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1873 City Directory listed Michael Fazenmeyer Brewery, Baltimore Pike; Sophia Beck, Brewer, 2 Knox Street near Columbia Street; John Zilch, Brewer, Bedford Road; George H. Schultz Brewery, 25 Paca Street; George Himler, Brewer, 310 North Centre Street; Himler and Brother, Brewers, 310 North Mechanic Street; and William Himler, Brewer, 147 North Centre Street. The above were breweries that made common beer.

The German Brewing Company started to build in 1901. It completed a brewery building in 1902. The first draught beer was sold on Monday, September 15, 1902. The first bottled beer was sold on Wednesday, October 1, 1902. In the beginning there were two brands of beer sold, Bohemian and Capuchiner. Of these two the first was a light beer, the other a dark beer. Brew Master was Henry Neuman, William P. Rizer was bookkeeper, and A. R. Bender was shipping clerk. The founder of the brewery and its first president was Warren C. White. During World War I the name of German was changed to Queen City Brewery. When prohibition came, the name was changed to The Queen Company, when they made near beer (no alcoholic content). After the repeal of Prohibition the name was again changed to The German Brewing Company. At the time of World War II the name was changed to the Queen City Brewery and remained until the closing of business in December, 1974. The brewery buildings have almost all been demolished. In 1974, before the closing, the name and formula of making German Beer was sold to a Pittsburgh brewery.

On March 30, 1895 fire destroyed Ritters Brewery on Paca Street. The loss was 25 to 30 thousand dollars. This brewery was also known as the Washington Brewery. In 1859 William Gessner established this Washington Brewery. In 1863 the brewery was sold to George Schultz. In 1868 the brewery


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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