Cross section of wooden water pipe; pipe made by boring a hole through the center of a log.
According to a paper label affixed to the pipe, it was dug up by Frederick Cranford Inc. in 1916. The pipe was found about five feet below the surface and was believed to have been laid between 1797 and 1804.
An early New York prohibition law was passed by the state legislature in 1855, but was struck down by its Supreme Court soon after.
With ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibition went into effect in the United States in 1920. The law proved difficult to enforce and was repealed under the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933.
During the Revolutionary War, New York City brewer William D. Faulkner (active from 1772 to 1790) sold beer to both the Continental and British armies.
This cookbook is an example of an early promotional aid produced by one of New York City’s largest breweries.
Brewed and served cold, lager beer was introduced to the United States during the 1840s by German immigrant brewers.
George Ehret (1835-1927), an immigrant brewer from Germany, established his famous New York brewery in 1866.
Rheingold beer was brewed in Brooklyn from 1883 until 1976.
One of nineteenth-century New York’s largest breweries, Jacob Ruppert (1867-1939) founded his successful Manhattan brewery in 1867.