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AUGUST SCHELL ACQUIRES HISTORIC GRAIN BELT SIGN

Brewery and preservationists working together to gain historic designation for the landmark

NEW ULM, MN, (Feb. 1, 2016) — August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota-based brewers of Grain Belt beer, has finalized its purchase of an iconic Minneapolis landmark — the Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.

The sale marks the culmination of longtime efforts on the part of the brewery to acquire the sign and the land on which it stands. Since purchasing the Grain Belt brand in 2002, August Schell had been in ongoing discussions with the property owners, the Eastman Family Trust, about the sign’s stewardship and restoration.

To help preserve and protect the sign in perpetuity, August Schell has partnered with local historical consultants Hess, Roise and Company to have the sign named to the National Register of Historic Places. Hess Roise worked previously on the rehabilitation of the old Grain Belt brewery in Northeast Minneapolis and was involved with the renovation of the North Star Blankets sign in downtown Minneapolis.

“Everyone at Hess Roise is delighted to be involved,” said Charlene Roise, president of Hess, Roise and Company. “It’s a gem, a bodacious Minneapolis landmark — and a rare survivor among the once common supersized signs that advertised products and attractions across the United States. It deserves to join the iconic Las Vegas sign in Nevada on the National Register of Historic Places.”

The sign was last lit in 1975, and plans are already underway to restore and relight it. The brewery is working with local architects, engineers and preservationists and hopes to have the sign relit by the summer of 2017.

“The Grain Belt Beer sign both reflects and contributes to the downtown Minneapolis character as a historic industrial and commercial city,” said Ted Marti, president and fifth-generation descendant of brewery founder, August Schell. “As a historic Minnesota brewery, we’re committed to preserving our history and the history of our state.”

In celebration of the purchase, Grain Belt is releasing a new brew — Lock & Dam, named for another nearby landmark on the Mississippi River — in April.

 

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About Grain Belt

Grain Belt, “The Friendly Beer®,” has a rich history that traces a 123-year legacy of midwestern brewing. Owned by the Minnesota-based August Schell Brewing Company, Grain Belt produces three American Lagers: Premium, Premium Light, and Nordeast®. Grain Belt’s longevity, dedication to quality, and approachable nature are what make its Minnesota brews iconic. For more information, visit www.grainbelt.com.

 

About August Schell Brewing Company

August Schell Brewing Company specializes in brewing quality craft beer and boasts a proud heritage of 156 years of continuous family ownership. Founded in 1860 in New Ulm, MN, Schell’s is the oldest brewery in Minnesota and second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. It became the largest brewery in Minnesota when the company acquired Grain Belt Beer in 2002. From innovative German brews to award-winning American lagers, the Schell’s brewing process begins and ends with quality-crafted beer. For more information, go to www.schellsbrewery.com.

 

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HISTORIC GRAIN BELT SIGN GETS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

August Schell Brewing Company Reaches Agreement to Purchase and Preserve Iconic Minneapolis Landmark

NEW ULM, MN (November 12, 2014) — August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota-based brewers of Grain Belt beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis’ most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.  In connection with the purchase, the brewery is in the process of discussing plans for preservation and relighting of the historic riverside sign with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

“As the stewards to a 154-year old brewery and family business, we understand the importance of preserving heritage.  We are honored to have this opportunity to protect and restore such a beloved part of the Minneapolis landscape,” said Ted Marti, President and fifth-generation descendant of brewery founder, August Schell.  “Working in concert with the community, our goal is to preserve and relight this important remnant of the city’s industrial and commercial past.

“This historic sign is a unique resource and a valuable part of the city’s character,” said Doug Gasek, Executive Director, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  “We’re looking forward to working with the August Schell Brewing Company to rehabilitate and relight this prominent riverfront landmark, making it accessible for future generations to enjoy.”

If the discussions with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and other due diligence lead to the conclusion that the sign can be relit, the closing on the purchase of the land and sign is expected later this year, which is when more details about the sign’s preservation and relighting will be available.  For more information on Grain Belt, visit grainbelt.com.

About Grain Belt

Grain Belt, “The Friendly Beer®,” has a rich history that traces a 120-year legacy of midwestern brewing.  Owned by the Minnesota-based August Schell Brewing Company, Grain Belt produces three American Lagers: Premium, Premium Light, and Nordeast®.  Grain Belt’s longevity, dedication to quality, and approachable nature are what make its Minnesota brews iconic.  For more information, visit www.grainbelt.com.

About August Schell Brewing Company 

August Schell Brewing Company (Schell’s) specializes in brewing quality craft beer and boasts a proud heritage of 154 years of continuous family ownership.  Founded in 1860 in New Ulm, MN, Schell’s is the oldest brewery in Minnesota and second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States.  It became the largest brewery in Minnesota when the company acquired Grain Belt Beer in 2002.  From innovative German brews to award-winning American lagers, the Schell’s brewing process begins and ends with quality-crafted beer.  For more information, go to www.schellsbrewery.com.

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