History



The Hull Brewing Company Was Established In New Haven, Connecticut In 1872 By Colonel William H. Hull.  Colonel Hull Opened The Original Brewery At 4 Whiting Street Near Trumbull Street, Which Is Currently Part Of The I-91 Connector.  From Its Start The Brewery Was Renowned For Freshness And Quality, Making It The Beer Of Choice For All Newhavener’s Who Knew It Simply As “Hull’s”.

Business was booming at The Hull Brewing Company until the onset of Prohibition in 1920.  From 1920 to 1933, while most local breweries shut down, The Hull Brewing Company remained profitable largely by manufacturing ice and non-alcoholic malt beverages.  Shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, The Hull Brewing Company moved its operations to the old Fresenius Brewery, located at 820 Congress Avenue, where it remained until 1977.  Shortly after the move to Congress Avenue the brewery began canning beer, a relatively new technology at this point in time.  The use of cans helped to reduce distribution costs since cans weighed much less than bottles.  The original Hull’s cans, which prominently displayed Hull’s iconic scripted font, were silver, blue and red, and were used to distribute “Hull’s Cream Ale” and “Hull’s Lager Beer”.   Hull’s also continued to distribute their beer in bottles during this time as well.
In 1957, the instantly popular “Hull’s Export Beer” was introduced. The designation of “Export” was intended to highlight the fact that Hull’s quality was high enough to export to areas outside of New Haven. Additional notable products include Hull’s Light Beer, Dingle Bay Brand Cream Ale, Hull’s India Pale Ale and Hull’s Bock Beer.
Through 1977 Hull’s was enjoyed by Connecticut residents throughout the state, and even in Queens, New York. During its peak Hull’s was producing close to 150,000 barrels of beer annually (36 million 12-oz cans).