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Canadian Ace Beer

Canadian Ace Beer Beer Button Museum
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Blue text on white background, illustration of a red bag of beer cans.

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(union bug)

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No. 308

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The Canadian Ace Brewery, originally the Manhattan Brewing Company, was run by Charles Schaffner until he sold it in 1919 to Johnny Torrio and Al Capone. Manhattan changed their name to Canadian Ace in 1947, and discontinued producing any brands bearing Manhattan in the name. The likely rational was an attempt to "clean-up" the post-war image of the brewery by retiring the Manhattan flagship brand and relying upon the well established Canadian Ace brand for the future. The link to organized crime remained as Lou Greenberg was a principal owner of the Canadian Ace Brewing Company. The Canadian Ace Brewery closed in 1968.

See more photos of pre- and post-prohibition beer buttons on the Busy Beaver blog.

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