Written by on May 10, 2022

“From the land of sky blue waters!” If you’re of a certain age or your parents raised you right you didn’t just read that line. You were singing it. Hamm’s beer was a pretty iconic beer from 1865 until 1997 when the brewery in St. Paul, MN finally closed. Hamm’s was the 5th largest distributor of beer in the United States for a time before it was sold off. Part of what made it so big was their advertising campaign staring the cartoon character Hamm’s Bear and the tagline and song that went with it. You couldn’t go a Sunday afternoon watching any sport without seeing a commercial for Hamm’s. The history of the brewery and the Hamm family has some interesting twists including William Hamm Jr. being kidnapped by the Ma Barker Gang. Hamm’s even had a distributing center in Caledonia, MN and the city is still known as “a Hamm’s town”. Hamm’s memorabilia has become highly collectible and I am one of those collectors. My dad worked at the brewery when he was going to law school at the U of M. So we always had a collection of glasses, pitchers, and other related items on display in the basement. When I saw this story pop up on my social media feeds I immediately sent it to my wife and said, “This is the ULTIMATE collectible!” I mean, we could actually live inside a Hamm’s house and have plenty of room to display my collection. It’s a steal at that price, right? All very reasonable arguments to purchase it. I’m really interested to see the inside of the house to see how the current owners fixed it up. Does it have a Hamm’s tap to readily dispense Hamm’s from? Are there original collectables in a special room in the house? Is there a secret tunnel to the old brewery? These are all questions I would like answers to and maybe a winning lottery ticket could get me these answers and a new house to live in and display to the world. It’s the dream refreshing. You can click the photo for more on the story.

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