You can't find a place to get a beer in Beersville
BEERSVILLE — The name of the town sings out from a plain green road sign on Route 248 in Moore Township. For the thirsty, it could be Florence or Mecca.
Beersville. One mile ahead.
No giant stone pretzels or statues shaped like suds-filled steins mark the entrance to Northampton County's town that shares its name with the golden nectar of the gods. Instead, the signs on Route 248 stop saying Beersville and start mentioning Klecknersville. Did you miss it? Were you craving liquid-refreshment so badly you had visions of an entire town full of beer?
Turns out, Beersville, in the southwest corner of Moore Township, is easy to miss. It has a Facebook page. On it, BeerNerd Beer, Stewart Kraft Brewer, and a guy who calls himself Rickie Bobbie who went to “Nasbar University,” all claim to live in Beersville.
Several local historians have heard of Beersville, and they're reasonably sure it's named for someone called Beers.
Philip Holderith of the Marx Local History Room of the Easton Public Library could find little on Beersville but said a family named Beers was among its earliest settlers.
Edward Pany, curator of the Atlas Cement Museum, remembers when Beersville fielded its own baseball team. “I'd always been told it was a name,” he said. “That's a common name.”
With New Year's Eve coming up, you might be tempted to go there for a beverage. So, where can you get a beer in Beersville?
Take West Main Street out of Bath, and cruise for a few miles past woods and pastures. Eventually, a parking lot full of yellow school buses will appear, flanked by a collection of slate-sided houses overhung by ancient maples. The cross streets are West Beersville Road and Pool Road.
Is this Beersville?
“Yes, it is,” said Betty Creyer. The 84-year-old has lived on Pool Road for 34 years. The address on her mail might say Northampton, but the town has always been Beersville to her.
It's a quiet town. A lot of the people who lived there when she first moved in have passed on and the newcomers all seem to keep to themselves, Creyer said.
Where can you get a beer in Beersville?
“I don't drink beer,” Creyer said.
So why do they call it Beersville?
“I don't know,” she said.
Up the street from Creyer, Norman and Carol Zader have been Beersville residents for 48 years. They were regulars at The Beersville Country Hotel. It was Beersville's prized watering hole since back when Pool Road was a dirt track crossed by horses and buggies. The hotel offered square dancing, shuffleboard and hot pastrami sandwiches.
Carol drank snake bites — Yukon Jack with a splash of lime. Norman had Neuwiler or Schaefer's — whatever they had on tap.
“It was great,” Carol said. “You could go out there, get loaded and not have to worry about driving.”
And then, in 1985, the hotel burned to the ground.
Things have largely quieted down since those days, Zader said. Clinton Stover's barber shop closed and the grocery store left town.
Towns like Beersville are as common as bubbles in a mug of ale. Most of them have old hotels. There's Pennsville and the Pennsville Hotel, for example, which was an old stage coach stop in Northampton County.
That's where Beersvillians go for beer.
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