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Friday, May 18, 2007

Brewing Beer: A blast from the past.

I was catching up on some beer news via my iGoogle startpage yesterday when much to my surprise I came across a headline about Loretto, PA. Could it be THAT Loretto? Loretto is a small town in Western, PA. I spent a lot of time on my grandfather's farm near Loretto during my childhood. I've since settled down in Southeastern, PA in the Delaware Valley. I don't often hear about "the other" part of the state unles I'm speaking with relatives or visiting. I was a bit surprised to see this news item show up in Google News from the Altoona Mirror. It really brought back some great memories from when I started brewing.

I'm not sure if you were around back in the early days of The Brew Lounge when I wrote about how got started in home brewing. We purchased the equipment we used for that first homebrew from a small shop between Loretto and Chest Springs called Brew It Your-self. My dad knew of it, because, this is where he purchased his wine making supplies. Brew It Your-self is owned and operated by Ed Krug. The shop itself sits on a farm along a beautiful country road in rural Western PA. I haven't seen Ed in over ten years, but, I remember him as being knowledgeable and kind. What more could you ask for in a home brew shop owner?

I think I'll stop in next time I'm in town.

The Website: http://brewityourself.net
The article in the Altoona Mirror.

2 comments:

Nate said...

I just drove past this about three weeks ago - was early in the morning so the place wasn't open yet. Certainly an unassuming little joint, but I had no idea they'd been around so long.

Adam said...

Nice to have a local reading our blog ;-) Small world.