Our Story

Though Prison City Pub & Brewery just opened it's doors in December 2014, the dream Marc and Dawn Schulz had to open a brewpub dates back to 2001.

Having looked at, literally, every available commercial property in the City of Auburn for over a decade, the stars finally aligned and the property at 28 State Street was not only available but an absolute perfect fit for the feel they wanted in their pub and brewery.

During this long process, they came across a very decorated home brewer out of Rochester. Enter Ben Maeso. During their initial meeting, Ben came with a cooler full of home brews and just knocked the Schulzs' socks off with his all Brett IPA and Blueberry/Cherry sour beers. Brewed to perfection in small batches. Just what they wanted the beers made in the restaurant/brewery to be. Beautiful, artistically made beer to compliment pub fare featuring local ingredients and carefully crafted dishes.

In the short time the brewery has been open, they have garnered National attention with:

  • A silver medal for their Belgian Pale Ale, Bleek Worden, at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival

  • Voted #8 Beers to try in ny state by playboy magazine for their Sour Apricot, Run like an apricot,

  • Being declared Paste Magazine's #1 American IPA (out of blind taste of 247 submissions) in June 2016 with their Mass Riot IPA (a "New England Style" IPA).

  • BEST OF CRAFT BEER AWARDS: 2017 Gold: Straight Outta Locash (Porter), Gold: Udderly S'mooove (BBL Aged Milk Stout), Bronze: Copper John (Ordinary Bitter), Bronze: Guavatanamo Bay (Fruit Sour)

In addition to these accolades, Prison City Pub & Brewery consistently grabs attention at brewfests around NYS and beyond with their other sour beers like Cherry Poppins and Cool Hand Cuke, along with fan favorites such as Puff Puff Shiv, a brown ale dosed with 50 boxes of Cocoa Cocoa Puff Cereal.