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This Week In Alexandria History–Portner Brewery Strike

On May 3, 1910, a strike at the Portner Brewery lasted less than a day when company officials gave in to worker demands for a shorter workday and an increase in pay. The new contract, however, reduced the number of glasses of free beer employees could have each day. (Source: Office of Historic Alexandria)

In 2012, descendants of the original Portner family reopened the business at Porner’s Brewhouse, a restaurant and bar in Alexandria’s West end.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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