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Found keg at bottom of river when dam was removed. In solid shape considering its age . Says Fred miller brewing on the metal

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    Posted 4 months ago

    Jfoster
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    Don't know anything about it and finding little on line. Are there any experts on miller beer stuff. Looks like a bar keg. It had the big bung cork and small cork in it and the tapper was gone it was full of sand and sediment.

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    1. keramikos, 4 months ago
      Jfoster, Intriguing. :-)

      Where was this river dam?
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
      This should help: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/264835-f-miller-oak-bar-keg?in=all
    3. Jfoster Jfoster, 4 months ago
      Found in the upper Iowa River, east of Decorah IA.
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 months ago
      VERY cool, no matter its story that I sure hope we find out more about?!!
    5. keramikos, 4 months ago
      Jfoster, Thanks. :-)

      It sounds like they've got their work cut out for them:

      https://www.thegazette.com/crime-courts/iowa-gives-new-life-to-rivers-by-removing-over-20-dangerous-dams/

      https://www.iowawhitewater.org/lhd/LHDuilower.html

      https://northiowatoday.com/2020/01/09/gates-removed-on-upper-iowa-river-dam/

      https://www.iowarivers.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Dam-Book-Final-Draft-PDF.pdf
    6. keramikos, 4 months ago
      Jfoster, Still poking around the Internet a bit, and found a few interesting tidbits:

      *snip*

      Before 1883 the Miller Brewing Company placed their beer into kegs for distribution. The technology of the late 19th century however led to the eventual bottling of their product.

      *snip*

      https://milwaukeehistory.net/research/artifact-collections/brewery-collection/brewery-collection-labels/miller-buffet/

      This one provides all kinds of interesting tidbits, although not necessarily about Fred Miller kegs (what an incredibly meat-heavy diet those brewery workers ate):

      https://www.beerhistory.com/library/holdings/millerhistory.shtml

      As to how that keg ended up in the Upper Iowa River bed, I don't know, but perhaps a flood?
    7. Jfoster Jfoster, 4 months ago
      Good info. Thank you.

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