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Yorktown is seventy-five miles east of San Antonio and thirty-six miles northwest of Victoria in southwestern DeWitt County.

Fritz Riedel 1875-1875
Both of my sources listed this brewery without refrence to a location. Thanks to some information from reader Dodd Eastham, I have moved Fritz from Unknown to Yorktown.

Riedel was born in Saxony, Germany in 1842. By 1870, he was a wagoner and living in DeWitt County. The census spelled his last name "Riedel." In 1880, "Fritz Riddel," age 38, was still in DeWitt County and was listed as a saloon keeper. As Dodd said, "He was still there in 1900, in Yorktown Texas, still a
saloon keeper, and his son was listed as a bar tender."

But why did the brewery only last a year? Perhaps Riedel decided it was easier to buy beer than brewing it. Records indicate that he originally brought his beer on wagons from San Antonio. In 1886 the Aransas Pass Railway was built through a mile to the south of the community and the town slowly relocated to the railway line. Perhaps, he sold the brewery to Micheal Cellmer.

Michael Cellmer 1878-1891
A lager beer brewery. Micheal Cellmer was born in Prussia, in what is now known as Poland, in 1851. He emigrated to Texas before 1878. He was married to Mary, and their first son, Nicholas, was born in Texas. His brother-in-law, Frank Notzon also worked at the brewery. After the brewery closed, Micheal turned to farming. He died in 1935.