Below are a few of the Erie area breweries from back in the old days. Breweries like Koehlers, Erie, and Wayne were just some of the major breweries in the area. Check back later as I will be adding more breweries to the list along with reference photos.

Koehlers Brewing Company

26th & Holland Streets, Erie, PA
Charles Koehler 1864-1869
Mrs. Rosanna Koehler 1869-1873
Koehlers Brewery 1873-1883
Fred Koehler Brewery 1883-1887
Fred Koehler & Co. 1887-1899
Erie Brewing Co. 1899-1920
Brewery operations shut down and closed during Prohibition in 1920

Closed in 1920
Status of the building: Demolished.


Erie Brewing Company

2124/2212 State Street, Erie, PA
George Frey 1855-1855
Eagle Brewery 1855-1883
Jackson Koehler’s Eagle Brewery 1883-1899
Erie Brewing Co. 1899-1922
Brewery operations shut down during Prohibition in 1920

Prohibition Ends!

Imperial Beverages 1922-1933
The Erie Brewing Co. 1933

Closed in 1933
Status of the building: Still standing; currently used by Miller Bros. Power Equipment.


Wayne Brewing Company

Southeast Corner 17th & Parade Streets, Erie, PA
Adam Dietz 1839-1839
Frederick Dietz 1840-1860
Charles Koehler Lager Beer Brewery 1860-1864
Erie Ale Brewery 1864-1869
Keystone Brewery 1869-1872
Downer & Howard Ale Brewery 1872-1896
Ervin J. Howard 1897-1899
Consumers Brewing Co. 1899-1907
Wayne Brewing Co. 1907-1922
Brewery operations shut down during Prohibition in 1920

Prohibition Ends!

Wayne Brewing Co. 1934-1951

Closed in 1951
Status of the building: Still standing; buildings occupied by Gross Painting Inc. and St. Martin’s Center.

Beer Produced: Beer | Ale | Brew Ale | Brew Beer | Brew Bock Beer | Export Beer | Pilsner Type Beer | Champagne Ale | Champion Ale | Special Easter Brew Beer | Special Holiday Brew Beer | Holiday Brew | Lager Beer | Night Club Beer | Nottingham Ale | Old 39 Ale


Perry Brewing Company

Glenwood Park Drive bet 29th & 30th Streets, Erie, PA
Blass & Vogt 1873-1877
Hopedale Brewery 1877-1911
Vogt Brewing Co. 1912-1914
Perry Brewing Co. 1914-1920

Closed in 1920
Status of the building: Unknown.


Christian Brecht Brewing Company

29 Rocky Grove Avenue, Franklin, PA
Bowman & Rollo 1865-1874
Henry Giesel 1874-1875
Philip Worst 1880-1888
Christian Brecht 1888-1908
Christian Brecht Brewery 1908-1911
Christian Brecht Brewing Co. 1911-1916

Closed in 1916
Status of the building: Demolished.


Bradford Brewing Company

Hilton Street, Bradford, PA
Bradford Brewing Co. 1899 – 1920
Brewery operations shut down during Prohibition in 1920

Prohibition Ends!

Bradford Beer Corp. 1933 – 1934

Closed in 1934
Status of building: Unknown.

Beer Produced: Old 76 Lager Beer | Bradford Ale | Bradford Beer


French Creek Valley Brewing Company

Meadville, PA
Hetherington & Downer Brewery 1884 – 1886
Robert Hetherington Brewery 1886 – 1888
Young & Co. Brewery 1888 – 1891
Walster & Echnoz Brewery 1891 – 1906
Valentine Hofmann Brewery 1906 – 1907
Julius F. Echnoz Brewery 1907 – 1910
City Ale Brewery Co. 1910 – 1913
French Creek Valley Brewing Co. 1916 – 1920
Brewery operations shut down during Prohibition in 1920

Prohibition Ends!

French Creek Valley Brewing Co. 1933 – 1933
Valley Mead Brewing Co. 1934 – 1934

Closed in 1934
Status of building: Unknown.