Thursday, August 5, 2010

1906 beer bottle found in Capitol

Nice find, but true beer geeks want to know: whose beer was in the bottle? There's no mention of the brewery in the article, and no picture of the label.

An empty beer bottle that is as old as the state Capitol has been found tucked inside a vent in the building in Pierre.

Highway Patrol Trooper Brent Saucerman, who works security in the building, spotted the Blatz beer bottle stuck in plaster inside the third-floor vent last month. He removed the vent, cleared away the plaster and pulled out the bottle dated June 30, 1906. The Capitol was built from 1905 to 1910.

"When they talk about people drinking in the Capitol at that point in time, that would not have been an unusual occurrence because the attitudes for alcohol consumption were a whole lot different before Prohibition," Kolbe said. "People would have brought a beer to the job and had it with lunch."

Read the whole article at the Mitchell Daily Republic.