By Barb Hartman, Hazel Grove Brewing co-owner
The architectural designs for the interior and courtyard renovations are complete and we are extremely excited about them. We hope to start construction this summer and serve our first customers by next spring.
The space will be a vibrant taproom with bar seating and booths, a lounge, and a hall with communal tables. A rollup door will connect the interior space with the courtyard to create an open indoor-outdoor environment when the weather allows. We plan on improving the lot as well, repaving the parking lot, rebuilding the sidewalks, adding street trees and landscaping, and repainting the building with a colorful palette that will help to beautify the neighborhood and be visually appealing to our neighbors and guests. We are still in the design phase for these elements.
During the construction phase, we will be brewing in partnership with Cobblehaus Brewing Company in Coraopolis. This enables us to produce and sell to local establishments so people can discover Hazel Grove beer before the taproom is open. Our beer will be available at the Woods House Historic Pub in Hazelwood, right up the street from our brewery; watch for more announcements in the next few weeks. We will also serve a selection of our beers at the Beers of the Burgh festival on June 11th.
Our approach to craft beer is to create a broadly approachable portfolio. From low-alcohol light ales and lagers to darker stouts, from interesting Belgian styles to hoppy IPAs, our hope is to have a tap list that will satisfy everyone’s taste. Beer will be available in the taproom and take-out cans, and we will self-distribute our beverages to bars, restaurants, and beer distributors throughout Pittsburgh.
As part of our focus on creating an environment that is welcoming for all, we plan to produce and serve non-alcoholic craft beverages as well. We’re developing a number of these so there truly is something for every person who visits.
To provide dining options for our guests, we’re excited to be working with Hazelwood’s Community Kitchen Pittsburgh to partner on an onsite food truck.
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