Our Story

A Brief History

Steuben Brewing Company was established in 2013 on old farmland on the west side of Keuka Lake. Head Brewer Chad Zimar, a Finger Lakes native, interested in entrepreneurship and revisiting his creative roots in cooking, convinced his family to explore the idea of opening a brewery on a former vineyard. SBC broke ground in October 2013 and opened in September 2014, becoming part of the NYS Farm Brewery movement that highlights NYS-grown grains and hops.

Our Approach

SBC has taken a different approach to generating support through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. This has established a loyal local following and has given members of the Steuben Club more access to the brewery and numerous benefits. SBC also offers locals and the opportunity to contribute to our CSB (Community Supported Beer).

SBC also offers wine tastings from Seneca Lake’s Prejean Winery, where Jim Zimar was a winemaker for 30 years. Local cider tastings are also available.