Hamm Brewery, Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Edit with form|
|Address:||681 Minnehaha Avenue E|
|Neighborhood/s:||Dayton's Bluff, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
|State/province:|| Minnesota |
|Historic Function:||Industrial site|
In 1860 Andrew T. Keller established the Pittsburgh Brewery on this site, one of at least four breweries built on the banks of Phalen Creek. In 1864 the brewery was purchased by Theodore Hamm (1825-1903), who came to St. Paul with his wife Louisa Buchholz Hamm in 1856 and operated a boarding house and saloon near W. 7th Street for seven years. By 1878 Hamm had transformed the 500-barrel-a-year Keller brewery into a 5,000-barrel-a-year business. By 1882 the brewery produced 26,000 barrels per year and by 1885 the complex had grown to 4 acres. Their son, William Hamm succeeded his father as president of the brewery and under his leadership, it became the largest brewery in the state and a nationally known company.
Hamm's Brewery is historically significant as one of the most famous of the twelve breweries which once operated in St. Paul, making the city the brewing capital of the state. His son, William, and grandson, William Jr. inherited the operation in 1903. During Prohibition the company survived by producing soft drinks and other food products, leaving it in a position to expand rapidly through acquisitions after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. In 1968 the company was acquired by the Heublein Brewing Company, which sold it to Olympia Brewing Company. In 1980 Olympia merged with Pabst, which was acquired by Strohs in 1984 and it by Miller Brewing in 1999, and then in turn by South African Breweries later that year. The future of the brand is uncertain. There is limited distribution in North America. 
On June 15, 1933 William Hamm Jr. grandson of the brewery's founder was kidnapped near the brewery (at the corner of Minnehaha and Greenbrier, now obscured by the brewery's buildings) while he was walking toward his home.
== History == Press
Pictures of the Hamms Brewery Brew house 2007