Washington Brewery / Arlington Brewery /
Joseph Davison / Francis Denmead
Company Names, addresses, dates1:
Washington Brewery, William Hayman, corner of K north and 27th west, Washington DC (c.1840-c.1844)4,6
Washington Brewery, Harmon Gordon & Co, corner of K north and 27th west, Washington DC (1847)5
Washington Brewery, Joseph Davison, corner of K north and 27th west, Washington DC (1850-c.1859) 7,8
Washington Brewery, Colineau Clement, corner of K north and 27th west, Washington DC (c.1859-1864)
Washington Brewery, Harvey North, corner of K north and 27th west, Washington DC (1865-66)
Washington Brewery, John H. North & Co., corner of K north and 27th NW, Washington DC (1867-1868)
Washington Brewery, North Bros (Wm F & Geo L), corner of K north and 27th NW, Washington DC (1871)
Arlington Brewery, Geo. B. Wilson & Co, corner of K north and 27th NW, Washington DC (1874)
Arlington Brewery, C.H. Sawyer, corner of K north and 27th NW, Washington DC (1875)
Arlington Brewery, Dewitt M. Ogden, corner of K and 27th Streets NW, Washington DC (1876-1877)
Arlington Brewery, Francis Denmead, corner of K and 27th Streets NW, Washington DC (1877-1878)
Arlington Brewery, T.C. Tafford, corner of K and 27th Streets NW, Washington DC (1879)
Washington Brewery / Arlington Brewery
The brewery at the corner of K and 27th Streets NW got started sometime before 1842. The book "A new guide to Washington" by George Watterston, published in 1842, said the brewery got started by William Haymen, and had "been in existence for some years"6.
It had many owners through the years. City Directories or Newspaper articles referred to it as the "Washington Brewery" between 1844 and 1872. There were other breweries in Washington DC with the same name such as this Washington Brewery .
Starting in 1873 when George Wilson bought the Brewery, it was renamed the "Arlington Brewery"2.
In 1886, that location was taken over by the Arlington Bottling Company. I assume it ceased being a brewery, and start simply bottling beer, and probably soda as well.
Joseph Davison (1799-18??)
Joseph Davison owned the Washington Brewery for about 9 years (1850-c.1859).
According to an article in the March 13, 1853 Repulic newspaper, Joseph Davison was born in England, and learned the brewing business in England, Scotland & France. His XX pale ale was described as equal to the Scottish article, clear, golden and sparkling in appearance. And his brown stout was compared to London brewing. His porter was described only as 'good', whereas his ale was described as 'excellent'. He had a demand for four thousand gallons per week, and his establishment was capable of twice that.9.
The latest newspaper ad I found for Joseph Davison's brewery was Feb 10 1858, and the earliest one for his successor Clement Colineau is Dec 3, 1959, so the brewery changed hands somewhere between those 2 dates.
Francis Denmead (1829-1891)
Francis Denmead owned the Arlington Brewery for about 2 years (1877-1878).
According to "Robert Portner and his Brewing Company" by Timothy J. Dennee, Francis Denmead also ran a malt house in Baltimore that supplied Robert Portner with barley malt during the Civil War. Denmead was also one of Portner's creditors.3
book # 208
This is a 7.25" blue blob-top bottle with a repaired top. It is embossed:
in block letters: J. DAVISON
below the block letters: WASHINGTON BREWERY / D.C.
base: (iron pontil scar)
book # 50
This is a 9" damaged aqua blob-top bottle with the top broken off. With the top, it was probably 9.5" tall. It is embossed:
oval slug plate: F. DENMEAD / ARLINGTON / BREWERY / WASHINGTON D.C.
rear: THIS / BOTTLE / NOT TO BE / SOLD
|This is a picture from an advertisement that ran in February & March of 1865 in the Daily National Intelligencer Washington DC newspaper. It depicts the brewery.|