The Emma Hotel was originally Pearl’s Brewhouse, built in 1894 and a San Antonio landmark ever since. The hotel is named in honor of Emma Koehler, a towering figure in Pearl history. Emma ran the brewery after her husband and Pearl president Otto Koehler died in 1914. She was an ingenious CEO who kept the brewery going during Prohibition by converting operations to dry cleaning and auto repair, and making near beer, ice cream and soda. While other breweries were shutting down, Emma kept her entire workforce employed. She turned over control of the company to a nephew in 1933, but was a formidable presence at the brewery until her death in 1947.
Tucked away in the old fermenting cellars, LARDER at Hotel Emma carries local groceries, fine provisions, wine, beer, baked goods, flowers, house-butchered meats and freshly-prepared foods to eat in or take out. It’s a South Texas food store with a hint of Euro-sophistication where hotel guests and locals alike can stock up on life’s culinary luxuries or simply enjoy a glass of wine in the Brewmeisters alley at the end of the day.
The shelves at LARDER are stocked with plenty of wondrous and diverse foodstuffs, inspiring cookbooks and kitchenware you are unlikely to find anywhere else in town. Browse, sample, eat, drink, shop, savor and pick up our Fiery Sweet Mesquite to take home!
Nicki Praiswater is co-founder and co-owner of Lone Star Bee Company alongside her life-partner, Mark Crippen. Together, they both enjoy beekeeping, traveling and eating great foods.