Dry Hopping in the US in the pre-craft era

1934 - Haberle-Congress Brewing's (Syracuse, NY) BLACK BASS ALE which would become BLACK RIVER ALE by 1936 for obvious reasons

(Above) The Genesee Brewing Company brewed a number of dry- hopped ales in the 1930's, including Light Ale and 12 Horse Ale here, as well as the apparently short-lived Burton-union brewed Old Stratford Ale .

Genesee's crosstown rival American brewed the dry-hopped Tam o'Shanter Ale

Two unusual examples of  dry-hopped, long-aged US lager beers in the US, from the short-lived Lockport (1933-42) and (below) the ale specialists the Louis F. Neuweiler Brewing Co.
HOCHBERG BEER is subjected to a
special process called “Dry Hopping”.
Dry Hopping imparts to HOCHBERG that
extra aroma and bouquet which
connoisseurs of fine beverages
immediately recognize when taking
their first sip of HOCHBERG.

to be the only “Dry Hopped” Beer
brewed in America.

Originally a brand of Allentown's Neuweiler Brewing Co., this label and ad text from 1973, when Ortlieb's of Philadelphia announced their revival of the beer.

P. Ballantine & Sons dominated the ever-shrinking ale market in the US from Repeal to it's demise in 1972.  The brewery famously distilled its own hop oils to add to their ales, but also employed dry hopping.


John A. Friday, president of Duquesne              The Pittsburgh Press - Oct 7, 1935


(Below) A North Carolina distributor's ad, for ales from two unrelated breweries, PA's Northampton Brewing Corp. and OH's Bruckmann Brewing Co.

In West Virginia, Fesenmeier Brewing Co., the state's longest-lived post-Repeal brewery, unusually had an ale for their flagship.
West Virginia Special Sparkling Pale Ale.

(above) 1947 ad from Montana's Kalispell Malting and Brewing Co.

Ad from 1976 when Rheingold re-introduced McSorley's Cream Ale in bottles.  Michael Jackson's description dates from the early 1980's, after C. Schmidt's & Sons of Philadelphia had acquired the brand from it's neighbor, Ortlieb.

(above) another dry-hopped ale from upstate New York, brewed by the Gerhard Lang Brewing Co., Buffalo, NY

Zett's brewery in Syracuse NY only lasted a year after Repeal, the brewery was then briefly owned by Genesee before closing in 1937.

Claimed by Yuengling to be the US's longest-lived brand of ale, the bottom-fermented
Lord Chesterfield Ale
is dry-hopped according to some Yuengling promotional material.