Southern Tier Brewing Company has been in operation since 2004,
Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen ("Skip") Yahn started
the brewery with the vision of bringing small batch brewing
back to a region rich in brewing tradition.
In 2003 Skip and Phin purchased the defunct
Old Saddleback Brewing Co.in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
All the equipment was removed, brought back to Lakewood and
set up at its new home located within the Stoneman Business Park.
In the beginning flagship brands were Pilsner ,Mild Ale and IPA.
As it turned out the flagships were a flop and the IPA was a huge success!
They next launched a line of seasonal beers.
Multiple expansions have been made to keep up with
demand and the brewery continues to innovate and produce new products.
★Awards & Press★
BeerAdvocate magazine has listed the brewery
in the top 50 American Breweries in their June 2007 issue.
Of nearly 1400 breweries and brew pubs in the US,
being named the top 2.5% (35th) is quite an achievement for the young
This listing came on the heals of the May/June 2007 issue of The New Brewer
Journal of the Brewers Association which listed the brewery as the 39th
largest in America in 2006, noting an increase in volume of 140% since 2005.
In addition to these accolades, the 2007 Tap New York Beer Festival recently
awarded Southern Tier’s ‘'Unearthly’ Imperial India Pale Ale “Best Beer
in New York State. ‘Unearthly’ was also named the 81st “Best Beer in the
World” by BeerAdvocate in their May 2007 issue. The October 2007 issue of
Bon App?tit magazine featured a beer pairing article complementing ‘Hoppe’
Imperial Extra Pale Ale.