Hamm Brewery, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Hamm Brewery

ca. 1875
2001
Address: 681 Minnehaha Avenue E
Neighborhood/s: Dayton's Bluff, Saint Paul, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year Established: 1865
Historic Function: Industrial site

Dayton's Bluff Saint Paul Ramsey

Hamm Brewery, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.96299° N, 93.07294° WLatitude: 44°57′46.764″N
Longitude: 93°4′22.584″W
)

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. [1]

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. [1]

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Site History

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.[1]




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Pictures of the Hamms Brewery Brew house 2007

Historic Photos

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The last portion of  the Hamm Brewery grain elevators, the head house, was taken down on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 10 a.m.
The last portion of the Hamm Brewery grain elevators, the head house, was taken down on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 10 a.m.

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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. Dayton's Bluff District Council. "Hamm Brewery News."
[http://www.daytonsbluff.org/History/HammsBrewery/hammbrewerynews.html http://www.daytonsbluff.org]

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. Wikipedia. Hamm's Brewery. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamm's_Brewery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamm's_Brewery] accessed Feb. 08 2008 |site_chronology=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.Maccabee, Paul. [http://shop.mnhs.org/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=136 John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks' Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul 1920-1936]. St. Paul: MHS Press, 1995. }} {{AddaMemory}}

== History == Press


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==Gallery== '''Pictures of the Hamms Brewery Brew house 2007''' Image:Hooverjp--2311173343 b57d3e214a b.jpg|Brewhouse Stairway in the Hamms Brewery I Image:Hooverjp--hammsbrewery Brewhousestarway.jpg|Brewhouse Stairway in the Hamms Brewery II Image:Hooverjp--3132954983 4c943c9d84 b.jpg|Stairwell in the Hamms Brewery Image:Hooverjp--2311261391 8da09af34b b.jpg|Looking through the Bathroom Window Image:Hooverjp--Hamms Brewery exterior-2007.jpg|Old Hamms Brewery Facade Image:Hooverjp--Hamms Brewery main Floor-brewhouse.jpg|Main Floor of the Brew house I Image:Hooverjp--3139451864 c6b3bc0199 b.jpg|Main Floor of the Brew house II Image:Hooverjp--Hamms Brewery Brewhouse.jpg|Brew house '''Historic Photos''' Image:Hooverjp--Pf050448.jpg|ca. 1900 Image:pf097821.jpg|Theodore Hamm Image:pf097693.jpg|Louisa Buchholz Hamm Image:pf071019.jpg|Hamm's Brewery employees 1880-85 Image:pf121446.jpg|William Hamm Senior in Hamm's Beer Wagon Image:pf121774.jpg|Employees of Hamm Brewing Company at picnic at home of Theodore Hamm, St. Paul ca. 1890 Image:pf049956.jpg|Theodore Hamm Brewing Company bottling house. 1912 Image:pf045888.jpg|Aerial view above Hamm's Brewery, St. Paul. 1950-59 Image:pf111913.jpg|Theo. Hamm Brewing Company's fermentation building, St. Paul, ca. 1955 '''Other photos''' Image:daytonsbluff048.jpg Image:daytonsbluff049.jpg Image:phalentrail_012.jpg Image:phalentrail_010.jpg

[[Image:Hamms-Elevators-2001.jpg|left|200px|thumb|The last portion of the Hamm Brewery grain elevators, the head house, was taken down on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 10 a.m. ]]

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== Related Links == [http://collections.mnhs.org/visualresources/Results.cfm?Page=1&Subject=St%2E%20Paul%2E%20Businesses%2E%20Hamm%2C%20Theodore%20Brewing%20Company Photos of Theodore Hamm Brewing Company in Minnesota Historical Society Photo Collection]

[http://flickr.com/photos/freelancer018/sets/72157611533078213/ Hamm's Brewery Exploration flickr stream by Copperboom!]

[http://blip.tv/file/2442525/ Hamm's Brewery Documentary Short]

== Notes ==


Related Links

Photos of Theodore Hamm Brewing Company in Minnesota Historical Society Photo Collection

Hamm's Brewery Exploration flickr stream by Copperboom!

Hamm's Brewery Documentary Short

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