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CoStar Brewing pub on tap for Etna

| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Millvale has Grist House Craft Brewery and Draai Laag Brewing Co.; Sharpsburg has the Dancing Gnome — now Etna will join the craft beer movement with a CoStar Brewing location in the borough's business district.

CoStar owners Jeff and Caitlyn Hanna, and Dominic Cincotta, launched their nanobrewery more than five years ago in a Highland Park garage.

Etna Manager Mary Ellen Ramage said the brewers, aiming to expand their business, contacted the Etna Economic Development Corp. a year ago.

“They came to the development corporation and said, ‘We really want to be in your community; everyone is so friendly.'”

On Nov. 17, the brewers purchased the 327 Butler St. property from the development corporation. and adjacent lots from Etna business owners Lori Flower and Joe Fette.

A “terrible blighted property” sat on the lot that the borough acquired through eminent domain, Ramage said.

“All three lots have been vacant for half a dozen years.”

The borough donated the property to the development corporation for the specific purpose of economic redevelopment. Etna has received grants from the Local Government Academy and The Heinz Endowments to revitalize its business district for commercial and residential use.

According to Ramage, CoStar plans to start construction in April 2018 on its brewpub, featuring retractable garage doors and outdoor seating. The building will have concrete floors to accommodate three heavy brewing vats. The owners aim to open in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The brewery's Hopland Park pale ale, with its “strong malt back and a hint of lemon,” pays tribute to the company's East End roots. The stout category includes varied recipes using oatmeal and a coffee oatmeal stout featuring East Liberty-based Zeke's Coffee. Derived from a recipe that received the National Homebrew Competition bronze award, the Holiday Ale contains cinnamon, cardamom, honey, orange and cranberries.

Squirrel Hill's Independent Brewing Co., the Strip District's Smallman Galley and Morningside's Bulldog Pub frequently carry CoStar's brews.

Erica Cebzanov is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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