Hamms Brewery

The brewery’s history is almost synonymous with that of St. Paul.

In 1865, German immigrant Theodore Hamm became the owner of a small brewery overlooking Swede Hollow when the previous owner defaulted. Hamm had no experience in the trade, but his brewery grew over the next 20 years to cover 4 acres.

The family business stayed there for another century, overseen by three generations of Hamms and eventually a lovable mascot, the Hamm’s Bear.

The company went through a series of sales before landing under the auspices of Stroh’s, its final owner. Over the course of 30 years, Hamm’s and a string of neighboring employers vacated the East Side, including Whirlpool in 1984 and 3M in the latter half of the last decade. Hamms stopped production at the end of 1997.

Now, Flat Earth Holdings, LLC, the company better known as the Flat Earth Brewing Co., has signed a licensing agreement with St. Paul to locate in a portion of the old brewery site.

The company will move into buildings No. 7 and No. 8 in a long-vacant section of the Hamm’s Brewery off Minnehaha Avenue. Company president John Warner said he plans to occupy about 50,000 square feet.

“We’re not doubling our space,” said Warner, whose brewery now occupies a modest site by Pearson’s Candy on West Seventh Street. “We’re 14-timesing our space.”


Members: ToXiC & KMOA
Photos by: ToXiC w/ FujiFilm FinePix Z 8.0
March, 2008 Trip #1

Just some pictures I finally found. Might have to go in someday and do some before and after’s?



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  1. Big Moist
    January 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    A group I decided to go with had mapped out the area extensively before we headed out. The maps we gained ol=nline proved to be months out of date and numerous locations are now occupied. We had no success in entry. Everything was boarded and dates were on those boards. There was a number of generators hooked up to the building and porta-potties were set up. Use caution while attempting to access this location.

  2. Junkhead
    May 31, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    What does it look like now? Would you be interested in a meet? Live in the mnpls/stpaul area lemee know

  3. ZyK
    October 20, 2014 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    In 2012 (i think), renovation began on this building to turn it into a museum and parts of it will/have become active. As far as i know, parts of it are still accessible, but VERY risky. I never did get a chance to check it out, and I’m afraid I never will, without paying some sort of admission.

  4. Dani
    June 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    My roommate and I got into this building yesterday, broad daylight. There’s a police station literally across the street so be extremely visual upon arrival and departure. If you walk in by the sigh that says brewery and go to the right thr fence is broken down, if you follow that to the alley way that’s fenced off from the other side there is a board covering a hole in the wall, providing for very easy access. The building is pretty well trashed but still very interesting to see all the old machinery

  5. Tyler
    January 12, 2016 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    It is still accessible in 2016.You have to find small ways in..when your in its all yours just dont be too loud because of police station across street..

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