Peter Hand Brewing Co., est. 1891

Peter Hand Old Chicago and Old German Beer

Museum Artifacts: Peter Hand “Old Chicago” Dark Beer & “Old German” Style Beer Cans, c. 1970

Made By: Peter Hand Brewing Co., 1000 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL [Near North Side]

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10 thoughts on “Peter Hand Brewing Co., est. 1891

  1. I have one over the original beer crates makered Peter hand Brewing Company Chicago il and it in excellent condition for its age. If any one wants to buy it let me know

  2. Hello, I have a remarkably pristine cardboard coaster with brown ink.
    Peter Hand’s Reserve…Beer since 1891
    Peter Hand Brewery Co.,Chicago, ILL.
    Has a shield with a hand uplifting the letter P
    and crossed branched below the shield I’d like to sell.

  3. I have a Peter Hand beverage company bottle that was hand blown and has a hand applied top. It has the word root on the bottom of the bottle, does that mean it contained root beer? Thank you in advance for any answers.

  4. I have a Peter Hand “Reserve Beer” Globe Bar Lamp
    Dimensions: 20 inches high
    5 inches at base
    7 inch diameter globe

    I can’t seem to find anything on this!

  5. Why does it seem that no one ever talks about the devistating Peter Hand Brewery fire. I remember answering the phone call that told us there was a fire and my father was burned badly in it. My father is still alive still carrying the scars, and the trauma of the event.
    The man responsible for the fire felt so much remorse, after he came to see my father in the hospital, he took his own life and committed suicide because he was told my father would not survive. A senseless death, my father did survive. That fire was the real ending of the Peter Hand Brewery.

    1. Hi David,

      Longshot that you’ll see this, but I’m doing some research into people who worked on the Clybourn Industrial Corridor and I’d love to hear more about the fire and your father’s experience at Peter Hand if you’re willing to get in touch!

      You can reach me at

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