Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Receipt For Making Doct. Cronk's Beer.

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This is a handbill printed on one side only. It is a receipt [recipe] for making Dr. Cronk's Beer. It is a beer using sarsaparilla, wintergreen, and hemlock. Warren Cronk started making Dr. Cronk's Beer in NYC about 1839. During the time, Cronk was in Albany, NY he developed his sarsapilla and a business model of franchising the bottling works. The recipe was not to be written down but only given by word of mouth. The Temperance Movement was at its height during this time. Warren Cronk's "Sarsaparilla Beer" was said to be medicinal in nature and alcohol free. It is not known how this copy came to be written down.

Donor: Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Endowment Fund

Brand Name: Dr. Cronk's Beer

Publisher: Robert Edwards Brewery (Utica, N.Y.)

1853 (ca.)

12.7 x 8.9 cm


Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: Receipt For Making Doct. Cronk's Beer.. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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