Weasel Boy Brewing Co. today (April 18) announced the debut of Linser's American Maid, the first in a series of pre-Prohibition-style lagers that the Zanesville brewery will release this year.
The lagers will be based on beers made by The Simon Linser Brewing Co., the last operating brewery in the community before Prohibition took effect in Ohio in 1918.
"We've been working for nearly a year with the Linser family and other Ohio beer historians so that we could present proper historical versions of these recipes," Weasel Boy co-owner and brewmaster Jay Wince said in an email. "It was important to us as a company representing the brewing history of Zanesville to be absolutely faithful to the beers that our predecessors crafted."
Linser's American Maid is an American-style pilsener that weighs in at 6.2 percent alcohol by volume. It was brewed using American 6-row barley, corn, historically correct hops and a traditional yeast.
"We don't have any information on what hop varieties or yeast strains Linser used," Wince said. "We do know where he immigrated from and what yeast strains he may have had experience with or could possibly even have transported to America with him. Armed with that knowledge we decided to use a blend of American and German hops and stick with a traditional German lager yeast. We're very pleased with the results."
American Maid is available draft only at the brewpub in Zanesville and at select outlets in the Columbus/Zanesville area.
Simon Linser Brewing was founded in Zanesville in the 1840s as the Washington Brewery by C.F. Achauer, Weasel Boy said. Linser became involved in 1884 and by 1891 was the sole owner. By the early 1900s, the brewery had a 30-ton ice plant, modern bottling line and three plants with an annual production of about 50,000 barrels.
The company made soft drinks and near beer during Prohibition, but production ceased in 1928. The company continued as a distributor for other brands but closed in the 1960s. The brewery bulidings were razed in 1982.