Index to Gary Gillman Series on Prewar, Jewish-Owned Breweries in Central and Eastern Europe

Over the spring this year I did 15 posts, or essays I like to call them, on Jewish brewery ownership in Central and East Europe before 1939. Below I itemize them by date, so one can see at a glance the subjects covered.

The first and third set out significant historical and statistical background, in addition that is to the stories painted of individual breweries and their owners or families.

A range is included, from breweries in sizeable cities to village and estate breweries. In some cases the breweries still operate today, owned of course by others, which I discuss as well.

Together the links offer a good picture of Jewish participation in this sector, and its fate – devastation and annihilation – with the advent of World War II. Specifically, I refer to the Nazi persecution, in some cases preceded by Communist seizure of the plants and displacement of the private ownership.

In addition, I wrote 17 essays on non-Jewish breweries in Central/East Europe or aspects of brewing in general. These mostly pertain to prewar Poland, the former Polish Borderlands, and parts further east. This group describes English-style brewing in these areas, with special reference to porter.

The latter are collected in the post, “Index To Gary Gillman Series on Prewar Polish and Adjacent Brewing Including for English Beer Styles”. That writing both stands on its own and serves to complement the work collected in this post.

In its entirety, this material gives therefore both a picture of Jewish participation in prewar European brewing and the general context, or “beer scene”, in which it operated.

Note: A topic of this nature has a broad geographical scope. I dealt with selected breweries mainly in Poland, the former Polish Borderlands (today often Ukraine), and the former Russian Empire. I did not deal with Germany, Austria, Hungary, France, and former Czechoslovakia inter alia but the cases I considered are representative including, for the postwar Soviet bloc, where its regimes nationalized former Jewish breweries after the Nazis were defeated.

In Comments to the first post below, Engelhardt-Brauerei (Berlin-based) and Ottakringer (Vienna) are noted as examples for Germany and Austria of Jewish-owned breweries. I may revisit these, as well as other examples, but there were relatively few in the German lands, certainly.


Jewish Breweries in old Belarus, Part I, Pupko Brewery (April 2, 2021)

Jewish Breweries in old Belarus, Part II: Papiermeister Brewery (April 5, 2021)

Jewish Breweries in old Belarus, Part III, Side Trip to Galicia (April 6, 2021)

Jewish Breweries in old Belarus, Part IV,  the Beers of Indura (April 7, 2021)

“Epstein’s Brewery”, its Fate in Vilnius (April 8, 2021)

Jewish Breweries of old Kolymyja, Galicia, Part I, Brettler Brewery (April 24, 2021)

Jewish Breweries of old Kolymyja, Galicia, Part II, Brettler Brewery (April 29, 2021)

Jewish Breweries of old Kolymyja, Galicia, Part III, Stefan Weiss Brewery (April 30, 2021)

Teitel Brewery of Prewar Poland (May 4, 2021)

Rivne Brewery, Ukraine (May 14, 2021)

The Victoria Brewery of Przemysl (May 18, 2021)

Dr. Henryk Kolischer Brewery, Medenice (May 20, 2021)

The Brewery of Kalush (May 23, 2021)

Amalia Goldberg Brewery, Tarnopol (May 26, 2021)

Arc of the Jelen Brewery, Lublin (June 9, 2021)

[Note added November 13, 2021]. See also “Pictures From a Brewery” (November 12, 2021), my discussion of Asher Barash’s 1929 master-work,





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