Milwaukee, WI: Walthers announces that it will release an HO Scale brewery in November, 1998. Milwaukee Beer & Ale is part of Walthers Cornerstone Series® of structure kits. Many breweries started out as small local operations and some, especially in Milwaukee, grew into huge businesses thanks to the railroads.
Breweries make great modeling subjects. They ship in box cars and hoppers full of grain and malt to process into beer. They also need plenty of empty barrels, empty bottles bottle caps, and cans. Depending on which era you model, hoppers might haul in coal and ore or tank cars would carry in oil or natural gas. Tank cars also arrive with corn syrup and depart with (what else) beer in bulk. Insulated box cars and reefers can bring in hops and haul finished products to market. Spent grain leaves in box cars; crushed cans depart in gondolas. Occasionally, hoppers carry out tons of broken glass or cullet. The area around the brewery can be detailed with smaller buildings to help in these operations, and maybe even a car shop. Frequently team tracks are needed next to the plant to aid in switching operations.
Walthers Cornerstone Series® Milwaukee Beer & Ale (933-3024, $69.98) fits well with layouts of any era. An impressive structure with ornate trim, brick constructions great window and door details (all molded separately) and a high malting tower, the brewery can be the centerpiece of your operations. It measures approximately 12-1/4 x 10 inches.
Milwaukee Beer & Ale is available from your Walthers dealer.
Walthers is located at: Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., 5601 W. Florist Ave., P.O. Box 3039, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3039.