A Past Rich in History and Taste

Anaheim Gazette ad from October 29, 1870.

Anaheim Gazette ad from October 29, 1870.

The first Anaheim Brewery opened in 1870 in downtown Anaheim. The second and third locations were nearby.  Then we took a 90 year break after National Prohibition closed the taps in 1920. Today, the fourth home of the Anaheim Brewery is the Packard Building, a 1920s structure within the city’s Historic District.

As early as 1870, the Anaheim Gazette ran ads for the Anaheim Brewery. The early proprietors were Solomon Goldstein and Samuel Davis.

Anaheim Gazette ad, July 31, 1890

Anaheim Gazette ad, July 31, 1890

Meanwhile, Bavarian-born, Anaheim resident Friedrich Conrad started his first brewery, the California Brewery. Located at 113 Adele Street between Lemon and Los Angeles Street (now Anaheim Boulevard), the brewery did well.  In 1888, he purchased 10 acres on Broadway in West Anaheim. There he built a large brick building and named it the Anaheim Brewery, famous for its “Anaheim Beer.”

On the west side of the brewery, Conrad established a park, with trees, tables and benches, and a central pavilion. The park was known as Tivoli Gardens, and later Columbia Gardens. The park became a popular gathering place for picnicking, with people bringing their own food or buying sandwiches and beer at the brewery.

The brick brewery F. Conrad built was re-named when the Hessels took ownership.

The brick brewery F. Conrad built was re-named “Union Brewing Company” when the Hessels took ownership in 1904.

In 1904, Friedrich Conrad sold his brewery to Anton Hessel and his partner John Bauer, a San Diego brewer. The property changed hands several more times, finally closing at the beginning of Prohibition.

Flash forward to present-day Anaheim. Building on its historic past, Anaheim Brewery once more is making fresh, quality beer for the neighborhood.