In 1881, the Gretz family started their foray into the beer industry by opening a brewery in Philadelphia, PA. At its peak in 1949, the William Gretz Brewing Co. was brewing close to 250,000 bbl. and had secured 5% of the Philadelphia beer market share. By today’s volume ranking, the William Gretz Brewing Company would stand as one of the top 10 craft brewers in the Country!
The William Gretz Brewery was eventually sold in 1961 to another regional brewery, Esslinger.
In 1954, Robert J. Gretz left the family Brewing business to purchase what was then called Delco Beverage Company. First located in Chester PA, Delco Beverage moved to Prospect Park in 1970, and then Aston in 1980. In 1996 Delco Beverage purchased the Mirabile Beverage Company to create what is now the Gretz Beer Company, operating in Norristown and Doylestown. In 2003, the Gretz family further expanded their geography by purchasing Northeastern Distributing in Berks County.
Today, the Gretz Beer Company is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Gretz family. Brothers Rob, Steve and Mike Gretz continue the tradition of distributing, selling and marketing the “Greatest Beers of the World” to the Philadelphia suburban counties of Bucks, Berks, Montgomery, and Delaware. The addition of Michael Gretz, Jr., heading the social media aspect of our business makes this one of the few organizations in the country with an active, consecutive 5th generation industry family involvement!