Goebel Liquor Wichita Kansas

I am the grandfather of the present Chairman; both of us have the Christian name of George. In 1874 my wife Suzanna and I decided to sell our farm in the nearby village of Friskney and rent a small brewery in Wainfleet. For £505 10s (equivalent to £30,000 in today's terms) we purchased the brewery equipment from Edwin Crowe and a year later, with some financial difficulty, we bought out the lease for £800.

Apart from the beer that Suzanna would brew in our kitchen in Friskney, while baking the bread for us to consume after a hard day on the land neither of us had very much knowledge on either brewing or the business of running a brewery.

Fortunately Edwin Crowe passed on all he knew before he retired. His brewer was not ready for retirement and despite being blind, some say from excess drink (not that I am one to spread rumours), stayed with us for several more years.
The original brewery was based just by the railway, however in 1880 I decided we had enough money to buy a Georgian house that had come on the market about 200 yards away, Salem House. Suzanna and I moved in and built a brewery in the coach houses. We not only brewed beer but also bottled whiskey, rum and gin. Suzanna also went back to baking bread, which we sold with the beer to supplement our income.

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