Sebewaing Brewing Company was a local Michigan beer company that served the Michigan Thumb market. Six-packs of long necks cost a little less than a dollar plus deposit. True to its German roots, the brewery offered an all Malt Pilsner, Lagers, and Bock style beers.
1939 Advertisement for Sebewaing Brewing Co.
Each week the Sebewaing Brewing Company would post a small column with a factoid ad in the Huron Times. This would entice readers to look for the proof of the statement in next week’s paper.
Sebewaing Brewing Expands for A Wider Market
During its peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the brewery employed about 30 people. In 1962, a group of Detroit businessmen bought Sebewaing Brewing and changed the name to Michigan Brewing Company. In 1965, faced with declining revenue and increases in taxes, they wanted to sell the company to a Toledo brewer, Buckey Brewing. The group wanted to expand sales heavily throughout the region and state to take the company’s brews national.
A brutal proxy battle eventually wound up putting the brewery back in the hands of local control, but the damage had been done. Sales declined, and the reputation of the brewery suffered, and it closed in 1966.
Sebewaing Beer Collectables
The last day of the Sebewaing Mi Brewing Company was June 4, 1966. Today the cans are collectible, case boxes, and other memorabilia and can be found online and in antique shops throughout Michigan.
Sebewaing Brewery Beers Make a Brief Comeback
For a short period of time, the Michigan Brewing Company produced a commemorative beer styled after the Sebewaing Brewing Company’s signature beer. This beer was commissioned for the town of Sebewaing’s 150th-anniversary celebration in 2003. The commemorative-six-packs featured labels of the “Sebewaing Flying Pheasant,” “Golden Pheasant,” and the “Sport” label, showing a flying goose, duck, and pheasant.
The Golden Pheasant beer made another appearance in 2014 during the Sebewaing Sugar Festival. It was made by the Tri-City Brewing Company.
Related Reading for Michigan Beer Companies
- Sebewaing Brewing Fan Site – The definitive website for all things about Sebewaing Brewing Company.
- Jenny, Quanicassee’s Beer Drinking Bear – Saloon owner Frank Vanderbilt started collecting wild animals for a roadside zoo near Quanicassee. His early acquisitions was a female black bear. The cub was supposedly orphaned after a fire in the Clare area. How Frank acquired the young cub is truly unknown but it became part of the saloons attraction.
- Local Brewing is Sustainable and Tasty – With energy resources becoming the global concern that it is, will beer disappear? However, it will be more likely that the beer I drink may be locally brewed in order to be sustainable as opposed to a Molson, Coors, or PBR.
- The End of the 3,000 Mile Beer? – I give you this scenario for globalized worlds that need to become local. The reason I pose the need for localization aligning with the effect on beer, because what would the world be without beer.
- Sebewaing History – A Busy Harbor – The lumbering era in Michigan’s Upper Thumb from 1860-1880 resulted in booming towns all along the shoreline. Sebewaing was no exception.
- Sebewaing Railway Depot – Understated History – Neglected, with broken windows, faded peeling paint, and vines almost covering one end it seems like a sad fate is ahead for this small historical gem. Amazingly it’s still in use by the Huron and Eastern Railway.