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First brewpub in Lebanon County opening this month

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Owners of the first brewery in Lebanon County announced Thursday they will open for business in about two weeks.

The owners of Snitz Creek Brewery, at 7 N. Ninth St. in downtown Lebanon, took to social media to confirm it will open Jan. 16.

On the brewery's Facebook page, they posted a picture of the signed and approved liquor licenses from the state with the message, "It's official ... we're legal!" with the opening announcement.

Patrick J. Freer Jr. of Lebanon is listed as the president and vice president of both the pub and the on-site brewery, according to the applications with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Freer is also the vice president of Strickler Insurance in Lebanon.

Efforts to reach Freer Friday morning were unsuccessful.

Charles Hildebrand, president of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, is listed as the manager and steward of the pub.

Larry Bowman, president and CEO of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Carrie Boyer, a school board member at Eastern Lebanon County School District, are listed on the application as stockholders.

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