Connecticut Red

Augustiner Brewery, Landsberger Str., Munich

Following Carl Weese’s blog(s) now for a quite a long time, I came to the (probably wrong) conclusion, that the red of bricks is at least a characteristic color for the Connecticut urban landscape, hence the title.

What you see in the picture is one of the buildings of Augustiner Brewery – which brews Munich’s best beer, as a big number of people is convinced of: Their market share of beer sold in bottles in Munich is an astronomic 60%! (Of course you can buy other hop-containing cold drinks of many other brands in cans, but the genuine folks of Munich still prefer true beer in bottles). An interesting fact is that this brewery does not intend to grow as the others did (and lost their beer’s character in that process): Augustiner even changed its company’s form into a foundation to defend it against a buy-out by one of the big corporations. And they still stick to their location next to Theresienwiese, the venue of the Octoberfest.


  1. Hi Markus, I can’t speak for Carl but I have found that different regions of the U.S. have different colored bricks. New England, where Carl is has a subdued red while the South, where I live has a more vibrant red/orange color. Out west they seem, to my eye, to have a darker red. Probably all to do with the local ingredients more than intentional.

  2. Brick construction was the standard for industrial buildings when New England was a manufacturing center—but that era has drawn to a close. There is a lot of color variation, even in this region. More so across the country. Yellow brick is quite common, along with a wide range of red shades. As James mentions, I expect this has more to do with available materials than a conscious aesthetic choice. Use of brick in residential construction is another whole thing. When I was growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s, a suburban house made of brick was a more or less sure bet to be the home of Italian-Americans.

  3. That’s really funny. I grew up not far from Carl, on Long Island (Oyster Bay). We had a large Italian-American community and we could tell their houses because of the lavish use of concrete.

    We were in Tuscany years ago and went on a walk guided by a brochure. We came to what was billed as the oldest wall in Italy. We got to the end and some concrete had fallen away, revealing a new brick wall. I immediately labeled it as bogus only to hear my wife read that they were the original bricks from centuries ago. They looked so modern.

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