Essex County

Hofer Brewery

The Hofer Brewery was established in LaSalle in 1927, and architects Sheppard & Masson designed the brewery building on Front Road shortly after.

The brewery was founded by the former Mayor of LaSalle Vital Benoit, and the brewery was created for the sole purpose of brewing beer for “export”. During the boom years of Prohibition, the brewery was cranking out 4,500 bottles of beer a day.

Following prohibition the smaller breweries could no longer compete with the big breweries that reopened, and the Hofer was one of those victims, closing its doors in 1939.

Brewmaster Joseph Hofer found work after this however, becoming the brewmaster of the Pfieffer Brewery in Flint, MI in the early 1940’s.
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