Mark poses for scale in the natural section of the cave. It appears to have been created by erosion, where water following the natural fault (crack above) washed the sandstone below away, thereby creating a dead space. The stone doorway appeared to be original.
A small upper level was accessible via ladder through the hole in this ceiling. Ben for scale.
300 tea lights illuminate what Greg Brick calls the Rotunda, under the brew house proper, which was part of Christopher Stahlmann’s natural cave.
Looking out of the biggest cave into the shell of the burned brewery, almost 125 years after it was destroyed by fire.
In the far back of the cellars there are some old bottles. This arch shows an old entrance to the cellars, now collapsed.
The left cave is the largest of the three, and shows the most evidence of expansion.
I loved to spend time in the Hamm’s caves in my teen years. It was cold, wet, but it felt familiar and had its share of surprises.