William Moeller, Brew Master, will be the main speaker at the Boyertown Area Historical Society at 7 p.m. on May 7. This is part of a series of programs presented by the Society to the public with no admission charge.
A long-time resident of Boyertown, Moeller has been both actively and peripherally involved in the brewing industry for some 64 years. He will speak about his extensive history in the industry as well as his family’s involvement in a fascinating part of Boyertown’s history, the Boyertown Brewery.
The Boyertown Brewery was opened, in 1934 by William Shearer, owner of the Mansion House hotel and restaurant with William Moeller, Sr. as brew master. It was located next door to Mr. Scherer’s business in a building that is now, ironically, the Other Farm Brewery, which was originally constructed as an automobile dealership.
It was ideal for a brewery because of its sturdy construction and its heavy duty elevator. With only seven employees, it was known as “the smallest brewery in the state,” producing only 10,000 barrels of beverage per year. By 1953 the Boyertown Brewery had closed.
Moeller’s career in the family business began with his apprenticeship at Drewery’s Ltd. in South Bend, Indiana, where the brew master was his uncle. Bill comes from a family of brew masters; collectively his paternal great grandfather, grandfather, two uncles and Bill himself, have brewed about 110 million barrels of beer – approximately the total annual production Anheuser Busch. His career was interrupted during World War II by his service in the Unites States Merchant Marine Corps. He is one of the last brew master to have served in the war.
In addition to Drewery’s and Boyertown Brewery, he has worked as a brew master or a consultant for many important breweries, including Reading Horlacher, Ortleib, Schmidt, Brooklyn, Dock Street, Tun Tavern and Poor Henry’s Hoboken.
His beers have received medals in national and international competitions. In 2013, Consumer Reports selected his Brooklyn Lager as one of the best lagers in America and in 1996 rated it as the best beer in America. During the long course of his career he has written extensively on the scientific aspects of brewing and beer, along with the history and pairing of beer with the proper foods and occasionally hosting “sit down beer dinners” for the Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group.
The program will end with an update on brewing in Boyertown, which is still being done on the same, at the Other Farm: a micro brewery making classic beers with hops grown locally. They’ve sourced their favorite ciders, wines and meads from artisans right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Produced solely for on-site consumption, they supply a constant mix of staple recipes along with ever changing ones.
This program is one of a series presented by the Boyertown Area Historical Society. Current fund raising activities by the Society include the sale of the book, Haunted Boyertown, by the famous author Charles J Adams, III, a series of Historic, Haunted Walks around Boyertown and Paranormal Investigations of Boyertown area locations. The Society also has a Speakers Bureau which provides programs at no charge to local organizations.