Shelby 1819 Limited Microbrew
|Photo by Chett Borchers, my niece's husband|
Over Easter weekend, my brother-in-law offered me a can of a new pilsner microbrew pictured above called Shelby 1819 Limited, commemorating the bicentennial of Shelby County. I really liked it because it was a lot less “hoppy” than the typical microbrews. It was brewed by Moeller Brew Barn in Maria Stein and represents their first pilsner. I had written about them and another favorite microbrew, Wally Post Red in this previous blogpost.
Intrigued by the photo on the Shelby 1819 Limited can, after some research I found the following excerpt on the Shelby County website:
"Shelby County was established in 1819 with Hardin, serving as the first County seat. The name Shelby came from General Isaac Shelby, an officer in the American Revolution who was noted for his bravery and honesty, and was elected Governor of Kentucky. The people of the County chose the name Shelby because many of them were from Kentucky and admired General Shelby a great deal”.
General Shelby was quite a leader as evidenced by this statement from his Wikipedia bio:
“Shelby was surveying lands in Kentucky in 1780 when he heard of the colonists' defeat at Charleston. He hurried to North Carolina, where he found a request for aid from General Charles McDowell to defend the borders of North Carolina from the British. Shelby assembled three hundred militiamen and joined McDowell at Cherokee Ford in South Carolina.On the morning of July 31, 1780, he surrounded the British stronghold at Thickety Fort on the Pacolet River with 600 men. He immediately demanded a surrender, but the British refused. Shelby brought his men within musket range and again demanded surrender.Though the fort likely would have withstood the attack, the British commander lost his nerve and capitulated. Without firing a shot, Shelby's men captured 94 prisoners.”
The Shelby 1819 Limited microbrew came about because the County formed a Bicentennial Beer Subcommittee pictured below. The chair of the subcommittee is my old neighbor Tony Bornhorst, standing, and current County Commissioner. My cousin Duane Gaier seated in the vest was also a member. Knowing Tony and Duane, and seeing the smiles on their and the rest of the subcommittee's faces, no doubt they made several road trips to the Brew Barn before settling on the winning name and microbrew! Tough duty!
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