|Rapids Wholesale Marion Headquarters in Winter|
Here at Rapids Wholesale we have a unique view on cold. We have branches in the Midwest and upper Midwest, right off the prairie. Frigid winter winds can chill us to the bones but can’t bring us down. We’re tough, hardworking folk, known not only for our willingness to share a cold pint with a stranger, but also for our keen ability to sniff out opportunity. And over time we’ve come to discover that COLD certainly has it’s advantages.
Wintertime in the Midwest is one of the primary reasons the ice and and beer industries thrived in the early years of our nation. Cold winters with thick frozen lakes produced all the ice we needed. The earth provided us with limestone caves to keep it frozen for extended periods of time, even as the seasons changed. Everything fell perfectly in to place for the beer barons like Captain Frederick Pabst whose Milwaukee brewery employed Rapids' founder Harry Ribble who later went on to invent the world's first direct draw beer dispenser.
|Harry Ribble invented the Direct Draw Beer Dispenser|
As more and more immigrants were drawn to our little piece of paradise, they brought their own ideas of the perfect pint with them. Collectively, our beer tastes eventually switched from English style ales and stouts to the Bavarian style lagers and pilsner beers which utilized a different bottom fermenting, cold brewing technique. Eventually, our thirst for these new brews grew stronger and as the population continued to increase, we needed a more efficient way to continue production of lager beers long into the summer months.
At the same time another challenge was facing brewers and other industries like the meat packing and dairy folk, who were becoming more and more dependent on prolonged cold for their production. The ice we had been harvesting was increasingly being found to be tainted and polluted; an unpleasant side effect of the industrial revolution.
The first known demonstration of refrigeration is accredited to William Cullen at the University of Glasgow way back in 1784. He proved the theory, but was lacking at that point a practical purpose. After nearly a century of experimenting with and tweaking the designs we now have stumbled upon a viable commercial use of refrigeration. To keep our beer, beef and cheese from spoiling.
Until this point, the technology was primarily used for cooling sickrooms. John Gorrie developed a cooling system to help in the treatment of those unlucky enough to catch the yellow-fever. Gorrie went on to be granted the first US patent in 1851 after switching gears to experiment with ice making. And according to the same article we found on the wikipedia, from1870 to 1891, nearly every brewery in service was using commercial refrigeration machines. All resulting in the birth to commercial refrigeration!
Things have changed a bit since then. Check out the newest designs in commercial refrigeration and how to order the unit you need from Rapids website in this cool little video. We even braved the winter cold to bring it to you! What devotion, Ha!
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