Lancaster Brewing Company
One of Pennsylvania's top producers of European-styled lagers and ales
Located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Lancaster Brewing Company was founded in 2001 and has since made a commitment to producing quality craft brews and premium malt-based beverages. By producing Lancaster’s first commercially brewed beer in four decades, Lancaster Brewing Company revived a storied brewing tradition going back 300 years.
Brewing in Lancaster County started in the back rooms of inns in the early 1700s into a thriving industry that by 1810 accounted for 7 percent of all beers brewed in the United States. Lancaster in America is said to occupy the same position that Munich does in Germany in regards to the brewing industry.
14 Lancaster breweries eventually shut down due to two factors, World War I and Prohibition. During Prohibition, brewing continued illegally under the noses of public officials, who were mostly paid to look the other way. By the time Prohibition ended in 1933, Lancaster County breweries resumed legitimate operations, but fell one by one to the economic pressures and competition with major automated breweries. The last Lancaster beer was brewed at Wacker Brewery, which finally closed in 1956. All Lancaster breweries remained closed until the emergence of Lancaster Brewing Company in 1995, which was originally called Lancaster Malt Brewing.
The company took the place of an old tobacco warehouse, which is now the rustic home of the brewery operations, and an award-winning restaurant named Walnut Street Grille. With a variety of foods ranging from Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, baby back ribs, Maryland crab cakes, and lamb burgers, the restaurant, open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, is the perfect stop to enjoy a delicious meal with Lancaster's premier handcrafted beers.
The company actually operates under Reinheitsgebot - a historic German law mandating that only malt, hops, yeast, and water be used for the preparation of beer. This brewing process tradition marks Lancaster Brewing Company's dedication to producing the purest and most traditionally styled craft beers possible.
Located in the heart of Lancaster County, the brewery is blessed with fresh air, pure water, and arguably the richest, non-irrigated farmland in the world. Their menus are changed often to take advantage of the freshest local produce, dairy, poultry, cheese, and meats Lancaster County has to offer. Craftsmanship and quality play their part in every detail of this operation, in both their restaurant and their brewery.
Master brewer Bill Moore has a strong commitment to quality and uses advanced brewing techniques to produce consistently premium craft beers. Moore brings over 20 years of industry experience to his position at Lancaster Brewing Company, having run some of the top breweries on the East Coast.
The brewery produces over 20 different beers throughout the year with 12 on tap inside the restaurant at any one time. Aside from just the restaurant, Lancaster Brewing Company beer can be found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with distribution in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Of the many spectacular beers and beer styles Lancaster Brewing produces, the most popular year round styles are: Hop Hog, the bold American IPA balanced by a dry malt character; Milk Stout, brewed by Lancaster since 1995; Lancaster Pale Ale, floral and smooth; Strawberry Wheat Beer, the American wheat lager style beer with a fruity twist; Gold Star Pilsner, the classic Bohemian Pilsner; Celtic Rose, The brewing company’s version of an English Amber Ale with German and Austrian hops, and British malts; Lancaster Lager, the smooth and refreshing Helles style Lager; and Fest Beer, the full bodied Amber Lager which makes use of seven malt varieties and three hop varieties.
Already having three brewpub locations, two in Lancaster and one is Harrisburg, Moore anticipates an exciting future with even further expansions for the growing brewery, and enjoys building upon the Lancaster brewing traditions. We are thrilled to offer a variety of Lancaster beers in our monthly beer subscription box. Cheers!