Pretty soon Pittsburgh craft beer fans will be able to say “I remember when Arboretum Trail Brewing was brewing beer in their garage.” (Referencing Arboretum Trail Brewing’s current 306 sq. foot production space inside one of the owner’s home)
That’s because the brewery’s co-owners, Ben Steffen and Dan Schultz, have recently announced the opening of their first taproom, the 5,400 sq. foot former home of Couch Brewery in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood.
Back in November, Couch Brewery announced their closure, leaving Pittsburgh craft beers awaiting the space’s next tenant, which was expected to be homebrewer Tortured Souls Brewing at the time of the closure.
While we don’t know the details as to why Tortured Souls isn’t moving in to the space as planned, we do know that Arboretum Trail Brewing Co. will be taking over the 82-seat space very soon and plans to leave a lot of the space just as it is.
“I want to maintain that ‘everyone is welcome’ vibe that Couch created,” co-owner Ben Steffen tells us.
The brewery will offer 15 taps, including a side pull tap that the brewery wants to install as soon as possible. Plans for the tap list include not only Arboretum Trail Brewing’s beers, but also a mead and/or cider and perhaps a guest tap or two.
The space does not have a kitchen but the brewery plans to offer food trucks on a regular rotation.
From a production standpoint, this move means a 350% increase in production, as much of the previous tenant’s fermentation vessels will remain and their current production equipment will be moved to the space. The brewery plans to produce 600-625 bbls per year once all equipment is installed.
To help finance the new space, the brewery has recently announced a crowdfunding campaign with Honeycomb Credit, a Pittsburgh-based organization that “unlocks growth opportunities for small businesses to build vibrant, financially empowered communities“, according to their website.
More information about the Honeycomb campaign can be found in the video below.