Prosperity soon met its fate with the start of Prohibition in 1919. Just prior to Prohibition, there were over 1900 breweries in the country. By the time it was repealed 14 years later, only 600 breweries remained. August Schell Brewery was among the fortunate. During Prohibition, the brewery shifted gears, producing "near beer," assorted soft drinks, and candy, all of which helped keep the machinery running and the transition back to brewing beer that much easier.