Brewing and Malting in Early Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Brewery Historian
Anthony Morris, ancestor of Arboretum founders, John and Lydia Morris, became Philadelphia’s
second brewer in 1687. The Morris family founded several breweries to supply ship captains with
necessary sustenance for their long voyages and serve the city’s thriving tavern culture that supplied
the growing city with food, drink, and lodging. When Philadelphia was the second largest English speaking
city after London, and the largest seaport in the colonies, it produced more beer than the rest
of the colonies combined. William Penn and later the founding fathers promoted the development
of the brewing industry as a solid foundation for a temperate society and as an engine for promoting
industry and technological innovation. Brewing gave agriculture production a boost since brewers
needed barley and hops, which encouraged their cultivation. Rich Wagner began interpreting the
brewing process in 1990 at William Penn’s home, Pennsbury Manor. Since then he has constructed
his own brewing system to demonstrate the brewing technology of the late seventeenth century. Using
this experience along with primary source material he gives us a view of the city’s earliest breweries.
Morris Arboretum Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Morris Arboretum Members: $15,