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We’ll drink to that! Bushwick brewery is new city landmark

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Raise another glass to Brooklyn — Bushwick is now home to the city’s first landmarked brewery.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously agreed to protect the four-building William Ulmer Brewery Complex on Tuesday, re-acknowledging the borough’s sudsy history.

“The Ulmer plant is a remarkably intact reminder of one of Brooklyn’s most important industries,” said Commission Chairman Robert Tierney. “It’s also one of many examples of New York City’s rich industrial past.”

Indeed, the complex was pumping out 3.2-million gallons of brew each year in the early 1900s, and helped Bushwick account for 10 percent of the entire nation’s beer consumption. It was built during a time when Brooklyn was leading — burp! — the industry.

And William Ulmer was one of those leaders.

In many ways, Ulmer was a distribution innovator. The German immigrant got rich quick by slapping his offices — on Belvidere Street between Broadway and Beaver Street — right at the confluence of an abundant water supply, rail and water transportation. His brewery was one of 45 operating in Brooklyn by the late 19th century, and spearheaded the trade before he retired in 1900.

Now his brewery will be remembered and protected as one of Brooklyn’s finest from back in the day — you know, before Milwaukee was Milwaukee.

Updated 4:53 pm, February 15, 2019
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gimme from here says:
now some guy pretending to be an artist lives there now
May 13, 2010, 11:27 am

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