Flossmoor Station Enters the Bottled Beer Game

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Mar 24, 2008 7:52PM

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Don't those bottles look pretty? We've been in contact with Andrew Mason, brewer at Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery has been keeping us abreast of some of the things that he brewmaster Matt Van Wyk has been working on since the start of the year. Now we can finally tell the big news: the award-winning brewpub is set to enter the bottled beer market.

On April 5th, 75 years after the repeal of Prohibition, Flossmoor Station will start selling 22-ounce bottles of their Station Master American Wheat Ale, Pullman Brown Ale, and I.P.A. Van Wyk and Mason will be on hand to sample out those and their other selections.

The timing of the release to coincide with the ratification of the 21st Amendment is noteworthy. Although Prohibition was officially repealed December 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the repeal a major campaign issue, urging Congress to modify the Volstead Act to allow the sale of 3.2 percent beer in advance of the repeal. Therefore, on April 7, 1933, FDR received the first shipment of newly legal beer at the White House (Steve Earle was right: there will be no more FDRs). 24 hours later, 1.5 million gallons of beer was served across the nation.