Outside the Southern Tier Brewing Co. location in Lakewood, New York

Outside the Southern Tier Brewing Co. location in Lakewood, New York

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

After several years of professional brewery experience in Chicago, founders Phineas and Sara DeMink had a vision of bringing craft beers to a region rich in brewing heritage, but essentially devoid of production breweries.

Southern Tier Brewing Co. began in 2002 with second-hand equipment in the rural countryside near Lakewood, New York. By 2005, STBC covered most of the state as well as Pennsylvania. Demand soon outgrew capacity, and in 2009 a new brewery was built on adjacent property. Several additions later, a new 110 BBL brewhouse was constructed in late winter of 2013 and by autumn a 45,000 sq. ft. distribution center, and a water treatment facility were opened. Continuous investments in quality, team, tools, and technology have helped STBC grow into one of the top breweries in the country.

History

For us, good living means exploring – the opposite of “comfortable.” It’s not just about craft, but about questing, questioning, transforming “What If” into “Here’s How,” by way of an experiment so crazy, it just might work.

Exploration is the line from local beer maker to World-Class Brewer. It’s a pioneer impulse, and it sets the authentic, rural heartbeat of Southern Tier. It’s how we got here. And by the time others catch up, it’ll be why we’re already somewhere else.

From our wildly innovative founder, Phin DeMink, who’s still a daily inspiration, to the new generation of brewers, thinkers, and drinkers who share our pursuit of what’s next, we keep honing the creative edge of brewing discovery.

In 2002, founders Phineas DeMink, Sara DeMink and Allen “Skip” Yahn started the brewery with the vision of reviving small-batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. With equipment from the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Southern Tier Brewing Company began production in the woods just outside of Lakewood, New York.

On April 7, 2003, Southern Tier held its grand opening with the original lineup IPA, Pilsner, Mild and Porter and began to distribute small batch ales locally.

As one of the pioneers of the dessert stout, Southern Tier launched the Blackwater Series Imperial Stout line in 2005 with bold, decadent flavors. This has opened the door for innovative new stout segments over the years like pastry stouts.

In 2009, Southern Tier added a 20,000 sq-ft building to the property to keep up with the rapidly growing demand nationally and internationally. The new building included 800 barrels of fermentation vessels, new 20 barrel and 50 barrel systems, a 7,500 sq ft conditioning room and the most high-tech, state-of-the-art bottling line of its size in North America, bottling 10,000 bottles per hour at full speed.

In 2011, Southern Tier’s cellar was expanded to allow for more than 3,200 BBL of fermentation space.

In 2012, Southern Tier began the installation of a 110 Barrel Steinecker Brewhouse. Built in Germany, Southern Tier actually assembled the building around the new brewhouse. Overlooking the new brewhouse, is the Brewhouse Tasting Room, which is also the ending point of the Saturday afternoon tours. With 14 fresh draught lines, a fireplace and a cozy vibe, it is a pleasant place to enjoy samples of our many beers. The Brewhouse Tasting Room is perfect for private events (call 716.763.5479×204 to book yours).

Autumn 2013 saw more construction on our expanding campus. A 45,000-sq-ft warehouse and distribution center was built as well as a wastewater treatment facility and “Yeast wing.” The yeast parlor includes automated yeast propagation and storage. Yeast is harvested at 3-4 days old, extracted and drawn (approximately 24BBL x 3 tanks) 5BBL from 100 BBL of fermenting beer. Yeast is held in “suspended animation”. Wort stream from the brewhouse goes through yeast parlor, then to FV.

The brewer began operation of Southern Tier Distilling Company in 2015, makers of craft spirits including bourbon, tequila, vodka, gin, canned cocktails and vodka-based seltzer.

2016 was a big year. Southern Tier opened the distillery, launched a packaging refresh, and announced the partnership with Victory Brewing Company. Two new 30BBL fermenters arrived, along with a 2-barrel nano-brewhouse. We began testing batches of new and innovative brews that you can taste in our taprooms. Speaking of the bar… we raised the bar when we installed a state-of-the-art canning line & began canning some of our most popular ales & lagers. The busy year finished by improving Quality Assurance with a new automatic fill-level check from Filtec and implementing new programs in Safety. Last, but not least, computer tech in the cellar and a new automatic palletizer were installed.

Like the folks that call this region home, rather than sit back and simply toast all that hard work, the team jumped into 2017 – opening Southern Tier’s first satellite taproom opened in Pittsburgh, PA. The North Shore (316 N. Shore Dr.) facility boasts a full kitchen, a 10 hL German-built brewhouse, local-only beers + STBC favorites and a 10,000 sq. ft. beer garden.

In 2018, Southern Tier’s second satellite taproom opened in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2020, the brewery is introducing a new line of craft ciders, Southern Tier Cider Works and a new line of craft hard seltzers, Hi-Current.

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Inside the taproom at the Southern Tier Brewing Co. location in Lakewood, New York

Inside the taproom at the Southern Tier Brewing Co. location in Lakewood, New York

This brewery has multiple locations.

The Empty Pint

  • 2072 Stoneman Cir
  • Lakewood, NY 14750-9779
  • United States
  • (716) 763-5479

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 6 PM
  • Monday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 4 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 12 PM - 10 PM
  • Saturday: 12 PM - 10 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Southern Tier Brewery Cleveland

  • 811 Prospect Ave E
  • Cleveland, OH 44115
  • United States
  • (440) 484-4045

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Southern Tier Brewery Pittsburgh

  • 316 N Shore Dr
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • United States
  • (412) 301-2337

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 12 AM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

This brewery has multiple locations.

Brewers at 4001 Yancey

  • 4001-A Yancey Rd
  • Charlotte, NC 28217
  • United States
  • (704) 452-4001

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 11 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 11 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

Either a brewery tour is not available at this location, isn’t offered on a set schedule, or that information hasn’t been made available.

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Beers

A selection of beers from Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
2XSMASH Review American Double IPA8.1243
Citra Hopped Live Pale Ale Review American Pale Ale5.5165
Imperial Pumpking Review Pumpkin Ale8.630258
Nu Skool IPA Review American IPA6.055180
Southern Tier Pilsner ReviewPilsener5.040150
Tangier IPA Review Session IPA4.6138

News

Southern Tier Brewing Co. in the News

Southern Tier Brewing Launches Hi-Current Craft Hard Seltzer

Southern Tier Brewing Co. will chart new territory and innovate within the craft hard seltzer space with the launch of its Hi-Current line. Read More

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Southern Tier Brewing Launches Cider Works

Southern Tier Brewing Co. know no bounds when it comes to big flavor and have created a new line of refreshing ciders called Southern Tier Cider Works. Read More

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Southern Tier Brewing Adds Muse Rosé Ale to Core Offering

Southern Tier Brewing Company announces the launch of a new wine and beer hybrid, Muse Rosé Ale, to its portfolio of year round brands. Read More

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Southern Tier Brewing in Cleveland, Ohio

Southern Tier Brewing Co. continues a recent growth spurt with plans to open a new taproom in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

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