Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania invites one and all to come in and open your mind while experiencing good food, genuine craft beer, ghosts, and ambiance in their unique nineteenth century brewery. The nostalgic setting comes complete with the utmost in paranormal activity that even the experts cannot deny exists. The fun part about the whole mood of the haunted brewery is that the dearly departed souls still living there are bilingual, active and eager to give guests something to talk about.
Bube’s, pronounced “boobies” was checked out and given the title “Spooky Boobies” by the members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, better know by fans as TAPs, while they were in route of the investigation of the brewery that later aired on May 16, 2014 on Syfy with the eerie results. Late January of 2012, owner, Sam Allen, invited the highly accredited “Ghost Hunters” aka TAPS team to come in and conduct an official ghost hunt to see if they could find any evidence of supernatural activity that previous paranormal investigators had claimed they had videotaped and then later posted online. Rumors were spreading fast that the place was haunted and it was becoming necessary to show evidence of ghosts or forever dispel the rumors of Bube’s being haunted.
The official investigation of the brewery took place after Jean Ellis; the great-granddaughter of Alois Bube sent the TAPS team photos of the brewery and EVP evidence that was collected over time. The staff felt that they could no longer ignore the signs that the brewery is a haven for ghosts that speak both German and English. Because of the German, Jean suspected that they just may be her relatives attempting to communicate, participate and protect the historical building. Dark shadows are a common sight at the brewery, and some patrons admit to the feeling of being threatened by unseen forces. The ghost of a white bearded man in a long coat has been seen.
Purchased by German immigrant, Alois Bube in 1876, the brewery apprentice had a clear vision of what he wanted. His life work on the haunted dwelling included a Victorian Hotel which allowed for guests to enjoy a hot meal and a place to rest overnight while sampling some of the finest German ale in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Today the ghost of a young girl can be found meandering through this section of the brewery. The young spirit identified herself as Emily, and appears to be harmless. Her childish giggles were captured by electronic recordings. A man’s voice has been detected speaking in what sounds like German. The TAPS team was able to record what sounded like the ghost saying “löschen Sie es aus” or “blow it out” when referring to the lit lanterns that had been left in a room. Later the lanterns were found moved, even though nobody had been in the room.
Mr. Bube’s sudden death in 1908 at the young age of fifty-seven could be one of the main reasons that he still hangs around the brewery today. Unfinished business that simply need’s completed. His ghost has been known to blow out lit oil lamps in the Alois bar area located in the Victorian Hotel, perhaps as a precaution to avoid disaster to his historical dwelling. In fact Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes from the TAPS team managed to catch this paranormal event on film. The second floor was a hotbed of activity during the investigation and the team had no issue with getting the ghosts to follow their lead when asked to activate the K-II EMF Meter.
The brewery closed down after the passing of Alois, but the family lived in the brewery up until the early 1960s. Sadly it began to fall into disrepair and was in need of renovations. New life was breathed back into the brewery in 1968 and has been a continued project still today in an effort to keep the establishment in tip-top shape. Today the brewery offers three unique restaurants. A crowd favorite, the Biergarten is an outdoor Bavarian style eatery with seating located amongst the shade trees. Just across from the Biergarten guests will find the Bottling Works Restaurant and tavern where diners enjoy beer braised bratwursts, roasted oysters, beer cheese, and Bube’s Roggenbier on tap. The bar area is known for strange phenomena and one bartender claims that he had a bottle thrown at him from no known source. TAPS caught glass breaking on tape, but could never locate the glass, only the area where the sound came from.
Forty-three feet below the ground you will be lead to the brewery’s famously haunted Catacombs that are encased stone-lined vaults by a host dressed in period clothing. Despite the many ghosts that actively walk around the Catacombs attempting to still do their job as they did 120-years ago, the restaurant is quite elegant with the dazzling glow of candlelight and historical touches that transcend you back to another time. The cool atmosphere is not from the ghosts, but a means to keep the beer chilled. In this area of the brewery, thousands of reports have flooded in from guest’s claiming that their hair and hands had been gently touched by unseen sources or spirits. The apparition of a woman donning a long day-dress has been seen walking through the dining area of the catacombs. It is believed to be Alois’ mentally-ill granddaughter, Pauline, who was once allowed to wander the grounds at free will.
Room Reservations: The hotel no longer rents out individual rooms, but the entire floor, which happens to include nine room’s can be reserved and rented overnight for $900.00. Ghost hunters, wedding parties, tour groups, or those attending one of the many events at Bube’s Brewery are all welcome.
Ghost Tours: Guests will join the Miley Paranormal investigative group in communicating with the departed souls that welcome you to clear your channels, leave skepticism behind, look for possible solutions, and be willing and unafraid to discover the deepest realms of your imagination. Cost: $10.00 per person or $5.00 if you dine at the brewery. Time: 10:00 pm in the Bottling Works lobby. *Don’t Forget Your Camera*
History Tours: Bube’s Brewery offers Saturday night tours, following the Murder Mystery Dinner. It is recommended that you do both to get you in the mood for things to come. The Murder Mystery Dinner is held in the original tavern, complete with Victorian furnishings and décor from the late nineteenth century. Time: 9:00 pm.
Themed Feasts: Come and step back into time with live actors who make you feel as though you are in a different time with the brewery’s Halloween, medieval, pirate, gypsy, and Roman dinners, made special with atmosphere, music and spirits. These memorable gatherings are held in the catacombs monthly. Price: $45.00 per person. For more information, call: 717-653-2056 between 11:00 am-5:00 pm.
Location: 102 North Market Street, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 17552. Phone: 717-653-2056