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East Liberty Neighborhood to Get New Destination by Summer
If you’ve ventured into Squirrel Hill for an adult beverage in the past couple years, chances are excellent the beacon that drew you in originated from The Independent Brewing Company and Hidden Harbor. These two sister locations are located next door to each other on the corner of Forbes Ave. and Shady Ave. and have both built a strong reputation of warm, convivial destination with local flair.
Now, owners Pete and Matt Kurzweg and Adam Henry are taking their talents to East Liberty, with plans for a friendly, neighborhood hot spot set to debut early this summer. The news, originally reported by Dan Gigler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, comes on the heels of Hidden Harbor’s two-year anniversary.
Until recently, The Independent featured a near 100% local craft beer selection. Over the course of the past several months, they’ve incorporated more beers with global appeal in addition to their continuous showcase of Pittsburgh’s dynamic craft beer scene. Their Oktoberfest and Tannebaum tap lists to round out 2017 featured several offerings from the great beer regions of Belgium and various parts of Europe, a diversification of selection welcomed by craft beer enthusiasts throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Independent also is home to an extensive vinyl collection, the perfect complement to a relaxing atmosphere where one can enjoy quality beer and great conversation with others.
Hidden Harbor is a classy tiki bar, featuring a variety of unique, carefully-curated rum-based beverages that are as visually stimulating as they are flavorful. Their talented team of cocktail bartenders utilizes many offerings from Pittsburgh’s award-winning Maggie’s Farm Rum to deliver high-quality beverages and experiences each and every visit.
As Gigler reported, the new spot will make its home in the Werner Building in the East Liberty neighborhood, an area seeing rapid growth and development. It was formerly the home of The Livermore, an upscale cocktail bar.
Concept plans for the new location are currently shrouded in mystery, but according to Pete Kurzweg, “we are going to be doing something that we hope serves the neighborhood well.”
Given the tremendous image both Hidden Harbor and The Independent have built, this writer has to speculate their new venture will be one worth experiencing.
Is it summer yet?