Pottstown Brewing Co.

Pottstown Brewing Co. (HMFT5)

Location: Pottstown, PA 19464 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 14.78', W 75° 39.342'

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Historic Pottstown Walking Tour

In 1886, Joseph M. Selinger moved his brewery from a stone building about a mile from Pottstown at Glasgow to a three story brick building at High & Manatawny Sts. near the "Barn Houses" that were built on the foundation of the stables for The Red Lion Inn, one of Pottstown's earliest inns. The brewery changed hands frequently in its early years and was sheriffed in 1897 due to financial problems brought on by competition with rival breweries.

The new owners razed the brewery and the "Barn Houses" to erect the building in the photograph at the right. The Pottstown Brewing Company was born. In 1910, it was incorporated with a capital investment of $125,000. By 1911, investors had added a brewery in Allentown and established a number of satellite depots in eastern Pennsylvania. At its high point, the Pottstown Brewing Co. produced 40,000 barrels a year. Prohibition sounded the death knell for the brewery; and in the latter part of 1920, the machinery and equipment were sold to investors from Cuba for a brewery there.

In 1921, the buildings and property were purchased by the Pottstown Wholesale Grocery Co. that operated from that location until 1935. The Kleen Mattress Co. occupied the buildings from 1946-50 and the Kiwi Shoe Polish Company from 1953-79. During that period, the eastern buildings were torn down for parking and in the 1980's all existing brewery buildings were erased from memory.
—David R. Kerns

HM NumberHMFT5
Year Placed2002
Placed ByPottstown 250th Anniversary Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 11:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 444231 N 4455304
Decimal Degrees40.24633333, -75.65570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 14.78', W 75° 39.342'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 14' 46.80" N, 75° 39' 20.52" W
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Area Code(s)484, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214 W High St, Pottstown PA 19464, US
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