Deasy: Western Pa. craft beer industry to benefit from more than $335K in state funding

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – The western Pennsylvania craft beer industry was the recipient of over $335,000 in state funding to support awareness, outreach and expansion of malt brewing in the greater Allegheny area, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy.

Deasy, Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, said the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved the funding to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages under the PA Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board. 

“Western Pennsylvania has a unique opportunity to capitalize on this crucial funding and reap the benefits of enhancing locally and statewide brewing initiatives,” Deasy said. “I’m confident the entities awarded this funding will greatly contribute to support Pennsylvania’s growing craft beer industry.“

Deasy said the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild was allotted $75,000 of the total funding to be used for the expansion of its 30-plus members’ foundation and increase industry awareness and beer tourism across the Pittsburgh region by updating the Pittsburgh Brewery Guide and website and relaunching Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. Visit Pittsburgh was awarded $75,000, which will fund its Allegheny County Craft Brewery Tourism Campaign. The public relations and marketing campaign will seek to increase awareness of Pittsburgh’s craft brewery scene in out-of-market audiences and attract new visitors to the 30-plus breweries in Allegheny County.

A grant of $130,350 was also awarded to Black Brew Culture in the greater Pittsburgh area. The grant will be used to support participation, increase awareness, knowledge and experience of the black community in craft beer through various workshops, trainings and engagement. Lastly, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences was awarded $56,258, which will fund its Craft Beer Value Chain Development: Hops Processing in Western Pennsylvania project.

“I am pleased to announce these grants supporting the state craft beer industry. These initiatives will help keep Pennsylvania the number one producer of craft beer in the nation.”