• Year 1853

    Eagle Brewing is founded by the Sprenger family.

  • 1868

    Recent German immigrants bring to Lancaster their love of beer & brewing expertise and a beer style new to Americans- lager! Over the next fifty years, the amount and quality of beer brewed in Lancaster was such that Lancaster was thought of in many circles as the brewing capital of the United States.

  • 1870

    After working at various breweries, even purchasing and selling a few, Joseph purchases the Eagle Brewery from Jacob Sprenger. The Wacker family's brewery would become an integral part of Lancaster's brewing community for the next seventy years.

  • 1880

    After 10 years of running his brewery, Joseph retires and turns operation over to his sons, Charles and Joseph Jr., who conducted business as "Charles V. Wacker and Bro."

  • 1894

    A devastating fire gives the Wacker Company an opportunity to enlarge and modernize their brewing operations in order to compete with their three city rivals: Haefner’s, Sprenger’s, and Rieker’s.

  • 1919

    Lancaster county puts a halt to all production, sales, and transportation of liquors in accordance with the 18th Amendment, thus beginning the Prohibition Era in Lancaster.

  • 1938

    Wacker family involvement in the eagle brewery ends when Joseph Jr. sells the brewery, thus ending the Wacker family’s 68 year involvement in the brewing industry.

  • 1941

    John Duschl purchases the brewery and operates it with his son-in-law Paul Danz. Under their stewardship, Wacker would upgrade their facilities and equipment which allowed the brewery to outlast all county competition.

  • 1953

    To mark the occasion of a century producing great beer in Lancaster, the 40 Wacker Brewing Company employees are paid in silver dollars.

  • 1956

    No longer able to compete with the huge Mid-Western breweries, Paul Danz is forced to close the brewery's doors. This event marks the ending of a unique chapter of Lancaster County history.

  • 2014

    The Wacker Brewing Company is reborn, a symbol of both Lancaster's rich brewing heritage and the industry's resurgence.

  • little dutch dunkle beer

    Wacker's Little DutchTM

    ABV: 5.0% | AVBL: Yearly
    Packaging: ⅙ keg & ½ keg

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    Welcome to the light-bodied dark beer that is a properly crafted Dunkel (Dunkel meaning “dark”). The Dunkel is a refreshing dark beer derived from Munich dating back to 1516 making it one of Germany’s oldest, standardized styles. Dark mahogany brown in color, a slight off-white head will persist. Aromas will be very light and consist of a slight nuttyness with roasted wheat and touch of noble hops. A soft, somewhat bready flavor may complement the yeast character. The Little Dutch will drink like a lager progressing to a lighter finish that is effervescent and clean. A crowd pleaser to be sure.

  • kolsch beer

    Wacker's German
    Pale Ale

    ABV: 5.0% | AVBL: Yearly
    Packaging: ⅙ keg & ½ keg

    rule line

    A flagship of Wacker and one of only a handful of traditional German Ales, Kolsch is a delicate style of pale ale native to Cologne Germany. This beer is cold-conditioned to provide medium-light body, and drinks smooth and crisp like a fine Pilsner. Color is pale and straw-like, producing a frothy white head that may not persist. A low noble hop aroma combines well with slight fruitiness from fermentation. Which will lead well into a soft, rounded palate consisting of sweet malt and a hint of hop bitterness that does not linger. Each sip finishes crisp and clean. Overall this beer is delicately balanced and one of the most sessionable ales from Germany.

  • kolsch beer

    Wacker's Bohemian Pilsner

    ABV: 4.4% | AVBL: Yearly
    Packaging: 12oz Cans, ⅙ keg & ½ keg

    rule line

    Our Pilsner is light, yet not too crisply dry as we maintain the slight delicate malt characteristics of the floor malted barley. Aroma of the German hop blend used is distinct yet not bitter. Clean refreshment at its finest.

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