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At 22, having completed a brewer apprenticeship, Henry Weinhard left a small town in Southern Germany to immigrate to the United States. Weinhard arrived in the Pacific Northwest via the Columbia River in 1856 and quickly secured a position as a Brewmaster at Vancouver Brewery. Soon after, he bought the brewery along with two others.
Weinhard’s beer empire grew rapidly. As he shipped beer up and down the West Coast and internationally, his name becoming synonymous with beer. A philanthropist to his beloved Portland, he offered to connect Skidmore Fountain to his brewery to supply the working men of Portland with free beer. Sadly his generous offer never came to fruition.
Watch the Oregon Experience Documentary “Beervana” to learn more about how beer culture has evolved in Portland.