The History of Beer and Brewing in New York City 

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Then came the Germans. So many Germans. More than a million poured into the US in the mid-19th Century. Most headed west (including just about every successful mega-brewer ever: Eberhard Anheuser, Adolphus Busch, Adolph Coors, Frederick Miller, Frederick Pabst…) but plenty stayed in NYC creating a market for the crisp lagers they left behind in the homeland. By 1900 there were over 40 breweries in Brooklyn alone, with eleven on Meserole Street in East Williamsburg (aka, Old Brewers’ Row). Various buildings from the Schaefer Brewing Company still stand back on Kent Street near the river, but much of the brewery met its fate as another high-rise condo complex called Schaefer Landing.



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