Gambrinus Brewery Illustration, 1913

The “good old” Gambrinus Brewery complex at one time filled the triangle formed at West Burnside and NW Westover, butting up against the West Hills. The building front and center in this 1913 illustration still stands and is home to specialty shops.

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14 thoughts on “Gambrinus Brewery Illustration, 1913

  1. Gambrinus is considered the patron saint of beer/brewing – lots of brewing companies past and present use the name.

  2. The 1986 Gambrinus company started in the american southwest as a distributor and now owns Bridgeport Brewing and the Spoetzl Brewery in Texas which makes Shiner beers.

  3. In the drawing it shows a retaining wall behind the building. That seems to be missing now. Does anyone know if they took it out to dig further into the hillside? or is it incorporated into a newer building?

  4. Interesting, I had no idea that this brewery had existed.
    If you enlarge and look close at this aerial photo from 1939…at the bottom
    you can see the old buildings were still around.

  5. The book “Brewed in the Pacific Northwest” by Gary and Gloria Meier says that the Gambrinus Brewery moved in 1892 to 793 Washington. I don’t know their source, but they must be confused if a 1913 ad still shows the Westover location (which they call “four blocks around 22nd and Flanders”). Maybe 793 Washington was just a sales office.

    A few years ago I made a map of the old Portland breweries mentioned in that book:

  6. Bill Night:

    793 Washington was the Westover location: it’s confusing for two reasons. First, that section of Burnside used be known as Washington. Also, prior to the 1930s, Portland had a different numbering system. So 793 Washington was at roughly the same location as 2375 Burnside today. The 1901 Sanborn map confirms this.

  7. Thanks, Dan, that’s great stuff! I did a few old-new translations for breweries on the eastside, but it never occurred to me that the downtown street names would have changed.

  8. Our Grandpa, Andreas Bendler, worked at the company before 1900 or so; Thanks for this history – I had learned the street names had changed by visiting the Historical Society years ago and inquiring about their residence in the area.

  9. We have an old book in German about The German Farmers in Washington County, Oregon. Does anyone think this should be translated into English and shared, or know if it has it been??

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