Microbrewery with Pub in Lebanon, PA: Snitz Creek Brewery

An Inviting Sight

The welcoming exterior of a microbrewery and pub in downtown Lebanon, PA.
The welcoming exterior of a microbrewery and pub in downtown Lebanon, PA. | Source

Comfortable, Yet Trendy, Pub

It is GREAT to have a microbrewery with pub in small town Lebanon, Pennsylvania. This is an area which feels dominated by farming, blue collar work, and farming. Natives pronounce the town name in the Pennsylvania German dialect as "LEP' nun." The county is the home of the Amish Mafia don, Lebanon Levi. Are you getting the picture? Sophistication is not easily found in this gentle, bucolic county. The Snitz Creek Brewery is definitely filling a gap while maintaining a casual atmosphere comfortable to all.

Snitz Creek Brewery and Pub is at an easy location to find, in fact, a high profile location. It sits at the intersection of two major streets in the downtown business district. Plus, a traffic light at that intersection permits travelers stopped for the red light to take a better look. Motorists who notice it while passing can rather easily swing around the block to return to it and a parking place.

Brewed on Location

These tanks are a clean and welcome part of the ambience of Snitz Creek Brewery.
These tanks are a clean and welcome part of the ambience of Snitz Creek Brewery. | Source

Why the Name Snitz Creek?

Snitz Creek is a tiny spring-fed creek which originates near the southernmost part of this small Pennsylvania County at the town of Cornwall. (There is an iron-making historic site there, as well.) It burbles along to the north sometimes passing back underground, but then switches to a westerly course before it reaches the city of Lebanon. Snitz Creek eventually feeds into the city's notorious Quittipahilla Creek.

The current partner-owners of Snitz Creek Brewery and pub were the original brewers. They both live in the southern part of Lebanon County where the real Snitz Creek originates. Although the water from Snitz Creek is not in the beers crafted, the brewers used the cool waters of the creek to cool down the brew before the fermentation stage. NOW they have hired a fantastic master brewer and the brewing occurs right at the pub's location in the center of downtown Lebanon.


Snitz Creek in South Central Pennsylvania

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A markerCornwall, PA -
Cornwall, PA, USA
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Cornwall, where the spring feeding Snitz Creek bubbles forth and the creek originates.

B markerCumberland Street and Lilac Alley, Lebanon, PA -
Cumberland Street & Lilac Alley, North Cornwall, PA 17042, USA
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This is where Snitz Creek feeds into the Quittapahilla Creek.

C markerSNITZ CREEK BREWERY and pub -
Cumberland Street & South 9th Street, Lebanon, PA 17042, USA
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The Fly Fishing Theme

The Snitz Creek Brewery has a marvelous logo which is subtle, artistic and surprising after one truly studies it. After driving past the brewpub location multiple times, I knew I liked the artistic pen-and-ink style drawing. It reminded me of nature, the countryside, and pure and fresh beer-making. I thought it depicted a pine cone and a spray of long-needled Scotch pine. Then, upon sitting at the bar inside, I revised my thinking to conclude that it was some sort of water dragonfly with wings outstretched and sporting a wicked stinger! I must think like a fish, because that is what fisherpeople would want this item to resemble. In an "aha!" moment, I finally realized that the logo is a fishing hook and lure. It is very well done and appealing!

The fly fishing motif carries throughout the pub in various ways. Menu items refer to anglers, opening day (of fishing season), brown trout, tackle boxes, a keeper, and hooks, lines, and sinkers. Even the handles of the draft beers are cleverly made to resemble old-fashioned cork fishing rod handles with antique reels. This is imaginative and attractive. Well done!

Fishing Theme

The handles for the draft beers are fashioned as cork rod handles with antique reels.
The handles for the draft beers are fashioned as cork rod handles with antique reels. | Source
Look at this cleverly disguised fishing hook and lure.
Look at this cleverly disguised fishing hook and lure. | Source

The Beverages

As is the case with microbreweries, one cannot expect to find national or regional beers there. The Snitz Creek pub offers 12 of its own hand-crafted beers on tap. There are six year-round regular brews plus six rotating seasonals developed by the master brewer. Snitz Creek refers to those seasonals as its “midge series.”

For patrons who prefer a refreshing glass of wine, Snitz Creek graciously stocks wines from local vineyards. This hometown/home state loyalty is dear.


The Hand Crafted Regulars on Tap

The beer regulars are described in this handy chart.
The beer regulars are described in this handy chart. | Source

Pub Food: VERY Local

The menu is quite adequate and heavily locally-sourced. This adds to the unique vibe of Snitz Creek. At what other pub can one order a Lebanon Bologna sandwich on a pretzel roll, burgers made from Laudermilch beef, hand-made Shuey's pretzels with dipping mustard, whoopie pies, or opera fudge? This is SO Lebanon County!!!!!

By the way, prices are quite reasonable.

Snitz Creek Brewery Menu

Take a close look at this unique menu with local suppliers.
Take a close look at this unique menu with local suppliers. | Source

A Cozy Atmoshere In the Pub

The interior is marked by its "casual comfy" style using wood as a central element. This further enhances the feel that one is in an old fishing lodge from the last century. The floor is wooden, the bar is made of old barn planks, and the tables have dark wood inlaid on blonde wood with the grain and knots adding to the atmosphere. This is a refreshing difference from total chrome and steel subway stop bars. The Snitz Creek Brewery seats 80 inside.

Inside the Pub

Snitz Creek's interior boasts wooden tables and floor.
Snitz Creek's interior boasts wooden tables and floor. | Source
Another view of the inside including the bar on the right.  I have altered the photo to block light coming from the door and window along 9th street.
Another view of the inside including the bar on the right. I have altered the photo to block light coming from the door and window along 9th street. | Source

Outdoor Patio Deck

Outside there is seating for 40. Portable kerosene heaters are spread throughout the deck, if needed. Otherwise, market umbrellas provide shade. Privacy from the rest of downtown is guaranteed with a wooden fence.

Outdoor Patio

The deck is protected from view by greenery and a privacy fence.
The deck is protected from view by greenery and a privacy fence. | Source
An inviting outdoor deck at Snitz Creek Brewery.
An inviting outdoor deck at Snitz Creek Brewery. | Source
The patio is on the southern side of the pub.
The patio is on the southern side of the pub. | Source

Solar Panel and Eco-Commitment

Yes, consumers do look for green-conscious businesses. Snitz Creek is a winner in this category as well. Rooftop solar panels heat the brewery's water system. Furthermore, spent grains are given to farmers for composting. The parking lot is a permeable gravel lot, so rainwater is not diverted and troublesome.

One of the Solar Panels

The first of an array of  solar panels.
The first of an array of solar panels. | Source

Parking

Snitz Creek Brewery shares parking with another downtown business. The gravel lot next to the pub's patio is available for patrons after 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and after 11:00 am on weekends. In case of overflow, there is on street parking. Also, this is not advice coming from the pub, but many people know that there are often parking spots available at the large lot on the southeast corner of 9th and Cumberland Street near the upscale shops, farmers’ market and Niko’s restaurant.

Chalkboard announces summer midge brews.
Chalkboard announces summer midge brews. | Source
Snitz Creek Brewery sits at the prime location of 9th and Cumberland Streets, Lebanon, PA.
Snitz Creek Brewery sits at the prime location of 9th and Cumberland Streets, Lebanon, PA. | Source
Parking is available at the pub.
Parking is available at the pub. | Source

Hours and Other Useful Info

The pub regular hours are

Tuesday through Thursday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

On Mondays, the establishment is closed.

For those from larger cities, these hours may appear surprisingly short. However, this IS the city of Lebanon. These hours are reasonable for the location. (Many independent businesses in Lebanon County do not operate at all on Sundays.)

Check for special events such as 5K Fun Runs for charity or holiday events on the web page.


7 North 9th Street

Lebanon, PA 17046

(717) 450-4467

http://www.snitzcreekbrewery.com

A Good Place to Frequent

Great atmosphere, local foods, and interesting beers and wines mark this venue. Add to these features, the reasonable prices and a very convenient location with good parking. Taken together, I think that thy insure that the Snitz Creek Brewery is destined to gain many regular patrons and enjoy success!

Keep your eye on this pub!
Keep your eye on this pub! | Source

Photos and text 2014 Maren E. Morgan.

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ThelmaC 2 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Good writing job. Very detailed and clearly presented info as well as lots of good pictures.


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

ThelmaC, thank you! Pictures help in reviewing a location.


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It looks like a great destination! Thanks for sharing. :)


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, randomcreative. But if you travel this close to me, you must let me take you there.

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