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For more than 100 years, a statue of Frederick Lauer, a pioneering brewer, has stood tall in Reading's City Park. Now, four plaques, believed to be bronze, have been removed / stolen from the statue's sides.
The Brewers of Pennsylvania, the state's official Brewing Guild, in conjunction with other nationwide partners, want to fully restore the statue.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 150 breweries. This state is rich in brewing history and continues to grow. Please join with us, raise your glass and pitch in to help restore the Frederick Lauer statue.
- Any $75 donation (includes free shipping) will be rewarded with a BOP Enthusiast Membership, a custom BOP logo-SIC Cup (Seriously Ice Cold) Stainless Steel Double Wall Travel Tumbler & BOP Metal Credit Card Bottle Opener.
The statue of Frederick Lauer was the first statue erected in Reading. In 1885, the United States Brewers' Association hired Henri Stephens to create the Lauer statue, and, with the consent of City Council, placed it in City Park. The physical structure is quite tall, and consists of two parts. The top part of the monument is a life-size likeness of Lauer, cast in bronze. He is portrayed wearing a suit which is covered by a long overcoat. The statue stands on a four-sided cement pedestal, with each side containing a plaque. These plaques serve as a guide to investigating Frederick Lauer as a brewer and a citizen, which in turn, reveals more about the nineteenth-century Reading community.
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Brewers of Pennsylvania
We believe in the nobility of brewing and hold dear the great traditions and history of Pennsylvania brewing.
The Brewers of Pennsylvania is a 501c6 trade association that brings together leaders of Pennsylvania based breweries in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state. Established in 2011, the Brewers of Pennsylvania serves the consuming public of Pennsylvania by encouraging brand diversity in the market. We strive to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through marketing, events, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused beer industry. In short, we serve as the shield and sword for the beer industry in Pennsylvania.