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Brewing Up the History of Greater Pittsburgh
Local author Robert A. Musson, MD, pens new book using vintage iamges to tell story.
Although Pittsburgh is best known for the many steel mills that have dotted its landscape, it has also been a major center for the brewing of beer and ale throughout its history. Since 1765, when common beer was first brewed for British soldiers at Fort Pitt, the city has produced a tremendous amount of beer to quench the thirst of steelworkers who toiled in the city’s mills.
Brands like Iron City, Duquesne (or “Duke”), Rolling Rock, and Stoney’s are still known in the area today, while old-timers might remember names like Fort Pitt, E&O, Carnegie, and Dutch Club, among others. Many towns surrounding Pittsburgh, such as McKeesport, Latrobe, and Aliquippa, were also home to breweries that thrived for many years.
Highlights of Brewing in Greater Pittsburgh:
• Many images in this book are from the collections of local residents, as well as the Pittsburgh Brewing Company archives, which have not been available to the public until now.
• The book covers breweries throughout the 250 years of Pittsburgh’s existence, from the 1760s to now.
• The book shows a wide variety of early labels, cans, and signs used to market beer, as well as early photos of the buildings, people, delivery wagons & trucks, and equipment used for brewing.
A collector of Pennsylvania beer memorabilia since 1976, Robert A. Musson, MD, has researched the history of the brewing industry of Ohio and Pennsylvania for two decades. He is the author of Arcadia Publishing’s Brewing in Cleveland and has self-published numerous books on the brewing industry, such as Fort Pitt, That’s It! and Brewing Beer Since 1829.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
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