Karl Strauss, a German brew master who worked for Milwaukee beer giant Pabst Brewing Co. for 44 years before helping craft microbrews for his six namesake brew pubs in Southern California, has died. He was 94.
Strauss died Thursday at his Milwaukee home, Matt Rattner, president of San Diego-based Karl Strauss Brewing Co., said Tuesday. The cause of death was not reported.....
In 1989 Rattner and Cramer, who is chief executive officer, opened the first brewery in San Diego since Prohibition with three brews on tap: Karl Strauss Amber Lager, Gaslamp Gold and Downtown After Dark.
Strauss visited San Diego often and became an enthusiastic spokesman, his beaming face, thick German accent and sunny outlook creating an image the company carefully maintains.
Today Karl Strauss Brewing Co. has four brew pubs in the San Diego area, one in Costa Mesa and one at Universal CityWalk plus a beer garden at Disney's California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. Up to three dozen varieties of beer are brewed throughout the year at the individual bars, and a facility in Pacific Beach brews and bottles six types of beer for retail sales.
Production is still relatively low, at a few thousand barrels per year, compared with the millions running through the siphons at industry behemoths Anheuser Busch, Miller and Coors.
Karl Martin Strauss was born in 1912 in a brewery in Minden, Germany, where his brew master father lived with his family. Strauss studied brewing at a technical institute in Munich and earned a certificate as a master brewer.