Sunday, June 16, 2019

Breweries in Allegheny County Pa since 1795

This is a preliminary list of evey brewery in Allegheny County, Pa. since 1794. The final list will be published. on my site: The (Post 1980) indicates that the brewery was established after 1980.

14th Ward Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
180 and Tapped Brewery, Allegheny Co., Coraopolis +
412 Brews Brewery, Allegheny Co., McKees Rocks (Post 1980)
5th Ward Larger Beer Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
8th Ward Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Abjuration Brewery, Allegheny Co., McKees Rocks (Post 1980)
Acrospire Brewery, Allegheny Co., Glennshaw (Post 1980)
Alleghany Valley Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Allegheny Brewery (Lutz), Pgh., North Side
Allegheny Brewery & Pub, Pgh., North Side
Allegheny Brewery & Pub, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Allegheny Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Allegheny City Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Allegheny County Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Amber Brewery, Pgh., North Side
American Beverage, Allegheny Co., Varona (Post 1980)
American Pure Beer Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Anchor Brewery, Allegheny Co., Brackenridge
Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar, Allegheny Co., Penn Hills (Post 1980)
Aurochs Brewery, Allegheny Co., Emsworth (Post 1980)
Aurochs Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Baeuerlein (Star) Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Baird Brewery, Pgh, Downtown, (Kensington)
Bavarian Brewery (Winter Bros), Pgh., South Side
Bavarian Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Beck Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Benitz Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Benitz Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Bennett Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Bennett Star Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Bohemian Brewery, Pgh., North Side
British Army Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Brownstone Brewery (Hauch), Pgh., South Side
Carson & Darlington Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Chartiers Valley Brewery, Allegheny Co., Carnegie
Cinderlands Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Cinderlands Warehouse Brewery, Pgh., Strip District (Post 1980)
Cobblehause Brewery, Allegheny Co., Coraopolis (Post 1980)
Collins Avenue Brewery, Pgh., East Liberty
Coltart & Sikvery Brewery, Pgh, Downtown, (Keningston)
Concord Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Copper Kettle Brewery, Pgh., Garfield (Post 1980)
Copper Kettle Brewery, Pgh., Greenfield (Post 1980)
Costar Brewery, Allegheny Co., Etna (Post 1980)
Costar Brewery, Pgh., Highland Park (Post 1980)
Couch Brewery Pittsburgh, Larimer (Post 1980)
Dancing Gnome Brewery,  Allegheny Co. Sharpsburg (Post 1980)
Darlington Brewery & Malster , Pgh, Downtown
Deppel Brewey (Downtown), Pgh, Downtown
Depple Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Derby Brewery, Pgh., Hazelwood
DeWald, Wuesthoff & Company, Pittsburgh, Downtown
DeWald, Wuesthoff & Company, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Diamond Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Diders Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Draai Laag Brewery, Allegheny Co., Allison Park (Post 1980)
Draai Laag Brewery, Allegheny Co., Gibsonia (Post 1980)
Draai Laag Brewery, Allegheny Co., Millvale (Post 1980)
Duquesne Brewery, Allegheny Co. Duquesne City
Duquesne Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Duquesne Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Dutch Brewery, Pittsburgh, Uptown
Eagle Brewery (Bauerlein),Pgh, Strip District
Eagle Brewery (Ebrhardt & Ober), Pgh., North Side
Eagle Brewing, Allegheny Co. Duquesne City
East End Brewery Pittsburgh, Larimer (Post 1980)
East End Brewing. Pgh., Homewood (Post 1980)
Eaton, Conrad, Pgh., North Side
Eberhardt & Ober Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Eberhardt Brewery, Conrad, Pgh., North Side
Eleventh Hour Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Enix Brewery, Allegheny Co., Homestead (Post 1980)
Enterprise Brewery (P Gerst), Pgh., North Side
Enz Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Ernst Brewing, Allegheny Co., McKeesport
F. L. Ober Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Faller Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Felson Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Fink Brewery (Downrown), Pgh, Downtown
First National Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKees Rocks
Fisher Brewery (Harrison M Fisher), Pgh., North Side
Fisher Brewery (J Fisher), Pgh., North Side
Fleming Brothers, Maltsers & Brewers , Pgh, Downtown
Fort Pitt Brewing, Allegheny Co. Sharpsburg
Franklin Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
French Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Fretz & Co. Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Fridel Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Gangwisch & Company Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Gangwisch Brewery, Pgh., Bloomfield
Gangwisch Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Gangwisch Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Gangwisch-Straub Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
General Braddock Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Gorman & Company Brewery , Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Grist House Brewery, Allegheny Co., Collier Twp. (Post 1980)
Grist House Brewery, Allegheny Co., Millvale (Post 1980)
Gustav Shult Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Hauch Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hauffmans Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Hawley & Company Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Hazelwood Brewery, Pgh., Hazelwood
Headley’s Brewery, Allegheny Co., Heidleberg (Post 1980)
Hechelmann Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Helicon Brewery, Allegheny Co., Oakdale (Post 1980)
Herdt Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Highland Brewery, Pgh., East Liberty
Hilltop Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hitchhiker Brewery,  Allegheny Co. Sharpsburg (Post 1980)
Hitchhiker Brewery, Allegheny Co., Mt. Lebanon (Post 1980)
Hochschwinder & Heine Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Hoeffling Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Hoehl Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Hofbrauhaus Brewery, Pgh., South Side (Post 1980)
Hofbrauhause Brewery, Pgh., South Side (Post 1980)
Hoffman Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Hoffman Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hogl (Hogel) Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hogl & Rohry Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Holstein Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Home Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Homestead Brewery, Allegheny Co. Homeseatd
Hop Farm Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Hop Yard Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Huffman Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Hugi Distillery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Inner Groove Brewery, Allegheny Co., Varona (Post 1980)
Inner-Groove Brewery, Allegheny Co., Gibsonia (Post 1980)
Insurrection Brewery, Allegheny Co., Heidleberg (Post 1980)
Iron City Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Iron City Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Iron City Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
John Harvard's Brew House, Allegheny Co., Wilkins Twp. (Post 1980)
Kaiser Brewery & Distillery, Pgh, Downtown
Kallenborn Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Kaltenhaeusser, V, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Kennedy sarsaparilla and beer factory, Pgh, Downtown
Kensington Brewery, Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Keystone Brewery, Pittsburgh, Hill District
Keystone Brewing, Pgh., South Side
Klein Distillery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Klinzing Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Krauss Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Lafayette Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Lauer Brewery, S 18th St, Pgh., South Side
Lauer Brewery, S 8th St, Pgh., South Side
Lawrecnceville Brewery (Church), Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Lemp Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Lewis Brewery, Pgh., Downtown
Liberty Brewery, Pittsburgh, Larimer
Lincoln Avenue Brewery, Allegheny Co., Bellevue (Post 1980)
Lion Brewery (D Lutz & Son), Pgh., North Side
Lutz & Walz Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Lutz & Walz Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Madison Street (group of) Breweries, Pgh., North Side
Manchester Ale Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Manor Street Brewery, Pgh., South Side
McKeesport Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Metzer Brewery (see Etna), Pittsburgh, West End
Metzger Brewery, Allegheny Co., Etna
Meussner Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Meyers Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Milkman Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Miller & Lang Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Miller & Lang Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Miller Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Mindful Brewery, Allegheny Co., Castle Shannon (Post 1980)
Mindful Brewery, Pgh., Mt. Washington (Post 1980)
Monongahela Brewery (Baird) , Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Monongahela Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Monongahela Valley Brewery, Allegheny Co., Carnegie
Mueller Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Muth & Company Brewery, Pittsburgh, Soho
National Brewery (Gibberich), Pgh., North Side
National Brewery (Heid), Pgh., North Side
National Brewing (Nusser), Pgh., South Side
Ninth Ward Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
North Side Brewery (Hippely & Hopf), Pgh., North Side
North Side Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Nusser Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Oakland Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Oregon Brewery, Pittsburgh, Uptown
Ormsby (Reichenbach) Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Penn Brewery 1 Tom, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Penn Brewery 2 Berchnmire, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Penn Brewery 3 Vinial Street, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Peoples Brewery, Allegheny Co. Duquesne City
Peoples Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Peter Walter & Company, Pgh., South Side
Phoenix Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Pig Hill Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Pig Hill Brewery, Pgh., Point Breeze (Post 1980)
Pitt Township Brewery, Pittsburgh, Oakland
Pittsburgh Bottle Shop & Brewhouse, Allegheny Co., Collier Twp. (Post 1980)
Pittsburgh Brewery (Brown & Verner), Pgh, Downtown
Pittsburgh Brewery (Carson), Pgh, Downtown
Pittsburgh Brewery (Rhodes & Verner), Pgh, Downtown
Pittsburgh Brewery No. 4, Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Platform Brewery, Pgh., Garfield (Post 1980)
Point Brewery (Shiras-Point), Pgh, Downtown
Point Brewery Shiras-Pitt St, Pgh, Downtown
Point Brewery Smith-Pitt St, Pgh, Downtown
Prospect Ale Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Rauch & Rudman Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Reed Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Reichenbach (Ormsby) Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Rivertowne Pour House Brewery, Allegheny Co., Monroeville (Post 1980)
Riverview Brewery (G Schuitz), Allegheny Co., Braddock 
Roads Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Robber Baron Brewery, Allegheny Co., Ross Twp. (Post 1980)
Rock Bottom Brewery, Allegheny Co., Homestead (Post 1980)
Rogan Brewery, Allegheny Co., Duquesne City (Post 1980)
Roundabout Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville (Post 1980)
Schafer Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Schenck, G F Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Schiltz Brewing Co., Joseph, Pgh., South Side
Schiltz Brewing Co., Joseph, Pittsburgh, Strip District
Schmeltz, Pgh., South Side
Schmelz Brewery, Pittsburgh, West End
Schoenhofen Brewery, Peter, Pgh., South Side
Seewald Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock
Seiferth Brothers Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Shaffner Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Sheridan Brewery (Schaffner), Pgh., South Side
Shiras Brewery, Perter, Pgh, Downtown
Siedle Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Sly Fox Brewery, Pgh., South Side (Post 1980)
Smith Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
South Side Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Southern Tier Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Spoonwood Brewery, Allegheny Co., Bethel Park (Post 1980)
Spring Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Spring Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
Spring Hill Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
St. Julien Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Star Brewery (Bauerlein), Allegheny Co. Millvale
Stoltz & Co, Pgh., North Side
Stonehaven Brewery & Restaurant, Pgh, Strip District
Stonewall Cider House and Meadery, Allegheny Co., Varona (Post 1980)
Strange Roots Experimental Ales, Allegheny Co., Gibsonia (Post 1980)
Straub Brewery , Pgh, Downtown
Straub Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Strim Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Strip Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Sweet Water Brewery (Foundry), Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
The Brew Gentlemen Brewery, Allegheny Co., Braddock (Post 1980)
The Leaning Cask Brewery, Allegheny Co., Springdale (Post 1980)
Three Mugs Brew Pub (Brewery), Pgh., East Liberty (Post 1980)
Three Rivers Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Tracy & Wilkinson Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Trios Brewery, Allegheny Co., Homestead (Post 1980)
Tschudy Brewery, Pgh., North Side (West)
Tube City Brewery, Allegheny Co. McKeesport
Union Brewery (Schaefer), Pgh., South Side
Union Brewery, Pgh, Downtown
Union Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
United States Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Valhalla Brewery, Pittsburgh, Strip District (Post 1980)
Vicroy Street Brewery, Pittsburgh, Uptown
Wacker & Steuernagle Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Wainwright Brewery (J), Pgh., Lawrenceville
War Streets Brewery - Biers Pub, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
War Streets Brewery, Pgh., North Side (Post 1980)
Weisert & Giesy Brewery  AKA Wessel & Geisy, Pgh., North Side
Weiss Beer Brewery, Pgh., North Side
West End Brewery, Pittsburgh, West End
Wilheim's Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Willow Grove Brewery, Allegheny Co. Millvale
Winter Brothers Brewery, Pgh., South Side
Winterton Brewery, Pgh., Lawrenceville
Wood Brewery, Pgh., Downtown, (Kensington)
Wood Brewery, Pittsburgh, Bloomfield
Wood Brothers Brewery, Pgh., North Side
Wood Steam Brewery (Phoenix), Pittsburgh, Strip District
Yearman Brewery, Pgh, Downtown

Monday, January 7, 2019

First Beer Engine in Pittsburgh

This all came from my collection of notes taken over the years for the Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers. I wrote the newsletter, The TRASH Can for eleven years. Looking back I wish I took more detailed notes. C'est la vie.

In olden times (‘90’s) Kangaroo’s Outback Café was in the North Hills and in Robinson I visited the North Hill pub and found it to be a nice place with a good beer selection as well as good food. In September 1995 they did something no other beer-serving restaurant in Pittsburgh thought to do; they purchased a beer engine. I did not visit the Robinson location so I do not know if they had an engine nor do I know how many they actually had. I can’t remember how I knew of this but as others from the homebrew club was there I have to think it was from the late Tony Knipling. Tony had his ear on all thing s beer in Pittsburgh. My notes tell me that one engine went to the Fuel & Fuddle and two went to the Fox and Hounds.

Specifically I can’t remember the day we went to Kangaroo’s but Pittsburgh radio personality Jim Quinn was at there that evening as well as a few TRASH members. I think Quinn was having one of his think tanks. We older ‘burghers remember “the daddyo of the radio” when he was a DJ on KQV-FM back in the ’60. I was there for the beer. I also remember getting the swordfish and bursting out with !!!!’s on how good it was.

Nobody in Pittsburgh had any knowledge on how to keep and serve beer with a hand pump back then. Not too soon after its debut it was pulled from duty. It does take dome tender loving care and some find it a tad warm.

The Sharp Edge was the second tavern in Pittsburgh to sell Cask Conditioned Ale. They had one engine and served a new keg every Wednesday at 6PM and ran it until it kicks. I don’t have the specific date but I believe it was in 1996.The first beer out of the swan neck was Rouge Red at $4.25. Eventually they installed a second engine about March 1997. The Church Brew Works as well as Three Rivers Brewing opened in 1996. I can’t find anything squirreled away in my notes when they started pulling the pump but Seam Casey of the Church has pictures of me pulling the first draft.

The third tavern to sell cask ale was the Fuel & Fuddle in Oakland. Fist pull was in June or July 1997.  The only served one keg of Pretzel City IPA and took the hand pump off.  They wanted to continue with the cask but they could not keep the keg at the proper temperature. The beer was on the warm side and more than it should have been for cask ale. There was no room under the bar and no place convenient under the floor. They purchased the one hand pump from Kangaroo's. 1998.

John Harvard’s opened in 1997 and I have to believe they stated doing cask beer right from the get-go. The Foundry Ale Works followed that year but no cask until 1998.

The Carson Street Chop House had a beer engine on the bar during my visit on February 10, 1998. The beer that day was Victory Briar Bitter. The House was a sister pub to Fat Heads South Shore Saloon across the street. We know the House today as Pipers Pub (opened 1999). Fat Heads eventually put an engine on for several years but after a remodeling it was taken out of service. Tony then acquired it from Glenn and used it for TRASH meeting and other events around town.

One engine was installed at Strip Brewery on Penn Avenue in the Strip District (of course) on March 1, 1998. After this visit I went out to the Foundry Ale Works on Smallman. They were closed every Sunday in February for work and reopened today. It was nice to see 2 engines waiting for me. We were blessed on Sunday, April 5, 1998 when the Foundry Ale Works installed three beer engines (at end of March). This was a Pittsburgh first.

On my June 15, 1998 visit to John Harvard’s in Wilkins Township I got nice treat. Today was the day they served their first cask ale. I did not write the beer in my notes but I did take note that it was $2.75. The next day I waddled into the Strip Brewery on Penn Avenue and found one engine. As I recall the Strip and John Harvard’s were the only two breweries serving beer on gravity from wood casks. Penn Brewery did gravity during functions like Christmas and their birthday party but the cask was plastic lined and with regular beer. I never complained.  Gravity beer is not under pressure nor is it pumped or forced from the cask. It just pours out on its own into your mug. 

The Sharp Edge Creek House (opened 1998) next to the Thornburg Bridge on Rt. 60 stared cask beer in February 1999. Jeff Walewski was an early supporter of cask beer. Jeffery traveled with me to Chicago for the first Real Ale Festive in November 1997. It was fun for us, and a learning experience for Jeff. A real treat for me was having drinks and breakfast with world famous beer writer Rodger Protz. We stayed in contact ever since and that is something I will always treasure.  

The Fox & Hounds in the North Hills opened in 1999 and the manager was formerly with Kangaroo's. He had two cask pumps but had no plans to install them. I wish he did as that would have been a perfect place for me to chill between London trips.

On the South Side Pipers Pub (operating 4 engines because I go there a lot) and Carson Street Deli (one pump at my barstool). Smoken Joes had one but I haven’t had a brew there in a while. Rock Bottom has two. East End Brewing has one that is at the ready. The Map Room in Regent Square had one doing Scot Smith’s brews. Now closed Rivertowne Brewery in Monroeville had one and North Country Brewing has one. Although not via an engine the Hofbräuhaus in the South Side Works does a gravity keg every First Wednesday of the moth when they debut a beer of the month. I don’t know the status of today. Over the years they have come and gone. I know I probably missed some spots. Sorry, I need to get out more.

Brewery opening dates not after 1999:
Penn Brewery September 12, 1989 as Allegheny Brewery & Pub
Church Brew Works August 1, 1996
Three Rivers Brewery December 4, 1996
Valhalla Brewery May 1997
Strip Brewery June 1997
John Harvard’s August 26, 1997
Foundry Ale Works November 1997

If I get updates I should repost this for the benefit of future parakeets.
(If you read my newsletters you would understand the parakeet reference)
I wanted to get this out there as I was always in awe that Kangaroo’s had the first beer engine. At that time there were no breweries other than Allegheny and they only served draft and bottles. We had a good representation of imported beer but American craft was nothing like it is today.

Cheers, Ed Vidunas