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Charles Stegmaier brewed the first lager beer in NEPA in 1851.

• 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.

• Initial investment of $8-10 million.

• State of the art brew house designed and built by BrauKon GmbH, Truchtlaching, Germany.