A Brewery Timeline
1871: Rudolf Haffenreffer, a German immigrant, opens a small brewery near the Stony Brook in Jamaica Plain. During its peak years, the Haffenreffer Brewery employs 250 workers and brews half a million barrels of beer per year.
1950s: Under the pressure of competition from large
national companies, production begins to decline.
1965: Brewing ceases. The Haffenreffer Brewery remains largely unoccupied except for a few squatters and a moving company.
1977: JPNDC founded.
1978: JPNDC takes out an option to buy the Brewery and begins to raise funds for acquisition and renovation. Trees are growing from the foundation, ceilings and walls are crumbling due to fire and neglect, and graffiti covers every building.
1982: The Haffenreffer Brewery is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
1983: The JPNDC purchases the Brewery to revitalize the neighborhood and support the development of successful small businesses.
1985: The brand-new Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, rents space at the Brewery for local distribution; two years later, it begins to brew specialty beers on site.
1992: The Boston Globe features the Brewery Small Business Complex as part of its series "Saving the Cities: What Works."
2002: 800 people attend the JPNDCís 25th anniversary celebration at the Brewery.
2003: JPNDC launches renovations of the "Main Block" at the Brewery, to result in the opening of 40,000 square feet of previously unimproved space.
2006: The Brewery creates a new face with the opening of the Amory Street entrance, where new tenants Mikeís Fitness, the Tony Williams Dance Center, Women in the Building Trades and others bring new or expanded services to JP residents.
2008: Phase 2 of Main Block renovations begin, to result in the anticipated 2009. Opening of the relocated "Bella Luna Restaurant" + "Pandamonium" a children's entertainment center and play space.