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From banning to brewing, Lafayette business owner to brew family beer recipe

From banning to brewing -- a Lafayette business owner has the chance to turn back history. It comes 100 years to the day after a statewide prohibition.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 11:52 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette business owner has the chance to turn back history. It comes 100 years to the day after a statewide prohibition.

David Thieme opened up the brewpub Thieme and Wagner in downtown Lafayette in 2017. The bar is a spin-off of his ancestor's Thieme and Wagner Brewing Company from the 1800s.

On April 2, 1918, the once thriving Thieme and Wagner brewing company was cut off from selling beer, marking the beginning of the end.

A statewide prohibition went into effect in Indiana in 1918. The ban forced the brewing company to go belly up.

"100 years ago it was a very sad day for my great, great, great grandfather," said David. "He realized that with a vote from the Indiana Senate that he would be losing his entire business."

However, the Thieme and Wagner pour will be resurrected 100 years later. David said he's determined to keep his family's legacy and history alive.

"Trying to revive my ancestors business and we're trying to that the best we can," said David.

With the anniversary in mind, David chose to install the brewing equipment in Thieme and Wagner on April 2, 2018. It's the same day his ancestor was told to shut down the original brew company a century ago.

David said he's planning on brewing the famous Thieme and Wagner Bock Beer. It's the original recipe his ancestor once served.

"I have my own personal sense of victory for doing this for him, but I have a feeling that he's just as excited and as proud of me as I am of just being here and doing this," said David.

He said he expects to start brewing the original recipe in the next two to three weeks.

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