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.