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Touring the Susquehanna Brewing Company

(Sampling the new Centennial brew with Fred Maier of SBC)

Cheers from the Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston.

I've been meaning to visit the new SBC ever since they started brewing beer earlier this year and Friday I finally got the chance.

Myself and a few friends got a personal tour of the facility from Fred Maier, the VP and co-founder of the brewery.

Not only does Fred understand every step of the brewing process, but he's an expert on local brewing history.  And it makes sense since his Great-great Grandfather was Charles Stegmaier, founder of the Stegmaier Brewery in Wilkes-Barre.

Part of the $10 million, 55,000 sq ft facility.

The SBC beer vats.  That's a lot of beer!

While we were there they were brewing the new Hop5 IPA, which will be available on tap before the end of the year.  Can't wait!

Here's what gives beer it's great flavor...the hops!  SBC buys only the best from the US and Europe.


This is where the beer is bottled.  Fred says when it's time to bottle, whoever is in the office jumps on the bottling line.  He says it's just like an episode of "I Love Lucy!"

A bit of history:  the original cart Charles Stegmaier used in 1857 to deliver beer in Wilkes-Barre.  It was pulled by a goat!

And now the best part of the tour...

...the sampling!!!

On tap:  Octoberfest, Centennial & Peach PumpkinBerry Ale.

The flagship brews:  Pils-Noir, Goldencold Lager & Stock Ale

If you're a fan of craft beer, a home brewer, or want to learn more about local beer history, you definitely need to take the SBC tour!

Tours are free and available Monday-Friday @ 3:00 & 5:00 and Saturday @ 2:00.  Private tours for larger groups are also available.

Susquehanna Brewing Company
635 South Main St.,
Pittston, PA 18640




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11/12/2012 6:44PM
Touring the Susquehanna Brewing Company
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