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Sept. 10, 2004, 12:17AM
Fire destroys part of historic Pearl Brewery

Associated Press


SAN ANTONIO - An early-morning fire on Thursday destroyed part of the historic Pearl Brewery just north of downtown San Antonio.

The three-alarm blaze started about 2 a.m. in the former brewery's bottling plant, which dated back to the 1890s.

Firefighters subdued it within a few hours, but a hook-and-ladder crew was still spraying water on hot spots in the late morning.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was first spotted by a security guard.

Cause of the fire was not immediately known. Arson investigators will search for clues once the fire is extinguished.

Randy Jenkins, a fire department spokesman, said flames were shooting through the roof of the 40,000-square-foot structure by the time fire crews arrived at the scene.

Heat from the fire also ignited a smaller fire in the neighboring brewhouse, a gold-domed landmark along the San Antonio River that is being redeveloped.

Jenkins said a precise assessment of damage to the brewhouse wasn't available midday Thursday, but he said it looked to be limited to one or two rooms.

The Pearl Brewery, one of the state's largest, was closed in 2001 after more than a century of operation.

The Pabst Brewing Co., which had owned Pearl, used the brewhouse as its corporate offices until its sale to a local development group in 2002. The fire was the second at the brewery in the past year. The previous fire, caused by a welding spark in early November, caused little damage inside the brewhouse
 

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The Shame of it all.......

alas........not the Pearl Brewery.......sheesh :brew:

I'm going to wear black for the next few weeks.....I encourage everyone else to wear black too....Except for Lord Gareth.....he should have to wear pick, or fuscia........:rotfl:

a great Texas landmark........:cheers:
 

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Stopped there a few times

On the way back from Sabinal after a weekend of working on the property or camping or hunting. Had a few cold ones as fresh as possible.
 

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I knew the owners son way back in the day. He went to school with my older sister. They were good people back in the day, I am sure they still are. (Pearl Brewery ppl that is) Dont know about the ppl that bought them out before they closed this plant down.
 

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The best job I ever had was as a summer relief driver for the local Pearl distributer in '75 and '76. $400 / month and $.06 / case commission. Great bucks back then. A minor drawback was that one weekend a month, you had to be around on Saturday for dock sales as well as collecting aluminium cans. The upside was that the owner would give you a C-note to go out and promote Pearl Beer. I was a popular guy one weekend a month. Another upside was when we went back for classes, we got a "deal" when we would have keggers. Life was indeed good.

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