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Four Seasons Brewing proposes beer pub in Unity

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A Unity brewery could offer customers more than just tasting samples if it wins approval to open a brew pub.

Four Seasons Brewing Co. has applied to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for a brew pub license, and architect Shawn Ulery, representing the company, appeared before the township planning commission on Tuesday night to seek recommendation for approval for that conditional use in a manufacturing zone.

The brewery, owned by Christian Simmons and Mark Pavlik, at 745 Lloyd Ave. Ext. just outside Latrobe, was granted use of the 4,000-square-foot space to brew beer in April 2013.

Under the requirements of the state brewery license, customers are not permitted to consume beer purchased at the site on the premises but are permitted to sample and use growlers, or take-home glass containers.

The brew pub license allows for beer sales as long as food is served alongside, Ulery said.

β€œThe intent is now the business will go from purely brewery β€” manufacturing β€” to now have beer consumed on-site,” he said.

Owners don't intend to add kitchen facilities, so such offerings as cold sandwiches or hot dogs would be served in a facility with seating for a minimum of 30 people, Ulery said.

Board members and solicitor Gary Falatovich confirmed that enough parking is available at the building, which is also occupied by a 1,000-square-foot retail space, 450-square-foot office space and 1,150-square-foot storage space.

Forty-four parking spaces were required by the township for the use of the entire building, which has 50 spaces, including the 17 required to operate the brew pub.

The planning commission recommended the conditional use permit be approved by supervisors as well as the site plan, contingent upon approval of the township municipal authority, which needs to determine whether any water usage allowances need to be modified.

The recommendation was also contingent upon an updated letter from the building's owner, Ridilla Family Partnership, agreeing to the brew pub.

Unity supervisors could consider the proposal at their next meeting 4:30 p.m. July 10.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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