Fifth Avenue, the main business street in Coraopolis, has come alive in the past year with new antique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Soon to join the ranks is of this burgeoning business district is the neighborhood’s first craft brewery, Cobblehaus Brewing Company, when it officially opens later this month.
Owner and brewer Scott Mills has been hard at work for the past few months transforming a former office building into brewery and pour house featuring Belgian and German style beers. While Mills is putting the finishing touches on the building, the rest of Pittsburgh is eager for the doors to open, and the beer to start pouring.
“The reception has been pretty good so far. I probably get asked half a dozen times a day when I’m opening,” says Mills.
He isn’t kidding. When I left the Cobblehaus space after our chat, someone shouted at me from across the street: “Excuse me ma’am, when did he say it was going to open?”
The excitement surrounding Cobblehaus is warranted – the space will provide the neighborhood with fresh beer and a beautiful space to mingle.
Mills and his family designed and transformed the space themselves. Using a lot of reclaimed wood, cord lights, and edison bulbs, the space has a relaxed and rustic vibe. There will even be an antique player piano playing the soundtrack for the space.
Cobblehaus plans to typically have around eight beers on draft, half of which will be Belgian or German Style beers.
“We’re already brewing a Dusseldorf Alt, a Belgian Triple, and an American Blond,” says Mills “I focus on German and Belgian-style beers. Those are my favorite, and we will always have a large selection of those. I also really like IPAs, so we will mix it up with other traditional beers, seasonals, experiments, or requests.”
While Cobblehaus will not serve food, they are developing relationships with many of the restaurants on the street, and will roll in food trucks on busy nights.
Mostly, Mills is excited to see the finished product in action.
“It has been great to see the whole thing come together. There were a lot of major decisions we were back and forth on,” Mills says. “I started brewing pretty much right after I graduated college, and I always told myself I would own a sports bar or something one day. It has been great to see our ideas come to life.”
Up-to-date information on their opening, and more information on their beers, can be found online.
Cobblehaus Brewing (1021 Fifth Avenue, Coraopolis, PA)