“Brewing Up Memories From Pushcart Days of Jewish Old Milwaukee”

In 1933, Leeb’s Tavern held a ‘Death to Prohibition’ celebration.

In 1933, Leeb’s Tavern held a ‘Death to Prohibition’ celebration.


“On one of the wall panels in the exhibit, a photograph dated December 5, 1933, and titled “Death of Prohibition” shows more than two dozen people at Leeb’s Log Tavern, celebrating the ratification on that day of the 21st Amendment. Many of the men and some of the women assembled raise full beer glasses as they flank a casket fitted with a note: “Here lies the 18th amendment [Prohibition], died Dec. 5th 1933.” Set atop the coffer — between Jewish owners Max Leeb and Sam Tempkin — like tchotchkes on a mantel are a bottle of booze, a candlestick and the very same beer foam scraper.”

You can read more of my Jewish Daily Forward article on Jewish Milwaukee here.

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