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Martin Walter and his four brothers migrated from Germany to Wisconsin around 1880. They started breweries there before coming west to Pueblo. In Pueblo, Martin found a town "booming with the steel plant and three smelters going full blast." The Walter Brewing Company began on July 29, 1898 when he and his brother Christian purchased what was then the Pueblo Brewery for the sum of $7000. On October 15, 1898 the first beer titled "Mountain Dew" was released. Production was 45 barrels per day, and by 1902 production escalated to 170 barrels per day with the addition of a modern brew house, two boilers, a fifty ton ice machine, a wash room, and malt storage facilities. In 1903 the company was unionized and in 1906 the beer name changed to "Gold Label." 

In 1909 more machinery was added to meet the growing needs of the brewery. The first decade of the century saw Walter's Brewery electrified to meet the standards of the twentieth century. The brew kettle was enlarged in 1912 to a 250 barrel capacity which was quite large for the time. Unfortunately for The Walter Brewing Company, the Colorado voters chose to vote for Statewide Prohibition on December 15, 1915. By January 1, 1916 alcohol was outlawed in Colorado and the plant closed. The building and the equipment succumbed to vandals and bootlegging became prominent during the years of prohibition until 1933 when it came to a halt. 

From 1933 to 1950 the beer industry was once again booming. Operations during the early 1950's provided around seventy-five jobs. With great success, the company was able to replace old wooden barrels with aluminum kegs which paved the way for other successful breweries to follow. 1962 proved to be the company's most successful year with sales being at an all time high. However, the onset of the seventies marked its downfall with the company falling on numerous hard times. The Walter Brewing Company closed its doors on January 3, 1975 after seventy-seven years of being an east Pueblo landmark, prominent business, and a company that helped to build Pueblo's social, cultural, and economic infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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