This date marks the birth of Frank Sales Reisch in 1809. The founder of what became the F. Reisch Brothers Brewery of Springfield, Illinois started with an 8 barrel brewhouse. Later, an improved system, installed in 1900, raised the output to 100,000 barrels. Beer runs deep in the Reisch family with six generations in the industry. Although the original brewery closed, the Reisch Gold Top brand was resurrected in 2019 and won a medal at the International Beer Awards competition.

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