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Historic Texas Breweries
by Jeffrey Holt

Why not purchase a copy of my book for a history lover in your life? And it has more pictures than you can find here! Only $19.95! Click here to read an excerpt.

The 1958 Lone Star Brewery Tour!

The March 1958 Bru-It, a Lone Star Brewery employee and distributor magazine, featured a photo tour of the Brewery in San Antonio, Texas. I scanned it and have put here for you to enjoy.

Welcome!

It happens in almost every Western movie. A stranger rides into a Texas town, ties his horse in front of the local saloon, slaps the dust from his arms, and makes his way to the bar and orders a whiskey. A curious cowboy next to him, sipping a beer, asks, "New in town?" From there the plot spins in a dozen different directions.

I always wondered: Where did the beer served in Texas bars come from? Quite simply, if the railroad was in town, the answer is St. Louis. Otherwise it was brewed in a local Texas brewery. That got me thinking about the folks who made those beers.

Most of the information on this site comes from two primary sources: The Encyclopedia of Texas Breweries: Pre-Prohibition (1836-1918) by Michael Hennech, and American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren. In a few cases, a city was suggested by the Handbook of Texas online. Several towns are described with breweries not in the previous lists.

Simply click on the Texas city name to the left, and read about its breweries, and get a few links to travel and web resources for each area. Right now, I do not have too much information, and only a few pictures to share with you. If you have any information on these, or any other, breweries, please contact me. I am especially interested in photos and, if possible, recipes. I am a home brewer and would like to brew a historic beer. If you run across the name of an ancestor during your genealogical research, please, drop me line. I may not know much, but I know more than is listed on these pages. And I would be proud to share your family's stories and celebrate their achievements!

It is incredibly difficult to keep up with the brew pubs that pop up around the state. If I have skipped your favorite place, please let me know about it. I just discovered the Blue Star Brewery in San Antonio, and they've been around since 1996!

I am not a breweriana expert, and cannot give you a value for your brewery items. However, if you have a few photos to spare. . . For information on collectibles, check the links page for the American Breweriana Association.

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