Random Lake in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Theodore Rietz Distillery
Rye was purchased locally and the malt was made on-site. Rietz’s distillery was one of five legal distilleries in Wisconsin in 1893. In 1910 the daily capacity of the distillery was about 27 bushels of grain with a yield of 100-115 gallons of whiskey. “Rietz’s Rye,” as it was commonly known, was sold in barrels, half barrels, and ten-gallon kegs throughout Wisconsin and beyond.
When Rietz retired his son Charles took over operations. The distillery remained successful and in the family until it was sold in 1917. The four distillery buildings located on the south side of STH 144 were designed by the Milwaukee architectural firm of Leenhouts and Guthrie, as was the Charles T. Rietz family house, across the street to the north, later in 1903.
Erected 2017 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 571.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
Location. 43° 33.428′ N, 88° 1.513′ W. Marker is in Random Lake, Wisconsin, in Sheboygan County. Marker is on State Highway 144, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: W6582 STH 144, Random Lake WI 53075, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nowack House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Boltonville Mill (approx. 4.3 miles away); Boltonville Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Saxonia House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Birthplace of Flag Day (approx. 5.8 miles away); Robert Cooley Homestead (approx. 6.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); St. Matthias Mission (approx. 7.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Charles Rietz - Sheboyganspirit.com. (Submitted on May 11, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 125 times this year. Last updated on November 9, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 10, 2018, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.