A 1938 plat, floor plans and sections for the brewery and bottling complex of the Boston Beer Company in South Boston. At the time the Company was the oldest operating brewery in the United States.
The plat and plans depict the Boston Beer Company premises sprawling across two South Boston blocks bounded by Bolton, D, West First and E Streets. The plat depicts the overall layout of the complex, with a table at upper right listing each building, its height and mode of construction. The main brewing and bottling facilities are between Bolton and West Second, with those across the street consisting primarily of the boilers and storage sheds. The other eight sheets include six floor plans for the brewing and bottling facilities as well as two cross-sections. The material is very detailed, and there is much valuable information for scholars and collectors of early 20th-century breweriana.
The Boston Beer Company was established in 1828 and operated at this site from at least 1845 until the Company’s closure in 1957 after being sold the previous year to the Jamaica Plain-based Haffenreffer Brewery. The Library of Congress holds a number of photographs of the complex, taken in the 1960s or later. In 1984 the Boston Beer Company name was revived, and its Sam Adams lager, brewed in Jamaica Plain rather than South Boston, helped catalyze the contemporary craze for craft beers.