Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery is located near the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It stands as a testament to the rich brewing heritage of the region. Established in the mid-19th century, this historic brewery has weathered the test of time and played a pivotal role in shaping the local beer culture.
German immigrant Anton Waldmann opened a lager saloon in 1857, a time when Saint Paul was experiencing a surge in immigration. The city was becoming a melting pot of cultures, and with that came a growing thirst for beer. Anton recognized the opportunity and began brewing traditional German-style lagers that quickly gained popularity among locals and steamboat travelers.
The saloon was only in business for around seven years. Still, the years were marked by steady growth that put Anton in a position to invest in the breweries of other German immigrants. He extended a $500 loan to Christoph and Henry Stahlmann, who would eventually rise to become the most accomplished lager beer brewers in the region.
A Sense of Place
The limestone saloon was more than just a place for friends to gather and share a glass of lager; it was a home for Anton and his wife, Mina. They lived there until they built a new house just south of the limestone saloon and rented their former living space to other German immigrants.
When Anton sold the saloon building in 1885, the new owner converted it into a single-family home and began renting it out. For more than 60 years, it was rented to people who would stay for a few years and then move on. Finally, in 1947, it was purchased by John and Francis Dreyling, who lived in the house until 2008.
Legacy and Revival
Historic preservation advocate Tom Schroeder purchased the building in 2008. He spent several years researching the history and significance of the property. Tom worked with a team of experts to restore the building and find a way to reuse it. In the end, they took it back to its beginnings – a brewery and taproom.
Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery opened its doors in 2017. The brewery has been meticulously restored to its former glory, emphasizing preserving its historic architecture and charm. Visitors can step back in time as they explore the brewery’s taproom. They offer a diverse range of beers that cater to modern palates while paying homage to their German brewing traditions. From rich stouts to classic lagers, there’s something for every beer enthusiast.
You can visit Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery at 445 Smith Ave N.