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St. Mary's brewery works not to can bottling tradition

The 138 year-old, family-owned Straub Brewery needs customers to return thousands of empty cases so it can continue to sell 12- and 16-ounce returnable bottles, reports the Associated Press.

"It's not that we're totally into 'green,' but we think it's the right thing to do," said Dan Straub, great-grandson of company founder Peter Straub and the brewery's semiretired vice president. "Our philosophy is, 'Why recycle when you can reuse?'"

One other brewer--the nation's oldest, D.G. Yuengling & Son of Pottsville--still sells and gathers returnables. But it expects to phase them out by summer's end, leaving Straub as what experts believe is the last holdout in the U.S.

Original source: Associated Press
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