IIt’s the end of an era for a local brewery, but when one door closes, another opens.
Penn Brewery has been brewing classic lagers and German beer styles in Pittsburgh since 1986, making it the oldest and largest brewery in Pittsburgh and one of the oldest craft breweries in the United States. But her owners, Sandy Cindrich, Corey Little and Linda Nyman, announced it. week via social media that they plan to sell the business to Pittsburgh-based businessman and Arkham Realty owner Stefan Nitsch. Cindrich, Little and Nyman plan to retire.
“I’m a huge fan of Penn’s ‘Euro-Pittsburgh’ brand and look forward to bringing it to the next generation of Penn consumers,” Nitsch said in a Facebook post from Troy Hill Brewery, located at 800 Vinial St.
Nitsch, who grew up in Austria and Switzerland and moved to Pittsburgh when he was about 10, added on his personal Facebook page that Penn’s fare reminded him of his homeland.
“I’ve been a fan of Penn Brewery since my dad took me there for my first American Oktoberfest. I was 10 and had just moved to Pittsburgh from Austria,” he wrote.
He had also rented an office on the third floor of Penn Brewery when he branched out as a real estate broker and worked to found Arkham Reality, which allowed him to connect with owners and staff.
“One of the owners…provided a custom build and we quickly formed a bond. The building, brewery and restaurant staff became my second family and I felt like home away from home,” said he wrote, “After 5 years of leasing there were talks for me to buy Penn Brewery and I knew I had to make it happen.”
Cindrich added on Penn’s Facebook page that it’s important for Pittsburgh’s staple to stay local, especially at a time when so many breweries are being devoured by big corporations.
“At a time when so many small and medium-sized breweries are being taken over by large corporations, it was essential that as a ‘typically Pittsburgh’ institution, Penn Brewery remain locally based and independently owned,” she said. declared.
Nitsch plans to introduce experimental products and ideas, as well as collaborations with other Pittsburgh companies and a focus on live music and community events. It will own both the Troy Hill site and its outpost at Pittsburgh International Airport.