First Lager Beer in America

Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 2:00 P.M. at American and Poplar Sts. Philadelphia: We dedicated a Pennsylvania Historic City Marker to commemorating the First Lager Beer Brewed in the United States by John Wagner in 1840.

American Street was originally named for St. John's Church. When John Wagner brewed the nation's first lager beer the address was 455 St. John Street.

This stone street marker is visible on the west wall of the house on the corner of St. John and Poplar Sts.

In his role as colonial brewer, Rich Wagner calls the ceremonies to order and represents the memories of all the city's brewers; past, present and future.

Janet S. Klein, Chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission participated in the dedication ceremony.

Charlie Lieberman, retired Master Brewer, reads his poem "The Brewers Yeast" in honor of the occasion. Click here for an interview with Charlie.

See the program for the dedication ceremony



For More On This Story:

Hummel, George. "Craft Beer in Philadelphia, Historic Milestone." Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. Feb./March, 2002.

Lyke, Rick. "Business of Beer." Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. June/July, 2001.

Russell, Don. "A Heady Historic First for Philadelphia?" Phila. Daily News. Oct. 2, 1998.

Russell, Don. "A Thirsty First." Phila. Daily News. April 13, 2001.

Wagner, Rich. "District Philadelphia Sponsors Historical Plaque Commemorating First Lager Beer Brewed in U.S.A." The MBAA Communicator. Volume 52, No. 4. Dec., 2001.

Wagner, Rich. "Tracking a Legend." Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. June/July, 2000.


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