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Swiss immigrant opened brewery in 1845
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MONROE - Founded as the Monroe Brewery in 1845, what is now known as Minhas Craft Brewery has changed hands more than 10 times since it began. In 1845, a Mr. Bissinger - a Swiss immigrant whose first name is unknown - opened his brewery, which could produce less than 400 barrels of beer in a year, said Minhas president Gary Olson. The brewery was then purchased in 1848 by Prussian immigrant John Knipschildt, who became a treasurer for Green County.