The Brew Gentlemen--Asa Foster and Matt Katase--have admittedly been drinking underage for the past several years. But unlike other college students, the setting wasn't a keg party, but rather a serious recipe-testing endeavor, an effort to found the region's latest craft brewery.
Foster and Katase met as undergrads at CMU, where they quickly switched to self-designed majors in order to focus their studies on craft beer and entrepreneurship.
"We got the business off the ground before we were even of legal drinking age," Foster says. "We spent the last three years going total immersion."
Since graduating in May, the pair (officially the Brew Gentlemen Beer Co.
, and now of legal drinking age) has been busy preparing their pilot brewing facility in Braddock, a former warehouse turned production facility.
After securing the space, which is owned by the Heritage Community Initiatives nonprofit, they learned that restaurateur Kevin Sousa would be their future upstairs neighbor. Sousa plans to open his newest restaurant, Magarac, by late 2013.
Foster hopes to offer Brew Gentlemen beers at Magarac, in addition to collaborations with other Pittsburgh breweries.
The brewery will be participating in several upcoming events where the public will have an early opportunity to taste Brew Gentlemen beers.
The Brew Gentlemen will initially have three different styles: White Sky, a Chai-spiced white ale; an amber east-coast style double IPA called General Braddock's IPA; and a session red ale. Foster says their goal is to produce exploratory takes on traditional styles.
In the next five years Foster hopes to be able to open a second facility with a 20 to 30 barrel system, with production on the scale of other regional breweries, as well as offering canned products.
For a first taste of The Brew Gentlemen beer, kegs will be available at the latest Tapped Pop Up Beer Garden
. The event will be the last of the season, and will be held on October 6th, from 2 to 9 p.m., John St., Braddock.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Asa Foster