• ROWLAND'S HISTORY

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    In 1846 Olivia M. Watson purchased 40 acres from the US Government building our historic building around 1870. It was used to house Chilton's first Fire Station and later City Hall upstairs. For a short time church services were held upstairs, and during prohibition the building was a dress shop.

     

    January 26th, 1937 John B. Dietrich turned the building into a tavern. The mirrors on the back bar date back to 1926. John and his wife Tracy ran the bar from 1937 to 1965. John served as Chilton's mayor from 1936 to 1938 and then 1940 to 1946. John was famous for his ham sandwiches and died at the age of 77. His son-in-law Milton Kruse ran the bar for 9 months until they sold it to Gary and Edith Voigt.

    January 26th, 1937 John B. Dietrich turned the building into a tavern. The mirrors on the back bar date back to 1926. John and his wife Tracy ran the bar from 1937 to 1965. John served as Chilton's mayor from 1936 to 1938, and then 1940 to 1946. John was famous for his ham sandwiches and died at the age of 77. His son-in-law Milton Kruse ran the bar for 9 months until they sold it to Gary and Edith Voigt.

     

    The Old Calumet Brewing Co closed in 1942. It was shut down because of failure to pay the excise tax on beer. The Federal government told them they were going to make an example out of the brewery; to be forewarned taxes had to be paid. It was never reopened. In the early 1960's the buildings were torn down after a local boy got hurt playing in the abandoned buildings.

     

     

    Rowland's Calumet Brewing was purchased by Bob and Bonita Rowland’s on October 7, 1983. The brewery built by J.V. Northwest Willsonville, Oregon designed a 3 barrel system especially for the building. The brewery was established on May 22, 1990. At the time the brewery was the 3rd smallest brewery in the nation and Chilton was the smallest city to house a brewery.

     

    The brewery started making Rowland's Root Beer in July of 1991 and then added more brewing tanks in 1993 and 1994. Then later and added a 7 barrel system in their Plant #2 (57 School Street).

    In May 2006 our founding father Bob died unexpectedly. His son Pat took over brewing at that time.The Brewery has standard and seasonal beers available, and distributes to 30-40 bars nearby. Also allowing fillable growlers to purchase or bring in your own.

     

    Our interior of the walls are lined with family photos and unique one of kind eclectic items. A warm hometown feel with smiling faces and welcome chit chat is always in the air. Above the bar a one of a kind hand painted mural with Bonita and Bob entertaining and slinging brews to locals and friends. Stop on out and order a mug, try some sample glasses, or take home a

    growler filled with your favorite brew.