SECTION I. Be it enacted etc., That W. H. Tuller, E. Fechter, A. J. Kuhn, H. Werner, Joseph Fleishel, and their associates and successors, be and they are hereby declared and constituted a body corporate and politic, under the name and style of "The Atlanta City Brewing Company," for the purpose of carrying on the business of making and manufacturing lager beer, malt and fermented liquors, and preparing all the ingredients pertaining thereto, and of selling and vending the same; and such body corporate and politic shall have power to use a common seal, sue and be sued in any court of law or equity in this State. Said corporate body shall have power, and be able and capable in law, to acquire, purchase, receive, have, hold and enjoy any lands, tenements, hereditaments, rights, goods and chattels of whatever kind or quality necessary for the carrying on of said business, and to sell, convey, or mortgage the same, and to make such by laws, rules and regulations as they deem fit, not contrary to the Constitution of this State or of the United States.
[Sidenote: Corporators]
[Sidenote: Name, object, etc.]
[Sidenote: General powers]
SEC. II. Be it further enacted, That the affairs of said corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors, of such number and elected in such manner as their by-laws may provide; and when elected, said board shall serve until their successors shall be elected. In such elections, each share of stock shall be entitled to one vote, and the board may appoint such officers and agents as may be necessary to carry on said business.
[Sidenote: Directors]
[Sidenote: Elections]
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SEC. III. Be it further enacted, That the capital stock of said corporation shall be fifty thousand dollars, of one hundred dollars each. Said stock may be increased from time to time by a vote of a majority of the stockholders, whose stock is fully paid up, to an amount not exceeding one hundred thousand dollars. All stock shall be paid in money, or in such property as the corporation may require for carrying on business; and said business can be commenced under this charter when twenty-five thousand dollars is paid in.
[Sidenote: Capital Stock, shares, etc.]
SEC. IV. Be it further enacted, That the stockholders of said corporation shall be personally liable for the debts of said corporation, or any portion of them, to the amount of their stock.
[Sidenote: Individual Bability]
SEC. V. Repeals conflicting laws.
Approval Date: Approved February 25, 1876.
Atlanta Brewing and Ice Company
A Frothy Tale of Atlanta's First Ale 
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We’re not “Milwaukee on the Chattahoochee,” but Atlanta was
 once home to a proud beer-brewing tradition.                              

As you would expect from a region with a conservative Protestant culture, the South has never been the nation’s beer-brewing epicenter.  Of the few local breweries that existed, only one survived through the turn of the last century and Prohibition. That brewery was the Atlantic Company. Its tasty suds? Atlantic Beer.

In 1867 a brewery opened at the corner of Courtland  (then Collins) 
and Harris streets. In its early days, the Atlanta City Brewing Company’s most popular beer was a frothy offering called “Steinerbru.” In 1892, ice  was added to the company line and the company name became the Atlanta Brewing and Ice Company.

No brewery could survive Prohibition, so from 1920 to 1934, the company sold ice, brewed “near beer” and soft drinks, bottled Coca-Cola, and resumed beer production when the 18th Amendment was repealed. When the Chattanooga-based Southeastern Brewing Company bought the Atlanta-based brewery in 1935, the company became the Atlantic Ice and Coal Co. shapeimage_4_link_0

(We’ll assume that coal was not involved in beer making.) Two years later, the name of its flagship beer was changed from “Old South” to “Atlantic” and a pithy slogan followed: “Atlantic Ale and Beer: Full of Good Cheer.”

Low margins eventually convinced the company to abandon the brewing business in 1958. During the 1960s, the company started a popular chain of convenience stores, operated the Wishbone Fried Chicken chain and yet again changed its name to the Munford Corporation. That company eventually merged and left town.

The brewery at the original Courtland site was demolished in 1955. The surviving cellars were destroyed in 1973 when the current high-rise Atlanta Hilton was built.

A reporter of the Constitution interviewed Mr. Charles Beermann, the genial and enterprising secretary and treasurer of the Atlanta City Brewing Company, of whom he learned that the annual meeting of the company was held at the residence of Mr. Joseph Fleisch, who is just convalescent from his long illness, and the following were elected as officers of the company: President, Joseph Fleisch: general manager, Albert Steiner: secretary and treasurer, Charles Beermann: board of directors, Joseph Fleisch, A. Steiner, Charles Beermann,II, Werner, J. A. Kuhn and Henry Wellhouse.
The meeting as characterized by harmony and good will of all concerned, and with renewed vigor, and ample means and facilities this our home industry is again fairly launched on the business ocean. It was agreed at the meeting that the ice works now in process of erection at Iceville, and which will be the largest of it's kind in the south be completed by the 15th of May this year. The company therefore calls the attention of all interested in the ice trade to see their manager before entering into contracts with other factories.
The beer now manufactured is made of the best materials - an invoice of hops - direct from Nurenburg, in Germany, has been shown us, countersigned by United States consul, J. W. Black. The hops will shortly arrive in the custom house of this city, perhaps the first direct importation of it's kind to the south.
We therefore trust that the company will meet with abundant success in their enterprise. This is an Atlanta concern, and the success it has already achieved is the most flattering and satisfactory. It should have the support encouragement and patronage of our home people. It turns out the very best beer. The beer that was made last December is now ready for use, and it is up to their usual standard. The brewery employs from seventy five to one hundred men, and when their large ice works at Iceville are completed several men can find work there. It is our pleasure to state to the public that this company are meeting with such success and trust that it may continue.

1876 Vol. 1 -- Page: 231
Sequential Number: 254
Short Title: Atlanta City Brewing Company incorporated.
Law Number: No. CCLV.
Origin: (O. No. 310.)
Full Title: An Act to incorporate the Atlanta City Brewing Company.
1939 Matches
Trade names for the brewery at 
247 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Georgia.
City Brewery, Egidius Fechter & Edward Mercer 
(original address Collins & Harris Streets) 1867-1876
Atlanta City Brewing Co. 1876-1892
Atlanta Brewing & Ice Co. 1892-1920s
Issued Permit L-2 allowing the production of Non-Alcoholic beverages during Prohibition 1920
Issued permit GA-U-?? allowing the operation of a brewery after Repeal 1933
Atlanta Ice & Bottling Co. 1933-1935
Atlantic Ice & Coal Co. 1935-1937
AKA: Southeastern Brewing Co. 1935-1937
Atlantic Co. 1937-1955
Closed in 1955

1949 Matches
1948 Matches
March 30, 1888
A Valuable Institution
The Atlanta City Brewing Company
Moving Right Along -
It's New Officials