Yoerg's Washington Street Brewery
Yoerg's Washington Street Brewery, founded in 1848, holds the title of the first brewery in Saint Paul—and it was the only brewery in town until 1853. This "modern, steam-powered, assembly line beer factory" was family-owned and operated until its closure in 1952. Three generations of Yoergs ran the brewery, which left its legacy as a 103-year-old business when it stopped brewing.
In 2016, Yoerg's Lager made a return, now distributed by the Artisan Beer Company.
Founded in 1855, the Schmidt Brewery went through numerous names, owners and head brewers before it claimed the success we know it for today. The story began in 1855 with the Stalhmann family, a proud family of German heritage who named their business "The Cave Brewery" for its unique location in a natural cave (which provided a cool and dry place to lager beer). Due to the ease of transportation down the Mississippi River via riverboat, business boomed from the beginning of its run. Soon Jacob Schmidt, a brewer from rival Hamm's Brewing, took over as the company’s master brewer. The brewery became popular almost immediately and began competing directly with Hamm’s, making Schmidt a well-known icon on the city's west side.
Learn more about the history the Schmidt Brewery, now the home of Keg and Case Market.