Schell’s Brewery

THE SCHELLS HEAD NORTH

Members of the Turner Society, fellow German immigrants, had settled but were struggling. August, Theresa and their two baby daughters join them and co-found New Ulm, MN.

THIRSTY FOR A GOOD BEER, SCHELL’S BREWERY IS BUILT

August partners with a former brewmaster, Jacob Bernhardt, two miles outside of town.

THE DAKOTA WAR

The influx of settlers in Southern Minnesota displaces many Dakota people from their homeland. As a result, tensions erupt and the Dakota War takes place in the Schell’s backyard. While other establishments are burned, Schell’s remains untouched because of the kindness of the family.

AUGUST SCHELL BECOMES THE SOLE OWNER OF SCHELL’S

August buys out his partner, Jacob Bernhardt.

AUGUST SCHELL DIES AT 63, LEAVING THE BREWERY TO THERESA

August’s eldest son, Adolph, is no match for the cold and flees to California. August’s son, Otto, who studied brewing in Germany, takes the reins as manager.

OTTO MAKES BEER COLDER

He introduces refrigeration to the brewery, giving Schell’s the ability to brew year-round.

GEORGE MARTI TAKES OVER AFTER TRAGIC LOSS

Otto, a prominent community figure, dies suddenly and shocks the community. Theresa dies just four months later. George Marti, Emma’s husband, takes over as manager and president.

PROHIBITION.

The Schell’s Brewery produces near beer, soft drinks and ca

GEORGE PASSES AWAY. HIS SON, ALFRED, BECOMES MANAGER AND PRESIDENT

ndy to keep the machinery running. They have a still in the brewery basement to keep their sanity.

AL RETIRES. HIS SON, WARREN, BEGINS RUNNING THE BREWERY

During Warren’s tenure, he brings about Schell’s Export, Schell’s Light and 1919 Root Beer.

ARREN’S SON, TED MARTI, TAKES OVER BREWERY OPERATIONS

Ted is educated at Siebel’s Institute of Brewing and studies under several breweries in Germany. He introduces craft beer to Minnesota and becomes president of the brewery in 1985.

2002 SCHELL’S ACQUIRES GRAIN BELT
When a legendary Minnesota beer hangs in the balance, Schell’s saves it from extinction.

Brands

  • Grain Belt