The 140-year old Schmidt’s Brewery in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia was a mammoth, 14-acre facility that employed more than 1,000 people to produce rivers of beer. The old brewhouse, which dates to the turn of the century, once looked like an opera house, with a mezzanine, decorative plaster moldings and walls of Italian marble tile. When the brewery closed in 1986, its capacity was in excess of 5,000,000 barrels per year. When they shut down it was the first time the city had been without a brewery in over 300 years.
You can be sure that our crew raised a few cans of Schmidt’s in tribute to the building’s wonderful Heart Pine wood.