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Stoker’s Brewing Co. Takes 1st Place in Belgian-Style Beer Category

Photo Courtesy of Stoker’s Brewing Company


On Saturday, at the 107th PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, Tamaqua’s Stoker’s Brewing Company was awarded a first-place ribbon in the Belgian Style Beer category. The entry – Stoker’s “Divine” Belgian Strong Golden Ale – marked the 4-year-old brewery’s second win in the same category. The brewhouse brought home a third-place ribbon in 2022 with “Kinlding Kwad” – a dark Belgian Strong Ale.

Stoker’s owner and brewer, Doug Drost credits his win to the good folks who regularly populate his Mauch Chunk St. brewery.  “Our loyal customers have been asking us to enter our beers in competitions for quite some time now, so this award and recognition is for them,” he said. “Without them, there is no Stoker’s Brewery. Without them, there are no awards.”


Photo Courtesy of Stoker’s Brewing Company


Since 2019, the PA Farm Show has held an annual craft beer competition. Judging consists of PA beer experts and brewers adhering to strict guidelines provided by the PA Brewer’s Association. Judges award the top three entries in 15 separate categories. The competition also includes a Best of Show trophy and the PA Preferred Legacy Award.

Stoker’s Brewing Company opened in August of 2018. Drost, a Hazleton native, has been brewing for over 20 years. His unique, European-style brewhouse currently offers a slate of 21 meticulously-crafted beers. The tap list features tried-and-true European classics, like Hefe-Weizen, Belgian ales and Pilsners. You’ll also find a host of IPAs, sours, stouts and porters. And, depending on the season, Drost typically dreams up a handful of tasty twists on old favorites.


Photo Courtesy of Stoker’s Brewing Company


Stoker’s “Divine” Belgian Strong Golden Ale is, first and foremost, a traditional Belgian. It’s brewed using Belgian candi sugars and evokes that familiar fruity pear and apple aroma. According to Drost, “It has a golden and effervescent appearance that rises into a mountainous rocky white head.” He continues, “It’s a complex, yet delicate beer with a relatively light body for an ale of its strength (9.5% ABV) with a lingering, dry finish.”

Stop by Stoker’s Brewing Company on Mauch Chunk St. in Tamaqua and taste this blue-ribbon beer for yourself. “Divine” Belgian Strong Golden Ale is currently available on draft. And soon, in 2023, you’ll be able to get it in 750ml bottles.

Find Stoker’s Brewing Company among the 39 local craft breweries on the DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop. And be sure to check out more of the PA Farm Show continuing at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg through Saturday, January 14, 2023.


Featured Image (Top) Courtesy of Stoker’s Brewing Company.