PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Did you miss Groundhog Brew this year? Well, in the waning days of 2011 and the early days of 2012, itâ€™s back.
This week, the Straub Brewing Company of St. Marys introduced its 2011 batch of Groundhog Brew, the breweryâ€™s amber lager, as opposed to the light beer.
Since the first bottle in 2000, Groundhog Brew has been exclusive to Mahoning Beer Distributor in Punxsy. Thatâ€™s the case this year as well, but otherwise, the beer will be available from the Straub Brewery in St. Marys and wherever the company ships, â€śAll the way from Erie to Philadelphia and everywhere in between,â€ť said Cathy Lenze, director of sales and marketing for Straub Brewing.
Final shipments to wholesalers will be Jan. 6.
As in this past, the 2011 brew has a new, collectible label, this year depicting a groundhog in the snowy wild.
This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit an ongoing renovation project by the Punxsutawney VFW Teener League Baseball Association.
The project entails a new 30-by-30 foot, two-story multi-purpose building with a concession stand on the first floor with handicap-accessible bathrooms. The second floor will be a deck known as â€śDevinâ€™s Deck,â€ť recognizing a recent contribution by long-time VFW player and current Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, and a press box.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping for the best,â€ť said Devinâ€™s dad, Doug Mesoraco, about the Groundhog Brew promotions. â€śAnything and everything helps.â€ť
Lenze said the launch of the 2011 Groundhog Brew is a kind of a stepping off point for the brewery that is more than 125 years old.
â€śWeâ€™re in the process of rebranding Straub, with very colorful packages,â€ť she said about Straubâ€™s upcoming plans, noting that with this yearâ€™s Groundhog Brew, â€śWeâ€™re giving them a glimpse of whatâ€™s to come in the next quarter.â€ť