Leonard Eppig, brewery owner

Leonard Eppig (March 4, 1839-April 9, 1893) was born in Grosswallstadt, Bavaria. He came to New York on the S.S. Rotterdam and settled in Brooklyn at the age of 15. He learned to brew while working for Michael Seitz, a Brooklyn brewer. In 1866, he and a partner formed the Hubert Fischer & Leonhard Eppig Brewery. Ten years later, he bought out his partner and it became simply the Leonard Eppig Brewing Co., but traded under the name Germania Brewery. The brewery was located at Central and George streets. His firm was noted for continually improving or adopting the latest… Read More

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George Bechtel, Brewer

George Bechtel, Brewer (January 19, 1841-July 16, 1889). He was born in Germany, but moved to the U.S. with his parents at just six-months-old. His father was John Bechtel, who founded a brewery on Staten Island, New York, in 1853. This brewery was the first legal brewery on the island. Staten Island  had a large German population settle in the neighborhood. It was initially was known as the John Bechtel Brewery, but in 1865, he sold the brewery to his son, George Bechtel, who renamed it the George Bechtel Brewery. The Bechtel Brewery was the earliest business to convert to… Read More

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Ebenezer Beadleston, brewer

Ebenezer Beadleston, a relative of Brewer Abraham Nash living in Troy, moved to NYC to serve as the Nash Company NYC representative. Three years later in 1840 the company became known as Nash, Beadleston and Company. In 1845 they purchased the old state prison property in NYC bounded by Washington, Charles, West and W 10th in the West Village of Manhattan. The prison had been first occupied in 1797 but upon completion of Sing-Sing in 1828 the convicts were removed to the more modern establishment. The site held substantial stone buildings easily fit for brewing and malting purposes. The plant… Read More

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