Baltimore’s Brewing Past~
Towering over East Baltimore stands the beautifully renovated former American Brewery building. Built in 1887 by John Frederick Wiessner, the American Brewery in East Baltimore was one of the largest breweries in the state of Maryland. At its peak, the brewery employed 61 workers; 16 in brewery work, 17 drivers, 14 bottling house, 8 garage men, and 6 office workers. The central tower of the building housed a 10,000 bushel grain elevator. Prohibition forced the shutdown of the facility in 1920. The Weissner family sold the brewery to the American Malt Company in 1931, who modernized the interior equipment and operated the brewery until 1973. The building was listed that year in the National Registry of Historic Sites. It now houses Humanim, a Columbia Md non-profit organization.