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Snitz Creek Brewery, first brewpub in Lebanon, to open today

By , - Last modified: January 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The newest bar on the scene in downtown Lebanon and on the midstate micro-brewing map opens today.

Snitz Creek Brewery, which will brew its own beer at the 7 N. Ninth St. location, opens with a ceremony today at 4 p.m.

Co-owner and President Patrick Freer said the idea started with a beer home-brewing kit from his mother-in-law a few years ago, and it morphed into Lebanon's first brewpub.

The pub will be family-friendly, Freer said, and will feature a food menu including "The Snitzer" — a hamburger, thin-sliced Lebanon bologna, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and lettuce on a pretzel roll.

Freer said it cost about $200,000 to buy the brewing equipment, but did not divulge how much the entire operation cost to open.

Freer and the other owners started the idea last winter and have been readying the business since. They originally hoped for a fall opening.

Freer said the establishment's brewing license will allow it to brew its own beer for sale through vendors at local distributors.

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