Carol Stoudt retires after 33 years

Pennsylvania’s Stoudt’s Brewing Company to Close

From Brewbound


Stoudts Brewing Company will cease operations at the end of the winter, as founder Carol Stoudt retires after 33 years, according to a press release.

“This was a difficult decision to make,” founder Carol Stoudt said in the release. “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.”

Stoudt founded the brewery in 1987 and was the first female brewmaster after Prohibition was repealed in 1933, according to the release.

The Stoudts complex in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, also houses a restaurant, event space, bakery, market and antiques store, which will remain open after brewing operations cease. The company said it will begin scaling down production immediately and wrap up at the start of spring, as it prepares to sell the brewery.

Stoudts produced 2,400 barrels of beer in 2018, the most recent year in which production data is available from the Brewers Association.