Straub Brewery

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Straub Brewery
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Location St. Marys, Pennsylvania
United States
Coordinates 41°25′39″N 78°33′11″W / 41.42761°N 78.55292°W / 41.42761; -78.55292Coordinates: 41°25′39″N 78°33′11″W / 41.42761°N 78.55292°W / 41.42761; -78.55292
Opened 1872

Straub Brewery, located at 303 Sorg Street in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, brews four flagship beers: Straub American Lager, Straub American Light Lager, Straub American Amber Lager, and Straub IPL (India Pale Lager), as well as a growing portfolio of craft beers.


Straub Brewery was founded in 1872 by Peter Straub (1850-1913) of Felldorf, Württemberg, Germany, who purchased the Benzinger Spring Brewery from his father-in-law, Francis Xavier Sorg.

Located in the heart of the PA Wilds region of Pennsylvania, Straub Brewery has brewed beer continuously since 1872. Today, Straub Brewery is the third oldest brewery in the United States and considered an American Legacy Brewery™. It is still owned and operated by the original founding family, now into its seventh generation. Straub Brewery is also the smallest pre-Prohibition brewery still in business in the United States.[1]

In 2007, Fodor's Travel named Straub Brewery one of the "5 Best Places in America to Drink American Beer."[2]

Straub Brewery also holds the distinction of being the last brewery in the United States to produce and sell beer in returnable 16-ounce glass bottles, commonly called "Pounders." The Brewery uses a traditional bottle-washing machine to clean the returned glass bottles and prepare them for refilling. Heavy-duty, reusable cardboard cases and dividers enable the Brewery to minimize the amount of new packaging material. Straub Returnables are known to be an environmentally sustainable product, produced by an American Legacy Brewery™ in the PA Wilds.

Flagship Beers[edit]

Straub Brewery's four flagship beers, which are brewed year-round, are: Straub American Lager, Straub American Light Lager, Straub American Amber Lager, and Straub IPL (India Pale Lager).[3]

Craft Beers[edit]

Straub Brewery's growing portfolio of craft beers include: Kölsch Ale, Vienna Lager, Dunkel, Helles, Doppelbock, 1872 Lager, Maibock, Groundhog Altbier, Oktoberfest, Pilsner, and Hefeweizen.[4]

The Eternal Tap™[edit]

The most popular tourist attraction at Straub Brewery is the Eternal Tap™. Located just off of the production floor, visitors are invited to sample an ever-changing selection of Straub's flagship and craft beers at the Eternal Tap™.[5]

The Eternal Tap™ has garnered national and international attention in such media outlets as the Associated Press, Maui News in Hawaii, Salem Evening News in Massachusetts, Orlando Sentinel in Florida, Saginaw News in Michigan, and the Toronto Star in Canada.[6]

In naming Straub Brewery one of the "5 Best Places in America to Drink American Beer," Fodor's Travel specifically cited the Eternal Tap™: “For the itinerant beer lover, a trip to St. Marys, Pennsylvania has the childlike appeal on par with winning the 'Golden Ticket' to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory -- only there, instead of finding the Everlasting Gobstopper, you will find the 'Eternal Tap,' where drinkers 21 and older can sample what seems like an infinite amount of ice-cold, delicious Straub beer.”[7]

In the March 1, 1992, edition of Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine, journalist Bob Batz Jr. wrote: "Another legend has to do with another kind of locally prized gold -- beer -- that is said to flow freely and forever, ala the Fountain of Youth, from something called 'the Eternal Tap.' Thirsty souls seek the tap near the center of St. Marys, and usually find it. The Eternal Tap is real."[8]


On July 11, 2016, Straub American Lager was awarded Gold in the American Premium Lager category and Straub American Light received Bronze for the American Light category at the 2016 International U.S. Open Beer Championship in Oxford, OH.[9]

Earlier in 2016, during the Brewers Association's 2016 Craft Brewers Conference, which took place from May 3 to 6 in Philadelphia, PA, Straub Kölsch Ale won a Bronze in the German-Style Koelsch category at the 2016 World Beer Cup℠, which is the most prestigious beer competition in the world that evaluates beers from all over the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.[10]

On October 13, 2015, Straub Brewery accepted one of three NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Awards during the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. Straub's award focused on beer wholesaler relations and sales execution.[11]

Books Featuring Straub Brewery[edit]

Straub Brewery has been highlighted in several books written by John Schlimm, the great-great-grandson of Brewery Founder Peter Straub, including Straub Brewery (a pictorial history), The Straub Beer Cookbook, The Straub Beer Party Drinks Handbook, The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook, The Beer Lover's Cookbook, and The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour.[12]

In his 2015 memoir, Five Years in Heaven, John included a passage from Peter Straub's obituary from 1913: “Judged from every viewpoint, Mr. Straub was a man par excellent among men. His business principles were founded on the highest plane of honesty and fair dealing. As friend and neighbor, he was a tower of strength in times of stress and need . . . and his home was ever a home of welcome and good cheer to his many friends. Above all he was a Christian gentleman and in this respect his exemplary life will always remain an inspiration to all who came within the sphere of its influence.”[13]


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