Celebrate 30 Years of Stoudts Brewing at London Grill
On Wednesday, December 13 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., owner Terry Berch will host brewer Carol Stoudt of Stoudts Brewing for a festive 30th Anniversary Celebration. The pioneering local craft brewery was founded in 1987 in nearby Adamstown, PA; a beer distributor introduced Carol to Terry when installing the bar’s hand pump, and London Grill became one of the first bars to serve their beers soon after. For this party, London will pour four Stoudts beers, including their famed house beer, Willie Sutton Lager, named for the escaped convict Willie Sutton – who reportedly stopped at the neighborhood tavern (now London Grill) after escaping from nearby Eastern State Penitentiary; he was apprehended mid-pint and returned to prison.
“Today, Stoudts is known as one of the area’s best breweries, but back in 1991, they were an upstart taking a chance on a new bar to sell a beer with a funny name,” says Berch. “We knew even then that we had found something special, and we’re excited to celebrate this milestone with Carol and her team.”
Carol Stoudt was the first female brewmaster in American following Prohibition, and her brewery produces top-notch ales and lagers such as Willie Sutton, London Grill’s best-selling beer of all time thanks to its malty balance and smooth drinkability. For this anniversary event, London Grill will also pour:
- Stoudts Gold Lager, a golden-colored, smooth-bodied Munich-style Helles
- Stoudts Weizenbock, a strong wheat-based ale fashioned after the Weizenbocks of southern Germany, with rich flavors of malt, dark fruits, clove and banana
- Stoudts Oak-Aged Believer, a collaborative brew released for Stoudts 30th anniversary with the band Believer, a Double Bock that’s aged in port and red wine barrels for coffee and dark chocolate malt flavors balanced by hints of caramel and dark fruits
Stoudt will also bring a special Christmas bread, baked by her on-sit