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MONUMENT HILL

The Kreische Brewery Ruins
& The Kreische Homestead

La Grange, Texas

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Brewery ruins
The Kreische Brewery ruins
2000, heskco.com
Historical Marker Text

KREISCHE COMPLEX

German immigrant Heinrich Kreische (1821-1882) purchased nearly 175 acres of property in Fayette County in 1849. A stonemason by trade, he built a house, barn and smokehouse here on the high south bluff above the Colorado River. In the 1860s, Kreische began brewing Bluff Beer near his homesite. Situated on the spring-fed creek, the brewery included an elaborate tunnel system to provide temperature control for the brewing process. Bluff Beer was sold throughout Central Texas and was produced until 1884, two years after Kreische died in a work-related accident. The Kreische complex stands as a reminder of German heritage and culture in this region of the state.
Monument Hill Tx - Kreische Complex Marker
Kreische Complex Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Monument Hill Tx - Kreische House
Kreische House
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Monument Hill Tx - Kreische Out Building
Kreische Smokehouse
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The Kreische house
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The Kreische family smokehouse
2000, heskco.com
Small shed on the grounds
2000, heskco.com
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