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 became 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. In 2015 The Gretz Beer Company moved their headquarters to Hatfield, PA, completely renovating a 340,000 square foot distribution complex that stands as one of the most efficient operations in the country.
For the past 22 years, the Gretz Beer Company has been owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Gretz family. Brothers Rob, Steve and Mike Gretz have continued the tradition of distributing, selling and marketing the “Greatest Beers of the World” to the Philadelphia suburban counties of Bucks, Berks, Montgomery, and Delaware.
As a final chapter for the distribution end of the Gretz Beer Company, the Gretz Brothers have announced the pending sale to Penn Distributors, another regional distributor with a rich history of their own for the Philadelphia beer enthusiasts!