In January of 1891, Julius Wegert sold
North Pacific Brewery to Lester Turner for $5,000. Turner was with the 1st National Bank of
Seattle, acting as agent for John Hemrich. Charles A.
Saake was then hired to manage the brewery
which continued operating until 1897,
when Alvin M. Hemrich
biography) took possession of the plant and business
of the North Pacific Brewery.
The plant was better known as the old Slorah Brewery. It was, located on Howard Ave. N. (now Yale Ave. N.), between Republican and Mercer streets. The firm was first operated as the Alvin Hemrich Brewing Co. producing steam beer and porter. In early '98, Alvin was joined by his brother Louis, and Julius Damus, in the organization of the Hemrich Brothers Brewing Company, which was incorporated under the laws of the state on the 4th of February, 1899.
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|"Under the effective management of these interested principals the business was built up to a most successful standpoint, the equipment of the plant being of the most approved modern type. The products of the brewery, including lager and porter, were reported to be of exceptional quality by utilizing the best material in the process of manufacture, the malt being secured from Wisconsin and California, and the hops being the most select products from Bohemia and from the state of Washington." quote from early Seattle history.|
Ad from 1901 Seattle City Directory
stock tray, mfg. unknown, ca. 1900
The Chas. W. Shonk Co. stock tray "Nachwachter" - ca.1907
Hemrich Bros. etched beer glass
By 1903 the brewery's annual production was approximately thirty-five thousand barrels, and it employed about 75 workmen. With the improvements in brewing technology, and through major changes in the equipment of the plant, having installed the latest improved accessories, they greatly augmented their productive capacity. The plant was now larger than the family's Bay View Brewery. The beer was delivered in wagons pulled by purebred draft horses, which were the pride of the organization. They were primarily a draught beer brewery, but they established their own bottling works 1522 6th Ave., managed by Charles Barnold. See label (right).
They produced a number of beers including Seattle's Pride, and Apollo Beer, but their flagship brand was Hemrich's Select.
Their San Francisco agent & bottler was Charles H. Dechent. The
photo of Dechent's horse drawn beer wagon carries the slogan:
"Apollo Lager Beer / Seattle's Famous Brew."
Hemrich Bros. Brg. Co. match safe
With the onset of state-wide
prohibition in 1916, Hemrich Bros. began doing business as Hemrich's
Staff Products Co. On January 1, they commenced the manufacture of
a cereal beverage (near beer) called "Lifestaff." The following March
they added a sparkling apple juice called
"Applestaff," both with the slogan:
On 31 January, 1918, the firm registered the name "Bockstaff" for a malt-less, non-alcoholic beverage sold as a soft drink. The following year they added "Palestaff" to their line-up.
The operation was under the
management of Paul F. Glaser, who was also secretary of the company.
They continued with this product until the imposition of national
Prohibition in 1920. Hemrich then contracted with his brother, Louis, at
the Rainier Brewing co. in San francisco, which was now doing business
as Rainier Products. The SF plant made the beverages and shipped them to
Seattle to be marketed by their Rainier Distributing Co. Glaser then
became proprietor of Rainier Distrubiting.
WARNING- I've seen phony match safes from seven different WA breweries - all with graphics taken from my history pages. The fakes I'm aware of are supposedly from: Hemrich Bros.; Seattle Brewing & Malting; Bellingham Bay Brewery; Aberdeen Brewing Co.; Albert Braun Brewing Assn.; Columbia Brewing Co.; and the Washington Brewing Co. of Everett.
taken from header at top of page.
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