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Updated: August 22, 2022 Worcester 300 trivia contest

Worcester 300 trivia contest, part 13: Famous beverage manufacturer

Photo | Courtesy of Worcester Historical Museum The production floor of Worcester’s famous beverage manufacturer

WBJ has partnered with the Worcester Historical Museum to run a year-long trivia contest in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Worcester’s founding on June 14, 1722. Readers should email their answer to the question below by Sept. 1 to or complete the Google Form below to compete for a special year-end prize package.

Worcester’s beverage company

In 1901, Dennis Crowley purchased the J.G. Bieberbach Co., uniting two alcoholic beverage distributors and soft drink bottlers. The company changed its name following another acquisition in 1918. Prohibition in the 1920s led to the company to focus exclusively on soft drinks. The company moved from its original facilities to its current location on Southbridge Street in 1968 and has since expanded in the neighborhood. The company’s large inflatable mascot, Orson, watches over the traffic in I-290, and the Crowley family is now in its fourth generation of ownership over the business.

Trivia question: What is the name of the Worcester beverage manufacturer owned by the Crowley family?

And the answer to last edition’s question: Joseph Hill, the Worcester inventor who at one point had more than 1 million clothes dryers in use throughout the country, is a native of Vermont.

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