17 April 2013

Susquehanna Brewing - Southern Rye IPA Coming To Kegs

Here’s some exciting news coming out of our very own Susquehanna Brewing Co.  Just approved today we have a new kegged beer to be called Susquehanna Southern Rye IPA.  No details on release just yet, but it looks like this beer will be keg-only.  Stay tuned.

28 June 2012

Susquehanna Brewing - Pils Noir In The Tanks?


Based on this teaser photo from Jaime simply saying “First wort t the kettle looks good,” I think we may be seeing the first batch of Susquehanna Brewing Co Pils Noir hitting the tanks.  Get the pigtails ready Jaime!

08 June 2012

Susquehanna Brewing Co–Where YOU Can Find the Beers!

imageHere is the updated list of locations to feature Susquehanna Brewing Co. products!! Thank you for all your support!!

Aj's Soda Club Blakesly
Angelo's Restaurant and Pizza Wyoming
Anthracite Café Wilkes-Barre
Arena Bar and Grill Wilkes-Barre
Aurant's Duryea
B & S Distributors Mocanaqua
Backyard Ale House Scranton
Barley Creek Brewing Company Tannersville
Beer Boys Wilkes-Barre
Beer Super Wilkes-Barre
Billy B's Dunmore
Bo Brother's Wyoming
Bonanaza Beverage Dallas
Brew's Brothers Pittston
Brickhouse Dupont
Buca Del Vino & Ash by El Humidor Pittston
Chacko's Bowling Center Wilkes-Barre
Charlie B's Plains
Chicken Coop Wilkes-Barre
Cooper's Seafood House Pittston
Cooper's Seafood House Scranton
Donahues Frogtowne Grille Sybertsville
Dugan's Pub Dallas
Dundee Beverage Hanover Township
East Mountain Inn Plains Township
El Rincon Wilkes-Barre
Farley's Scranton
Flo Bar Jim Thorpe
Fox Hill Country Club Exeter
Gabriella’s (Drifters) Hughestown
Georgetown Deli Wilkes-Barre
Green Gables New Milford
Green Street Beverage Dunmore
Grotto Pizza Harvery's Lake
Grotto Pizza Kingston
Grotto Pizza Wilkes-Barre
Harringtons's Beer Distributors Scranton
Hayloft Lawton
Huntsville Golfcourse Lehman
Icehouse Pub Mountain Top
Italian Club Hudson
Jessup Plaza Beverage Center
Joey B's Palmerton
Keeley's Kingston
Kildare's Scranton
La Tolteca Wilkes-Barre
Lake Way Beverage Dallas
Limerck Honesdale
Lizza's Mezzo Mezzo Pittston
Lone Star Wilkes-Barre
Long Branch Saloon Equinunk
Lucky Lucianos Pocono Lake
Lucky's Sporthouse Wilkes-Barre
Mag’s Halftime Wilkes-Barre
Marinacci's Wyoming
Marvelous Muggs Scranton
MidTown Sports Bar Dupont
Mountain Beverage Plains
Murphy's Swoyersville
Original Pocono Pub Bartonsville
Pike's Creek Beverage Hunlock Creek
Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill Dickson City
Polish Club Hudson
Quality Beverage of NEPA Wilkes-Barre
Ramada Hotel on the Square Wilkes-Barre
Red Mill Pittston
Resort Beverage Company Tannersville
River Grille Plains
Riverside Cafe Wilkes-Barre
Ruby's Bar Lehighton
Rygiel's Pub Dupont
Sabatini's Pizza Exeter
Sand Spring Restaurant Mountainhome
Smokey Bones Wilkes-Barre
Sno Mountain Scranton
Stan's Café Wilkes-Barre
TGI Friday's Dickson City
TGI Friday's Wilkes-Barre
The Banshee Scranton
The Boulderview Tavern Lake Harmony
The Dog House Saloon Hawley
The Dough Company Wilkes-Barre
The Inn at Lackawaxen Lackawaxen
The Pour House Ashley
The Rec Room Swoyersville
The Town Tavern of Dureya
The V Spot Scranton
Tiffany's Tap and Grill Eynon
Tipsy Turtle Pittston
Tipsy Turtle Owen Street Pub Kingston
Tony's Pizzeria Pittston
VFW Kingston
VFW Old Fordge
Wychock's Mountain Top
Wychock's Wilkes-Barre
Wyoming Valley Beverage Edwardsville

09 May 2012

Susquehanna Brewing Co Goldencold Lager

We brought you the first look at the 12oz bottle labels for Susquehanna Brewing Co 6th Generation Stock Ale & Pils Noir (labels here)…and now today we have the 12oz bottle label for Goldencold Lager. This new brew uses Pilsner malt & Sauermalz as well as Czech & Bavarian hops for a classic German-style brew.

28 April 2012

Susquehanna Brewing Co 12oz Bottles–Pils Noir & 6th Generation Stock Ale

I brought you the plain keg labels for these Susquehanna Brewing Co’s new beers. Then we brought you news of the bottling line…so guess what? Today we have two of the first three bottle labels in Pils Noir & 6th generation Stock Ale. Pils Noir is a classic pilsner using SBC’s husk-free milling process. This is a dark interpretation of a Czech Pilsner using a triple decoction mash. 6th Generation Stock Ale celebrates the 6 generations of Stegmaier family brewing. It uses Muntons malts and Oregon hops and a final hopjack injection, to deliver their “signature hop flavor.” These are both 12oz bottle packages and it’s nice to see SBC start with a Lager AND an Ale.

26 April 2012

Susquehanna Brewing Co - The Bottling Line Has Arrived

Here’s your first look at the bottling line as it arrived today @ Susquehanna Brewing Co in Pittston, PA. For this asking if they would be bottling their beer….I’d say that’s a “yes.”

25 April 2012

Susquehanna Brewing Co–Goldencold Lager, 6th Generation Stock Ale & Pils-Noir

Here are the first three beer names (releases) coming from our very own Susquehanna Brewing Co. These are keg labels and still fairly plain, but we do now have some idea what the first three beers they release will be. I’ve seen mention of Goldencold Lager on Facebook so that’s no surprise. Up next is 6th Generation Stock Ale (celebration 6 generations of the Maier family in brewing) and finally Pils-Noir…perhaps a dark pilsner? Stay tuned for details!

18 November 2011

Susquehanna Brewing Co - Jaime Jurado

Just in case you missed our announcement on the Friday BeerBuzz this morning...I’m excited to be the first to report that effective Jan 1st 2012, Jaime Jurado will join our very own Susquehanna Brewing Co as their Operations Partner and Master Brewer. Jaime comes to us from the Gambrinus family of breweries (Shiner, Bridgeport, Trumer…) so he brings with him a wealth of brewing & brewery operations experience, and I’m very happy to see him join the SBC team. For those just catching up Here’s my original story about Susquehanna Brewing from Feb 2011 and their latest update from Oct. Please join me in welcoming Jaime to our Northeastern PA craft beer community. I look forward to following along as SBC progress and as their beers become available. Congratulations & welcome Jaime!

And now the official press release from Mallory Nobile:

Contact: Mallory Nobile
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator
Telephone: 570-654-3557
Cell Phone: 570-510-7247
Email: mallorynobile@sbcbeer.com

Susquehanna Brewing Company is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2012, its Operations Partner and Master Brewer, Jaime Jurado, will be returning to the Wyoming Valley. He left in 1990 when he assumed a management position in a European brewery. Currently based in San Antonio, Texas, Jurado has served as the Director of Brewing Operations for The Gambrinus Company breweries since early 1997. The Gambrinus Company, the 6th largest beer company in the U.S., is composed of Spoetzl Brewery (with its iconic Shiner Bock) in Shiner, Texas, Bridgeport Brewing Company of Portland, Oregon (with groundbreaking IPA), and Trumer Brauerei of Berkeley, California (and its storied Trumer Pils). Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC), like The Gambrinus Company, is a family-owned company. Owners, Ed Maier, Fred Maier and Mark Nobile have respected the Chairman of The Gambrinus Company for decades. “Gambrinus brews outstanding and varied beers across a broad portfolio, and the creativity, passion and pursuit of excellence is evident in what it has accomplished. We’ve known Jaime for years, and have seen how he has grown and gained impressive depth, which is attributable to The Gambrinus Company. Jaime comes with best wishes of Gambrinus, and no hurdles, “notes SBC President Ed Maier. SBC represents a new direction in the exciting trajectory of American craft brewing. Founded by the former beer distributors of United Beverage in Pittston, PA, with a rich history of significant regional breweries in one family, as well as a multi-generation beer distribution enterprise in the other, this is the first successful beer distribution company to take up brewing… but being from brewing across generations, there already exists hand’s-on experience from running a regional brewery in the organization in its President. “Jaime has been immersed in technical brewing management since 1983, having trained in Bavaria, with a successful academic career relevant to brewing in chemical engineering, electrical engineering (M.S. Wilkes University), as well as three years postgraduate research at Oxford University while continuing with his work at a respected British brewery,” notes brewery executive Fred Maier. Jurado also worked at a national brewing company, in the Irish brewing industry, and in Rajasthan, India. Aware that larger breweries enjoy scale to justify energy conserving technologies, the owners of SBC have invested in unique technologies (including the first new-brewhouse installation of PDX wort boiling) based on energy footprint reduction principles. As owner Mark Nobile shares, “we see what the Gambrinus breweries, Yuengling Brewery, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and the largest national breweries have accomplished and continue to deliver on, and we’re excited that we will be carrying the ball along also, in support of these important objectives but from the perspective of a smaller scale regional brewery with different economics as drivers yet with our determination to brew superlative beers…Jaime pointed us to our key brewing and packaging hardware vendors.” The senior engineer advising the enterprise, Kevin Smith, P.E. of Highland Associates, has a long track record of sophisticated engineering projects across an international horizon and has led the conversion of the state-of-art beer distribution warehouse to transform into a brewery, coordinating with suppliers including BrauKon, Moravek, M+F, PRO Engineering, Buhler, JVNorthwest, Miura, Hümmer, Atlas Copco, Pursuit Dynamics, and K2Mechanical. Local technical specialists Apollo Group, Inc. and A. Pickett Construction Inc. have provided necessary civil and electrical services for the brewery and the $6 million investment of the Nobile and Maier partners into the 11-acre site and its large specialized built space which previously served efficiently as their beer distribution center. The Wyoming Valley already includes a venerable regional brewery, a nano-brewery-becoming a- micro, a brewpub, and with SBC opening in Pittston, the region will enjoy its newest brewery with a unique signature in the Valley, and its contribution to the area being a great beer destination for visitors. Jurado notes that the engineering support from Highland Associates has delivered impressive results for the showpiece brewery. “Kevin is all about what a supremely competent P.E. (Registered Professional Engineer) brings to the table, and he’s as comfortable in executing a brewery as he is in any other development.” Jurado shares that he’s known the partner families for years: “Ed was once my top distributor and Mark was a close second… they saw me work through challenges and their support to me as the Brewer-supplier in the 80’s made a lasting impression, and I’ve always loved reconnecting with them. When our dear mutual friend (Packaging Manager) Dave Finn suddenly passed away, we were regretting this sad occasion after the Memorial service…and in recalling our anecdotes about when we both worked with Finny at different breweries, I guess that’s when an early spark must have ignited….that’s when the beer distribution partners started thinking seriously about a new world that would make Pittston, PA proud. Fred Maier and Mallory Nobile, the next generation, have grown up in the business, engaged thoroughly and represent great examples of the education of Penn State and King’s College, respectively. The part that is hard for me is moving from one outstanding group of friends who happen to be my colleagues. Thank Heavens for Facebook.” END If you would like more information about this topic please call Mallory Nobile at 570-654-3557 or email Mallory at mallorynobile@sbcbeer.com

08 March 2011

Susquehanna Brewing Co–Coming Soon to Pittston, PA


imageIn the last 2 days, mybeerbuzz.com has broken the news of not one, not two, not three but four new breweries heading into PA….so why stop there!?  I’m very excited to be the very first to report news of a new brewery heading into Northeastern PA. 

Plans are currently underway for a new brewery to be named Susquehanna Brewing Co LLC, in Pittston, PA (Jenkins Twp).  The new brewery will be located in the former United Beverage of NEPA buildings at 653 S Main St in Pittston (just off the southern end of the Pittston Bypass).  The facility currently encompasses two large buildings and extensive parking. 

United Beverage was one of NEPA three largest wholesale distributors prior to selling the Miller/Coors distribution rights to LT Verastro, the Yuengling rights to Northeast Eagle and the Pabst, Straub & Genesee rights to Banko Beverage. 

United Beverage co-owners Ed Maier and Mark Nobile closed the doors in Sept 2010 on the distributorship, but I’m excited to report that another co-owner of the company Fred Maier &f John Maier are now well on their way to opening the Susquehanna Brewing Co in the former United Beverage facilities.

There are lots of rumors flying around about the brewmaster selection for Susquehanna Brewing Co (NO so far it’s not me!) but I’m hearing the brewmaster for this new venture will be chosen in the future.  It’s my understanding the BrauKon designed brewing system is well underway and the guys are working toward

an opening date in Sept.  Word is SBC will be specializing in German-style lagers with some other special brews to follow in the future.  No word yet on a brew-pub, but with the real-estate available, I’d say it’s very likely.

Historically this is very exciting for our area as well.  Turns out Fred Maier’s great-great-great-grandfather was none other than Charles Stegmaier who founded our beloved Stegmaier Brewery in Wilkes-Barre in 1857.  The name Susquehanna Brewing Co also has historical roots with a nod to the former Susquehanna Brewing Co (controlled by Stegmaier Brewery) in Nanticoke PA in the early 1900’s (as you can see from my title graphic).

Label design, logo and their FaceBook page are all on the way so stay tuned for more details to follow.  This has been an amazing week for craft beer lovers in PA and I can’t wait to try out a Susquehanna Brewing beer.