Pearl Brewery goes all the way back to 1883 in San Antonio, Texas. Originally called J. B. Behloradsky Brewery and The City Brewery, a group of local businessmen purchased the brewery, along with Lone Star Brewing Company, to form the San Antonio Brewing Company.
Pearl beer was originally formulated and produced in Germany. In 1886, Pearl Beer, delivered in barrels, began to flow from the taps, until Prohibition was enacted in 1919. Emily Koehler, the owner at the time, vowed to not let Prohibition close the brewery. She changed the name, again, to Alamo Industries, and began to make a “near beer” that would follow Prohibition laws. The near-beer, called La Perla (the pearl in Spanish), helped retain some customers, but to help the bottom line, the company also ran a small automotive repair shop, ice cream, ice, and others. Combined, these helped to keep the company afloat until the end of Prohibition in 1933.
Pabst Brewing Company took over Pearl until hard times forced the company to close all of their breweries, including Pearl, in 2001. In 2002, Silver Ventures purchased the brewery and the 23 acres it sits on. With it’s proximity to the River Walk, the Pearl Brewery now boasts an indoor Farmer’s Market, shopping, restaurants, a hotel, a water park, and much more.
Headquarters for Pearl Brewing Company are still located in San Antonio, Texas.