Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York, has been in operation since 2004, and currently produces over 12,000 barrels annually, equivalent to over 3.96 million 12 ounce bottles of beer! Beer drinkers in 17 states and parts of Canada are now enjoying hand crafted ales brewed in a modest 10,000 square foot facility in rural western New York State.
Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen (“Skip”) Yahn started the brewery with the vision of bringing small batch brewing back to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2003 Skip and Phin purchased the defunct Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. All the equipment was removed, brought back to Lakewood and set up at its new home located within the Stoneman Business Park. The Brewery began distributing regionally in February 2004. By 2005 sales covered the majority of New York State and the eastern half of Pennsylvania. In the beginning their two flagship brands were Pilsner and Mild Ale and they also brewed IPA. As it turned out the flagships were a flop and the IPA was a huge success! They next launched a line of seasonal beers which gained great success. Since the beginning, Southern Tier has experienced steady growth, currently distributing to over 34% of the United States. Multiple expansions have been made to keep up with demandand the brewery continues to innovate and produce new products.