for my money. Nice tray.
  Great Story from a relative of the owner of the Watertown Brewery during prohibition.

"The name was changed but it is the same brewery and company and no, prohibition only caused a few "inconveniences." One of the stories... The company also made soda and during prohibition they were allowed to make "near beer." Well, the beer was too near and the Jefferson County Sheriff pad locked the brewery but allowed my grandfather to retain the bottling plant for his soda pop operation. Little did the Sheriff know that there was a tunnel going between the two buildings. They switched to using "cold process" brewing (don't ask me, that's what my father called it) and went happily back into production.

A box car full of my grandfathers "soda" derailed in Syracuse and the Onondaga County Sheriff called the Jefferson county sheriff and grandfather was hauled off to jail- giving an interview to the Watertown Daily Times on the way apparently. He was quoted in an article reminding everyone that the laws stated that "who ever controls the property is responsible for what happens on it..." and, of course, the Jefferson County Sheriffs pad lock was on the brewery door. Grandfather won.

The brewery continued operation until 1943 when the cooling system failed. They used ammonia as a coolant and the pipes rotted out. Because of the war effort there weren't any replacements available. We still have a copy of the letter denying my grandfather the pipes he needed to stay in business. "
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