With a roar of the band local residents gathered at the City’s very first statue, the Frederick Lauer Monument, for a rededication ceremony in Reading’s City Park. The monument was originally dedicated in 1885 by the US Brewers Association to honor the work Fredrick Lauer did for the brewing industry and the City of Reading.
Speakers at the ceremony included Rob Metzger of Chatty Monks Brewing Company, Kirby Powell of Saucony Creek Brewing Company, and Kyle Neuheimer of Oakbrook Brewery. The group shared turns reciting parts of the original dedication speeches given in 1885.
The re-dedication also included entertainment from the historic Ringgold Band. Fun fact, as one of America’s first community bands, the Ringgold Band played at the original dedication in 1885.
Reading City Council members also presented the Berks Brewers with a dedication certificate. Reading City Council President, Jeffrey Waltman said “It is with great dignity and honor that the Council and the City of Reading presents this commendation to thank to Berks Brewers Guild and the Brewers of PA for working together to complete the restoration of the Frederick Lauer statue in Reading City Park. The Council recognizes both organizations for the commitment and dedication to the people of the City of Reading and its rich history of brewing that is resurgent in new and exciting ways.”.
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