After years of hard work, overcoming obstacles, jumping hurdles, and learning a lifetime’s worth of business lessons, the crew behind Eleventh Hour Brewing are about to receive their monumental payoff.
Pittsburgh’s brewery population is just six days away from going up by one as Eleventh Hour plans to open their doors and pour their first pints on Thursday, August 31st! The long-awaited grand opening is set for Saturday, September 2nd.
All the info you need can be found below in the official press release from the brewery. I’ll be reconvening with Matt and Keana McMahon for the next installment of New Brewery Chronicles on The Breaking Brews Podcast shortly after the grand opening.
If you want to learn more about Matt and Keana’s journey towards the opening of Eleventh Hour prior to visiting, check out the first two installments of New Brewery Chronicles by subscribing to The Breaking Brews Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. Or click the links below to grab the show notes and listen in right here on Breaking Brews:
PLEASE NOTE: Opening may be subject to change due to final inspection early next week. But I’m siding with the power of positivity here and know the best news is coming soon. Stay close to 11thhourbrews.com for the most up-to-date information.
Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. set to open in Lawrenceville
144-year-old building transformed into an industrial chic taproom
Pittsburgh, PA – After four long years, Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. – a labor of love – is planning to open its doors on Thursday, August 31st with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, September 2nd. Located in the rejuvenated and growing Lawrenceville district at 3711 Charlotte St, a block from Piccolo Forno, the industrial chic tap room will offer over 12 different house brewed beers from a hand built tap system, as well as local mead and wine for the non-beer drinkers. In the first few weeks guests can expect fewer options as Matt McMahon, owner and head brewer, starts the brewing process in their custom made, Wisconsin-built 20-barrel brewhouse.
Bringing Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. to full fruition has truly been a family affair. With McMahon at the helm, his wife Keana has taken on the role of Vice-President as well as marketing and creative director; his stepson, Justin Strzelczyk, works as his assistant brewer; his brother, Mark McMahon, will handle sales and distribution along with brewing duties; and on any given day you can find his mom, dad, and even two young sons helping to make his dream become a reality.
Because a family built Eleventh Hour from the ground up, McMahon and his wife want families, kids and even dogs to feel welcome. They plan to have activities to occupy the kids while parents can relax, grab a stool by the open garage doors and enjoy a quality craft brew. There will be a chalkboard wall, board games, mini corn hole, and a Lego table, which was conceptualized and built by his 9-year-old son. McMahon also plans to offer kid friendly drinks and options for the designated drivers. The taproom will not include a kitchen, but local food trucks such as Blue Sparrow, Driftwood Pizza and Iron City Eats will adorn the parking lot during open hours.
Eleventh Hour will feature all the craft beer staples – IPAs, red and brown ales, blondes, stouts, pale ales, winter warmers, wheat beers — plus the signature jalapeno pale ale that Pittsburghers have come to love. McMahon, with his brother and Strzelczyk, have also created unique flavors and infusions like the Wild Wex Ale – a beer that was fermented using yeast McMahon captured from his own backyard in Wexford, PA. He plans to bring inventive style beers like this to the brewery every chance he gets. “Beer can be simple and beer can be complex. We don’t subscribe to one methodology or the other because if people like it, then we’ll create it,” said McMahon. “We try to make beer that we would enjoy drinking.” Aside from the staples, the styles of beer offered at Eleventh Hour will be ever-changing with the times and current trends such as Oktoberfest, Gose, Saisons and Sours at the moment.
The 1500-square-foot tasting room was built, floor to ceiling, by McMahon – with help from his family – using as many reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials as possible. This includes recycling the original 75-year-old garage doors to use as the façade of the black, cement bar top he molded himself. If one looks closely, the original metal plaque of the doors can still be seen on the front of the bar. Reclaimed barn wood was tapped for the hand built farmhouse tables, bar top ledges by the open-air seating, and bedecks the walls throughout. McMahon’s wife scours local rehab shops to find the perfect pieces like the industrial warehouse pendant lighting and the navy leather, chesterfield sofa that will be used in the lounge area. They have recycled old, broken clocks, all set to the eleventh hour, as the décor throughout.
In staying with the repurposed theme, McMahon is even reusing the barley, wheat, and oats from brewing by donating it to Freedom Farms, a local Pennsylvania farm, to use as animal feed.
The taproom is fully open to the brew space which houses the American made system and all other operational aspects of the brewery. On brew days, guests will have a front row seat to where all the production takes place. After the August opening date, Eleventh Hour hopes to start its distribution and be on tap at a few local restaurants as it continues to grow its footprint throughout the year.
Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. will be open Thursday and Friday nights from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturdays noon – 10:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The brewery is located at 3711 Charlotte St, Pittsburgh, PA. For more information and updates please visit https://www.facebook.com/eleventhhourbrewing/ or http://www.11thhourbrews.com and make sure to follow them on Instagram (@eleventhhourbrewing) and twitter (@11thHourBrewing).