Pittsburgh neighborhood (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)

May 1, 2016

Brewery Locations
This section has 3 brewery locations

Dutch Brewery
Colwell Street runs parallel to Fifth Avenue
Operating dates unknown.
The 1872 Hopkins Atlas, Plate 25 showed the Dutch Brewery being at this location. I cannot find this name in any other reference or directory. A deed search is in order but that will require a great deal of time considering the number of times the land has be sub-divided. The Consol Energy Center now sits in this space.

Bottling House
A bottling house was shown on the same atlas at Washington Street, north of Fifth Avenue, on Plate 3 but offers no connection with the brewery.

Dutch Lutheran Church
It is also interesting to note that a Dutch Lutheran Church was located at the corner of Pride St and Ann Alley per Hopkins 1882 Atlas, Plate 4.

Begin Oregon Brewery

The name Oregon Brewery was not used under Fawcett’s ownership.
Owner: D. Fawcett & Company
Fawcett & Walker Brewery
Thomas Walker was born in Pittsburgh in 1840. He opened a brewery during the Civil War (1861 – 1865) but for some unexplained reason, an attorney (Thomas Marshall) convinced him to get out of the brewing business. He opened a foundry in Braddock in 1862.

Thomas Walker, son of Thomas and Sarah Harrison (Berkenshire) Walker, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1840. Walker was a machinist by trade but opened a brewery (Fawcett & Walker) at the beginning of the Civil War but left brewing in 1862.

David Fawcett was listed in the 1860 edition of The Pittsburgh Directory. He was an agent for Spencer & Garrard who owned the Phoenix Brewery. D Fawcett & Company operated the West Point Forge at 50 Water Street, Downtown in 1856. In 1867, Fawcett teamed with Pollock to own the Monongahela Brewery at 110 First Street, Downtown. It would become Darlington’s.

Oregon Brewery
The name Oregon was first used under Pier & Dannels.
Owners: Rufus W. Pier & Henry F. Dannals
Forbes Ave (Penna Ave & Stevenson St (formerly Price St)
Operated from 1867 to 1895
Preceded by Fawcett & Walker (or D. Walker & Sons)
Hopkins 1882 Atlas, Plates $ & 6 for the Oregon Brewery
Located in the area of the fire station and Mercy Hospital.

The Oregon Brewery can be confirmed as it appears on a published map and the company’s billhead. Pier & Dannals had other real estate in this area.

Rufus W. Pier & Henry F. Dannals, Oregon Brewery was known to make Cream & Burton Ales. Not sure about the 1894 date as they were known to be in business on March 16, 1889, per Pittsburgh Dispatch.

Pier & Dannals were sued for non-payment of state mercantile tax although they did pay their liquor tax. This was reported in the Pittsburgh Dispatch December 2, 1890.

Correction: The Pittsburgh Dispatch, in a December 2, 1890 story spelled the name Pier & Dannals. They did not use Dannels as most others seem to have done.

Oddity: The Pittsburgh Press on December 19, 1944 reported the death of Mr. Pier Dannals. He was the Prothonotary for the Superior Courts for the Western District since 1919. He was 70. He lived in Crafton at 149 W. Steuben Street in Crafton until one month prior to his death when he moved to the University Club. The obituary does not mention him having a brewery. The Pittsburg (no h) Dispatch reported on June 24, 1892 that he graduated the Central High School. He would have been 18.

Pier (Peter) Dannals (February 26, 1874 – December 19, 1944)

I find it odd that the brewery would have a name similar to a person not yet born. Clearly, the brewery was owned by two individuals, yet combined they make the name of a single person who was born in the same general era.

Influence: James Ross owned land in what is currently downtown. His six-acre lot was bounded by: Forth Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Grant Street and Ross Streets. It acquired the name the Oregon Lot sometimes in the early 1800’s. The name Oregon seems to have some significance in Pittsburgh history and may have influenced Pier & Dannals.

Oregon Club
Oregon Brewery Name
Oregon Lot
This entry placed is here for Pittsburgh Historical information.
The location of the Oregon Brewery was at Forbes and Stevenson Streets in the Uptown neighborhood..
The Oregon Lot was bounded by: Grant Street, Fifth Avenue, Ross Street and Fourth Avenue in the Downtown area. James Ross (b. July 12, 1762 Delta, Pa. – d. November 27, 1847, Pittsburgh, Pa.) bought the “Lot” from John Marie in the 1800’s. The Oregon Lot area was known as Grant’s Hill. I do not know how it became to be known as Oregon Lot but this could have influenced the brewery’s owners. An Oregon Club was in existence in Tarentum in 1902.

Kaufman’s Warehouse
Kaufman’s Warehouse site, built about 1901)

James Ross (July 12, 1762- November 27, 1847) lived in a frame house until he died. The house was on a lot known as The Oregon Lot and the house Oregon House, which was occupied for a while by a brewery.
History of Allegheny County: Volume 1, p 528. A courthouse and jail was built on the adjacent lot in 1836.

John Marie sold to James Ross, per Deed Book12, page 62

End Oregon Brewery

Vicroy Street Brewery
Vicroy Street between Magee and Stevenson
Shown without property owner name on Hopkins 1872 Atlas, Plate 29. The lot was no larger than what would have accommodated a house.