Okay, it didn't actually burn, and it's not going to be called Four Sons anymore, but anyone who's been following the explosion of craft brewing in western Pennsylvania knows what I'm talking about. Matt Allyn e-mailed about it yesterday, and this appeared in the Erie Times-News today.
Matt Allyn e-mailed again, and there are some corrections below, one of which corrects an error in the newspaper article cited above.
- The new owners are Keystone Brewing Co., which is managed by Bill Zimmer, a Corry (PA) native (just like Matt and North Country's Sean McIntyre...who knew they had such a hospitality program at Corry High?) with "a résumé full of Montana resort experience."
- (Update: the company does not include J. Michael Allyn, Matt Allyn's dad: "J. Michael Allyn is the director of the [Titusville] Redevelopment Authority. And happens to be my dad," says Matt. Another reason, he adds, that his name is not on the paperwork.)
- They signed a lease last Thursday, and hope to open by June 1.
- Matt Allyn will be brewing "a more traditional German-style lineup."
- The chef will be, once again, Jeremy Potocki (a partner in Keystone), and cheers to that.
- The name has not yet been announced. (Update: the name will be "Blue Canoe": it's "almost set" according to Matt.)
- Keystone still needs to secure a brewers license -- which should be pretty easy, given that it's a re-licensing -- and a liquor license, which shouldn't be too hard in the area.
The article also mentions that Four Sons was $400,000 in debt when they closed on 1/1/07. Ouch. Matt seems confident (always did) that the site can be profitable...if run right. And no, this will not affect any of the plans for Voodoo in Meadville.
Good to see brewing return to Titusville!