• The Best Summer Beers For Men

    From Men's Health Magazine best-summer-beers-sbc-shady-spot

    Shandies have existed overseas for centuries, but Americans only recently came to their senses and adopted the style stateside. Good thing they did: The so-simple-it’s-genius combination of beer and lemonade—executed to perfection in SBC’s dangerously drinkable Shady Spot—is refreshingly delicious on a hot summer day, LaBert says.

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  • 17 Breweries That Will Change the Way You Feel About Beer

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    Susquehanna Brewing Co.

    635 S. Main St.
    Pittston, PA

    Named No. 4 on the list of USA Today’s Best Brewery Tours, the Susquehanna Brewing Company’s award-winning beers feature a variety of seasonal flavors such as the Pumpkin Ale, Toboggan Chocolate Doppelbock, and consumer favorite and gold medal-awarded Pils-Noir and So-Wheat Ale. This brewing company’s beer production process is unique because they use a rare mashing technique that is hardly ever used by other craft breweries. Modern brewing equipment also conserves energy and allows Susquehanna Brewing Co. to handcraft its beer in an environmentally-conscious way while still creating flavorful and clean brews. Learn more with a free brewery tour every Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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  • Susquehanna Brewing Co. wins World Beer Cup award

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    JENKINS TWP. — Shady Spot has gone gold.

    The Susquehanna Brewing Co.’s best-selling lemon shandy took home the gold medal in the fruit beer category at the World Beer Cup’s biennial competition, which this year featured nearly 6,600 entries from 55 countries. Winners in 96 beer style categories were announced in Philadelphia on Friday.

    The 4-year-old brewery’s concoction led a category that drew 77 entries, besting silver medal winner, Razz Against the Machine by Little Machine of Denver, and bronze medal winner, That Guava Beer by the Legacy Brewing Co. of Oceanside, California.

    Fred Maier, vice president of Susquehanna Brewing, said he was honored by the win, which represents the highest recognition yet for a brewery that already has several award-winning beers in other contests.

    “This is the Olympics,” Maier said. “It is the biggest international beer competition.”

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  • 50 Best Things to Do in the Poconos, Pennsylvania

    From VacationIdea Magazine vacationidea

    Susquehanna Brewing Company is a brewing business that has been owned and operated by the same family for six generations. Individuals as well as groups can take advantage of the free, guided brewery tours that are held each Saturday at 2 PM.

    The tasting room, where guests can sample Susquehanna’s specialty brews, is open from Thursday through Sunday every week. There is also an on-site store where visitors can purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, baseball caps, glasses, and other branded merchandise.

    635 South Main Street, Pittston, PA 18460, 570-654-3557 (website)

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  • Susquehanna Brewing Co. Building Tasting Room Near Pittston

    From WNEP.com luz-brewery

    JENKINS TOWNSHIP —  A brewing company in Luzerne County less than a decade old is building a new kind of experience for visitors.

    The Susquehanna Brewing Company near Pittston is building a new tasting room. When finished, the tasting room will feature spacious windows that show the brewery’s huge vats, snacks for people to munch on, and for the first time, visitors to the facility on South Main Street in Jenkins Township can taste a pint before they buy a case.

    “It’s really exciting because we consider the brewery our best salesman, so it’s nice to see how we do it, what’s involved,” said the company vice president Fred Maier.

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  • Suquehanna Brewing Company to build new tasting room in Pittston

    From timesleader.com web1_SBC1

    PITTSTON — As an interior wall is deconstructed at Susquehanna Brewing Company, the owners are imagining the new picture window that will replace the cinder blocks and drywall, a new window through which customers will be able to look upon SBC’s brewing process as they sip a pint of craft beer.

    Demolition began Dec. 11 at the brewing company on South Main Street to build a new tasting room, where, for the first time, customers will be able to sit and purchase draft beers just like they would in a pub.

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  • Pittston Proud: Susquehanna Brewing Company

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    Paul Epsom checks out what’s brewing at the Susquehanna Brewing Company.  The family has been brewing beer for six generations.

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  • Susquehanna Brewing lager claims bronze medal

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    Out of 55 different beers entered in the Munich Helles category at the Great American Beer Festival, Susquehanna Brewing Company’s Goldencold Lager was among the best.

    “It means a lot,” said brewery co-owner Fred Maier. “It’s very reassuring to the whole team.”

    The locally brewed lager earned a bronze medal in its category at the festival in Denver, Colorado.

    The festival, one of the largest beer competitions in the country, brought in beers from about 6,000 breweries and awarded 276 medals, Maier said.

    “You have a less than 4 percent chance of winning a medal,” Maier explained. “We really didn’t expect it.”

    Maier called the Munich Helles category one of the largest of the 92 judged categories at the festival.

    Maier said the traditional, golden lager can be difficult to perfect.

    “It’s a style of brewing that any faults you may have are magnified,” he said. “There’s no big flavors to mask any imperfections so everything has to be in balance.”

    Winning a medal in a popular, difficult category, Maier said, means even more to the brewery team.

    “The credit goes to the brewers,” he said. “It’s gratifying to all the hard work everybody’s put in.”

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  • Susquehanna Brewing beer breaks the Mason-Dixon line

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    JENKINS TWP. — Susquehanna Brewing Co. has put Northeast Pennsylvania on the beer map.

    The Jenkins Twp. brewing company has expanded and is now distributing beer in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

    The company took on a wholesaler who expressed an interest in their products: Kysela Pere et Fils in Winchester, Virginia, who specializes in wine distribution and has a craft beer division in his company.

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  • Susquehanna Brewery crafting ways to produce award-winning beer

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    JENKINS TWP. — Susquehanna Brewing Company has reason to celebrate as the three-year old brewery received three medals for its craft beers in the annual Best of Craft Beer Awards held in January.

    The recent news came as a surprise to Fred Maiers, co-owner of the local brewery.

    Maiers received an email notifying him the brewery earned two gold medals for its Pils-Noir in the Schwarzbier category and So-Wheat Ale in the German Hefeweizen category, and a bronze medal for its Goldencold Lager in the Helles category in the Best of Craft Beer Awards held in Bend, Oregon.

    “I yelled out when I received the email,” Maiers said. “Then I called my Dad.”

    Maiers dad, Edward, president of Susquehanna Brewing Company, was stuck in traffic on the Cross Valley Express heading into Dallas that day.

    “It is a fine accomplishment,” Edward said.

    “It is very exciting news,” said Mark Nobile, owner.

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  • 2015 Best Of Craft Beer Awards

    From Best of Craft Beer Awards

    Gold medals for Pils-Noir and So-Wheat. Bronze for Goldencold Lager. ‪#‎brewedright‬


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  • Susquehanna Brewing Co. tour among best in nation

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    At the Susquehanna Brewing Co. in Pittston, one of the three owners takes time out of every Saturday afternoon to show crowds of curious visitors how their craft beer is made.

    They lead visitors through the brewery, explaining each step in the process often with a sample of one of their brews in hand, stopping for questions along the way.

    Co-owner Fred Maier led the brewery tour on a recent Saturday afternoon. He had two rules to share with about 30 people who arrived.

    “Ask me a question whenever you want,” he said. “And I can get carried away, so tell me to move on.”

    Readers of 10Best.com, a division of USA Today, voted the weekly tour among the top 10 brewery tours in the nation. The brewery’s tour placed fourth in the Best Brewery Tour category of 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. The brewery will be featured on the 10Best website and in an upcoming issue of USA Today.

    “Everyone’s just so excited,” said Mallory Nobile, the brewery’s marketing and community relations coordinator. “It’s just such a great thing to see people really loving the tour.”

    Susquehanna Brewing Co. holds free brewery tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Nobile said the tour made the contest’s top 20 after an unidentified representative from USA Today took the tour, unnoticed by brewery staff.

    Once the top 20 tours were released, the Susquehanna Brewing Co. staff took to social media and email, encouraging fans of the brewery to vote the tour into the top 10.

    “We sent out emails to people who had been on the tour,” Nobile said.

    Nobile said the brewery will appear in a Friday edition of USA TODAY “within the next few weeks.”

    As Maier led the tour on a recent Saturday, he stopped to detail each step in the brewing process from fermentation to bottling, explaining how the brewery stays on the cutting edge of craft brewing equipment and technology.

    Mark Nobile, another owner, bustled past the tour group occasionally, taking care of brewery business. He stopped before the tour to talk about the two and a half year old brewery he helped to start and the tour that has helped put the brewery’s

    name out to the public.

    “It’s an open house,” Mark Nobile said. “We recently had almost 100 people. It’s a great way for us to explain what we do.”

    Mark Nobile said he has seen the desire for craft beers growing nationally, and a craze that began on the West Coast has made its way east.

    He said Susquehanna Brewing Co. produced about 8,000

    barrels of beer in 2014, up 50 percent from 2013.

    The brewery’s staff of 15 people brews and bottles beer to sell in half of Pennsylvania “as far as State College,” Mark Nobile said, and three quarters of New Jersey excluding the four counties that border New York City.

    “We really do hope to expand,” he said. “In three years our expansion has been pretty aggressive.”

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  • Susquehanna Brewing Co. of Pittston named in top 10 brewery tours by USA Today

    From timesleader.com guy

    PITTSTON — Owners and employees at Susquehanna Brewing Company have a reason to raise their glasses after being named as the fourth top brewery tour by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

    Having his two-year-old brewery named alongside of iconic companies such as Samuel Adams of Boston and New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado, is quite a thrill, Fred Maier, co-owner of Susquehanna Brewing Company said.

    “I have actually been on a number of the tours listed,” Maier said. “It is an honor right out of left field. It was completely unexpected.”

    Earlier this fall Susquehanna Brewing Company was one of 20 breweries chosen by a “panel of experts,” according to the article published Friday in the Gannett Co. newspaper that circulates nationally.

    Readers voted for their favorite brewery tour once a day during a four-week period from Nov. 3 through Dec. 1. A complete list is available at www.10best.com, keyword brewery tour.

    The first five breweries are Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, North Carolina; Magic Hat Brewing Company, Burlington, Vermont; New Belgium Brewing Company; Susquehanna Brewing Company and Samuel Adams, Boston.

    Susquehanna Brewing Company’s Mallory Nobile said the brewery was notified a few months ago about being nominated. But following the release of the announcement, attendance for their free brewery tours spiked during the voting period.

    “About two weeks ago we had about 100 people,” Nobile said. “This past weekend, we had about 20.”

    Nobile said the hour-long tours are held at 2 p.m. every Saturday at the facility on South Main Street near Pittston.

    Tours are lead by one of the three owners — her father, Mark Nobile, Maier or his father, Ed Maier — leading the way through the facility.

    With a love of the suds, Maier said their passion and knowledge for the business filters throughout the tour, making each one a unique experience.

    “We are pretty laid back,” Maier said.

    Noting they incorporate several “hands-on” opportunities during the tour, even having a bucket full of hops for visitors to feel and learn how to break open.

    “We love the process and get carried away,” Maier said.

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  • Susquehanna Brewing Co.Tour

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    Jenkins Township, Luzerne County- While many people love beer not everyone knows exactly how it’s made. On Thursday, Eyewitness News got a tour of the Susquehanna Brewing Company. After two years of  in business in Jenkins Township the Brewery is now expanding. They just purchased four new fermentation tanks, which will allow them to brew more beer, in less time. Susquehanna Brewing Company offers a variety of beer, lager and I-P-A’s. The brewery serves Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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  • What’s New With The Brew At Susquehanna Brewing Co.

    From WNEP TV susq-brewing

    Susquehanna Brewing Company in Luzerne County is bringing some “new” to the way it brews.

    As the sun came up, work got underway on a $400,000 expansion project at Susquehanna Brewing Company in Luzerne County.

    “The craft brewing industry is experiencing a tremendous growth,” said co-owner Mark Nobile.

    It’s a growth that SBC has experienced itself, forcing the brewery near Pittston to purchase these four new fermenters and additional bottling equipment.

    “We weren’t able to brew the number of products and meet the demand that was required, “said Nobile.

    When the brewery opened in 2012, it brewed two products. Now it makes six plus seasonal varieties.

    SBC has only been around for two years, and already seven fermenters aren’t enough to produce what they need. Owners and distributors say that’s a good sign for the company and the region.

    “The bigger they get, the better because the last few beers they put out, they really nailed it.”

    Pat Revello owns Revello’s Pizza in Old Forge where SBC beer is available on tap or in the bottle.

    “It’s a beer that I sell here at my bar and it’s a beer that I drink at home,” Revello said.

    He says SBC beers are his best sellers.

    “I think they’re getting away from the big names and going with something local, going with a craft. Also my wait staff really likes this beer, so they kind of push it to the customers.”

    A push that Mark Nobile is thankful for.

    “I hoped that our game plan would be in a situation where we are today, and so far, so good.”

    And he hopes it’s even better when the expansion project at Susquehanna Brewing Company is complete in a few weeks.

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  • Brewsterhout: Summertime Tradition Changes Up

    From wnep.com 1924325_579308845511113_4931500358629417423_n

    A summertime event for a library in Luzerne County is about to get grounded, but in a good way.

    Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey was in Wilkes-Barre to explain.

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  • Susquehanna Brewing Company expansion project offers versatility

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    JENKINS TWP. — Four 100-barrel fermenters were delivered to the Susquehanna Brewing Company over the last two days, bringing the total number of beer tanks to 11.

    The new equipment is part of a $350,000 expansion project to increase beer production.

    Owners Mark Nobile and Ed Maier, the great-great-grandson of Charles Stegmaier, said they purchased the equipment in response to increased sales and the need for additional brands of craft brews, which have become a bright spot in the beer industry.

    “As you create more brands and have more sales, you need more capacity,” Nobile said.

    They ordered the fermenters from stainless steel tank manufacturer JV Northwest in Oregon, which also manufactured the brewery’s other seven 150-barrel fermenters.

    Brewmaster Guy Hagner said the new beer tanks will “enable us to continue doing what we’re doing and do more of it and even bring on some new things.”

    “With the seven tanks we had, we’ve been having to juggle quite a bit,” said Hagner, who has worked in the brewing business for 30 years. “What we needed was the ability to do more different things rather than more of just one or two things.” Each tank cost about $35,000. The total cost for delivery and installation was about $191,000. They also plan to spend about $150,000 for automation and packaging equipment, Maier said.

    The expansion comes more than two years after Susquehanna Brewing Company began brewing its first batch of beer at 635 S. Main St. in Jenkins Township that formerly housed the United Beverage business they operated.

    Since then, Maier said growth has been significant at the brewery, with sales increasing 60 percent as of June this year compared to 2013. Craft brew sales have increased and now represent 10 percent of the overall beer market, he said.

    “Craft has been the only shining star in the brewing industry over the last 10 or 12 years,” Maier said. “The major domestics have lost a tremendous amount of volume.”

    Susquehanna Brewing Company produces five year-round brands and six seasonal brands, and supplies beer to bars, restaurants, retail distributors and grocery stores in 52 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Nobile said.

    “When we first started, we opened up with two brands,” Nobile said. “By the end of our first year, we had four everyday brands. Our first year, we did two seasonals: Oktoberfest and Peach Pumpkinberry. In year two, we started adding more seasonals.”

    The numbers of employees at Susquehanna Brewing Company also has increased to 15, Nobile said, and they plan to hire two more employees for brewing and bottling.


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  • Brewery Hosts Final Fundraiser for RR4

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    PITTSTON — In just one more weekend, Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey and fifty other area runners will run in the New York City marathon.

    Saturday in Pittston, folks came together for a Ryan’s Run 4 send-off party at the Susquehanna Brewing Company.

    It was the last public fundraiser for the run, which helps raise money for youngsters and adults with disabilities at Allied Services.

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  • A toast to a fine first year

    From The Timesleader EP-307139904

    JENKINS TWP. — A year after the first drops of hoppy goodness flowed from the lines at Susquehanna Brewing Company, the start up brewery has doubled its workforce and expanded its service territory fivefold.

    In the rough and tumble — and expensive to build and grow — craft brewing world, Susquehanna has been able to find success thanks to an innovative brewmaster, a trio of owners that had a background in beer distribution and a region with a history of beer drinking.

    Ed and Fred Maier and Mark Nobile had an idea and followed it through. Close to $10 million has gone in to the start up costs, but by this time next year the company that employs 14 will be profitable, Nobile, 57, of Pittston, said.

    In its first year, the company off South Main Street in Jenkins Township, has produced just shy of 5,000 barrels of beer. Each barrel contains 31 gallons. The owners said good and unique beer have allowed them to have an early success but they also credit distributors and bars that have agreed to carry their products for the ability to grow at a steady pace throughout the first year.

    Expanding sales territory

    When the brewery opened — the first kegs were filled May 21, the first bottles July 17 — it only focused on seven counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania — Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming. Gradually the territory expanded, first down toward Philadelphia then west toward Harrisburg, Lancaster and Williamsport. Today the beer is found in 39 counties in Pennsylvania.

    Nobile points out that while they are enjoying the growth, it’s not something the company actively sought.

    “We didn’t seek out 39 counties. They came to us,” he said.

    But Fred Maier, 35, of Dallas, said the majority is sold within 10 miles of its Jenkins Township headquarters.

    The backgrounds of the Maiers and Nobile is in beer, especially beer distribution.

    Nobile’s grandfather, Mac Gargano, opened Wyoming Quality Beverage in West Wyoming in 1934, a year after Prohibition ended. He merged the company with Maier’s Premium Brands in 2004 to form United Beverage.

    The relationships the men have made over the years with beer distributors has gone a long way to making inroads to having Susquehanna in coolers and on tap throughout the region.

    From Smokey Bones to Bar Louie, The Tipsy Turtle to Grotto Pizza, the beer has been on tap and available to drinkers throughout the Wyoming Valley.

    Basic beers and more

    With the basics, like a lager, Oktoberfest, an Indian Pale Ale and a stock ale, the company has understood what most beer drinkers want. But it’s not been shy about pushing the envelope with a black pilsner, a peach pumpkinberry ale and a southern rye India Pale Ale.

    Ed Maier, 63, of Lehman Township, is the great-great-grandson of Charles Stegmaier, who made his fortune brewing beer in Wilkes-Barre after founding the Baer and Stegmaier Brewing Co. with his father-in-law, George Baer, in 1857. He said this area appreciates good beer and when the company was founded it brought in masterbrewer Jaime Jurado to develop those brews.

    Jurado, a Forty Fort resident and a Wilkes University graduate, helped build the brewing lines and developed the original four beers plus the four seasonal beers that were rolled out over the past year. He left the company July 1 to pursue other options saying that there wasn’t much else he could do at Susquehanna until it was ready for another major expansion.

    New brewmaster Guy Hagner, of Mountain Top, has been with the company since Jan. 1, 2012, and is already developing new craft brews to roll out.

    Maier said that while he’s “very happy with our first year, we certainly minimally met our expectations.” He said slow growth is the course to stay on and the next step will be new tanks and fermenters to be able to increase capacity. Also being discussed is automation on the bottling line.

    “Right now it’s all hand done, said Ed Maier.

    Fred Maier, Ed’s son, said thanks to Jurado and now Hagner, “we feel we’ve got the building blocks and the foundation laid.”

    “It’s such a cool place,” Hagner said. “They are such tremendous people to work for. I only see bigger and brighter things ahead for this place.”

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  • This ‘Guy’ is brewing up a career in NEPA

    From The Timesleader AR-307139808

    JENKINS TWP. — Susquehanna Brewing Co. has a new master brewer, but he’s no stranger to the brewery or Luzerne County.

    Guy Hagner, 52, of Fairview Township, has spent the past year and a half as the company’s assistant brewer and head of packaging and quality assurance. He replaces Jaime Jurado, a 1990 Wilkes University graduate and Forty Fort resident, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

    Jurado was hired in 2011 when the company was still months away from assembling its brewing equipment in its sprawling facility off of South Main Street in Jenkins Township. He came to the company from The Gambrinus Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, the nation’s sixth-largest brewer, with the goal of helping to get Susquehanna Brewing running and on the right path to success.

    More than a year after brewing began, company owners, Ed and Fred Maier and Mark Nobile, said Jurado has done what he was asked and has left on good terms.“We knew this day would come,” said Nobile. Fortunately, he added, Hagner was on board to quickly take over the brewing responsibilities.

    An education in beer

    Hagner, who was born in Florida and grew up in New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina before his family finally headed back to New Jersey, where he graduated from high school and then earned an economics degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

    But beer is what he really got an education in for the past three decades.

    He spent six months in Europe — Austria and Germany in particular — in 1980 and fell in love with the Bavarian brewing tradition. When he returned to the states he went knocking on the door of the Pabst brewery in Newark, N.J., looking for a job — any job. He was offered a clerical position, but he made it a point to interact and talk to brewers and those involved in all facets of the brewing process.

    After that brewery closed in 1983, he sent himself to the famed Siebel Institute in Chicago. The brewing academy drew brewers from beer-making operations around the world, but Hagner said he was one of only two students that were there without a brewery affiliation. He graduated president of his class.

    He became a home brewer and learned what he could about the process. His career then took him to a brewing company in Little Rock, Ark., where he became a brewmaster for the first time. From there he went to the Dixie Brewing Co. in New Orleans, where he served as an assistant brewmaster and then the brewmaster.

    Planting roots in NEPA

    In 1990 he was hired as the brewmaster at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre and fell in love with Northeastern Pennsylvania. By this time he was married with two children, and Mountain Top became the family’s home.

    In 1995 he set off on his own and started The Franconia Brewing Co. near Mount Pocono. The brewery, after an ardours three-year-process of raising enough money to begin brewing, lasted eight months before shutting its doors.

    He worked as a consultant and accepted a brewmaster job at the Lakefront Brewing Co. in Milwaukee in 2004. But home was where his heart was and the family decided that Luzerne County was where they belonged.

    “We didn’t want to uproot the family and leave the area,” Hagner said. So while the position and the brewery were nice, it just wasn’t the right fit.

    “We really liked this area and we became involved (in church, community groups and the Crestwood School District),” Hagner said. “We like the region, and we’re here to stay.”

    In 2007 he started One Guy Brewing Co. in Berwick and operated it until 2011, when the word started to spread about a new brewing company looking to open in Luzerne County.

    Next step in a brewmaster’s life

    He was among the first seven brought on board and said he’s glad he was given the opportunity.

    “This is by far the nicest brewery I’m ever going to be associated with,” he said. “It just would have killed me that this was operating and I wasn’t part of it.”

    And while he learned a lot about the brewing process and the engineering aspects of the craft from Jurado, his background in brewing and unique styles is something Susquehanna’s owners are looking forward to as Hagner leads them into the future.

    “Jamie is a highly talented guy, and his goal was to help us build a highly capable brew house and help us get down the road,” said co-owner Ed Maier. “That’s what his laser focus has been on: our stability.”

    But Jurado enjoys new challenges, Maier said, and “a small brewery like ours is not filled with a whole heck of a lot of action.”

    The brewery is not going to miss a step with Hagner in charge, the owners said.

    Different kind of car

    Jurado said that while he’s been honored to be able to use his skills and know-how at Susquehanna, he doesn’t believe there’s much more for him to do there until the brewery expands, and that won’t be for a few more years. He called himself a Formula One driver but likened the Susquehanna Brewery to a smaller-engine machine.

    “I’ve personally concluded that as much as I love it in Pittston, a Formula One driver can’t be happy in a go-kart for extended periods, and I don’t expect beautiful SBC to reach Formula One stage … for a few years,” Jurado said.

    He said he has firm offers for the next step in his career but declined to identify them.

    As for Hagner, Jurado said Susquehanna Brewing is in phenomenal hands.

    “Guy Hagner is a fine brewmaster and is entrenched in the community … we are so fortunate in having him and I’ve been the luckiest brewer on earth to have him since we started commissioning. … I tasked Guy to determine key operating issues. In every task that I asked Guy to take ownership of, he has done a superior job. SBC is so very lucky.”

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  • Making Beer the Environmentally Friendly Way

    From www.wnep.com wnpe

    Making Beer the Environmentally Friendly Way

    One of northeastern Pennsylvania’s newest breweries isn’t just bragging about its beer. The brewery is also praising the way it makes it. They do it the environmentally friendly way. This week’s Power to Save is from the Susquehanna brewing company in Luzerne County.

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  • Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal

    From www.wvia.org 509-nobile_web

    Northeastern Pennsylvania has a colorful history of small breweries but that all pretty much came to an end decades ago when the big beer brands consolidated. The small brands couldn’t compete as the public tastes followed mass appeal marketing. But now, things are changing, and right here at home, too.

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  • Craft Brewing at The Speed of Sound

    From Dr Andrés Furukawa Senior Brewing Technologist, PDX AF_PDX reactor2

    According to recent publications, the U.S. craft beer volume increased by 13 per cent in 2011 with a total production of approximately 13.5 million hl (Dornbusch, 2012). Despite of this spectacular beer market phenomenon  there are just a few U.S. craft breweries, whose planning is based on integral and environmentally responsible production and retailing philosophy.

    Craft brewery with a long tradition

    Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC) strives to grow its “green regional brewery credentials” based in Pittston, Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). It has recently commenced operation, but enjoys a long tradition traceable back to 1895. Its extensive planning was carefully designed and carried out, committed to  an environment friendly strategy with a total investment of approximately USD 8.5 million and10 employees.

    This 6th generation family brewing business owned by Ed Maier, Fred Maier, Mark Nobile, and Jaime Jurado is currently producing three year-round craft beer brands; Pils-Noir, Goldencold Lager, and 6th Generation Stock Ale as well as seasonal beers starting with their Oktoberfest and then with a special pumpkin beer and a ‘fresh hop’ IPA immediately after.

    The origins of the name of the brewery trace its roots to Nanticoke after the Susquehanna River in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Charles Stegmaier purchased a two-year-old brewery and expanded and operated the SBC there until 1920, when it closed due to Prohibition in the United States, in place from 1920 to 1933.


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  • Czech out this complex brew

    From The Times Leader 210887_277167522391915_584620471_o
    Still in its infancy, the Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston is churning out yet another brew: the Pils-Noir.“It’s an innovative black pilsner,” Fred Maier, vice president and co-founder of Susquehanna Brewing Company, said.

    This is due to the brewing process used, a husk-free milling process and old Czech technique called decoction mashing. Decoction mashing is a technique used to conduct multi-step mashes without adding water or applying heat to the mash tun, another name for a brewing container. A third of the mash is removed to another pot and heated to conversion temperature, then boiled and returned to the mash tun.

    “This creates color and complexity while giving the beer a smoother, lighter body,” Maier said. “The beer is then finished with a generous amount of Czech Saaz hops for a distinctly European finish at 33 IBUs.”

    The beer is made from Pearl barley and malted by Munton’s, CaraMalt and Crystal malts.

    Pils-Noir is available in select bars for now but will become a staple brew for the company.

    SBC recently opened up its facilities for tours. The tours, which include tastings, run at 3 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturdays.


    Brewed by: Susquehanna Brewing Company, Pittston

    Type: Pilsner

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  • Meet A New Brew On The Block

    From The Times Leader 1337921072_8c38[1]

    The facility on Main Street in Pittston may be 55,000 square feet, but from the outside it’s unassuming. A walk through brightly lighted hallways at Susquehanna Brewing Co. will still make the structure feel cozy, until you pass through the door to where the actual brewing takes place. That’s when the enormity of the operation hits.

    “Every day I walk in here, and it catches me by surprise,” Mallory Nobile, community relations coordinator, said. “It’s just so big, and we’re only going to be adding more.”

    SBC has been hard at work getting operations in order during the past year, and the first batches of beer are finally here, rolling out in the form of drafts at bars that span Monroe, Pike, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Susquehanna, Carbon and Wayne counties. Fred Maier, one of co-founders, said tours and tastings at the facility will soon follow.


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  • A New Brew is Ready for Pouring (VIDEO)

    From WNEP

    Northeastern Pennsylvania’s newest brewery will soon start serving up suds to a tavern near you.

    The Susquehanna Brewing Company in Luzerne County invested millions into the operation and the owners dreams are now a reality.

    The Susquehanna Brewing Company’s master brewer takes a sample from one of the first batches of beer out of the fermenter and he likes what he sees.

    The $8.5 million brewery will soon provide cold ones for all to enjoy.

    Owner Ed Maier comes from a long history of brewers. His relatives founded the Steigmaier Company. Maier said this latest project, the Susquehanna Brewing Company, took two years of planning.

    “It was absolutely a dream come true.  To start back up in the brewing end of it after 40 years of wholesaling, it was a thrill,” said Maier.

    He added the company will employ at least 15 workers with room for expansion.

    Jaime Jurado serves as the master brewer, the head sudsman.

    “It’s a great time when the economy still struggling to have something we feel good about and know we are gearing up for. We will have positions opening up and we will be hiring local people,” Jurado said.

    If you want to try Susquehanna Brewing Company’s beer, you won’t have to wait long. All the empty kegs will soon be filled and distributed to local bars and restaurants in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties beginning next week.

    Steve Senenski, a friend of the owners, stopped by for a sample and said the brews will be a hit.

    “I think it’s great. I like a tasting beer and both these beers have taste,” Senenski said.

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  • Something’s brewing: NEPA’s newest brewery makes first batch

    From The Citizen's Voice 41213181E

    The Susquehanna Brewing Co. began brewing its first batch of beer Wednesday.

    The moment marked another chapter in brewing history for the descendants of local brewing icon Charles Stegmaier and business partner Mark Nobile.

    Charles Stegmaier’s great-grandson, Ed Maier, joined his son Fred Maier, Nobile, brewmaster Jaime Jurado and brewing experts from Germany as he poured hops into the first brew.

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  • Owners foresee a crafty boom

    From The Times Leader 1333867224_f6af[2]

    Ed Maier remembers a time not long ago when only 42 beer breweries remained in the United States.

    The year was 1974 and Schaefer was the world’s best-selling beer with Schlitz, Genesee and Stroh’s still popular at the corner tavern. Miller Lite was just a year old and was officially called “Lite Beer from Miller.”

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  • A New Brew

    From The Times Leader 1333867220_2de1[1]

    What started as a father-son trip to Boston three years ago to a craft brewers’ conference will culminate this week when the brewing units are fired up and the Susquehanna Brewing Co. begins making beer.

    The smell of hops was in the air last week as the final touches were being put into place inside the sprawling brewery that was once home to United Beverage of NEPA, a beer distributorship owned by the brewery’s current owners Ed Maier, his son Fred and Mark Nobile.

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  • Coming Soon: A Brewery Near You

    From The Pittston Dispatch news317

    When beer lovers think of micro or craft brewery start ups they picture a couple guys with a couple barrels in a garage. Mark Nobile, one of the partners in the Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC) soon to be opening in Jenkins Township, said many successful micro brews started that way, but he adds “there is more than one way to do it.”

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  • SBC Hires Veteran Brewer

    From SBC hire

    Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC) is pleased to announce that Guy Hagner is joining SBC as its Packaging Manager/Quality Assurance Manager, effective January 2012.

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  • New Businesses Gamble on the Economy

    From USA Today newbusiness_t

    Who would start a business in this economy? Chuck Mooty and his cousin Paul Mooty did. In September, they began producing blankets at Faribault Woolen Mill, which had been closed for two years. They have about 35 employees and hope to have 100 next year.

    Ed Maier, his son Fred and Mark Nobile are opening a brewery in Pittston, Pa. They hired 15 workers and expect that number to increase

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  • Raise Your Glass

    From Times Leader raiseglass_t

    Raise your glass, beer lovers. The former United Beverage of NEPA building at 635 S. Main St. soon will be filled with beer once more. But instead of pallets of already bottled, canned and kegged Miller, Rolling Rock and Genesee ready to ship to local bars, restaurants and beer stores, the facility will become a brewery. It’s in the owners’ blood. Read the Full Story (link)

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  • Stegmaier Descendants Brew Next Chapter

    From The Citizen's Voice nextchapter_t

    A new chapter in brewing history began Tuesday for Charles Stegmaier’s descendants and business partner Mark Nobile. Five massive brewing vessels arrived by boat from Germany and were delivered Tuesday on flatbed trucks to the Susquehanna Brewing Co., which will open in a few months. Ed Maier, the great-great-grandson of Charles Stegmaier, his son Fred and Nobile are turning the closed United Beverage at 635 S. Main St. in Jenkins Township into a German-style brewery that will produce craft beers with labels from the Susquehanna Brewing Co.

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  • Stegmaier Legacy Lives On In Planned Brewery

    From The Citizen's Voice legacy_t

    Ed Maier, the great-great grandson of Charles Stegmaier, is getting back into the brewing business with his son Fred and partner Mark Nobile. They plan to turn the closed United Beverage in Jenkins Township into a new brewery called the Susquehanna Brewing Co. The initial investment in the brewery, which will produce craft beers, will be $8 million to $10 million, they said. A company from Germany called BraKon GmbH will design and build the state-of-the-art brewhouse in United Beverage’s former warehouse. The brewery will open in the fall and will initially employ 15 people.

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