Stoudts Brewing Company Returns and Partners with Evil Genius Beer Company

A Pennsylvania-based craft brewing pioneer is making its triumphant return to the state’s beer scene this fall. Stoudts, one of Pennsylvania’s first craft breweries, closed after more than 30 years in operation in 2020. Now, just two years later, the pioneering brewery is back, having partnered with Evil Genius Beer Company. Stoudts Oktoberfest, a traditional German-style Lager, returns August 1 throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, northeastern Pennsylvania and central Pennsylvania. The return of the signature beer is timed perfectly for the upcoming Fall Festival and Oktoberfest season.

Founded in 1987, long before “craft beer” was a term or even a household thing, the Stoudts Brewing Company produced authentic German-style ales and lagers, distributed in 20 different states in its heyday. Carol Stoudt, the brand’s founder, is a long-time pioneer in the brewing industry. She became the first female head brewer since Prohibition and served as an inspiration to both women in the industry and all lovers of good beer. “It’s important to continue this legacy of equality and the pursuit of innovation,” Stoudt said herself. “When we closed the brewery in 2020, we had no intention of retiring the brand. We just needed the right situation to bring Stoudts back to the forefront of the market.”

In an effort to jump-start the brewing process, the Stoudts family teamed up with the Philadelphia-based Evil Genius Beer Company. “I was disappointed when they announced they were closing,” said Evil Genius co-founder Trevor Hayward. meaning. People were running out of really fantastic beers and we wanted to help bring them back.”

The brewery returns with Stoudts Oktoberfest, a traditional German-style lager. This local favorite is brewed with the finest imported ingredients, allowing it to elegantly combine a hint of malty sweetness with a subtle hop aroma. “Stoudts was founded on Gemütlichkeit – there is no direct translation but we explain it as like-minded people having a good time together. We created our Oktoberfest beer in the hope that you feel this feeling with every sip,” said Kurt Bachman, Carol’s company. partner and vice-president of Stoudts. .

“Carol has been admired by many in our industry – and it’s an honor to continue her legacy and introduce authentic German-style beers to a new generation,” said Evil Genius Project Manager Jenna Greb.

Stoudts has revitalized its ties with its distribution partners to roll out its beer in the central and northeastern parts of the state. Muller Inc. will distribute the Stoudts brand in the Philadelphia Five Counties area. LT Verrastro Inc. will supply the product in the Northeast counties, Ace Distributing will be their partner for the York and Harrisburg regions, and Origlio Beverage will transport them to the Lehigh Valley.

Stoudts Oktoberfest will be available from August 1 in full kegs and sixtels just in time for the timeless celebratory season. The brewery plans to follow up the release with its award-winning Stoudts Gold later this year, with even more offerings available throughout 2023 and beyond. For more information on Stoudts, visit or follow them on social media @stoudtsbeer.

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