Washington Brewery Co


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Humphrey & Juenemann 4th East Corner E North (1858-1863)
  George Juenemann, 400 E street NE (1865-1884)
  Mrs Geo Juenemann, 400 E street NE (1885)
  George Juenemann Jr, 400 E street NE (1886)
  Albert Carry, 400 E street NE (1887-1889)
  Washington Brewery Co, 400 E street NE (1890)
  Washington Brewery Co, F cor 5th NE (1891)
  Washington Brewery Co, E,F,4th & 5th streets NE (1892-1917)

Notes:
American Breweries II2 says that the George Juenemann brewery started circa 1850. I found "J. Juenemann" listed as a tavern owner in the 1855 DC city directory, but no other indication of a brewery in directories before 18581.
In the 1858 through 1863 directories it was called Humphrey & Juenemanns. I don't have any information about Owen T. Humphrey, but George Juenemann was born 1823 in Prussia, and became the sole owner of the brewery about 1864. In later years, the brewery was called Juenemann's Mount Vernon brewery.
Albert Carry was born 1852 in Hechingen Germany. In 1886 he bought Juenemanns Brewery on 4th St NE for $90,000. 3
In 1890 it became the Washington Brewery.
I have photos of some newspaper ads, I believe they're from the Washington Star newspaper, that I copied off ebay a few years ago. They list the following beers from the Washington Brewery (year of the newspaper ad in parenthesis):
    Bock (1905,1911,1912,1914)
    Crystal (1914)
    Frazzle Brew 2% alcohol (1914)
    Imperial Export (1906)
    Ruby (1914)
    Sparkling Ale (1905,1910,1911,1914)
One of the ads shown below is from 1892, and it lists:
    Champagne Lager (1892)

I wrote an article about some other breweries with the name "Washington Brewery", that appears in this issue of the Potomac Pontil.

Other Washington Breweries:
There have been other breweries in Washington DC that were called "Washington Brewery".
1. The book "American Breweries II" by Dale P. Van Wieren lists a "Washington Brewery" run by Cornelius Conningham from 1796 to 1811.
2. This "Washington Brewery" lasted from c.1844 to 1871.
3. DC City directories list "The Washington Brewery" at 2524 G Street NW in 1937 & 1938. This was the address of the Abner-Drury brewery, so presumably that brewery changed hands breifly, before shutting down completely.


Bottles:

washington5 book # 704
This is an 11.7" amber blob top bottle embossed:
round slugplate: WASHINGTON BREWERY COMPANY / REGISTERED / WASH, D.C.
base: J.BROS. / 50
washington_01 book # 705
These 4 bottles are roughly identical except for color - they are 4 different shades of amber. Leftmost bottle is a dark amber; rightmost bottle is honey amber (basically yellow), and the middle bottles are shades in between. They are 9.5" crown top bottles embossed:
front: WASHINGTON BREWERY COMPANY / (pic of George Washington & eagle) / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington_02 book # 705
These are embossed the same as the above bottles, but again have different colors. Left is clear, middle is aqua, and right is sun-colored-amethyst. They are 9.5" crown top bottles embossed:
front: WASHINGTON BREWERY COMPANY / (pic of George Washington & eagle) / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington_07 book # 706
This bottle is the same as the above bottles, except that the embossing is higher-up on the bottle (about 1.25 inches). It's a 9.5" aqua crown top embossed:
front: WASHINGTON BREWERY COMPANY / (pic of George Washington & eagle) / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington_08 book # 707
This is a 9.5" tall, amber, lady-leg crown-top, embossed:
round slugplate: WASHINGTON BREWERY CO. / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington_06 book # 707
These are similar to the bottle above, but they don't have slugplates. Left is 9.25" tall, light-amber, and embossed:
round pattern: WASHINGTON BREWING CO. / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
Right is 9.5" tall, dark-amber, and embossed:
round pattern: WASHINGTON BREWERY CO. / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington4 book # 707
This is a 9.1" aqua and a 9.1" clear BIM crown-top. They're both embossed:
oval pattern: WASHINGTON BREWERY COMPANY / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
below oval pattern: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
washington_11 book # 707-a
This is a 9.2" aqua BIM crown-top embossed the same as the bottle above, but it has a label:
label: (see below)
washbrew_label_01 This is a close-up of the label from the bottle above. It says:
label: WASHINGTON BREWERY / COMPANY'S / CHAMPAGNE / LAGER / WASHINGTON, D.C. / THE BREWERY'S OWN BOTTLING / (bust of George Washington over an eagle above the words "TRADE MARK")
washington_04 book # 708
This is a 9.2" Sun-colored-amethyst crown-top embossed:
front shoulder: WASHINGTON BREWERY CO. / REGISTERED / WASHINGTON / D.C.
washington_05 book # 709
These are 9.5" machine made amber lady-leg crown-tops.
The left one is dark amber and is embossed:
shoulder: WASHINGTON BREWERY CO. WASHINGTON / D.C.
The right one is light amber and is embossed:
shoulder: WASHINGTON BREWERY CO. WASHINGTON / D.C.
heel: CONTENTS NOT LESS THAN 12 FL. OZS.
base: 1916
washington_15 book # 710
These are 9.75" Blown in Mold crown top bottles. The left one is Sun-colored-amethyst, and the right one is clear. They're both embossed:
front: W. B. Co. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / REGISTERED


Other Items:
mug_01 This is a cermic mug (side & front view shown). It's 4.5" tall, 3" in diameter at the base, and it's marked with a picture of George Washington over an eagle above the words "Washington Brewery Co".
washington_12 This is a 4" tall drinking glass from the Washington Brewery. It is etched:
etched: (bust of Washington on the back of an eagle) / TRADE MARK / Washington / Brewery Co. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington_09 This is a combination bottle-opener and cork-screw (shown in the open and closed view). It says:
large letters horizontally: DRINK / Washington Brewery / Company's Beer.
small letters horizontally: W R C DECAPITATOR PAT MAR 1 1910 / A W STEPHENS MFG. CO. WALTHAM
small letters vertically: THIS WIRE LIFTS CROWN CAPS
washington_13 This is a page from an 1892 booklet titled "The Potomac River", with an advertisement for the Washington Brewery. It says:
SEASON 1892 / WASHINGTON BEWERY CO.S SPARKLING CHAMPAGNE LAGER / (picture of brewery) / Square - E,F, 4th and 5th Streets N.E. / WASHINGTON, D.C. / Patronage and / Inspection Solicited. / HARRY WILLIAMS, / Manager. / GEDNEY & ROBERTS CO., WASHINGTON, D.C.
washington_14 This is the 2nd page from the same 1892 book as above. It says:
SOME OF THE / COMMON / SENSE / REASONS/ WHY THE / G.A.R. / VISITING WASHINGTON, D.C. / HAVE DECIDED TO / DRINK THE / WASHINGTON BREWERY CO'S BEER. / BECAUSE The Analysis of the Company's Beer proves it to be a pure and wholesome beverage. / BECAUSE Multitudes of the population are of the same opinion. / BECAUSE No deleterious substances are allowed to take part in its manufacture. / BECAUSE This celebrated Lager is noted for its age, condition, and palate flavor. / BECAUSE The Grand Army of the Republic, as well as visitors to the city, will insure a Good Time by consuming it. / In the time of the war, 3,335,951 patriots left home, family, and peacful / persuits to defend the Flag of the Union; of these, nearly 500,000 perished. (See / General Logan's address, May 31, 1886, at the Tomb of General Grant.)
juenemann_ad1 This is an 1880's ad for Juenemann's Mount Vernon Brewery. Note that I've seen his name spelled with an "eu" and a "ue". I go with "ue" because that seems more common.
carry_ad1 This is an 1880's ad for Albert Carry's Mount Vernon Brewery.
washington_10 This is a July 8, 1893 ad for Washington Brewery. It says:
AS A MONUMENT OF Standard Purity, General Excellence, Health-giving Properties And Reliable Keg Condition THE WASHINGTON BREWERY COMPANY'S BEER Stands unequaled, and numbers among it's numerous competitors FEW SUCCESSFUL RIVALS. The highest scientific authority for the art of brewing in the United States of America proclaims it to be GOOD AND PURE | WELL FERMENTED | WELL BREWED | AND ABSOLUTELY FREE From salicylic acid and sulphurous acids in ANY FORM. Brewery and Office, 4th and E N.E. TELEPHONE 1293. HARRY WILLIAMS, MANAGER AND DIRECTOR.



1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren
3 Voice of the Hill p.14



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