Friday, November 6, 2009

A Little Help with PA Breweries 4?

Pennsylvania Breweries 3rd edition came out in 2005. I'm working on the 4th edition now, writing the sad section I call The Boneyard: what happened to all the breweries that were in the 3rd edition that didn't make it to the 4th: the John Harvard's, Iron City (still can't believe that), Johnstown, Independence and Red Bell, and -- woohoo! -- Gettysbrew!

What I'm looking for some help on are the breweries that opened after the 3rd edition came out, but didn't stay open long enough to make it in, like Destiny, Hereford & Hops...and who else? There HAD to be others. Didn't there?

Anybody think of other Pennsylvania breweries that opened after September 2005 and closed before, well, today?

13 comments:

Pete LaVerghetta said...

Our friend got his PhD in history. Friend organized a bike trip of Civil War battlefields. Friend doesn't drink beer, but knows that we do, so thoughtfully made arrangements for dinner at Gettysbrew. My wife the chef said 'bad sign, no cars in parking lot.' Should have listened to her.

This is me and Max at Gettysbrew. We're just blown away that any beer could be so bad. The owner, not visible in photo, is explaining to us how he uses extracts and other shortcuts but how his product is just as good as those guys who use lots of ingredients. I'm pretty sure that is verbatim.

Don't forget that nut in Glenside, too.

Lew Bryson said...

Pete, Gettysbrew was open for ten years. The horror...

Why do you say "nut"? And I thought they were open again. Not so?

C. said...

Was Abbey Wright Brewing / Valley Inn in the 3rd Edition? (I'm confined to the 2nd floor for now, or I'd check the book myself...I think it opened in 2005.)

I don't know what the status of the brewery is, but word on the street is that the brewer is no longer there. It was reviewed on BA on October 29 and there were 4 beers on tap at the time...

Lew Bryson said...

We may be burying some of these places too soon, guys! It only takes a phone call...let's stick to ones we know are closed.

sam k said...

I believe I reported Gettysbrew to you as closed in November of 2007, Lew. I couldn't believe I'd missed the worst brewpub...EVER...by a matter of weeks. Still sticks in my craw, much like their beer would have, anyway!

Ryan said...

Did Hanover Brewing Co. in York ever make it off the ground? Occasionally I'd do a google search and could never find anything recent.

Anonymous said...

Jack's Mountain brewery in Lewistown. Its open now as Cowboy Jack's but I don't think they are brewing.

Lew Bryson said...

Guys! I already said in the original post that Gettysbrew is closed! Let's get this out of our system.

Hanover has still not opened. It inches closer.

Jack's Mountain's brewing equipment has left the building...but they had already stopped brewing when PAB3 came out, and to the best of my knowledge, they did not brew in the Cowboy Jack's phase.

Mark Haynie said...

I'll have to look through my collection of old papers, Lew and will let you know. I have ASN and MABNs from then.Sounds like things are moving along well with it though.
We also have another new one coming into NJ in Vineland...Turtle Stone. Talked to the owner...looks like it will happen.

Anonymous said...

GG Brewers in Glenside is still open. Gerry is still running the show there.

Lew Bryson said...

Thanks. I need to give him a call.

Harry Spade said...

What's the story with Reading Brewing Company and Legendary Craft Brewery? I hear conflicting stories about the former and the latter's webpage appears to have not been updated in over a year.

Lew Bryson said...

Tracking that down is on my list, Harry.