Monday, August 29, 2005

Regent Square Beer

Earlier in the summer, I mentioned East End Brewing, a neighbor’s entry into the business of craft brewing. This Saturday, I was able to visit the brewery and pick up a growler full of the Black Strap Stout and the Big Hop IPA. As it turns out, I know the brew master, Scott Smith from the 63B bus – the lifeline for many Regent Square dwellers who commute downtown each day.

A couple of years ago on an evening bus ride home from downtown we had a lengthy conversation. At the time, Scott, a recent “repatriated” Pittsburgh-er was not enjoying he job in the food industry.

Shortly after that, he quit that job and began laying the groundwork and building his brewery which began operation late last year. As the only employee, he has until recently been brewing, selling and delivering all of the beer himself. With a new arrangement with a distributor, he is now positioned to ramp up production and sales.

Best of all, the beer was delicious. It was great to share beer made by our neighbor with our neighbors. I’ll be a frequent visitor back to the brewery for growler refills.

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