Another small brewery that sprang into operation during the 1850s was the Portage Brewery, built by Nicholas Baumann along the west side of Winsted Street (since absorbed by a parking lot) at what was then known as the “lower end of Portage Street” near the intersection of Portage and Lovell. Baumann, who would later join George Foegele’s Kalamazoo Spring Brewery, arrived in Kalamazoo in 1855 from New York’s Allegheny Mountains, and began working in a boarding house. A year later, he built the Portage Brewery and managed it for four years until the early spring of 1859, when an argument with one Peter Herboldsheimer resulted in Baumann being severely scalded with a bucketful of hot beer. Herboldsheimer was sentenced to 40 days in jail for the incident, while Baumann turned his operation over to Sesemann & Co. as he recovered from his injuries.
Breweries of Early Kalamazoo (1837-1915)
Dirk Herboldsheimer Ross