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Spearman Brewery …

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The next several posts are new and were not on the old site.  This is a photo of Spearman Brewery that my father made.  The brewery was located on Barrancas Avenue, just down from Government Street.  I do not know any of the history of the plant / beer, but would be interested in hearing some.  Note how the top of the main building flares out at the top.  That is something that you seldom see in building construction today.  When the building was torn down, the steel framing was left in place for years and was left there for what seems to be 10 or 20 years.  I can remember the steel frames up in the 1970’s and some of the 80’s when I used to go down to Coast Photo further down Barrancas.  I am interested if anyone has any comments on this photo … I will have to add this to my list of places to look up when I go back down to the Pensacola Historical Society.  Thanks for looking.

Written by Frank Hardy

June 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

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  1. I was born on K st in 1942. I can remember the smell of the hops being roasted. Think back I guess that what they were doing because it make the entire area smell. They sold some of the beer at ice house next door. It was bad stuff. I was only about 14 or 15 when we used to “hijack” some from the coolers. They also had a small building where they sold draft beer. It was much easier to obtain than the cans or bottles. But it was very bad beer. Trust me

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    Claude Gillette

    January 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    • Thanks for the comment Claude … I never tasted any Spearman beer or ale. I have seen several cans for sale on Ebay over the years, but the people selling the cans always wanted fifteen dollars and up. I might have bought a can if it was a dollar or two. However, it seems that a lot of people think that what they are trying to sell is very valuable when in reality it is not. The photo that I have posted is a photo that someone else had taken and wanted some copies for friends. I copied it 35 or 40 years ago and just saved the negative, so I have no idea who brought it to me or my father. Thanks again … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      February 28, 2016 at 10:23 am

  2. I grew up in Pensacola from birth (1965) to 1987, when I moved away. My mother used to go to school with one of “the Spearman boys” and I, too was used to seeing the old rusty I beams of the torn-down plant on Barrancas.

    I am a homebrewer today and have been looking in vain for anyone who might have any of the old recipes from the Spearman Brewery, as I’d love to re-create some beers from before the dumbing down and consolidation of the beer industry in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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    Charles Mumford

    January 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    • Charles … I do not really know what to tell you. You could maybe check with this local bar / brewer down at Seville Square. I think their name is something like The Pensacola Bay Brewery … someone down at this local brewery might have some information. I am sure it would be out there somewhere. You could maybe try down at the Pensacola Historical Society, they have a lot of various information on businesses that were here and now are gone. Let me know how this goes for you. Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      January 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  3. I remember going with my Dad to pick up beer at the Spearman Brewery sometime in the mid-1940’s. He had a small bar out on Davis Hwy. The last time I noticed a church was on Davis in place of the bar. Thanks for the memories, I grew up in Escambia county and went to school in Pensacola. I am now retired and raising a second family in Cebu City, Philippines.

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    Merriel Sanders

    August 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

    • Thanks for commenting on Spearman Brewery … I thought that I might receive a lot of comments on the place, but you have been the only one so far. Good luck and thanks again … this world has really gotten smaller … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      • I have just recently learned of Spearman Brewery at my mother’s 90th birthday party. Her uncle owned the brewery. I was surfing to find some of the literature on it for her when I saw your photo. Thanks for posting it, she will love seeing it again.

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        L. Martin

        September 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      • I wish I had other photos of the brewery … If anyone has any, please let me hear from you … Thanks for the comment. Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      • I wish I had other photos of the brewery … If anyone has any, please let me hear from you … Thanks for the comment. Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm


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