You may be familiar with the Kensington-based Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, located at 1710-14 North 5th St. The space was purchased by founder Tim Patton in 2013, but the building has roots that go back much further.
During the late 1800s, it was home to the Theo Finkenauer Brewing Company. Theo Finkenauer purchased the company in 1876, and by 1890, he had increased production to more than 15,000 barrels of beer. This called for the addition of a new brew house, a fermenting cellar, and a boiler house. Eventually, a third story was added to house the horses and carriages that transported the beer. Unfortunately, the 18th Amendment and Prohibition marked the end of breweries in the city including the Theo Finkenauer Brewing Company.
Patton was able to crowdfund $20,000 for the building’s renovation, and now Saint Benjamin carries on the tradition of providing great beer to its community.
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