The fermenting room of the Bergner and Engels brewery, Philadelphia, PA, 1888.
Close Window

Men work in a room filled with full barrels.

Credit: Courtesy of Larry Handy,

During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Philadelphia's "Brewerytown" neighborhood boasted the largest concentration of breweries in the United States. With large casks of beer fermented in building after building, a newspaperman of the day declared that "the air here smells like vaporized bread."

Back to Top