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Location DB > United States > Pennsylvania > Allentown > Neuweiler Brewery
Neuweiler Brewery
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created by the ruralexploration kids on 12/19/2005 12:22 AM
last modified by DevilC on 1/4/2015 5:32 PM
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Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
 Physical Information
401-451 N Front St
Allentown, Pennsylvania
United States
Owner: Redevelopment Authority for the City of Allentown
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    No machinery and swept clean. Its going to be renovated soon.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • cameras
  • business in rear
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1913
    Closed: 1968
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    Louis Neuweiler came to Allentown in 1891. Beermaking then was more than 100 years old in the Valley, its roots going back to the Moravian brewers in Bethlehem. Neuweiler hooked up with longtime brewer Benedict Nuding, whose business was at Seventh and Union streets. In 1900, Neuweiler bought out Nuding. In 1906, he took his oldest son, Charles, into the business that became L.F. Neuweiler & Son.

    The Seventh Street location was too small for expansion, so in 1911 the Neuweilers purchased 4.5 acres at Front and Gordon streets and hired Philadelphia architects Peukert and Wunder to build the brewery. It got its water from an underground lake 900 feet below. Neuweiler ordered his own generators for electric power and had separate wells drilled.

    Neuweiler opened at this location on April 28, 1913. That day, son Louis P. entered the business and its name became Louis F. Neuweiler & Sons, a name it would retain until 1965. (Louis P. Neuweiler later left the family business and became a local banking executive at Merchants National Bank.)

    Neuweiler's truly was a family operation. Charles Neuweiler sometimes drove the horse-drawn wagon to Bethlehem loaded with barrels. The women in the family kept the books.

    Neuweiler's also was something of an absolute monarchy. Generous to his family, Louis F. Neuweiler had a temper and little patience with those he regarded as lesser mortals. He once ripped the telephone out of the wall in frustration and told the operator she could go to hell when she couldn't understand the phone number he was asking for.

    Louis F. died in 1929. It was during Prohibition and Neuweiler's was brewing only near beer with 3.2 percent alcohol and making mixers under the names Purity and Frontenac Pale. In the early 1930s, Charles Neuweiler turned down an offer to buy the brewery for $500,000 from gangster/bootlegger Arthur Flegenheimer, aka Dutch Schultz. According to son Theodore Neuweiler, his father said, ''We have always made honest beer,'' and ordered Schultz off the property.

    At first, the post-Prohibition years were good for Neuweiler's. Its slogan ''nix besser,'' none better, was shared across the community. But by the early 1960s it found itself trapped between the growing market share of the beer giants of the Midwest and the growing preference for its lighter product.

    On May 31, 1968, Neuweiler's closed its doors for the last time, $800,000 in debt.

    Over the years, some of the equipment was sold. One of the stainless steel brewing tanks ended up at the Milford Park campmeeting grounds in Old Zionsville to be used for water storage.

    The buildings have had many owners over the years. Its current owner is real estate investor Stuart Kellner of Warren, N.J., father of Olympic fencing champion Dan Kellner. Stuart Kellner is working with Allentown officials to find a developer for the Neuweiler property.

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