Goodbye, old friend  

eriedragon4 58M
2737 posts
2/12/2006 11:02 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Goodbye, old friend

Eagle Brewery, bought by Jackson Koehler in 1883, which became the Jackson Koehler Branch of The Erie Brewing Co. in 1899. Closed in March 1978.and now is being renovated for office space for doctors and sausage makers,among others,it was decided by the new owners that the smoke stack and most of the brewery, are unsafe and needed to be destroyed,as a child I have fond memory's, of the Koehler brewery and hoped to work there when I grew up, this was not to be as I graduated in 1979, My high school was two blocks from the brewery,and on a hot summer day when a warm breeze came off the lake all you could smell in class was hops brewing,( making one very thirsty), oh well back to memory's I remember sitting in font of (black and white)
TV and watching all of they're fine commercials,
the ones where the young kohlers who inherit the business from uncle Jackson want to modernize one young buck says lets' change the recipe, then the room starts shaking and you hear a ghostly voice say "Uncle Jackson is watching!"
and the radio commercials that said "Pour yourself a Koehler collar"( then you hear a beer bottle being opened and poured into a glass) meaning the foam produced at the top of your beer when pouring,
and my Dad and his friends calling it Erie beer,
"gimme an Erie beer" or "make mine a black label" there were as I recall several colors labels denoting type of beer pilsner,lauger,ale etc.. I honestly thought that Erie beer was the name of it, untill I learned to read,
I wonder if Uncle Jackson was watching thursday when the smoke stack fell, and if he was, Was there a tear in his eye? There was in mine.
Goodbye old friend the Erie skyline will never be the same.

I'll be wearing a black label around my sleeve in memory.

LadytoPleaseYou 65F
5447 posts
2/14/2006 6:02 am

I live far from the place I was born and raised but visit frequently. It breaks my heart to see the familiar places of my childhood and early adulthood forever gone with nothing but a parking lot or a new building of glass and steel to take it's place. Childhood landmarks live on in your heart and the hearts of others that knew them, but when we are gone, even the memories of them die

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

Holly_Would 107F

2/13/2006 1:22 pm

Change can be so sad sometimes. The only silver lining is that it forces one to reminisce and that can be nice.

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