Have a cold one: The HO gauge Sprecher Brewery from Menards
The basics: The Sprecher brewery is a compact, multi-story industrial building measuring 5-1/4 inches wide, 6-1/8 inches deep, and 7-1/2 inches tall. The model has interior and exterior LED lighting and a multi-colored Sprecher electronic sign with a sequential lighting pattern. The loading dock features three workers, hand-trucks, beer kegs, and beer cases.
For illumination, the factory requires a Menards 4.5 volt power supply, Menards SKU# 279-4061, 279-4062, or 279-4050. You may wish to consider the 8- or 9-piece Plug & Play accessory kits (SKU# 279-4035, 4681) and to serve multiple structures and vehicles. All are available separately.
Why you need this: Wisconsin knows beer, and for many decades, Milwaukee staked its claim as America's beer capitol. Randy Sprecher began his journey in small batch brewing in California in the 1970s. He was hired by Pabst to become Supervisor of Brewing Operations at the Pabst complex in Milwaukee. In 1984 when he was downsized, he struck out on his own and established his own beer brand.
He leased a three story industrial building in Milwaukee, and later built a brewery of his own in 1993. The family of Sprecher beverages has expanded to include regular and seasonal beers, hard sodas, ciders, and nine types of regular and seasonal soft drinks. The brewery has become a tourist destination.
The model is a compact four-story design, with a shipping dock and office door on the first floor, large industrial-style windows on the upper floors. The gem is a dazzling Sprecher logo that combines colors with a design evoking the firm's German brewing heritage.
The paint is a sedated gray and tan color scheme.
The first floor loading dock has three workers, three beer kegs, three beer cases, and Jack, who is making sure the employees don't take all of the free samples! The roof of the second floor has three large pipes running up and into the third level, just behind the sign. The roof of the third level has a raised edge, giving it a classic architectural look. You'll also find HVAC equipment, and a water tank with a flashing red LED. The roof of the fourth floor is flat and calls out for personalization with workers or signage.
The back of the building has a brick wall and includes the innovative "tunnel insert" that can be removed for a train to run through.
Hobbyists have been calling for a brewery and Menards has delivered one. The building has personality, and it carries with it a story affirming that you can still think up a great idea, and create and sell a quality product. Whether or it's lager or cherry soda is up to you. Make room on your layout for this one!
Dimensions: 5-1/4?W x 6-1/8?D x 7-1/2?H
- Fully assembled
- Electronic Sprecher? sign with animated lighting pattern
- Prelit interior with soft-glow lighting
- Lighted loading dock with three workers, beverage cases and kegs, two hand carts and Jack the German Shepherd
- Roof details including pipes and a water tower with red warning light
- Limited edition
- Approximate Power Draw: 580 mA
- Requires 4.5-volt power source (sold separately, Menards SKU# 279-4061, 4062, 4050)