Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get Advance Taste of Brewery Coming to Charleroi

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Get Advance Taste of Brewery Coming to Charleroi

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It's going to be months before Charleroi's Fourth Street Barbecue becomes Four Points BBQ & Brewing, but the restaurant has been offering tastes of what's to come.

The next free monthly tasting is from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant, at 308 Fourth St. in the Washington County city.

The brewery is starting to come together next door at 400 Fourth St., but owner and manager Dave Barbe Jr. already has hired a brewer, Adam Boura, and he's been practicing on small batches. Saturday, you'll be able to try 5-ounce tastes of their delightfully named Donora Smog Russian Imperial Stout, Mango Lassi Gose and Nubilous Double India Pale Ale.

"They're usually gone at the end of the night," says Mr. Barbe, whose been planning to add a brewery since soon after he reopened the restaurant with a liquor license in the summer of 2015 and saw how well local beers sold. His dad owns both buildings. Mr. Barbe, who's 32 and lives on the North Side, grew up nearby in Carroll.

They've ordered a 5-barrel brewhouse that will go into what once was a flower shop, and expect to open the brewery sometime this summer. The plan is to connect the two buildings with a beer garden. The restaurant will serve the beer, which also will be available for purchase at the brewery - in glasses and in growlers and crowlers (glass jugs and aluminum cans) to go.

In the meantime, Mr. Boura is brewing at home in Cheswick. They're announcing the monthly tastings on Facebook. And as you can tell by Saturday's lineup, the beer styles look to be "pretty diverse," says Mr. Barbe, who says of his brewer, "He loves sours and funky stuff . farmhouse IPAs . pale ales. We'll play a little bit with smoke, too, because of the restaurant."

In the meantime, his restaurant has a great list of a dozen drafts, many of them local, and more bottles. …

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