Pittsburgh Brewing Firm will restore beer to Allegheny County

Pittsburgh Brewing Company is bringing beer production back to town along the Allegheny River.

After 12 years of contract brewing in Latrobe, PA, the company announced that it will manufacture all brands in-house at the Pittsburgh Plate and Glass (PPG) facility in Creighton, PA by 2022. Located in the East Deer parish of Allegheny County, PPG closed the facility in 2018. Pittsburgh Brewing bought it the following year.

Pittsburgh Brewing Co.’s new facility in Creighton, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

In the 140,000 square meter facility, master brewer Mike Carota, who has been on duty since 1975, and his crew will immediately produce 150,000 barrels a year, with the potential to produce 750,000 barrels.

Over the next several years, the 40-acre site along the Allegheny River will include a restaurant, an outdoor venue, a beer museum (not affiliated with BREW: The Museum of Beer), and a marina.

“Although the Latrobe brewery has been an excellent manufacturing facility for all of our products, it will be very gratifying to be able to control our production from start to finish,” says Carota.

The company has released more than 100 unique libations in its 160-year history, making it one of the oldest operating breweries in the United States. Favorites like Iron City, IC Light, IC Light Mango, Altdeutsch, American and Block House will continue to be on tap, along with new small-batch recipes.

Last year, Pittsburgh Brewing partnered with Sharpsburg’s Dancing Gnome to revive their Robin Hood Cream Ale.

In addition to repurposing PPG’s Creighton property built in 1883 to make glass for automobiles, planes, and buildings, Pittsburgh Brewing Co. is renovating its historic 9-acre complex in Lawrenceville, which will house the company’s corporate offices, for 150 years. A taproom concept is planned for this site. In 2018, Cliff Forrest, founder of Kittanning-based Rosebud Mining Company, bought the property from a New York venture company.

Iron City Beer, the company’s flagship, was recently redesigned by Millvale-based marketing agency Top Hat. The project was named # 1 in brand development of 2020 by the global design blog Brand New.

Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

In November, an Iron City Beer sign, 226 feet long, was posted on a mountain. Washington hillside overlooking the city. The billboard, managed by Lamar Advertising Co., is a throwback to the billboard that took the place from 1938 to 1954. It will stay there for at least a year.

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