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Star Model beer


Star Model beer was sold in every bar in Minonk years ago. The beer was made in Peru, Illinois by the Star Union Brewing Company. The company brewed beer from 1893 until it was shut down in 1966.

While there was some debate on the quality of the beer, many beer drinkers wouldn't drink anything else. Many of the old timers would come up to Joe Copp's tavern (now the Alley Saloon) at 8:00 in the morning for their morning boost. Joe would line up 5 warm bottles of beer for one individual in particular who would swoosh them down one by one and then go home for the rest of the day.