Spoonwood Brewing to open this fall in Bethel

Published Apr 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm (Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 9:54 am)

A Bethel Park couple is one step closer to realizing their dream after Bethel Park Council on April 14 approved plans for development of a brew pub to be built along Baptist Road.

Grant and Mary Lou Scorsone plan to open Spoonwood Brewing, an upscale micro brewery/restaurant, in the fall. The brewery will be constructed on the site where Duke's Station used to stand.

Brewery patrons will be able to view the 15-barrel brewing system through the windows at the front of the building and behind the bar, said Grant Scorsone.

Scorsone said they will be able to brew 500 gallons per batch and brewers plan to have at least 10 different types of beer on tap at all times. In addition, the brewer plans to eventually market Spoonwood beers by the keg at other local establishments.

His interest in craft beer began more than a decade ago, Scorsone said, but he plans to leave the actual brewing to brewmaster and business partner Steve Ilnicki.

“I am very impressed with his brewing and his creativity,” Scorsone said.

Spoonwood will be about more than beer with a menu that will feature tapas, soups, salads and wood oven baked pizza. The Scorsones are partnering with executive chef Rose Walther for the food portion of the business.

The brew pub will also be the first establishment in the region to serve wine tapped directly from kegs, said Mary Lou Scorsone. Wine served from kegs is quite common in the western part of the country, she added.

The brewers also plan to offer hard cider, but no hard liquor with exception of possibly during private events at the brewery

The couple has put a lot of thought and planning into the development of the brew pub and brewery, which derives its name from the Native American name for the Pennsylvania state flower, the mountain laurel. The flower's demure white bloom is shaped like a five-pointed star, a nod to the five basic steps of brewing delicious beer – mashing, boiling, fermenting, conditioning and filtering, according to the Spoonwood website.

Plans call for the brew pub to not only be a location for fine dining and the enjoyment of craft beers, but also the experience of the brewing process with brewery tours and dinners pairing foods with different brews in the future plans.

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