The New York import lasted just under a year in Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Since the second location of Burgh’ers opened this spring in Lawrenceville, the taps have been marked, “Locally brewed and distilled.”
But now the brews are getting about as local as they can get because the restaurant group is making its own as Burgh’ers Brewing.
The brewery is in a small space in Zelienople “about three stop lights” from the original Harmony Burgh’ers and its adjacent sister restaurant, Della Terra, says the group’s brewer, Neil Glausier. The 38-year-old homebrewer, whose day job is as a test engineer, rebuilt the three-barrel brewhouse that Hitchhiker Brewing Co. started with in Mt. Lebanon, and he has been moonlighting, often literally, as a pro brewer.
On Tuesday, Mr. Glausier will unveil four house brews during a public tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the 3601 Butler St. location. He plans to have a few kegs that day in Harmony, where Fiore Moletz and his wife, Michelle, opened the first Burgh’ers.
The first brews are Penn Ave. pale ale, Hipster Tone New England-style India pale ale, Public House Bitter and Oat Black Water, an oatmeal stout that Mr. Glausier describes as “a throwback to my Mississippi roots.”
He came up here several years ago because his wife, Jill, got a job at the University of Pittsburgh. The Brighton Heights couple met the Moletzes at a crawfish boil at Della Terra and became friends. Mr. Glausier eventually agreed to brew for them. “I would love this to be my job.”
He notes, “We’re hoping to expand to a couple of another restaurants.” In the meantime, after launching at Burgh’ers, he hopes to send a few kegs to other area watering holes. He’s looking forward to making other varieties, too. While the Zeli brewery is just a production place, he’s not ruling out holding an event there. As he puts it, “We love to cook, and we love to drink beer!”
More at http://burgherspgh.com or 412-904-2622.
Bob Batz Jr.: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1930 and on Twitter @bobbatzjr.