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New Braunfels

New Braunfels, the county seat of Comal County, is thirty miles northeast of San Antonio and forty-five miles southwest of Austin. It was founded on March 21, 1845, when, under the auspices of the Adelsverein, and Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, the first commissioner general of the Adelsverein. By summer the settlers numbered between 300 and 400, and the community had been incorporated under the name of Prince Solms's estate on the Lahn River in western Germany, Braunfels.

Johan "Jean" Schneider c. 1850
Johann Schneider was one of the founders of New Braunfels. He received lot number 170 in April 1845. In 1858 he moved to Austin to open a brewery. He was killed in an accident in 1862.

Richard and August Weinert c. 1850
Reinhart and August Weinert received lots 173 and 174, respectively, in April 1845. August was from Nassau and was born in 1825. His wife was Henriette, and 7 years his junior. They had four children: Johann (b. 1852), Ferdinand (b. 1854), Emil (b. 1855), August (b. 1859). He was listed as a merchant on the 1860 census.

Julius Rennert 1850-1879
Julius Rennert received lots 129 and 160 in April 1845. Born in 1811 in Prussia, Julius married Wilhilmine (10 years younger than himself), and emigrated to Texas. He is listed on the 1860 census as a brewer. Rennert was a member of Germania Singing Society.


Julius Renert, circa 1857. A detail from a drawing of the Germania Singing Society by Carl G. Iwonsky. From History of New Braunfels and Comal County 1844-1946.

Charles Dampmann ?-1860
Karl H. Geunther 1860-1868
Margarethe Guenther 1868-1870

Mathias Esser c. 1860
Mathias Esser was born in 1826 in Prussia. He was listed on the 1860 census as a beer brewer. His wife, Catherine, was ten years younger. Their daughter, Anna, was born in 1859.

H. K. Schumaker 1874-1875
C. L. Schumaker 1882-1884

New Braunfels Brewing Company 1914-1925
Organized by E. F. Laubuher (possibly E. T. Laubscher), of San Antonio, The New Braunfels Brewing Company erected a complete new brewery, which was said to be operated according to a method invented by M. Nathan, a brewer in Switzerland. The made a lager beer. The brewery survived Prohibition by brewing near beer at least until 1925.

Faust Brewing Company 1998 - Present
Housed in the historic Faust Hotel in downtown New Braunfels. The brewmaster is Ray Mitteldorf, formerly of The Yellow Rose Brewing Company of San Antonio, The Dodging Duck Brew Haus in Boerne, and The Houston Brewery.

New Braunfels Brewing Company 2011 to Present
Kelly and Lindsey Meyer opened New Braunfels Brewing Company in Late Oktober. They ressurected a long deceased brand name of the last brewery in New Braunfels (closed in 1925) and make German style ales: LuftWeiss-The HefeWeizen Of the Sky and ErdeWeiss-The Dunkel Of The Earth.