India Wharf Brewing Co.
Business Type: Brewery (NY 108 a & b)
Years of Operation: 1889 to 1920
Location: 48-60 Hamilton Ave. Brooklyn
Description: Brewers Leonhard Michel & Uriah Herrmann started India Wharf Brewing Co. in 1889. The waterfront location is on Buttermilk Channel across from Governors Island. India Wharf is set apart from the Williamsburg/Bushwick area that was most popular for brewing at the time. Leonhard Michel led the company until 1907 when he decided to leave and open “Leonhard Michel Brewing Co.“, in his absence Herrmann and his family took control of the business. Despite the unconventional location, India Wharf was a successful brewery producing ale, porter and lager remaining in business until prohibition (and re-opened afterwards as India Wharf Brewery, Inc. in 1933). Although the original brewery was demolished long ago it would have sat between the start of the present day Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and the Atlantic Basin Ferry Terminal.