Beadleston & Woerz Empire Brewery

Business Type: Brewery (NY 451 e)

Years of Operation: 1878 to 1920

Location: 283 – 303 West 10th Street, Manhattan

Description: The history of this brewery dates back to 1825 when Abraham Nash began brewing Ale’s in Troy, NY. The brewery grew in popularity and in 1840 Nash bought in a family member Ebenezer Beadleston to open up a new branch of the brewery in NYC. in 1845 the brewery purchased the location for their NYC branch which interestingly happened to be the former State Prison in Manhattan which was modified/renovated to accommodate the brewery. The name chosen for the new brewery was “Nash, Beadleston & Co. Empire Brewery”. Over the years there were several changes to the brewery’s name and the partners/owners. Nash would retire and was replaced in the partnership by W. W. Price and Beadleston also retired and was replaced by his son William Beadleston, Alfred Beadleston and another partner E. G. W. Woerz. The brewery would continue to produce several popular beer styles which included ale’s, lager & porter ultimately remaining open until prohibition in 1920.

This seems to be an earlier variation of the B & W Empire Brewery bottle
Beadleston & Woerz Brewery bottle embossed with their trademark which is very similar to the New York State Seal w/ a B & W monogram in the middle. The trademark even includes the “Excelsior” state motto, latin for “ever upward”. This is a very commonly found bottle
Another variation of the B&W bottle similar to the two examples above
This is a very uncommon variant from Beadleston & Woerz. The difference from the others is the “rising sun” in the middle of the embossed shield instead of the “B&W” monogram that appears is most other examples form this brewery.
This amber colored crown top lady leg shape variation is hard to find compared to the other examples shown, it is embossed with the same B&W trademark
Crown top variation of the Beadleston & Woerz Brewery bottle
Beadleston & Woerz Brewery Lager Beer label
Amber crown top Beadleston & Worez bottle.
Beadleston & Woerz Lager Beer
Another variation of this bottle, the sheild on the front is empty (other variations have the rising sun or B&W monogram)