I can’t help you with Hauck’s (other than to say that I recognize the name), but Top Hat was widely sold by Burger in the South in the 1940’s. Seemingly it was aimed at the Afro-American market. Burger also made a couple of other brands which slip my mind at the moment.
Burger’s sales plummetted after they switched from city water to well water. It altered the taste of the beer to the point that even the hardest-core Burger drinkers were repulsed.
Nostalgically, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia, where Top Hat was once sold.
OH my gosh. I remember Top Hat. It was sold here in Cincy, too. I had forgotten its connection to Burger. (Remember the jingle? "Burger Beer is brewed with artesian waters…" followed by the faint high soprano echoing "Artesian waters………".)
I remember Wiedemann ("Satisfies a sincere and monumental thirst") fondly. An old gentleman I used to know spent many afternoons with Wiedemann, having walked the block to the local Pony Keg to pick up the beer and half a chicken, which he boiled and fed to his Chihuahua by hand. Oh how I hated that ill-tempered little dog…….
In my Callow Youth, I belonged to a community theater group that had an old Coke machine retrofitted to take Wiedemann longnecks. 35 cents apiece.