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George Hauck was born in 1832 in Germany. His father, Adam Hauck, was a brewer. George Hauck came to the United Sates as a young man in 1849. He went to work in his fathers brewery in New York City. In 1852 Hauck went to Cincinnati to contiue his brewing studies, only to return to New York 4 years later. Upon his return to New York City he went to work for Kress & Schaffer. He then went to work for Lyon Brewery until it was destroyed by fire. In 1861 Hauck went to work for William Bertsche in Rondout NY. Bertsche had a brewery on the corner of Hone and Spring Streets, later the Jacob Hoffmann Brewery would be located there. By 1864 Hauck and George Dressel formed a partnership and began brewing on the Corner of Wurts and McEntees Streets. The brewery was called Geo. Dressel and Co. Lager Beer Brewery. They were soon producing 5,000 barrels of beer a year. Hauck and Dressel ran the brewery until Dressel died in 1884. That same year that the main brick brewery building was built near the corners of Wurts St and McEntee St. The bottling plant was near the corner of Hone St and McEntee St. The bottling plant had been built earlier into a hillside with a cave at the rear of the building for cooling and storage of the beer that they produced.

The cave had resulted from an unusual partnership between a brewer and a baker. William Bertsche and his partner, Martin Uhle, had dug out the cave as a result of a business venture in October of 1856. Bertsche and Uhle had entered into a contract with Abraham Crispell to construct a "tunnel" on Crispell's property on Holmes St (now known as McEntee St). Accordind to the contract, said "tunnel" was only be used for the purpose of storing Lager Bier". Bertsche and Uhle would pay a yearly fee of $15.00 for the privilage of storing beer in the newly constructed cave. Records showed that the fee of $15.00 was paid to Crispell for the years of 1857, 1858 and 1859.

Later, Martin Uhle, who had been a baker, became a saloon owner and sold Bertshce's beer and the cave that they had dug together would become the property of Geroge Hauck, Bertsche's former employee.

Hauck then ran the brewery alone until 1890, the year the brewery was incorporated as the George Hauck Brewing Company.

George's sons, Adam and John, became company officers.

In 1892 the Brewery was producing it's signature "Red Monogram" beer. There even was a "Red Monogram" baseball team sponsored by the Hauck Brewing Company. In 1908, advertisements appeared in the local directory for Hauck's "Rock Cellar Brew". It was named after the cave that the held the bottling plant. By 1912, the brewery was turning out approximately 35,000 barrels of beer a year.

On April 20th 1912, the founder, George Hauck, died at his home after a long illness. His son, Adam Hauck, assumed the Presidency upon his father's death. John, became the Vice-President.

In 1918, prior to the passage of the 18th Amendment, better known as Prohibition, the brewery was remodeled for the manufacture of peanut oil production. It was marketed as "Salanut", "Refined Virgin Peanut Oil". The brewery was now known as the Hauck Food Products Corporation. On December 9th 1920, John Hauck, 62 years of age, died at his home after a long illness. In early 1922, the Hauck Food Products Corporation was sold to Bankers Underwriters Syndicate of New York. John Kearney, Adam Hauck's brother in-law, remained Vice-President while Adam and Mary had no part in the operation of the peanut oil factory.

In 1924, a "Near Beer" license was obtained and the production of "Near Beer" lasted four years, until 1928. Revenue Agents found the beer was over the alcohol content allowed and the "Near Beer" license was revoked.

Plagued by taxes and competition, the brewery never re-opened after the repeal of prohibition in 1933. A city directory in 1934 showed the Frank Brady Brewery as the new owner. Frank Brady continued to brew "Red Monogram"   beer during his brief ownership. City directories 1935-1939 listed the Peter Doelger Brewing Corp as being located at that address. Finally in 1940 the Staton Brewery Inc was listed as a "Wholesale Beverage" distributor. Shortly afterwards, the building laid empty and became a city owned property. An oil company attempted to purchase the site, but public opposition to a zoning change stopped the sale. The Hauck buildings were demolished around 1942.

In the mid 1990's a wine storage business was opened in the cave that was formerly used to store and cool the beer.

Do you have this coaster? Please let me know if are willing to part with it, I'm looking for one.

Here is a photo of the a new boiler being delivered to the brewery (circa 1900).

This is George Hauck in a horse buggy (circa 1900).

Sources: Edwin Ford (City of Kingston Historian); City of Kingston Directories; Kingston Daily Freeman; and Don Sweeney (Great-grandson of George Hauck) and his wife Scottie

Here are some of the Hauck's items that I have. I hope to add some more soon. Let me know if you have something from Hauck's for sale.

I found this saloon sign in Connecticut and brought it back to New York. It's a huge piece (5 foot 4 inches wide and 5 foot tall) that is double sided. I need help in identifing where the saloon was. I think it was in either, Saugerties or Esopus NY. Let me know if you recognize the name!!   Michael Calfaldo sign

I aquired this partial watch fob from a guy that found it while using a metal dectector. Notice the interlocking "GH" on the front of it.   front of fob (12k)   back of fob (11k)

This foam scraper is from a serious collector that lives near Kingston. He was nice enough to let me photograph it and place it on my web page. It's faded, but if look closely you can still read it. Thanks Gary!!!   Hauck Scraper   Hauck Scraper 2

This is a picture of what the main brewery and office building used to look like. Hauck's Brewery (175k)

The letering on this sign came from a Hauck's wagon. A friend gave me the lettering and I had it mounted on an oak board. The wood lettering was old and becoming very brittle. I felt that this was the only way to preserve it.   Hauck's sign

This is a had to find amber Hauck's blob top bottle.   Hauck's Amber Blob

My friend Bill allowed me to photograph his Red Monogram  label.

Bill was then nice enough to sell me his only Hauck's crate   and add it to my collection.

This is a Hauck "Red Monogram" corkscrew/cigar cutter that belongs to a corkscrew collector.

Red Monogram Corkscrew

This rams head ornament allegedly adorned the top of the brewery. When the brewery was being demolished, it was given away and last I knew was for sale. Did it sell? Do you own it? Do you have it displayed? Let me know what happened to it!  

Here is a copy of photo that I received from a decendant of the original owner W H Menehan. This saloon advertised that it sold Geo. Hauck's Ale and Lager Beer. It was located on Broadway in Kingston.   W H Menehan's Pub

Bottling and storage building with cave in back

I am always looking to add to my collection of George Hauck and Sons Breweriana. If you have anything from George Hauck for sale and are willing to part with, please let me know, I can give it a good home.

George Hauck had come from a family of brewers including his brother, Peter. Peter Hauck formed the Peter Hauck Brewery in Harrison New Jersey.

Thank you for visiting my page at Angelfire. If you have any other information in regards to this brewery or any others from Kingston or Rondout NY I would greatly appreciate the help. Please me visit again!

I'm continually adding new info and photos to this page, so please check back frequently!!!

Updated March 26th 2005


since 9/26/02