Drunks across the Valley are crying in their Old Milwaukee this morning over the news that Stone Brewing Co. will not be bringing its new brewery to the area. The company, based in California, has narrowed the choices for an east coast brewery to three cities. Allentown and Bethlehem were left off of the list. Understandably so, I believe. Although the Lehigh Valley is festooned with bars and populated in large part by beer drinking illiterates, Stone Brewing does not cater to this type of crowd. Its products are craft brewed ales and these products beckon to folks who are a tad bit more sophisticated in their beer selections. I mean seriously, can you see anyone in Whitehall drinking a genuine craft brew? Neither can I. Coors Light, Piels and other low grade brands make the cut in this area. Yuengling is as close to a craft brew as you’ll get in the Valley.
Maybe Natural Light will come to the area sometime soon.