What’s better than coffee and beer? Having it all under one roof. Wholesale roasters
recently joined East End Brewing Company
at its warehouse space in Larimer, with the latter planning to offer its collaboration Coffee Porter year-round.
Commonplace co-owner TJ Fairchild says the match-up is a good fit, as both companies share a craft approach to their products. And through their collaborations, he says they came to realize that not only do they share a similar skillset, but a similar market.
“We started to notice that a lot of our customers were the same,” Fairchild says. “The same people that were seeking out really good beer were the same people that were seeking out really good coffee.”
During the brewery’s popular Growler Hours customers can now purchase pounds of direct-sourced beans and sample select brews from the roastery.
Commonplace opened its original coffeehouse and roastery in Indiana, PA in 2003. Since then, it has opened two shops in Pittsburgh, and delivers the majority of its beans to the city.
While the original location will remain open in Indiana, the new facility, at 6580 Frankstown Avenue, will bring the company closer to its customer base, and will be its main roastery producing approximately 600 kilos of beans a week.
According to Fairchild, Commonplace purchases many of its beans directly from farmers, in addition to the fair-trade system. He says they are also now roasting beans with a lighter profile to highlight each single-origin coffee’s subtleties and nuances.
Last December, East End introduced its Coffee Porter, brewed with Commonplace’s Sumatra Coffee. While it had been offered seasonally, Fairchild says it will soon be on solid rotation at the brewery.
East End officially relocated from Homewood to its new Frankstown Avenue location last month, with expanded Growler Hours from Tuesday to Sunday, where customers can fill half-gallon glass jugs straight from the brewery's taps.
And even though the brewery is not open for growler hours on Monday, Fairchild says folks are still free to visit Commonplace and peer over the roaster’s shoulder to observe their process.
“Pretty much every day of the week we’re open for a visit if people want to see what we’re doing,” he says.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: TJ Fairchild
Correction: In last week’s Eat + Drink column, we incorrectly reported the operating hours of BZ’s Bar and Grill. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. 140 Federal Street. 412-323-BZBG.