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Second Saturday Presentation: Brewing in York

250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

February 12, 2022


10:30-11:30 a.m.


Presented by: York County History Center - Historical Society Museum, Library/Archives

Location: York County History Center - Historical Society Museum, Library/Archives


Rich Wagner will share information and images about the history of brewing in York from the borough’s earliest breweries to present day.

Rich Wagner has been researching Pennsylvania brewing history since 1980. In 1990 he brewed at Pennsbury Manor using reproductions of 17th century equipment. Two years later he worked with a cooper to make his own system and has taken it on the road to demonstrate the brewing process of antiquity at historical sites and festivals.

In 1994 he earned a diploma in brewing technology from the Siebel Institute in Chicago and worked in Philadelphia craft breweries over a seven-year period. Since his retirement as a high school science teacher, he has devoted his time to writing and speaking. He has given tours of breweries in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Lehigh Valley and South-Central Pennsylvania and published guidebooks to go with each tour.