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Antique Wooden Crate Berghoff Beer Wood Fort Wayne 1940s

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Antique Wooden Crate Berghoff Beer Wood Fort Wayne 1940s

Antique wooden crate from Berghoff Beer Brewing Corp - Fort Wayne, IND. - Held 24 - 12 oz. bottles of Berghoff beer. Most Berghoff Brewing Corp boxes were manufactured by the Generalite Bottle Box Company in Chicago in the 1940s.

On both sides of the box are the words "Berghoff", carved in the wood and then painted in red, with "Brewing Corp Fort Wayne Ind." below it in black. On both ends are the words, "24-12 oz. Bottles Property of Berghoff Brewing Corp Fort Wayne Ind." - all in black.

The crate is in solid condition even though there is a lot of wear and tear on it - stains inside on the bottom - scratches - rust and it even looks as though it may have been in a fire! With Berghoff's going out of business in 2005 - this crate is a great collectible piece.

The crate measures 17 3/4 inches long, 11 3/4 inches wide, and 10 inches high.

A little Berghoff history...

"The Berghoff restaurant was opened in 1898 by Herman Joseph Berghoff and has become a Chicago landmark.

Herman Berghoff immigrated to America from Dortmund, Germany, in 1870. Herman and his three brothers, Henry, Hubert and Gustav, started brewing Berghoff's Beer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1887. Herman wanted to expand the market for the family's beer and to do so he sold beer at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.

The popularity of the beer inspired Herman to open a cafe to showcase Berghoff's Dortmunder-style beer which it sold for a nickel. Sandwiches were offered for free. The bar remained open even through the prohibition period by selling a near beer (which is now sold as Berghoff's Root Beer) and Bergo Soda Pop and became a full service restaurant. After prohibition was repealed in 1933, The Berghoff was issued Liquor License No. 1.

On December 28, 2005, it was announced by Herman Berghoff, 70, and his wife Jan Berghoff that after 107 years of operation, The Berghoff would close on February 28, 2006. Herman and Jan are the third generation of Berghoffs to own the restaurant."

I'll be happy to ship this Berghoff crate internationally, but because of the size and weight restrictions to countries outside of the US, I will need to check Shipping rates to your particular country. Please send me a note - I will respond quickly.

US Buyers - Because of the "large box" shipping rates, this item will be extra to ship. If there are any excessive shipping over-charges, they will be refunded to your PayPal account after purchase and packaging.

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Antique Wooden Crate Berghoff Beer Wood Fort Wayne 1940s


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: wood, metal, iron, paint
  • Only ships within United States.
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