Dobler Brewing Company

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Dobler Brewing Company
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded1865
HeadquartersAlbany, New York
United States
ProductsBeer
OwnerJohn S. Dobler

The Dobler Brewing Company was a small regional brewery, located in Albany, New York. Dobler was once located in the largest brewing hub in the country. Before there was Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Miller, there was Hedrick, Beverwyck, and of course Dobler.[1] It was founded in 1865, and had an annual capacity of 25,000 barrels during its height.[2]

The brewery was one of only three breweries in Albany to survive Prohibition.[3] Their ability to remain in business during prohibition was due to the fact that the brewery was equipped with refrigeration, and was easily able to convert to soda production.[4] Refrigeration had been necessary to produce their line of lager, and this equipment gave Dobler an advantage during the prohibition years, when only non-alcoholic beverages were legal.

Although Hedrick, Beverwyck and Dobler endured Prohibition, they never regained national distribution; by the 1970s they were outsourced by the big Midwestern breweries.[5] The Dobler Brewery closed in 1960, shortly after being sold to Hampden-Harvard Breweries of Willimansett, Massachusetts.[6] The main building where the brewery once stood was demolished in 1960. However, an adjacent building which served as the carriage house for the delivery horses still stands.[7]

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  1. ^ "The History of Beer: Albany, New York, Once the Largest Brewing Hub in America". Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  2. ^ "Dreimiller.com/genealogy/dobler/". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/August-2013/The-History-of-Beer-Albany-New-York-Once-the-Largest-Brewing-Hub-in-America/". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/67". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  5. ^ "The History of Beer: Albany, New York, Once the Largest Brewing Hub in America". Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  6. ^ "Dreimiller.com/genealogy/dobler/". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/67". Retrieved 9 February 2017.