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Adventures – Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudt’s Brewing Company

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5736764618 7f327c06cb z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyLast week I was invited along for a craft beer excursion to Stoudt's Brewery, courtesy of my friends at the Mohawk House. The trip started out at High Grade Beverage. They are a major distributor of  wine, spirits, soda and beer - all the staples, to be sure, but their craft beer portfolio is really something else and worth mentioning. Some of the breweries they carry include  Jersey's own Flying Fish, Victory, Unibroue, Nectar Ales, and Otter Creek. Check out their "craft" portfolio.

5736760172 485b95a282 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing Company9:30am - We are greeted to an open bar consisting of morning libations and a nice continental breakfast. No complaints here...

5736210563 e1d93e3186 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyI had a bloody mary; should have went for the Irish coffee. Failure on my part.

5736765634 2bc7f717a3 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyI mentioned this was an excursion, right? High Grade chartered a bus and it was definitely the highlight of my journey. I felt like I was on a grade school field trip!

5736217439 358e0e6716 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyOn the bus were complimentary beers from High Grade's outstanding portfolio.

5736306953 3a76db99a9 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyThey were offering: Estrella Damm, Tommy Knocker Maple Brown, Victory Head Waters, and Nectar Ales IPA. I started off with a Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale.

5736306145 631afc1973 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyAfter a few beers and a two hour bus ride, we finally made it to Stoudt's Brewing in Adamstown, Pennslyvania.

5736224101 b6350361b6 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyStoudt's has a lot history, so I will try to keep it brief. Ed Stoudt opened up his first business (Stoudt's Kountry Kitchen) in 1962. Since then he's made a lot of changes to the restaurant - originally modeled after his father's chicken place, then transformed into a western style steak house, and eventually settling on an upper-class Victorian style. The name was only changed once and still remains the same: Stoudt's Black Angus.

5736219675 2a38c986b6 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyDuring the restaurant's opening in the 60's, Ed developed a love for antiques and rented out his cellar space to local dealers. It started as a small venue in the basement of the restaurant and is now a 78,000 square foot building housing over 400 merchants.

5736291391 01e42c445d z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyStoudtsburg was awesome! Little shops and cafes spread around this tiny village as if to capture a little of the German spirit. Here you can find furniture, clothing, jewelry and artwork.

5736289247 22aed7d533 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanySweet fountain in the middle of it all.

5736825512 97c6c41ca1 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyLet's get on with the beer talk. In 1978 Ed and his wife opened the Bier Garten and had their first Gemütlichkeit Beer Festival. Everything was up to their standards at the event, except for the beer - it wasn't fresh! They knew they had to have some quality brew at their festival and what had been served was insufficient. So, Carol and Ed began to take trips and meet with different brewers, eventually winding up at a Brewer's Conference with known figures such as Charlie Pappazi and Ken Allen. It wasn't long before they started Stoudt's Brewing Company. Established in 1987, it was one of the first microbreweries to open since Prohibition and was formed during a time when most microbreweries failed to stay open for more than a few years. Another familar figure in the craft beer world - Karl Strauss - helped Ed, Carol, and their inaugural brewer Scott get their brewery going.

5736834890 09a99ff332 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyOriginally brewing only 500 barrels for in-house use, Ed and Carol picked up an antique bottle filler for champagne magnums in 1988 and have grown drastically to what is a 10,000 barrel brew house today.

5736779844 00aac9e5c6 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyIt was bottling day so we needed to be aware of our surroundings.

5736242051 b1a941a6f0 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyAside from an informational tour we had a nice spread of food for lunch, and of course, endless samples of Stoudt's beer. I opted for a piece of fried chicken and a hot dog with kraut and mustard.

5736782046 d2de83c7c5 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyWhich brew should I taste?

5736235461 69a1787b2b z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyDouble IPA it is.

5736800504 3924255f40 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyYou can't have just one. I was a big fan of the American Pale Ale.

5736255133 3f7c67378f z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyOne of their original beers, Pils, is a German-style pilsner. Crisp, hoppy, refreshing, and - might I add - fresh.

5736294669 3d84443fa3 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyEddie Stoudt called out a few raffle winners.

5748015240 a935c85b5b z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyOur friend Kasey from the Mohawk House won this sweet clock and bequeathed it upon us. It lights up the office pretty nicely. Thanks!

5736851698 780dbdccce z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyDon't forget to swing by the gift shop. They have t-shirts, glassware, hats, posters - even beer.

5736849354 3e7c068cf8 z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyYou can get some exclusive brews here that aren't in stores. Take this bottle as an example: 1860 IPA brewed specifically for McGillins Old Ale House in Philadelphia.

5736303243 3d6d2603cc z Adventures   Craft Beer Excursion To Stoudts Brewing CompanyI can honestly say this was one of the best trips I have been on in long time. Even though it was only a day, I feel like I got to take a mini-vacation to Germany and really enjoyed myself with some fine food and good beer. I would like to thank Steve and Rachel from Mohawk House, Kasey for tagging along with me, and Mike along with everyone else at High Grade for putting this trip together for the local bars and restaurants. I can't wait to go on the next one!

 

-Brian

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  1. This place looks awesome, and the little town seems like a real cool atmosphere for this brewery.

  2. This place looks great, and in such a cool little area/atmosphere.


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