George Ringler and Company

Lager Beer Brewers ,New York, 1872-1924

A Picture Tour of a 19th Century Brewery

Notice - the New Haven, Connecticut, Ringler Ale Brewery was only open for a couple of years -
as Lagers became America's overwhelming favorite!

A Picture Tour of a 19th Century Brewery


My great grand father, Justin August Ringler's brother George came to this country in 1858. He founded his brewery in 1872. By 1879 it was New York's seventh largest brewery and the 19th largest in the US (65,658 barrels). Its location was from East Ninetieth to East Ninety-second Street in New York City, in the very heart of Manhattan's once flourishing brewery district. Immediate neighbors included such lager beer giants as Jacob Ruppert and George Ehret (owner of the "The Hell Gate Brewery"-America's largest brewery at that time -180,152 barrels). In 1900 Ringler's was New York's third largest brewery with Ehret's the largest and Ruppert's the second largest. George Ringler died 1889. The company was carried on by his brothers Frederick and August (Justin) as president and management with his son William.  The company carried his name until it closed. George Ringler and Company survived the first few years of Prohibition by making near beer, but this proved to be a short-lived success, and the brewery ceased operations in the early 1920s after 48 years. Other components kept the Ringler company alive and successful. My father (Justin) ran the company till the mid 1980s.

Beer in 1879

2,520 breweries were operating in the U.S. in 1879. The beer production of U.S. breweries totaled 10,848,194 barrels (31 gallons per barrel) for the year ending May 1, 1879. Today, Anheuser-Busch alone produces more than eight-times that amount. New York, with 365 breweries, was the largest beer-producing state in 1879. New York City supported about 75 breweries. Pennsylvania was the second largest beer-producing state with 317 breweries. The only states/territories which did not have at least one operating brewery in 1879 were Florida, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. In 1879, the nation's largest brewery  made only about 1.5 percent of the country's beer. Today, the largest brewer (Anheuser-Busch) makes more than 50 percent of the beer brewed in America.














George Ringler

In 1900, it was upstairs for a 5 cent shave or downstairs for a 5 cent Ringler's Extra at O'Rourke's

William Ringler
(Georges' son)

August (Justin) Ringler
(my great-grandfather)

Ringler brothers enjoying beer -
Frederick (FA), John, August (Justin) and George.

Justin Schiess (my father)

F.A. Ringler - who managed the company from 1889 - 1921

100+ year old Ringler sign that will be placed in the new George Ringler and Co. Brewery in Indiana

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Pictures and Information from the New York Historical Society

News!- (January 17, 2017)

Family’s NYC pre-prohibition brewery to be resurrected in Brownsburg, IN.  

The George Ringler and Company Brewing originated in 1872 and grew to become one of New York City’s and the country’s largest breweries. The brewery was run by relatives of Mark Schiess till prohibition and then the company survived under the leadership of Mark’s father Justin Schiess through the early 1980s. Mark is a resident or Danville, Indiana who moved his business to Brownsburg after retirement with the thoughts or opening up a brewpub there.  

The brewpub plans to be a beer centric and pre-Prohibition inspired community friendly pub. Besides American craft brews there will be an emphasis on pre-Prohibition beer styles  in addition to Belgian, UK and other European styles (four corners concept). Food – American pub, upscale American, Midwest and some German fare. 

The brewpubs original thoughts were to cater to the city’s motor-sports interests. With the loss of an interested partner the plan shifted from a production facility to brewpub restaurant. The brewery had already run through USPTO trademarks of “Crankshaft”, “Restart”, and “Green Flag” Brewing Companies. While “No Brakes” brewing is now in Submission, the name “George Ringler and Company” is also and is the favored name. The pub is being re-designed now.


© Mark P. Schiess, Sept. 1, 2003