First Brewery in New Jersey


16th century brewery hoboken - First Brewery in New JerseyDespite what you might read elsewhere, the first brewery in NJ, run by Aert Teunissen Van Putten in 1641, was NOT the first brewery in our nation.

Almost 30 years prior to that, Adrian Block & Hans Christiansen established the first known brewery in the country on the southern tip of New Amsterdam (now Manhattan).

Speaking of “Hoboken Firsts”, I’m sure many Hoboken residents already have enjoyed Jim Hans’ great book called 100 Hoboken Firsts.

For newcomers to town, or folks that haven’t had an opportunity to pick up this fun coffee-table book, you might be interested in buying one. The book, published by the Hoboken Historical Museum, makes a great addition to your library or as a stocking stuffer gift this holiday season.

From 100 Hoboken Firsts:

“It is fitting – with Hoboken’s long reputation as a German Saloon/beer garden town – that New Jersey’s first brewery was built here in 1641. Starting on January 1, 1641, Hoboken was leased to Dutchman Aert Teunissen Van Putten for twelve years. He cleared the land, fenced the fields and constructed a brew house, becoming the state’s first brewer.

The Hoboken brewery was confirmed by documents later procured in Holland by John Romeyn Brodhead for his 1865 book “Documents Relative to the (Colonial) History of the State of New York“.

It is fairly certain that the Hoboken brewery was not located on Castle Point, as some claims have stated. There is no indication or mention of that area being built upon until after 1767. At that time the estate of William Bayard, owner of Hoboken, was located near the ferry landing.”

Find out more about Hoboken specifically (other than the played out baseball & Frank Sinatra references), such as the first steam railroad, first school kindergarten, first woman around the world, the first prohibition and much more!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007 10:29 am

[quote comment=”53486″]Mile Square made a series of very good beers in the mid to late 1990s. They were in the old Maxwell House site.[/quote]

I remember that…but I don’t think the beer was that good. That and Red Hook…two pretty overrated local brewpubs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:20 am

Mile Square made a series of very good beers in the mid to late 1990s. They were in the old Maxwell House site.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:11 am
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:05 am

When is someone going to open a brew pub in Hoboken. We have everything else, it’s time for our own beer.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 2:55 pm

And ironically Jan 1, 1641 also was the last time everyone got a good nights sleep in Hoboken. Thanks Mr. Van Putten!

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