Mutual Brewing Company (1912-1916)
The Mutual Brewing Company existed for only a short time in Saint Louis, lasting from 1912 until 1916. During those years, the brewery was known for its "golden" bottles as well as the financial woes that lead to its demise. The brewery was located at what today is the intersection of Boyle and Forest Park Avenue in a building that soon became derelict following the demise of the brewery. The former brewery was demolished in the mid-twentieth century.
Backstory and Context
Despite the building and production of brewing and storage facilities, there were numerous issues that prevented the Mutual Brewing Company from success. One of the issues was purported to be financial trouble, but it is unclear as to whether this was the case. By the late summer of 1913, Mutual Brewing Company beer began to be distributed and manufactured consistently.
Though initially successful, the fall of 1914 saw Mutual Brewing Company engaged in bankruptcy proceedings with the government. Those in charge of the brewery, it seemed, had not been truthful about what the company was earning. The proceedings were to include a certain P.H. Nolan who had been director of the American Brewers Association and a strong supporter of the Mutual Brewing Company. The pressure proved great enough that Nolan eventually committed suicide and left those in charge of the brewery to struggle with their debtors and the legal proceedings. By 1917, the brewery was required to use needed operating funds to satisfy debtors by court order, and the company eventually declared bankruptcy.
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