Today is the birthday of John Friedrich Wiessner (April 5, 1859-September 21, 1906). He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and learned the brewing trade there, before moving to New York to work at the George Ringler Brewery for a time. In 1863, he returned to Baltimore to found his own brewery, first known as the John F. Wiessner Brewery, and after his sons joined him in the business in 1891, it was renamed the John F. Wiessner & Sons Brewing Co., which it remained until closed by prohibition in 1920. It reopened after repeal in 1933 as the American Brewery until closing for good in 1973.
And this obituary is from the American Brewers Journal:
Baltimore History Bits has a short history of the brewery, and cartoonist from California, Chendi Xu, created a short comic about the history of Wiessner’s brewery, although she claims he went to Bavaria to learn brewing and came back from there rather than New York. There’s also a pdf online with a history of the brewery from a breweriana perspective by David Hagberg.