Welcome to Manitowoc Trading Company, a little store making a BIG impact.
Located in Manitowoc's Historic District, we love our history. Do you know the history of Kingsbury Beer?
The Kingsbury Breweries Company was founded in 1847, at which time it was the Kunz & Bleser Brewing Company. The main location was Manitowoc, Wisconsin with other locations in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1926, the firm was sold to the Manitowoc Products Company and was known as the Gutsch Brewery.
Its corporate name was changed to Kingsbury Breweries Company in 1933. The Kingsbury name and label originated during the Depression as a near-beer because of the ban on alcohol during Prohibition. Following the end of Prohibition, the brewery was issued U-Permit No. WIS-U-734, allowing the resumption of brewing operations. In 1933, Kingsbury Pale and Kingsbury Ale began to be produced. Kingsbury's franchise brand was known as the "Aristocrat of Beer" and "Fit for a King."
Kingsbury's main offices remained in Manitowoc until 1963, when it merged with G. Heileman Brewing Company, which brewed and distributed Kingsbury label products until 1974.
Step into Manitowoc Trading Company, and you're in for a treat. Our store is filled with unique (and tasty!) local products, custom hand-crafts and one-of-a-kind art in addition to a selection of hip, trendy and comfy apparel.
The friendly, knowledgeable folks of Manitowoc Trading Company love to swap stories, news and ideas in addition to helping you find the perfect gift, souvenir or treat.
Our online offering is a micro selection of all that we offer. Feel free to reach out to us for custom requests. We'd love to hear from you.
Manitowoc is an Ojibwe word meaning "Home of the Great Spirit". We certainly think so. The bigger picture of Manitowoc Trading Company is our mission to propel positive change in our community. We reinvest the proceeds from Manitowoc Trading Company back into the community that we love.