Award-Winning LAGERS & ALES Since 1987

Carol Stoudt — first female brewmaster since prohibition

Carol Stoudt Prepares for Retirement; Brewery to Cease Operations

Adamstown, PA. February 3, 2020 — As the first female brewmaster since prohibition, Carol Stoudt helped to pioneer the Craft Brewing movement in the late eighties and early nineties by personally providing support and encouragement to fledgling breweries. Stoudt’s Microfests provided fruitful networking opportunities for brewers and members of the burgeoning craft beer industry. 
As Carol prepares for retirement, she has made the difficult decision to close the brewery that helped to inspire a generation of craft beer drinkers. “I did my part. Now it is up to the new generation to continue the tradition of innovation that defines craft beer.”
In 1987, with her husband Ed’s support, Carol added a 30 barrel brewhouse to an already thriving business which included a 70,000 square foot Antiques Mall, Restaurant & Pub, and Indoor/Outdoor Bier Garden. An on-premise bakery and cheesemaking facility would follow.
Under Carol’s leadership, Stoudts Brewing became synonymous with quality and is one of the most awarded Craft Breweries in the industry. Carol’s legacy is built on authentic German beers brewed in the time-tested Reinheitsgebot tradition. 
“This was a difficult decision to make,” says Carol, “but we’re not moving enough volume to justify the expense of keeping the brewery open. However, we’re not closing the doors to any business opportunities that could help the Stoudts brand live on.”
Production will scale down immediately and brewery operations will cease by early Spring in order to prepare the Brewery for sale.
Operations will continue as normal for all other divisions of the Stoudts enterprise. The Restaurant & Pub is adding a trivia night and Sunday brunch menus, the Bier Garden will continue to host weddings and events, and the Bakery and Antiques Mall continue to support the local community.
When asked about the future of Stoudts, Carol says “Stoudts is more than a brand or a location. We’ll just have to see what the future surprises us with.”
Stoudt Brewing Co.
(717) 484-4386

Stoudts Welcomes the IronSpire Complex to Adamstown, PA

We are excited to announce that the land and buildings that have housed Stoudts for the last 50+ years are now in the very capable hands of the IronSpire Complex.

Your Sunday destination for antiques, food, and great beer is still here, just under different ownership.

Stoudts Brewing Company is working on exciting new projects for 2022.




Golden Helles Lager

ABV 4.7% | IBU 25

Stoudts’ original brew remains an award-winning best seller andfan favorite even after 30 years. This easy-going, medium-bodied,Munich Golden Helles-style Lager is sure to tame your inner beast.



ABV 5.4% | IBU 40

Delicate and crisp, this award-winning Northern German-style Pilsis alive with the sound of music. A prelude of aromatic Saaz hopsgives way to subtle malt flavors, crescendoing perfectly to a lemonydry finish. Encore?



ABV 6.8% | IBU 70

This orange-hued IPA is brewed using Cascade and Columbus hops in the kettle and whirlpool to impart piney, citrusy hop dankness.  We then shift gears and dry hop this ale in the fermenter with a ridiculous amount of Citra and Mosaic hops for a floral, tropical explosion of hoppy goodness.  Which direction will it take you.


Scarlet Lady Ale

ABV 4.8% | IBU 32

Scarlet Lady ESB – is an English-style ale brewed with Marris Otter and Caramel malts, creating a rich, reddish-copper color and smooth malty palate.  The additions of bittering and aroma hops balances the regal, sweet maltiness and imparts a softly perfumed aroma.  Delightful with grilled or smoked salmon.  Lovely with ham and grilled marinated pork loin. 


American Pale Ale

ABV 5.1% | IBU 40

APA – is a uniquely American beer with a crisp, medium body and light amber color.  Generous additions of Warrior and Cascade hops provide a refreshing bitterness and vibrant citrus aroma.  This style has been our number one selling beer for ten years running.  A very drinkable yet hoppy year round favorite.  Very nice with grilled beef and other marinated meats.  An ideal balance to any spicy dish.  APA has been our number one best selling style for years. 



ABV 4.5% | IBU 24

Oktoberfest – This medium-bodied amber colored beer elegantly combines a touch of malty sweetness with a subtle aromatic hop character.  A traditional German-style Oktoberfest beer brewed from the finest imported ingredients.  A classic match with sausage, pork and just about anything German.  It also complements pizza and pasta dishes.  The ideal celebration style. 


Double IPA

ABV 10% | IBU 90

Double IPA – A strong and full bodied ale with intense hop characteristics and a deep golden color.  Multiple kettle hop additions and generous dry hopping contribute to the powerful bittering and fragrant hop character of this beer.  Double IPA pairs nicely with shellfish and spicy dishes. 


Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout

ABV 9% | IBU 55

Fat Dog Stout – A unique ale merging the smooth and complex richness of an Oatmeal Stout with the assertive hoppiness of an Imperial Stout.  Fat Dog has an inviting silky black color and a prominent roasted malt character with a chocolate and coffee-like finish.  Fat Dog complements raw oysters, creamy desserts, and anything chocolate!

Believer Barrel Aged Series


Believer Double Bock

ABV 6% | IBU 24

Aged in red wine barrels.  Blends coffee and dark chocolate malt flavors with hints of caramel and dark fruits. 



Believer Grisette



Believer Tripel

ABV 9.4% | IBU 25

Aged in white wine barrels, this Belgian-inspired Tripel ale blends the flavors of spicy phenolics and fruity esters with subtle grape notes for a soft fruit and oaky taste. 

Queen of Hops Series

Hazy IPA


Hibiscus IPA

Grape Juicy IPA