Brewing Up History: The Story of the Sheridan Brewing Company
In the early 1800s, there were approximately 2,300 breweries in the United States. Yet only a fraction of those breweries survived Prohibition. After the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1933, more that 1,100 breweries went into operation across the United States. Many of them were small, family owned operations, much like the Sheridan Brewing Company. When the Sheridan Brewing Company closed in 1955, there were probably less than 400 of those small breweries left. Today, while micro-breweries are popular, the number of small breweries, like Sheridan Brewing Company was in its heyday, is very small. Although the buildings are gone, the Sheridan Brewing Company is remembered as being more than a local brewery. During its 68 year history, it grew to be a valuable asset to the community.
By Nathan Doerr
Copyright 2008, Sheridan County Historical Society
Sheridan County Historical Society Press