SCHMIDT BREWERY

(Keg and Case West 7th Market)(Schmidt Artist Lofts)

928 7th Street W, St Paul

(651) 443-6060

Status: Former Industrial Site, Commercial and Residential Site

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History

In 1855 the first brewery on this site was Cave Brewing which became the largest brewery in the State. It was owned by Christopher Stahlmann who died from tuberculosis in 1883. The brewery was passed on to his 3 sons but all of them would be dead within the next 10 years.

In 1898 Frank Nocolin – who had married the widow of the eldest of Christopher’s sons – took over the business and renamed it St Paul Brewing. Unfortunately, this business quickly failed and Jacob Schmidt bought the brewery.

Jacob Schmidt and his partners Adolph and Otto Bremer opened Schmidt’s Brewery. When Schmidt died in 1911 the Bremer brothers kept the business going. They even stayed open during the Prohibition years by brewing non-alcoholic beer.

By 1936 Schmidt Brewery was the 7th largest in the US.

The Bremer’s close relationship with President Roosevelt during WWII got them a contract to supply the troops. By the 50’s, though, competition was getting harder and harder to deal with. In 1954 the brewery was sold the National Brand Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer was acquiring small breweries and running a large number of them to increase its profit margin. Pfeiffer began to have financial issues and ended in bankruptcy and was dissolved in 1972.

The company was run by Minnesota Brewing until 1990 when they stopped brewing beer here altogether. From 2000 – 2004 ethanol was made here but eventually closed up as well.

In 2012 a developer purchased the property and began converting into artist lofts which are available for rent. The Keg and Case 7th West Market is also in the space.

On June 21, 2014 the Schmidt sign over the property was lit up again.

 

Paranormal Activity

This property is consistently listed as one of Minnesota’s most haunted locations. Despite a couple of creepy events – Mr Schmidt being arrested, but not charged, with murder and a Bremer child being kidnapped by the Barker Gang – the paranormal activity is rumored to be due to some employee deaths when it was a brewery.

An explosion killed 2 employees, one fell down and elevator shaft and a third employee died from inhaling fire while lighting the building; in the pre-electricity days one would assume. All in all, not a bad record for a major industrial site.

The most common paranormal experience is that of feeling like your being watched and what has been described as an eerie feeling. Unexplained sounds and disembodied voices have been heard as well.