The Pearl Timeline

Original Brewery Founded 1881

Original brewery founded as the J. B. Behloradsky Brewery and the City Brewery.

San Antonio Brewing Association 1883

An investment group made up of local businessmen already involved in brewing form San Antonio Brewing Association on the site.

The Beer called Pearl 1886

First bottles and wooden kegs of the beer called Pearl rolled of the line and into the local tap rooms.

Koehler takes the Helm 1902

Otto Koehler takes the helm of the Brewery and begins to grow brewery from micro-brew to national player.

The Largest Brewery in Texas 1916

Production reaches over 110,000 barrels per year under the leadership of Emma Koehler – San Antonio Brewing Association becomes the largest brewery in Texas, outpacing Lone Star.

Prohibition 1919

Brewery name is changed to Alamo Industries by Emma Koehler – production shifts to near beer, bottling soft drinks, dry cleaning and ice cream.

Prohibition Ends 1933

Midnight of September 15, 1933 – within minutes of prohibition ending, 100 trucks and 25 railroad boxcars loaded with beer roll out of the brewery grounds.

Pearl Brewing Company 1952

San Antonio Brewing Association changes its name to Pearl Brewing Company.

Full Goods Opens 1970

Full Goods building opens as logistics hub sending "full goods" – full bottles of beer out on trucks and trains.

Pabst Takes Over 1985

Pabst Brewing Company (PBC) takes over operations at Pearl.

PBC Shut Down 2001

Pabst closes operations at Pearl Brewing Company.

Silver Ventures 2001

Silver Ventures purchases 22-acre property.

Our first Tenant 2006

Aveda Institute opens its doors as first Pearl tenant.

Melissa Guerra 2008

Melissa Guerra Tienda de Cocina opens at Pearl.

Continued Growth 2009

River North expansion launches, Il Sogno and Sandbar open.

Farmers Market 2009

First year-round farmers market in the region opens at Pearl. Pearl Farmers Market is a true producers market featuring local produce from family-owned farmers from a 150-mile radius. The market changes every Saturday with new produce, live music and ever-expanding offerings for eating on site such as chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos and ice cream.

CIA 2010

The Culinary Institute of America opens San Antonio campus.

The Park at Pearl 2011

The Park at Pearl opens.

SA Bike Share 2011

B-cycle launches in San Antonio with a busy station at Pearl.