A Prohibition-era near beer
During Prohibition, brewers like Anheuser-Busch turned to non-alcoholic products to stay in business.
The company was already producing Malt-Nutrine, a nutritive drink marketed for "new mothers, convalescents, sickly children, and the anemic and aged" that contained no more than 1.9% alcohol. Even that percentage was too great under Prohibition and the company reduced the formula to less than 1/2 of one percent. Anheuser-Busch marketed Malt-Nutrine throughout Prohibition, discontinuing it in 1942.
Courtesy John L. Nau, III, Houston
Time Period: 1866 - 1936
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