Back before it was hip to brew beer, our grandfathers’ grandfathers spent time crafting the perfect, drinkable beer right here in northeastern Pennsylvania. The beer brewing torch has been passed down, and now it’s our turn. To make the kind of beer you can enjoy all day long, if you’re so inclined. And we have to admit, sometimes we are very, very inclined.
We brew our beer for the good people of northeastern Pennsylvania. We work hard. We hang out on the weekends. We tell good stories and laugh a little bit too loud . And while not everyone knows the difference between a pilsner and a lager, that’s okay. Because they certainly know what tastes damn good. And what doesn’t. They can go ahead and leave the rest up to us. We won’t let them down.
Susquehanna Brewing Company delivers prosperity and enjoyment to our Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) customers and consumers through our quality, craft beers made locally in an environmentally responsible fashion.
To have Susquehanna Brewing Company brew some of the most sought after craft beers in Pennsylvania with a reputation that extends nation-wide, make our Pittston brewery a ‘must-see’ place of pride in our community, and enhance the stature of NEPA.
• In 1836 at the age of 15, Charles Stegmaier was engaged as an apprentice in his native town of Gmünd, Wurttemberg, Germany, to learn the art of brewing.
• In 1849, after serving as brewmaster in several of the largest breweries in Wurttemberg, Charles Stegmaier set sail for America.
• Under the employment of John Reichard, Charles Stegmaier brewed the first lager beer in NEPA in 1851.
• Charles Stegmaier along with his father-in-law, George Baer, founded the Baer and Stegmaier Brewing Co. of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1857.
• Joseph Maier, of Wollemzach, Bavaria, founded the Maier Brewing Co. of Los Angeles, Ca. dating back to 1875.
• In 1897, Charles Stegmaier purchased the George W. Flock Brewing Co. in Nanticoke, PA.
• On February 14, 1898, the company was renamed the Susquehanna Brewing Co.
• In 1917, Edward R. Maier, owner of the Maier Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA., marries Kathleen Stegmaier, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, the granddaughter of Charles Stegmaier.
• The Susquehanna Brewing Co. operated until 1920, when it closed its door due to prohibition.
• In 1933, immediately following the repeal of prohibition, Americo Gargano founded Wyoming Quality Beverage, for the business of wholesaling beer in NEPA.
• In 1934, Vincezo and Mary Nobile opened a tavern called the Cat and Canary in West Pittston, Pa.
• In 1974, Edward R. Maier, the great-great grandson of founder Charles Stegmaier, closed the Stegmaier Brewing Co. selling the labels to the Lion Inc. of Wilkes-Barre.
• In 1978, Mark Nobile takes control of the management of Wyoming Quality Beverage.
• In 1979, Edward Maier and partner Connell O’Donnell, purchase the local Miller Brewing Co. distributor, renaming it Premium Brands.
• January 2004, Ed and Mark merged Wyoming Quality Beverage and Premium Brands to form United Beverage of NEPA, located in Pittston, Pa.
• In September of 2010, United Beverage’s brand portfolio was sold to other area distributors due to Miller Coors consolidation efforts.
• On November 10, 2010, Ed Maier, Mark Nobile, and Ed’s son J. Fred, formed the Susquehanna Brewing Co., Pittston, Pa.
State of the art brew house designed and built by BrauKon GmbH, Truchtlaching, Germany.
Initial investment of $8-10 million.