MI_Delta_Richter01-smRICHTER BREWERY
RECLAIMED ARCHITECTURAL DÉCOR CIRCA 1901

Artifacts from Escanaba’s first brewery

The beautiful Lofts on Ludington apartments and shoppes in downtown Escanaba started life as The Richter Brewery which was organized as a manufacturing enterprise in Escanaba on August 11, 1900. Brewing operations commenced in February with 15 employees and $17,000 in state-of-the-art brewing equipment.  The first beer was produced on April 23, 1901, with supplies going first to shareholders’ saloons followed by sample kegs going to “every saloon in the city”.

Prohibition marked a turn in the Richter Brewery’s fortunes, and the building and equipment were sold.

On Sept. 24, 1933, the richter Brewery became the delta Brewery, and the Escanaba Press  featured a multi-page congratulatory spread for the Delta Brewing Co., now offered in wooden kegs, steel kegs and bottles. A grand opening party at the brewery which featured free beer and sandwiches drew a crowd of 15,000 to town. The Delta Brewery went bankrupt in 1940.

The vintage handcrafted window sashes and storm windows from this Escanaba landmark were preserved and are now available for purchase. These pieces have been cleaned, the loose paint removed, and the “tight” paint and bare wood sealed with acrylic polyurethane. Some have original glass, some have iron pull rings, and some show vintage original repair work… all are works of art.

 

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