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Columbia Brewing Company Tacoma 1900 Vintage Men’s T-shirt



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Emil Kliese was a 35-year-old, German-born brewmaster who had emigrated in 1883, and by 1890 was working at a brewery in St. Louis. In the mid-1890’s, Kliese made his way west, securing a position with Capital Brewing Co. in Tumwater, Washington, and by 1899, he was their head brewmaster. An opportunity arose when some investors in Tacoma wanted to open a brewery and required an expert brewmaster. Kliese wanted to run his own brewery. So he, along with, William C. Kiltz, filled for articles of incorporation in February 1900 to brew and sell at wholesale and retail beer and other malt beverages at as the Columbia Brewing Company. The brewery was located at 2120 on South C Street in Tacoma in a five-story building built over an artesian well. With output of about 50 barrels per day, Tacoma’s newest brewery was online by the end of April 1901, and providing their brews to most of the town’s 95 bars and taverns. The brewery produced a number of beers, including Columbia, Golden Drop, Golden Foam, Old Pilsner, and Alt Heidelberg.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 18 20 22.01 24.02 25.99 28
Length 28 29.02 30 31.03 32.01 33
Sleeves 8.9 9.18 9.45 9.73 10 10.4

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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