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Craft Brewing in Philadelphia: Past, Present, and Future

the Fairmount Water Works

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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June 26:  5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Craft Brewing in Philadelphia: Past, Present and Future

When the Schmidt brewery closed in 1987, it was the first time since the days of William Penn that the City was without a brewery. But it took less than two years for Philadelphia’s deep brewing roots to bring forth new life in the form of a small brewpub.

By 1995 the city was home to no fewer than two production breweries. Some extinct breweries were reincarnated as breweries. But not all of the company’s succeeded and the ones that failed are themselves nearly forgotten history. The longest running brewpub is now sixteen years old and is considered a small production plant in its own right.

Today, the City is home to two production breweries, one of which operates a tasting room that is open daily. Brewpubs continue to start up throughout the City, which is now home to a half dozen such establishments. There is even one on the horizon poised to open in an old brewery stable building. And while together all of today’s operating breweries produce a fraction of the beer the City was famous for in its heyday, our breweries have kept Philadelphia’s brewing tradition alive as well as maintaining her reputation as a world class brewing center.

This June 26 presentation is an outgrowth of an immense amount of research completed by Rich in 2005, including transcriptions of virtually every article written about craft beer in Philadelphia since 1985. In the eight years since, brewpubs continue to open and give beer journalists plenty to report on.

Rich Wagner has been studying the history of brewing in Pennsylvania since 1980 and is the author of Philadelphia Beer, a Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty (History Press 2012), which covers the period from 1683 to the present. In addition, he has self-published a number of guidebooks, posters and e-books. Rich has given his Philadelphia Brewery Tour over 20 times since 1987. He conducts colonial brewing demonstrations with reproductions of brewing implements he constructed in 1993 and gives presentations on a wide variety of topics pertaining to beer and brewing throughout time.

Our event will include the opportunity to sample several of Philly’s craft beers, so attendees must be over 21 years of age. For more information, please contact us at

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Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
640 Waterworks Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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