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OUR STORY

Welcome to Otto’s Pub and Brewery – where passion, creativity, and community converge over exceptional beer and delectable food. Let us take you on a journey through our story, our craft, and our commitment to making every visit memorable.

Our Founder: Charlie Schnable

Charlie Schnable’s love affair with beer began during his college days, when he meticulously brewed his own concoctions in the confines of his closet. Inspired by the vibrant brewpub scene in Seattle, he set his sights on creating something extraordinary in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. And so, The Bullfrog Brewery was born – a resounding success that fueled Charlie’s dreams even further.

 

The Birth of Otto’s Pub and Brewery

Charlie’s vision extended beyond Williamsport. He yearned to share his passion with the community that had shaped him – State College, where he had graduated from Penn State. Initially planning to open a brewery downtown, Charlie encountered legal hurdles due to the proximity of churches. Undeterred, he discovered a gem on North Atherton and embarked on a new adventure. In 2002, Otto’s Pub and Brewery opened its doors, and the response was electric. Patrons reveled in the flavors, the brews, and the inviting ambiance. From their seats, they glimpsed the brewing magic unfolding before their eyes. And occasionally, they’d encounter Otto – Charlie’s beloved cat and the brewery’s namesake.

 

A Journey of Growth

In 2010, we relocated to a larger space, complete with ample parking, expanded seating, and innovative services. As we celebrated our fifteenth anniversary in 2017, we looked back on a rich brewing history – one that we’re eager to share with our fantastic and faithful fans. At Otto’s, we’re more than just a pub and brewery; we’re a family united by our love for exceptional beer and warm camaraderie.

 

The Artistry of Beer

Charlie’s creativity knows no bounds. His beer recipes – meticulously handwritten and intentionally named – reflect what matters most to him: family, local streams, and even his favorite pirate. Among them is the homage to Otto’s Little Hellcats, a delightful nod to the baby girls born to our staff in 2004-ish. Charlie’s palate evolved at Zeno’s, a local bar where he spent countless college nights exploring diverse beer styles. From light lagers to hoppy IPAs, he’s attuned to the ever-changing tastes of beer enthusiasts. For Charlie, brewing is akin to cooking – a delightful alchemy that transforms raw ingredients into liquid art.

 

Beyond Beer: Barrel 21 Distillery and Dining

Charlie’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to expand his craft beverage empire. In 2015, alongside co-owner Roger Garthwaite, he unveiled Barrel 21 Distillery and Dining – a sister location to Otto’s. Here, spirits and cocktails harmonize with delectable food and, of course, exceptional beer. Charlie’s commitment to local sourcing extends to everything – from hamburgers to bourbon. As a visionary, he continually seeks ways to elevate our offerings and delight our cherished patrons.

So, whether you’re savoring a pint of our signature brew or indulging in a crafted cocktail, know that you’re part of the Otto’s family. Cheers to shared moments, laughter, and the joy of great beer!

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