Stoudts Brewing Company partners with Evil Genius on revival two years after closing

After Stoudts Brewing Company closed its doors in Adamstown in 2020, the craft brewery is returning to draft lines throughout the region with a partnership with Fishtown-based Evil Genius.

Carol Stoudt opened one of the Pennsylvania’s first craft breweries in 1987 when she and her husband sought to expand their restaurant business by brewing their own beer. In 2020, the couple closed the brewery in Lancaster County and retired to New England. 

Still, Stoudt left hope that the brand could be revived. Stoudts and Evil Genius are set to release at least four of the Lancaster County brewery’s signature beers. The beer will appear on draft lines throughout Philadelphia, northeastern Pennsylvania, and central Pennsylvania. 

As more releases are announced through Stoudts’ official website, the beer will be distributed across five counties surrounding the city.

“I was disappointed when they announced they were closing,” said Trevor Hayward, co-founder of Evil Genius. “I’ve known Carol for many years, having attended her legendary beer fests and becoming close friends, so helping to relaunch Stoudts just made sense. People were missing out on really fantastic beer and we wanted to help bring that back for them.” 

At its height, Stoudts Brewing Company produced German-style lagers and ales to 20 different states across the country. 

Stoudt became the first female brewer in the country since prohibition when she founded the brand, and has since served as a pioneer for female brewers throughout the country. 

“It’s important to continue this legacy of equality and pursuit of innovation,” said Stoudt. “When we closed the brewhouse in 2020 we had no intention of retiring the brand. We just needed the right situation to bring Stoudts back to the forefront of the market.” 

Stoudts Evil GeniusCourtesy of/Kory Aversa

Carol Stoudt opened Stoudts Brewing Company with her husband in 1987, becoming the first female brewer since prohibition. In its 33 years of business, Stoudts made a name for itself as one of the pioneers of Pennsylvania’s craft brewing industry.

Through its partnership with Evil Genius, Stoudts will release its signature Oktoberfest lager starting on Monday, just ahead of fall festival season. 

The German-style lager is brewed with imported ingredients, and has become a personal favorite among the brand’s leadership and throughout the region. 

“Stoudts was founded on Gemutlichkeit — there’s no direct translation but we explain it as like-minded people having a great time together,” said Kurt Bachman, Carol’s business partner and vice president of Stoudts. “We created our Oktoberfest beer with the hope that you get this feeling with every sip.” 

The beer will be brewed at Evil Genius’ Fishtown brewery for the foreseeable future, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. It will not yet be available in cans or bottles, but will be sold wholesale in kegs. 

Though many of the beers will be re-releases from the original Stoudts brand, the Inquirer reported that Stoudt and Evil Genius head brewer Matt Lally are working on a winter beer. Stoudt will play a role in the revived brand, though at a limited capacity because of her retirement. 

Following the initial release of the Oktoberfest lager this month, Stoudts and Evil Genius will release Stoudts Gold later this year, with more to come in 2023. 

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