Location: 1-3 Bushwick Pl. & Meserole St. Brooklyn
Description: Founder Otto Huber was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. in 1861. Huber already had experience in the brewing industry so he quickly found a job in Brooklyn at John Schneider’s Brewery (which would eventually become Congress Brewing Co. in 1894). Huber ended up leaving this job to work at John Joerger’s Brewery, a small establishment on Meserole St. & Graham Ave. Huber would ultimately purchase Joerger’s brewery in 1866 and over the next two years he grew the business and expanded to a much larger modern facility a few blocks away at the intersection of Meserole St. and Bushwick Pl. The Otto Huber Brewery produced lager beer under their famous brand “Golden Rod” (see labels below) and had refrigeration equipment and eventually their own bottling operation in later years. Although Huber passed away in 1889 the business was taken over by his son’s and grew to become one of the largest breweries in Brooklyn by time prohibition approached. The Huber family would remain in charge of the brewery until 1925 when it was sold to Edward Hittleman.