A post from Rich Wagner
Wow, Brewerytown is poppin’. Took the Hidden City tour of Poth brewery with people from the firm that is planning to develop the building for housing. This joins a growing list of brewery preservation success stories in Philadelphia!
I hadn’t been inside since my Philadelphia Brewery Tour in 1996 when it was Red Bell and people on my tour got to sample beer from the zwickle thanks to Jim Cancro, brewer, who gave us the tour. Well, the Red Bell sign is faded but they’re breathing new life into this beauty.
At the conclusion of the tour Larry Handy and I did a “pop up” breweriana exhibit of Poth and Brewerytown breweriana!
Across the street the 200 horse stable of the Bergner & Engel Brewing Co. is also being restored.
Then there’s the mural a block away which is fantastic composite, showing names of the breweries of Brewerytown, old and new.
And of course, around the corner up Girard Ave. is Crime and Punishment, currently the only brewery in Brewerytown.
Below is a link to the story of the F.A. Poth Company from the 1860s to the 1930s The Jewel of Brewerytown: Past, Present, and Future at the Poth Brewery, A Thesis in Historic Preservation by Mary Elizabeth Feitz, 2015
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