Although it’s just the remains of the structure it’s still possible to visit the oldest brewery in Texas. The ruins of the historic Kriesche Brewery are located in the Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites (a state park), in La Grange, Texas.
Founded by German immigrant Heinrich Kreische, the brewery began brewing beer in the 1860’s. Originally a stonemason Kreische built an elaborate system of tunnels for his brewery, which sat on a spring fed creek. This allowed him to cool the fermenting room to temperatures as low as 40 degrees Farenheit. Pretty impressive considering electricity had yet to be invented. Along with the brewery he had his family home, a biergarten, and a dance floor. It must have been quite the place to visit in the 1860’s.
This video from The Daytripper takes a great look at the complex.
We highly recommend a trip to La Grange and the Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites. Admittance to the park is free of charge.
Editor’s Note: The La Grange area along the Colorado River did receive dramatic flooding the week of August 28th, 2017. It may be best to wait until mid-September to visit the area and the park.