Hendrick Brewing Company

First German Brewery to open in Albany

The first German Brewery that opened up in Albany was brought to life by a man named John F. Hendrick. He started his own German Bier brewery in 1852, which was located at 426-430 Central Avenue, Albany, New York. When Fredrick decided to name his brewery he named it after himself, of course, and went with Hendrick Brewing Company. At first business was very slow, but steadily grew up until 1901. In 1901 they were producing up to a steady 8,000 barrels of beer per year. Sadly, Hendrick Brewing Company discontinued brewing in 1919 due to the start of the prohibition.
The Temperance Movement, which is “a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages” according to Wikipedia, began in the early 19th century. The idea of a prohibition went over well with the Anglo-Americans, who very much agreed with the temperance movement, but not so well with the Germans. As the Germans started to immigrate to the United States, they also brought with them their culture to love beer and celebrations. The German immigrants did not agree with the movement because it interfered with their culture, therefore they continued to drink beer and be merry. Beer had made its way into Germans everyday lives. Due to the contrast in belief between the Anglo-Americans and the German-Americans, the
Anglo-Americans tried to “Americanize” the Germans, as well as other immigrants, with the idea of temperance and prohibition. They Anglo-Americans eventually got what they wanted in 1920, when the prohibition of alcoholic beverages was adopted. With the start of prohibition, was the end to many breweries in Albany, as well as across the country.
Luckily, the brewery was owned by a man named Dan O’Connell, who was the chairman of the Albany County Democratic Committee. Due to the fact that O’Connel already had a foot in the door, when prohibition ended in 1933 the brewery reopened. Because the owner was highly regarded, unless a tavern owner sold Hendrick beer it was almost impossible for them to get a license. Hendrick Brewery was only one of 3 breweries to survive through the prohibition. The other two include the Dobler Brewery and Beverwyck Brewery. The original building no longer stands, but in its place is the Central Towers, which is now owned by Albany housing.

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Source: HENDRICK BREWING COMPANY, ALBANY, NY. C.1960. ALUMINUM, CARDBOARD, INK. ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY & ART, GIFT OF ANNA CIPOLO, 1994.23.1 View File Details Page

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430 Central Ave., Albany N.Y. 12207 [map]

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Gina Breihof, “Hendrick Brewing Company ,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed June 19, 2019, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/115.

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