Kozel Beer Garden and/or Kozel Brewery
Washington, DC, circa 1874-1881
I am currently researching my Kozel family tree. Actually, my wife is doing all the work.
I just have to figure out a way to take the credit. The next part of our Kozel
genealogy search, involves Washington, DC, history, breweries, beer and a German beer
Some 50 years ago, my brother remembers seeing what appeared to be an antique bottle
or glass whiskey flask, with the Kozel family name on it. It was among a group of collectible bottles,
in a small museum in the Washington, DC, area. When questioned, our father said that it probably had
something to do with our great-grandfather. He owned a large German beer garden in
Washington, DC. Supposedly, it was large enough that he had enrolled in an
animal-husbandry course at Cornell University to raise his own chickens for the menu.
I recently purchased an antique, stoneware, beer bottle because it had "John Kozel" debossed
on it. I also acquired an old, Washington, DC, newspaper ad for John Kozel's Brewery at
No. 43 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC.
The book, American Breweries II, recognizes a J.Kozel operating a Washington, DC,
brewery from 1874-1875 and a George Kozel operating a Washington, DC,
brewery from 1880-1881.
I am aware of Velkopopovicky Kozel beer. From the Velkopopovicky Kozel web site (www.beer-kozel.cz),
it would appear that they began brewing Kozel beer, just outside of Prague, in 1874. I don't see
any Kozel family having anything to do with that Czech Kozel brewery. They say that the
"billy goat" (kozel) emblem was created by a Frenchman.
"The year 1874, when the first beer brew was made, is the foundation date of the
modern history of the Velkopopovicky Kozel the emblem which was created by a travelling
French painter as an expression of thanks for the hospitality he received in Popovice when he stayed
longer than he originally expected."
Please email me, if you have any information that could
assist me with my Kozel genealogy search. I would appreciate it very much. If you have seen any
antique Kozel beer bottles or Kozel whiskey bottles, I would love to hear about them, even if they're
not for sale.