American Brewing Association

There are several great accounts of brewing in Houston (probably the best one thus far is Ronnie Crocker’s Houston Beer), and all make mention of the American Brewing Association, which sat right here where our Academic Building now resides.

The American Brewing Association was founded here in 1894 by Adolphus Busch (yes, of Anheuser Busch), and made beer until Prohibition took effect in 1920. Busch bought the land, which sat right next to the railroad tracks, for $18,000 from the McGowan brothers.

Now, after Prohibition took effect and the building was razed, many forgot all about the brewery, but in 1996, when preparing the ground for the new Academic building, land use studies revealed that there had once been a brewery on site.

Taken from “American Brewing Association” Houstorian Blog . Accessed August 18, 2015. Access:

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