Pearl Brewery Growing

January 8, 2014 by Bexar Witness Staff

For fans of urban redevelopment and dense growth, it doesn’t get much better than the Pearl Brewery.

Originally founded in 1881, the sprawling brick buildings were at one time the largest brewery in Texas. Business there stayed afloat through Prohibition when its owners focused on “near beer” and bottling soft drinks.

Eventually the brewery changes hands and was run by Pabst, but Pabst shut down operations there in 2001. That’s when Silver Ventures purchased the 22-acre property and began transforming it.

Today, Pearl is home to retail, restaurants, bike share docks, a Culinary Institute of America campus, and a farmer’s market. Its redevelopment along sustainable lines has earned it LEED Gold certification. Pearl is also close to a flurry of activity on the Broadway corridor, as well as the Riverwalk, which is also expanding and getting renovations.

And it’s still growing. A Kimpton Hotel is slated to open this year in the former brewhouse. That project, called Hotel Pearl, will bring 146 luxury boutique hotel rooms to the project.

Also taking shape on the Pearl grounds is the Cellars and Bottling House. That project will include 102 residential units, some with adjoining work spaces. The new project will also include about 8,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

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