Jackson Brewing Company

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Jackson Brewery (downriver side) 1976
Jackson Brewery shops (upriver side) 2007

Jackson Brewing Company, or Jackson Brewery, was a regional brewery operating in New Orleans, from 1890 to 1974. One of two breweries selling Jax beer, along with Jacksonville's Jax Brewing Company, it was popularly known as the Jax Brewery. At its height, it was the largest brewery in the Southern United States.

Its French Quarter building is now a historic landmark in New Orleans and houses restaurants, apartments, and entertainment venues.


The brewery was founded by Lawrence Fabacher in 1890 as Jackson Bohemian Brewery; its name was later changed to Jax Beer and finally Jackson Brewing Company, after Andrew Jackson and Jackson Square. It soon grew to be a prominent regional brewery, and was the only New Orleans brewery to survive Prohibition.[1]

In 1935, Jackson Brewing Company entered a legal dispute with Jacksonville Brewing Company over the "Jax Beer" trademark, used by both companies. This resulted in a compromise in which Jacksonville Brewing Company got exclusive rights to sell in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, while Jackson Brewing got states to the west.[2] Jackson Brewing expanded in the 1940s, as demand increased. In the 1950s, the company suffered competition from the growing national breweries. In 1954, it bought exclusive rights to the Jax trademark from the Jacksonville company, which ended brewing operations. This move made Jackson Brewing the 10th largest brewery in the U.S., and the largest in the South.[1][3] However, Jackson Brewing entered financial straits and was acquired by Pearl Brewing Company in 1974. Pearl continued producing Jax Beer until 1984, when it was acquired by Pabst Brewing Company and took on Pabst branding.[2]

The brewery building remains a landmark in New Orleans.[1] After brewing operations ceased, the building was purchased and turned into space for shops and restaurants.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Jackson Brewing Company (1890-1970) (2012). Tulane University Special Collections. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Davis, Ennis; Mann, Robert (2012). Reclaiming Jacksonville. The History Press. p. 97. ISBN 1609496469.
  3. ^ Davis, Ennis; Mann, Robert (2012). Reclaiming Jacksonville. The History Press. p. 99. ISBN 1609496469.
  4. ^ "Jax Brewery reopens in French Quarter". http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4200/is_20060215/ai_n16218642. Dolan Media Newswires, 2006.

Coordinates: 29°57′22″N 90°03′48″W / 29.9561°N 90.0633°W / 29.9561; -90.0633