The Budweiser Cast Iron Wall Bottle Opener is a unique conversation piece and collectible item. The bottle opener does securely fasten to any wall, includes mounting screws. Made of cast iron and approximately 3.5 inches in height.
Adolphus Busch left Germany for the United States in 1857. He settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he eventually established his own brewing supply house. In St. Louis, Busch also met and married Lilly Anheuser. Lilly’s father, Eberhard Anheuser, owned a small brewery that had been making lager beer for some time. In 1864 Busch partnered with his father in-law to form what would eventually become the Anheuser-Busch Company. In the mid-1800s most Americans preferred robust, dark ales. Busch traveled extensively in Europe to observe and study the latest brewing techniques for light lagers, learning the desired formula in ?eské Bud?jovice in Southern Bohemia, which he introduced under the brand name Budweiser. In the 1870s Anheuser-Busch became the first American brewery to implement pasteurization, which greatly improved the shelf-life and transportability of its beers.
In 1913-1933 August Anheuser Busch, Sr. (1865-1934) became president of Anheuser-Busch. The onset of Prohibition in 1920 made them have to retool their line of products to survive, selling a low alcohol "near beer" made of brewer's yeast, malt extract, and other raw materials that were permitted for home brewers. When Prohibition ended in 1933, Anheuser-Busch began brewing Budweiser again, introducing the Budweiser Clydesdales to the public on April 7, 1933. August A. Busch, Sr.'s son Adolphus Busch III (1891-1946) became president of Anheuser-Busch in 1933-1946. During Prohibition the palate of the beer consumer had changed due to the popularity of sweeter homemade and bootlegged brews, so the company dared consumers to drink Budweiser for five days, and if on the sixth day they still preferred the taste of other beers, they could go back, which often worked. Growth was limited by economic conditions in the Great Depression, but thanks in part to the introduction of the metal can in 1936, Budweiser’s sales began to climb again.
During World War Two the company diverted several resources to support the war effort and relinquished its West Coast markets to conserve rail car space. After the war, Anheuser-Busch entered into an era of rapid growth. In 1946-1975 Adolphus Busch III's brother August Anheuser "Gussie" Busch Jr. (1899-1989) became CEO, beginning the creation of a national network of breweries. A new brewery was opened in Newark, New Jersey in 1951, and was the first of nine to open over the next 25 years. In 1957 Budweiser became the top-selling beer in the U.S. Budweiser is available in over 80 markets.