Bavarian Brewery

1816-1820 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky, Ohio


The original Malt house is what you see here.

Photo taken by birddog1148



Street View 


Written by birddog1148

I will add interesting info as I find more stuff out. This is private property so please no tresspassing.
Article written by: Rob Musson
This small brewery was three stories in height, and like many structures in the Sandusky area, was built of limestone, of which there was a natural abundance in the region. George Baier (also spelled Beier, Bier) was a Bavarian immigrant, born in 1821, who appears to have started brewing operations (and a small adjacent cooper shop) there in 1857. Two years later he formed a partnership with Prussian immigrant Charles T. Pusch (also spelled Bush). Although Pusch sold his interest to Baier after a fire damaged the brewery in 1866, it appears that Pusch continued to work in the rebuilt brewery for several years afterward.
In 1873, brewing operations were taken over by Nicholas Wagner, who then closed the plant for good one year later. The plant was later converted into a pickle factory, then a dairy, and more recently has been used for storage. The malt house of the plant remains standing to this day, and was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

I also heared there was a night crawler form in basement.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 20, 1982
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A - Event
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Manufacturing facility
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19th Century (37,058)
Built 1857 (337)
Built during 1850s (4,624)
Erie County, Ohio (182)
Have Street View (43,380)
Industrial building (1,154)
Limestone (8,192)
Ohio (5,106)
Private owner (54,396)
Sandusky MRA (90)
Sandusky, Ohio (118)

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2018: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • October 10, 2011: Essay added by birddog1148
  • October 10, 2011: New photos from birddog1148



Bavarian Brewery
Posted January 10, 2013, by David R. Witter Sr. (helmetdw [at] aol [dot] com)

The dairy that used this old brewery was Peoples Dairy Of Sandusky Ohio. My grandfather was Roy "Gipe" Steffenhagen. He was president and CEO. His Brother Allen Steffenhagen

treasurer. I can't remember what years the dairy was there. If you know , please contact me. Thank you.

David R. Witter Sr.