Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voodoo Brewery Purchases Homestead Building

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Voodoo Brewery Purchases Homestead Building

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The owners of Meadville's Voodoo Brewery are purchasing the former municipal building/fire station in Homestead with plans to rehabilitate it, but people shouldn't presume that it's going to become a brewpub.

"Nothing is set in stone at this point," says Voodoo's Matt Allyn, who has big plans for the place that will take some time to pull together.

"At some point, we will be pouring or selling Voodoo beers there, but it will not be immediately ... a brewpub with food or a brewing system," he said, stressing that Voodoo's brewing operation is staying in Meadville. Voodoo has been looking for some time for a building in or closer to Pittsburgh.

Homestead council last week approved the sale of this more-than- a-century-old building, which has been vacant for more than two decades, for $8,500. It's located on Amity Street at East Ninth Avenue. The four-story building, which still has its jail cells and other historic features, has a lot of room for creative uses.

"We have a thousand ideas in our heads," Mr. Allyn said, but, "There's a lot of work [to do] in that building, and I don't have a million dollars." So once they close on the sale, they'll begin working on the place while looking for grant money and investors.

While it's too early to publicize the particulars of their plans, he said, "We're highly excited to be there."

Borough Manager Ian McMeans says, "We're extremely excited to have Voodoo Brewing" rehabilitating "a blighted building into a community asset," especially "at a key intersection in our community."

Read more about the brewery at voodoobrewery.com.

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The Pittsburgh Beer Ladies are going strong three years after the group started, having grown to about 300 members, and many of them will mark their anniversary with a party at noon on Saturday at Grist Mill Brewing in Millvale.

"The event is open to new members, and we're always looking for more," writes charter member Amy Berecek, who invited people to catch up with the group on its Facebook page. "All it takes to be a member is joining our Facebook group or coming to an event - It is pretty laid back. …

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