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World renowned brewmaster, Pickett, dies.

World renowned brewmaster, Pickett, dies

Joseph Pickett, Sr., 82, retired brewmaster, who had spent over 60 years actively working in the brewing industry, died December 31, 1990.

Pickett was born January 13, 1908 in glassport, PA. He received a B.S. degree in chemistry and bacteriology from Pittsburgh's Duquesne University in 1931. In 1934, he graduated from Siebel Institute of Technology, located in Chicago.

An avid athlete in his youth, Pickett played end on the Duquesne football team. He also played professionally with the Pittsburgh Steelers for two years and then coached semi-pro football teams.

Pickett's career in the brewing industry began with the General Braddock Brewing Co., in Braddock, PA. He worked for the Tube City Brewing Co., McKeesport, PA; Storz Brewing Co., Omaha, NE; and Overland Brewing Co., Nampa, ID. In 1942, he moved to Chicago to become assistant brewmaster of the Schoenhofen-Edelweiss Brewery at the same time he headed the Atlas Brewing Co. Later, Pickett became vice president of the Drewrys plant in Chicago.

Pickett was active in the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, where he was made Honorary President and Life member of the organization. He was also a member of the American Society of Brewing Chemists. Pickett served as president and brewmaster of the Pickett Brewing Co. in Dubuque, IA, and designed and participated in the Amana Brewing Co. in Amana, IA.

Pickett was buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Downers Grove, IL.
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Title Annotation:Joseph Pickett Sr.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Article Type:obituary
Date:Jan 21, 1991
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