A Huntington Ale House
We are located at 396 New York Avenue in the heart of Huntington Village
As a locally owned and operated tavern, we take great pride in providing our customers with exceptional service
Fred Blumer inherited the Blumer Brewing Company back in 1918. Unfortunately for him, almost immediately after he gained control of the company, the prohibition law started. This meant that it was illegal to make and consumer alcohol.
“Credit goes to Minhas for the videos” The prohibition was a time when gangsters ruled and that violence and dirty money is their key to getting control over their competition. Fred at that time was making non-alcoholic near beer beverages, but this business only managed to make ends meet. Nevertheless, Fred knows that the money is in the supply of the real deal. During the prohibition, in accordance with the law that it states, the brewery had to dealcoholize all their products and dump all the collected alcohol down the drain. This waste did not meet up to Fred’s personal opinion so he devised a scheme wherein he would supply and distribute alcohol to all the caverns and pubs that sought after the real deal. His alcohol was being distributed in milk canisters so as to elude suspicion. The alcohol distribution that Blumer did was a hit and it even came to a point that he was supplying most of Chicago’s alcohol. They were simply consuming his alcohol faster than he could make them. Of course, when things are looking up to you, there are some people who are starting to have a beef against you. Gus Stanger, a mobster and associate of mobster boss, Al Capone, did not find it well with Blumer supplying even the competition. They soon took action by kidnapping Fred Blumer. Before the kidnapping, they called Blumer in the guise as one of Wall Greens manager. Since Wall Greens was a distributor of some of Blumer’s products, he could not pass this opportunity even if he did not really know who he was talking to on the other line. At the meeting place, Blumer had a knife pointed down his neck. Unable to fight back, he got bound, blindfolded, and brought into Gus’ safe house. At the safe house, they called Blumer’s wife in order to demand a ransom of 150,000, which in today’s money is valued at 6 million. No agreement was made so the call was pushed for the next day. Bessy called Blumer’s brother Jacob and asked for help and assistance. When the call got in the next morning, the bargaining started and the final bargaining price for Fred’s ransom was $50,000 as this was all Bessy and Jacob could collect altogether. The exchange for the ransom and Fred was decided to be at the front of a gas station. Gus, being a crafty mobster that he is, sent out a buddy to scout the area earlier on. It was then found that there were police in the area so the exchange was called off. As with most news, the papers published 3 days after the supposed exchange was cancelled, that Fred’s kidnapping has become a murder. This led into a manhunt for Gus. However, since Fred is still actually very much alive, he had his buddy take care of Fred. Gus’ buddy took Fred to the quiet town of Decatur, Illinois, and surprisingly, set Fred free.