Bloomfield

September 7, 2014

Bloomfield Historical Note


Bloomfield was a part of Peebles Township when it was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1868.

Brewery Locations


Spring Brewery
Owner: Haper & Pfeil
Laurel Ave & Juniper St (at Spring St)
Followed by: Wood Brewing Co
Juniper runs into Laurel and eventually becomes Sassafras Street at Pittsburgh Brewing. The Brewery was believed to be here from 1871 to 1877.

Straub Brewery-Pittsburgh Brewing
Owner: Pittsburgh Brewing Company
Liberty Ave and Main St between Ella & Howley Streets
Pittsburgh Brewing: The Straub Brewery was bought by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company in 1899. The1918 Brewmaster was D K Straub. It operated as a brewery until 1920 when PCBC became the Tech Food Products Company and operated it as an ice cream plant. This was noted on a Sanborn Insurance map, which also showed a new building addition built in 1921.

Historical Note: Iron City brewery workers voted in 1981 for a new contract with Pittsburgh Brewing Co. The vote took place at the VFW Hall on Gangwisch Street in Bloomfield.

Gangwisch – Straub Connection
An 1875 directory identified Gangwisch & Straub as the brewers at Liberty & Main indicating that they may have been partners. Gangwisch and Herman Straub could have formed a partnership before moving to Bloomfield and remained together until Gangwisch moved to Lawrenceville.

Union Brewery-Gangwisch
Owner: Gangwisch
Liberty and Main St (Gangwish St is parallel to Main)
Followed by Union Brewery – Herman Straub & Son
As shown on Historic Map Group 1, 1872, Plate 54
Operated by John P. Gangwisch’s son, John N.
Gangwisch came to this location after the Pennsylvania Railroad bought his property in the Strip District in the 1860’s. He was known to be here by at least 1870 based on the survey (below), but I have no firm date.

According to John Schneider who worked for Gangwisch in 1875, Gangwisch went bankrupt. Schneider did not give the location of the brewery. Gangwisch had two investors at the Liberty Street brewery so it is reasonable that they were at Bloomfield as well. I don’t know who they were but Herman & Theodor Straub (from the North Side) bought the Bloomfield brewery. Gangwisch & Straub were founding members of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce in 1876.

Industries of Pittsburgh has Gangwisch opening the Union Brewery (in Bloomfield) before he opened the Allegheny Valley Brewery, which opened in 1876. Industries did does not give an opening date for the Union.

Gangwish & Klopper Survey
The Gangwish & Klopper Survey was dated February 2, 1870 and recorded on March 6, 1870 in Allegheny County. This survey showed the size and location of his land. It is the same representation as shown on Hopkins 1872 Atlas, Plate 54. The survey shows a brewery on the land with John N. Gangwish as property owner. The survey did not use the c in his name.

Gangwisch Street
Gangwisch Street is at the rear of the property and runs parallel to Liberty. It was sometimes spelled without the c and that may have come from the survey.

Sale to Straub Bothers: The Straub brothers, Herman & Theodor, from Allegheny City would take this brewery over probably before the Straub-Eberhardt & Ober merger in 1883. The 1872 map does not use the name Union Brewery, only Brewery but we know it belonged to Gangwisch at the time.

Union Brewery-Straub
Owner: Herman Straub & Son
Liberty Ave and Main St between Ella & Howley Streets
Preceded by: John Gangwish Union Brewery
Followed by: Straub Brewery of Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

The Straub brothers, Herman & Theodor, from Allegheny City and the John N. Straub Brewery would take this brewery over probably before the Straub-Eberhardt & Ober merger in 1883. An 1882 Hopkins atlas (plate 10) identifies the land as the Straub & Son – Union Brewery. The Straub Brewery became a part of Pittsburgh Brewing in 1899. It is a parking lot today.

Herman Straub & Co. (Aka: Nichols, Straub & Hammer, 1884) 1883-1899
Some reference material has this location as Lawrenceville. The Straubs at this brewery are relatives of John N. Straub and not Peter Straub of St. Mary’s, Pa. 1918 Brewmaster was D K Straub

Herman A. Straub (October 22, 1878-April 7, 1956) was a collecting clerk for the brewery. His father was Herman (1848). Theodore was not heavily involved in this as he moved to other activities. The Straubs at this brewery are relatives of John N. Straub and not Peter Straub of St. Mary’s, Pa.

Nichols, Straub & Hammer
One document has the name Nichols, Straub & Hammer operating here between 1883 and 1899. Some reference material has this location as Lawrenceville. I cannot verify the Nichols, Straub & Hammer ownership.

Wood Brewing Company
Owner: See below
Laurel Ave & Juniper St (at Spring St)
Preceded by: the Spring Brewery.
The brewery has been referred to as:
HT & AH Wood from 1878 – 1879
Wood S. Brothers from1879 – 1882
Wood Brewing Company from 1882 – 1884
I have found no information to tie this brewery to the (Adam) Wood Steam Brewery in the Strip District of earlier times.