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Atlas Prager Beer

Atlas Prager Beer Beer Button Museum
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The top half of the button has an illustration of two men with blue text on a white background. The bottom half of the button has white text on a blue background.


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Charles J. Vopicka, his brother-in-law Otto Kubin, and John Kralovec founded the Bohemian Brewing Company in Chicago in 1891, and renamed it Atlas Brewing Company in 1896. Atlas remained open during Prohibition as the Atlas Beverage Company producing near beer and soft drinks and exploiting its bottling capabilities. When Prohibition was repealed, Atlas Brewing Company received the first license to resume brewing of real beer in the Northern District, but Vopicka's original partners had previously died, and profits proved elusive for Charles Vopicka and Atlas Brewing Company after the initial repeal boom despite the mass appeal of Atlas Prager Beer. At time of repeal, Vopicka himself was 75 years old and died a couple years later, after which the Atlas Brewing Company went bankrupt by the late 1930's.


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