Rich Wagner Beer History Tour

Fairmount Park Conservancy presents

Trails to Ales

Saturday, March 18, 2023

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Mount Pleasant Mansion
3800 Mt Pleasant Dr
Philadelphia, 19121

Join beer historian Rich Wagner for a history of brewing and beer gardens on a hiking tour of East Fairmount Park.

As the name of the Brewerytown neighborhood that borders East Park indicates, Philadelphia was a beer brewing town. In fact, in the late 19th century, with over 30 breweries, we were the brewing capital of America! Before the city created the park, the banks of the Schuylkill River were valuable to emerging breweries for the harvesting and storage of ice and the cold storage of lager beer in underground vaults. Also, after acquiring several historic houses with the establishment of Fairmount Park, the city sought ways to re-adapt them and the properties were leased as beer gardens enjoyed by a growing German population. The hike will discuss this and many other intoxicating aspects of beer history in Fairmount Park.

Check this link for a much fuller description of the day’s events and information on how to join the group. There is a pay what you can ticket for the tour.

Rich is sharing this article on the Engel and Wolf’s Brewery.