Monday, March 23, 2009

Prohibition Resistance Tour, Part I

NOTE: The 2009 Prohibition Resistance Tour was held during Bockfest, March 6-8. I took the tour on Saturday afternoon. Part I of the tour includes the Clyffside Brewery at 244 W McMicken Avenue.

Brewery operations at W McMicken and Stonewall streets began in 1846 with the Hamilton Brewery, established by Johann Sohn and George Klotter.

Built in 1887, the current building housed operations such as the Sohn Brewery and the Mohawk Brewing Company, which was raided during Prohibition for continuing to produce alcoholic beer.

Following Prohibition, the Clyffside Brewing Company purchased the Mohawk Brewing Company buildings and began brewing Felsenbrau, which can be seen painted on an adjacent, newer building.

In 1945, the complex became Plant #2 for the Red Top Brewing Company, but eventually closed in the 1950s.

Today, a rehabilitation of the building into 19 condominium units is in the works, and some of the possibilities for living spaces can be seen in a couple of the shots.

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Previous reading on BC:
Brewery District signage installed (8/8/08)
The Clyffside hits the market, breaks ground in April (3/27/08)
Prohibition Resistance Tour this weekend (3/5/08)