Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery has officially opened its doors at 840 N. 7th St. in Lebanon. Take a tour with LebTown as we walk through the newly reopened historic brewery.

Before we begin, take a moment to appreciate the history of the building. You should read our full story from 2021 but here’s an abridged version.

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The building was built in 1856 by brewer Henry Hartman, just down the street from the oldest brewery in the county (Charles Arnt’s, which began operating as early as 1759). The building changed hands several more times before ending up as Lebanon Brewing Co. in 1887 and, after another ownership change, the New Lebanon Brewery in 1894.

The Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery as seen from above.

The operation persisted and even made it partly through Prohibition, likely by producing “near beer” during that period. After Prohibition finally halted brewing operations at the facility in 1924, it lay dormant until a new owner reopened the brewery as Lebanon Valley Brewing Co. after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

The brewery chugged along for another 20+ years until it ceased production in 1959.

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The Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery as seen from above. The Cheezy Grill food trick can be seen on the left-hand side. In advance of its kitchen becoming operational, the brewery is hosting food trucks and welcoming patrons to bring in outside food.

Fast forward more than 50 years and the brewery stood ready for its latest chapter to begin. Partners David Koch, Henry Goodwin, Michael Osborne, and Kevin Booth began restoring the building to be a modern brewery and restaurant in 2017.

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A timeline in Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery puts the brewery’s history into context and shows how the operation grew and changed along with the country itself.

Although the process took longer than anticipated, the team began distributing bottled beer locally in early 2022. As LebTown previously reported, LVCB is taking an approach to its business in the same way it brews beers: steady, contained, and focused on producing one result at a time.

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Although Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery had done a few outdoor events in the lead-up to its grand opening, the public was left patiently waiting (“and waiting and waiting,” as the brewery joked on its Facebook page) for the brewpub to open.

The announcement came on Friday, Feb. 24, with little forewarning. Otherwise your intrepid LebTown correspondents might have been there, if invited by a tip or for a tipple. Nonetheless, we wanted to get out there as soon as we could so we could show you around Lebanon’s newest brewery.

The entrance to the Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery, which opened in late February at 840 N. 7th St. in Lebanon.
The logo of the Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery decorates a brick wall on the brewpub floor.

“There are no words to express how much your support has meant… through the ups, the downs, and the years of renovations,” said the brewery on its Facebook page when announcing its surprise grand opening. “You’ve stuck by us from the beginning and we can’t thank you enough.”

Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery signs welcome visitors to the newly-opened brewpub at 840 North 7th Street.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Lebanon Countians were quick to head over and check out the county’s newest watering hole.

Although the kitchen isn’t yet operational, Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery is welcoming outside food in the meantime (including offering a limited snack menu) and partnering with local food trucks to provide some chow to go with their suds. Free popcorn is also available for all patrons.

A popcorn machine and snack selection can be seen towards the front of Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery. Free popcorn is available for all patrons. In advance of opening its full kitchen, the brewery offers a limited snack selection, and welcomes outside food, as well as hosting food trucks in its parking lot.
A cozy corner of the Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery features a blueprint drawing of the historic brewery.

The owners want to make sure the brewery is a spot where patrons can relax and linger for a while; the wireless phone chargers built into the bar will no doubt help with that (as will the free wifi).

Free popcorn is offered at Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery.
Although Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery’s kitchen is not yet operational, the brewery is serving a limited snack menu at this time, in addition to welcoming outside food as well as hosting food trucks in the parking lot.
The Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery offers free wifi and has wireless phone chargers installed in its bar.

Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery has six flagship beers and six seasonal brews on draft, ranging from a Dead Man’s Dollar lager, a Spunky Monk hefeweizen, and a Mango Trout wheat ale at the lower end of the ABV spectrum, to a Hop-Zing New England IPA, a Drie Hanen Belgian tripel, and a Key of G helles bock at the upper end.

Flights are available for $12, which gets you four 5-ounce pours of any beers on the menu. If beer’s not your thing, the brewery also offers craft cocktails.

Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery has most of its beers available on draft, with only a couple available in bottle only.
Bottled beer is available at Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery for to-go purchases.

The brewery’s 15-barrel system, purchased from Five Seasons Brewing in Atlanta, Georgia, is visible from the brewpub floor. The bottling line is downstairs. Osborne, who has been brewing since the ’90s, previously told LebTown that there’s room for expansion to grow brewing capacity in the future.

The crew at Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery pauses for a photo before opening its doors on Sunday, March 5. From left to right: bartender Jami LeFleur, owner/brewer Mike Osborne, and bartender Ashley T.
The Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery’s 15-barrel brew system is visible from the brewpub floor.
The Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery was setup for a Sunday rush when LebTown visited. The snacks currently offered by the brewpub are visible in the lower-left hand corner. The brewery plans to open up a full kitchen at a later date.
A closer look at the Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery’s brewing system.

In addition to the expected beers available for to-go purchase, the brewery also has a section stocked with t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, and glassware, all bearing the brewery’s logo or other designs.

Fans of the brewery may also be interested in joining the crew as a “bierverkoster” (German for “beer taster”) through its membership program, which can be purchased online.

Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery is open this weekend (March 10-12) on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or current hours, check out their Facebook page or visit LVCraftBrew.com.

On the backside of the Lebanon Valley Craft Brewery, at the intersection of North 7th and Miller streets, a hand-painted sign can be seen, branding the back of the building.
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