Joseph Eppig’s Brewery
Business Type: Brewery
Years of Operation: 1889 to 1915
Location: 176 Grove Street, Brooklyn
Description: Until 1888 Joseph Eppig, an immigrant from Bavaria worked at his Uncle’s establishment “Leonhard Eppig’s Brewery”. After gaining experience working in the brewmaster role Joseph left to start his own business with Frank Ibert another prominent brewer in Brooklyn. The Ibert / Eppig partnership was short lived, lasting just a year. Now completely on his own Eppig formed “Joseph Eppig’s Brewery” in 1889. The brewery was successful and remained in business over 25 years. In addition to to this Joseph Eppig also opened a summer resort on Idelwild Island in Jamaica Bay, the hotel ultimately closed when New York City began using the other nearby islands and waterways as a dumping ground for garbage. Idelwild island was eventually transformed into JFK International Airport.