A Sad Day in Pennsylvania – Stoudts Brewing To Cease Production

It was a sad announcement that was just released – one of the pillars of Pennsylvania’s craft beer community is ceasing operations.  Read the press release here

The press release explains that Carol Stoudt, the first female brewmaster since Prohibition, is retiring after years of helping the Pennsylvania craft beer industry to grow into what it is today.  While Carol is stepping away, it seems she might be interested in the right opportunity to continue the Stoudt’s legacy however, as she explained in the press release, “This was a difficult decision to make,” says Carol, “but we’re not moving enough volume to justify the expense of keeping the brewery open. However, we’re not closing the doors to any business opportunities that could help the Stoudts brand live on.”

I personally have many great memories of Stoudts – attending a beer festival there in 2003, annual dinners (and flights) at the Black Angus in December after finding the “perfect” Christmas tree in Lititz, and meeting Carol during the CBC in Philadelphia 2015 while enjoying an imported Pilsner Urquell.  Of course, I will truly miss her perfect German style beers like Stoudts “Munich Gold” and Stoudts “Oktoberfest,” as well as her specialty brews made for McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia – McGillin’s Genuine Lager, McGillin’s Real Ale, and 1860 IPA.

Thank you Carol, and thank you Stoudts, for years of making traditional German beer accessible here in the Philadelphia area.  You will truly be missed.

Cheers.

The Brewholder

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Pennsylvania LCB supports craft brewers by allowing breweries to sell to consumers on premises

In a move that supports the craft brew economy in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Pa LCB) promulgated a new regulation that allows breweries to sell their beer to consumers on the premises of their breweries.  Previously, breweries could not sell their beer without a separate license.  Now, smaller brewers will be not be forced to shell out additional fees for a license to serve.  The regulation became effective on May 30, 2015.

Read the LCB’s summary of the new regulation here.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Celebrating National Beer Day!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Once again it’s time to celebrate National Beer Day – April 7, 1933 – the day it became legal to sell beer after 13 years of Prohibition.  While many U.S. breweries and their recipes were lost forever due to Prohibition, Pennsylvania breweries are standing strong today.  Check out my article in Ticket Entertainment on the Brewers of Pennsylvania “Meeting of the Malts IV” where the  success of Pennsylvania brewing was celebrated last week! 

So tonight take a moment to raise a pint of local craft brew and thank your brewer for giving us something truly to appreciate!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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