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After years of enjoying art and parties at The Brewery complex, LAist finally learned the history of The Brewery. From 1897 to 1948 it was the Los Angeles Brewery, making beer and other beverages (including an ill-fated pineapple juice). Brands included Eastside Bock and Brown Derby Beer, but the all-time best-seller was Eastside beer (pictured). During prohibition, the Los Angeles Brewery continued production, making a legal 2% beer and selling off the concentrated alcohol for "medicinal" purposes. The day prohibition ended, rows of keg-laden Los Angeles Brewery trucks were sent out to thirsty Angelenos at 12:01am with a speech by Walter Huston and christening by Jean Harlow. The party at the Brewery lasted all night, foreshadowing a tradition that continues to this day.

After being purchased by Pabst in 1948, Eastside Beer disappeared, and Pabst stopped brewing at the brewery in 1979. All this and more can be learned from RustyCans.com, where Eastside is the can of the month. And what a fine can it is.