Lion Brewery

Wilkes-Barre, PA

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  • Mini mcsorleys ale

    McSorleys Ale

    Irish Red Ale · 3.9% ABV

    We brew McSorley's Ale with carefully malted barley and European style hops to create a light-bodied, aromatic, Irish-style specialty ale.
  • Mini fix 1864

    Fix 1864

    Premium Lager · 5.4% ABV

    Fix, the national beer of Greece, is now brewed under special license by one of North America’s most honored regional brewers.
  • Mini stegmaier pumpkin ale

    Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale

    Spiced Beer · 5.5% ABV

    Pours hazy burnt Orange with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel, pumpkin pie and cinnamon.
  • Mini stegmaier ipa

    Stegmaier IPA

    IPA · 6.8% ABV

    Brewed with American malts and aggressively hopped with three varieties of American hops, Centennial, Cascade, and Nugget.
  • Mini lionshead ipa

    Lionshead IPA

    IPA · 6.8% ABV

    American IPA
  • Mini stegmaier gold medal

    Stegmaier Gold Medal

    Pale Lager · 4.5% ABV

    Steg Gold, a classic American lager, is very crisp and clean and easy to drink.
  • Mini lion imperial stout 2

    Lion Imperial Stout

    Strong Pale Lager · 8.0% ABV

    Lion Imperial stout is specially brewed to achieve its high alcohol content. The finest natural ingredients deliver a rich, smooth taste and refreshment.
  • Mini stegmaier porter

    Stegmaier Porter

    Porter · 5.4% ABV

    Steg Porter, a robust porter brewed with ale yeast, has a strong malt flavor with some burnt, chocolate and coffee notes and a pleasing roasty finish.
  • Mini stegmaier winter warmer

    Stegmaier Winter Warmer

    Winter Warmer · 7.2% ABV

    Traditionally known as Old World Ale, it boasts a brilliant reddish orange color and a full chewy body.
  • Mini lion limited stout

    Lion Limited Stout

    Foreign Stout · 8.8% ABV

    The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley...
  • Mini lion stout 2014 3

    Lion Stout 2014

    Stout · 8.8% ABV

    The 8.0 per cent abv, bottle conditioned beer is brewed from British, Czech and Danish malts with Styrian hops and an English yeast strain...
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    Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale

    6.5% ABV

    You’ve discovered Moerlein Christkindl - a Winter Warmer inspired by the German spirit of Holiday gift-giving. Unwrap this large malt-bodied ale with the essence of chocolate sweetness...
  • Mini stegmaier amber lager

    Stegmaier Amber Lager

    Vienna Lager · 5.3% ABV

    Golden copper caramel orange with a thick frotyh head. Sweet sugary grain and caramel malt.
  • Mini lion stout 2013 2

    Lion Stout 2013

    Stout · 8.8% ABV

    The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley...
  • Mini stegmaier oktoberfest

    Stegmaier Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest · 6.1% ABV

    Expertly brewed by the award-winning Master Brewers of The Lion Brewery, it boasts a brilliant reddish-brown color and full-body for the true beer drinker.
  • Mini stegmaier pale ale

    Stegmaier Pale Ale

    American Pale Ale · 4.3% ABV

    Stegmaier Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed with American grown tow-row and specialty malts, plus a subtle touch of of imported Belgian malt.
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    66 Pilsner

    Pilsner · 4.5% ABV

    This deluxe American Pilsner is brewed with premium American malt, and a perfect touch of American grown hops.
  • Mini christian moerlein honey almond otr ale 2

    Christian Moerlein Honey Almond OTR Ale

    5.4% ABV

    The aroma was sweet and malty with lots of almond extract in it. This beer was immensely sweet and the almond flavor was good, but almost overwhelming.
  • Mini lionshead oktoberfest 2

    Lionshead Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest

  • Mini lion tropical read ale 1

    Lion Tropical Read Ale

    Amber Ale · 6.5% ABV

    Fruity red brew,passionfruit and mango notes.
  • Mini stegmaier cellar pickin peach 1

    Stegmaier Cellar Pickin' Peach

    American Pale Ale · 5.2% ABV

    Pickin Peach Pale Ale uses 2-row, Munich, Ashburne and Carapils malts with additions of the finest peach puree and a touch of local honey.
  • Mini stegmaier holiday warmer

    Stegmaier Holiday Warmer

    7.2% ABV

    English Strong Ale
  • Mini stegmaier liebotschaner cream ale 1

    Stegmaier Liebotschaner Cream Ale

    Cream Ale · 5.0% ABV

    A refreshing beer that is brewed with lager yeast at higher a higher than usual temperature to give it a creamy ale like taste with a malty aroma...
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    Steinlager Classic

    Premium Lager · 5.0% ABV

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    straight pale ale

    IPA · 4.5% ABV

    Tropical, aromatic hop profile and tailored blend of malted barley. Designed for hot, humid climate

About the brewery

The Lion Brewery traces its roots to 1905, when the Luzerne County Brewing Company built a brew house in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on land purchased for one dollar from the Delaware and Hudson railroad. The new firm, which had a capacity of 100,000 31-gallon barrels per year, changed its name to The Lion Brewery in 1912 and made beer until “Prohibition was enacted in 1920. It then turned to making “near beer;’ a grain-based beverage that contained one-half of 1 percent alcohol, about one-tenth that of beer.

Like most brewers, the company struggled to survive during Prohibition, but when the law was repealed in 1933 it was purchased by Ted Smulowitz and Leo Swartz, who renamed it The Lion, Inc., and began making beer under the Gibbons brand name. Swartz later sold his stake to the Smulowitz family, who took full control of the operation. By the 1940s the brewery had grown to produce an average of 200,000 barrels of beer per year, and in 1954 the company installed a new 390-barrel copper brewing kettle to further boost capacity.

In 1967 the company bought the Bartels brand from a brewery in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, and in 1974 it acquired the beers of larger local rival Stegmaier, which had recently gone under. The firm was now the only brewery left in Northeastern Pennsylvania, which had once been home to 28. Stegmaier had been founded in 1857 in Wilkes-Barre by German-born Charles Stegmaier, and had grown to become one of the largest brewers in the state. Stegmaier’s Gold Medal and Liebotschaner Cream Ale joined the Gibbons and Bartels brands, which were supplemented in 1977 by the acquisition of Esslinger beer of Philadelphia. The Smulowitz family privately owned and operated the brewery until 1993. Changes in ownership occurred over the next fourteen years and today the Brewery is owned by a management led investment group.

Currently the Lion Brewery produces approximately 50,000 bbls/annually of their own beers for regional distribution in the Northeast. In addition to its own line of beers, Lion produces contract beverages for other companies including beers, soft drinks, maltas, and energy drinks.

Other brands that have been produced in the past include the above named Gibbons, Bartels, and Esslinger brands, as well Stegmaier 1857 first produced in 1989, a Gold Medal Winner for American Premium Lager at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado, while Liebotschaner Cream Ale won a Gold Medal for American Cream Ale. The Brewery Hill brand, named after the location of the former Stegmaier Brewery and Pocono Lager line named after the Pocono Mountains, were other beer lines that have been produced over the years.

Over 100 years old and going strong, The Lion Brewery has survived Prohibition and industry consolidation to find its niche making a range of alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages. The Brewery’s own beers continue to be the local favorites in the hometown market.

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