fred-lauer-statueFor more than 100 years, a statue of Frederick Lauer, a pioneering brewer, has stood tall in Reading’s City Park. Now, four plaques, believed to be bronze, have been removed / stolen from the statue’s sides.

The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official Brewing Guild, in conjunction with other nationwide partners, want to fully restore the statue.

Pennsylvania is home to more than 150 breweries. This state is rich in brewing history and continues to grow. Please join with us, raise your glass and pitch in to help restore the Frederick Lauer statue.

The statue of Frederick Lauer was the first statue erected in Reading. In 1885, the United States Brewers’ Association hired Henri Stephens to create the Lauer statue, and, with the consent of City Council, placed it in City Park. The physical structure is quite tall, and consists of two parts. The top part of the monument is a life-size likeness of Lauer, cast in bronze. He is portrayed wearing a suit which is covered by a long overcoat. The statue stands on a four-sided cement pedestal, with each side containing a plaque. These plaques serve as a guide to investigating Frederick Lauer as a brewer and a citizen, which in turn, reveals more about the nineteenth-century Reading community.

  • All donors will be listed on the Brewers of PA Website.
  • Any $50 donation will be rewarded with BOP Enthusiast Membership & T-shirt.
  • Any $75 donation will be rewarded with BOP Hoodie & Enthusiast Membership.
  • Any $100 donation will be rewarded with BOP “Brewers Work Shirt” & Enthusiast Membership.