When I drove through Wilkes-Barre in 2001, a beer dock guy told me that Stegmaier was still brewed, but sold only in 16-ounce returnable bottles and on draft. "It’s an old guy’s beer, mostly," he admitted sheepishly.
The original Stegmaier Brewery east of downtown was the first million-barrel-capacity facility east of the Mississippi. The company closed in the 1970’s, merging with local rival The Lion, Inc. (brewers of Gibbons and Bartel’s). It reportedly cost them over $100,000 a month just to heat the plant in the winter.
The brand that The Lion made that I miss is Liebotschaner Cream Ale. We used to have it here in Georgia in the early 1980’s.
Keystonily, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Central.