Louis Hoster became one of the first brewers in Columbus in 1834. He founded the brewery at a dip in Front Street—a ravine from which an artesian well came and flowed down to the Scioto River.
By the late 1800s, there were three distinct areas of Columbus, Ohio’s German Village: the Brewery District Central Market and a new hotel—the Great Southern.
The electrified street car came in the 1890s and transformed American cities—giving rise to new neighborhoods usually located a mile or two away from the Downtown Coluumbus, Ohio.
After the United States got into World War I, Congress passed a law forbidding brewing, ostensibly as a war conservation measure. All breweries were shut down in 1917 include the five in the Brewery District in Columbus, Ohio’s German Village.