Our Story

A Brief History

Steuben Brewing Company was established in 2013 on old farm land on the west side of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Head Brewer Chad Zimar, a Finger Lakes native, interested in revisiting his creative roots of cooking and entrepreneurship, convinced his family to explore the idea of opening a brewery on a former vineyard. The timing, location of family land, and state of the craft beer industry were right to move the idea to a reality. SBC broke ground in October 2013 and opened in September 2014, becoming part of the New York State Farm Brewery movement that highlights the special taste and aroma of New York State grains and hops.

Experimentation of brewing different styles of beer and fine tuning recipes began on his parents’ back porch with his brother Rick and parents Jim and Candy Zimar. Chad, a trained cook and former educator, aims for a clean, well-balanced beer of exceptional quality. He and Rick brew with strict attention to detail and with focus on the best ingredients and processes.

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. We also offer locals the opportunity to contribute to our CSB (Community Supported Beer).

We strive to make well-balanced, great-tasting beer of exceptional quality that supports local farms here in the Finger Lakes. We brew with New York State malt, hops and other ingredients. SBC also offers wine tastings from Seneca Lake’s Prejean Winery, where Jim Zimar is winemaker. Prejean offers tastings of SBC beer.