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      Side panel of Imperial and
Black Eagle on right both
have "
"PACKED EXPRESSLY FOR"
 
       
Wow - only known
indoor example!
       
Imperial Extra Pale Beer
(Weibel no mandatory)
This can states "PACKED EXPRESSLY FOR WEIBLEL BREWING GO. NEW HAVEN
CONN.". That statement alone means Weibel did not can the beer at
their plant. Since Weibel closed in 1936, and since this can is circa
1938, it is widely accepted this can is brewed and canned by
Manhattan Brewing Company of Chicago.

While no known records from the Manhattan Brewing Company mention
Imperial, the can design is similar to other Manhattan cans such as
circa 1938 Black Eagle which has a "PACKED EXPRESSLY FOR THE CLASS
AND NACHODS BREWING COMPANY PHILADELPHIA, PA." statement (Class and
Nachod changed their name to Poth in 1936).

Other circumstantial evidence includes the cool advertisement to the
right from 905 liquor stores in a 1938 St. Louis Globe newspaper
courtesy Bob L. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.
This ad shows Imperial right alongside
Mountain Top and Angler which
are known Manhattan brands.

This *was* all the evidence I need to believe Imperial is part of the
Manhattan family. However, myth-buster research by Bob L strongly
suggests this can is actually by St. Louis ABC!
See the story on the
Rusty Bunch website to read the great detective work by Bob!

The outdoor example below was found by myself and a buddy in a dump
adjacent to Montauk State Park in late 1994. Other than the can, no
other Imperial breweriana (bottles, etc) is known to exist.