Brewers’ Row: The Beer Barons of Bushwick at The Evergreens Cemetery - Atlas Obscura
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Brewers’ Row: The Beer Barons of Bushwick at The Evergreens Cemetery

Come explore the unique brewing history and culture of Brooklyn’s German immigrant brewers at The Evergreens Cemetery, the final resting place of several notable beer barons.

Brooklyn was the center of the American brewing industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and Bushwick formed the heart of this thriving industry, with more breweries than any other part of Brooklyn.

On this tour, we'll learn about the lives of these beer barons as we walk down "Brewers’ Row," where several notable beer barons are entombed in lavish mausoleums. We will learn about a brewer whose elaborate Egyptian Revival mausoleum was inspired by the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922, and hear the tale of a successful brewer whose business survived prohibition, only to be destroyed by labor unrest. We will visit the grave of the owners of a "mom-and-pop" brewery whose famous nearby mansion is now a designated City Landmark, and speculate about the mysterious death of a brewer who may have been the victim of a serial arsonist.

The tour will be led by James Henry, tour guide at The Evergreens. Following the tour we will gather for a beer tasting (with beverages provided by Brooklyn Brewery) and make a toast to the rich legacy of the beer barons of Bushwick.


  • Please arrive on time, our tours begin promptly at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • This tour will run rain or shine.


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