On the Arboretum Trail

Creekside Beer is pretty hopped up about the launch of Arboretum Trail Brewing, the newest addition to Pittsburgh’s already thriving brewing scene. And anymore, our local craft breweries can compare very favorably to some of those must-visit craft breweries in Ashville, NC, Vermont, and Massachusetts, among others.

For those not familiar with Aboretum Trail Brewing, it is located in a residential neighborhood in the Pleasant Hills section of Pittsburgh, right across from the Pleasant Hills Arboretum, a sixteen acre tract of virgin oak forest, meadowland that was intended for the planting of additional trees, with an area full of wildflowers, shrubs, even more trees, and a hiking trail. Co-owners and brewers Dan Schultz (a 33-year veteran of the United States Air Force), and Ben Steffen (who boasts a variety of careers that all led up to the current venture) shared the same home-brewing hobby that propelled many founders of local breweries to launch their own brand. Ben claims that Arboretum Trail could be the only full production brewery that’s located in a house. In the garage, actually, which Ben’s wife gave him permission to use for his brewing.

And after more than a year and a half in planning and design, Ben and Dan filled almost every available nook in the garage with their electric 3.5 barrel system, including three fermenters and a bright tank, with one more to be added in the near future, and began brewing. Ben estimates that they’ll be producing in the neighborhood of 350 barrels per year to start, with four-to-six different cans released every month. Due to their location, they won’t be opening a tap room right away, as they are licensed as a production-only brewery to start. All of their products will be made available at retail establishments only, like Creekside Beer, with only a very select few restaurants having their products on tap.

Arboretum Trail Brewing will be doing their first-ever pour at a tasting event to be held at Creekside Beer on Friday, May 14, from 4-6 PM. This event will feature four different products that Ben has lovingly canned by hand over the past few days, with an initial launch of one-hundred twenty cases. Those cans, and the Arboretum Trail merchandise (all of which was illustrated by Pittsburgh illustrator and designer Dak Singletary) will be available for sale, together with some tasty treats from the Infuzed Bistro food truck.

We’re stoked for another Pittsburgh craft brewing success story in the making, and can't wait to share more after the launch!

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