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A New Brew is Ready for Pouring

Posted on: 4:47 pm, May 15, 2012, by , updated on: 05:40pm, May 15, 2012

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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