Several years ago, while enjoying a pint at a local beer garden, David Kahley thought if one brewery could draw droves of customers to a neighborhood, imagine what three in one building could do.
The tiny seed of an idea blossomed into a four-story, 20,000-square-foot project in Hazelwood.
“We’re going big,” says Kahley, president and CEO of The Progress Fund, a nonprofit community development financial institution.
Construction starts in about a month and by next fall he plans to raise another glass, at the grand opening. Kahley has trademarked the names Hazelwood Brewing Co. and Hazelwood Beverage Co.
Each brewery — there are more than a half-dozen vying for a spot — will have its own ground-floor bay accessible via garage doors that will house separate, seven-barrel brewing systems. The equipment will be owned by The Progress Fund and leased to the brewers. The businesses will share a third-floor tasting room, rooftop deck and a half-acre beer garden. Another structure on the property will eventually house a distillery.
Occupying a block of Lytle Street, the main building is located within an industrial use area next to Hazelwood Green.
While there are no plans for an on-site kitchen, Kahley is forging partnerships with food trucks and local eateries. The soon-to-open Woods House Historic Pub and Community Kitchen Pittsburgh are located nearby.
Kahley gazes at the behemoth structure and smiles. An avid…