Who is going to drive from Virginia or New York and climb up the 1700 feet or so to get to St. Marys, PA to return some empty beer cases to the Straub Brewery? I only ever saw the returnable cases being sold at the brewery or in towns close to St. Marys. Straub must now be the target of every fiberboard case thief and home brewer looking to buy bottles for less-than-retail.
I grew up in St. Marys, PA. First, you need to understand that the town is made up of 98% German Catholics who love their beer. It's reported that the first thing the Settlers did was build a Church, the second was the Brewery. Recent evidence suggests that the order of completion may have been the reverse!
Back in the day, you used to sit your empty case(s) out on your porch or stoop. Straubs had regular route drivers that would come to your house on a given day, just like the Milkman, and pick up your empty cases and leave full ones. You just left a note for how many cases you wanted. If it was winter, you just left your front door unlocked and the "Beer Man" would set your cases inside the house. Once a week or whenever payday was, you would go up to the Brewery, draw a couple free ones from the "Eternal Tap", stand around, sip your brew and swap stories with the guys, wash your glass and go to the office & pay your bill! All the worlds problems were solved in that tap room!
The "Eternal Tap" is still in operation last I checked. From their web site www.straubbeer.com
- If you're one of the thousands of Straub fans who have stopped by to enjoy a refreshing free Straub Beer from our Eternal Tap, we invite you to return again soon. And if you've never visited the Straub Brewery, what are you waiting for?! We'll be looking for you!
To Quote Archie Bunker, "Those were the days!"
(And Yes! I have a Straubs Fiberboard Case that is probably 40 years old)
post edited by Foodbme - 2010/08/19 20:33:31