Hint Brewing in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood

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Trace Brewing in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood

The dreams of bringing a new brewery to Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood came to a screeching halt at the start of the pandemic. In 2019, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 featured Trace Brewing in “Chronicle: Brews of the Burgh” as they were beginning the demolition process to bring a new brewery to the heart of Bloomfield. “We were hoping to open in March of 2020. So we’re talking, basically a year,” said Aadam Soorma of Trace Brewing. The opening date was pushed back about a year due to construction delays, COVID-19 restrictions and closures. “It’s stressful. It caused a lot of anxiety. I think because we were not yet open in April of 2020 we did not qualify for any PPE loans or any federal aid,” Soorma said. Locally, they got the green light to defer loans and the support of the Urban Redevelopment Authority. And then nine months into the pandemic, they could finally put that barrel beer production space to use on Main Street. “That first light at the end of the tunnel was in December,” Soorma said. Trace Brewing opened for takeout, with beer lovers ordering cans and growlers. “Everything sold out. Some of it sold out so fast that we were having trouble keeping up just on our end,” Soorma said. “We were blowing through cases of beer super, super quickly and that’s just a huge testament to this community. Just the support and how much they enjoy craft beer and how much they’re kind of excited to have a brewery at their home base in their neighborhood.”It was a validation that their persistence and patience during the pandemic finally paid off. “It was one of those surreal moments, like, wow, we did it,” Soorma said. Next up at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield is an outdoor beer garden set to open in mid to late March, and then a coffee shop right after that.

The dreams of bringing a new brewery to Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood came to a screeching halt at the start of the pandemic.

In 2019, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 featured Trace Brewing in “Chronicle: Brews of the Burgh” as they were beginning the demolition process to bring a new brewery to the heart of Bloomfield.

“We were hoping to open in March of 2020. So we’re talking, basically a year,” said Aadam Soorma of Trace Brewing.

The opening date was pushed back about a year due to construction delays, COVID-19 restrictions and closures.

“It’s stressful. It caused a lot of anxiety. I think because we were not yet open in April of 2020 we did not qualify for any PPE loans or any federal aid,” Soorma said.

Locally, they got the green light to defer loans and the support of the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

And then nine months into the pandemic, they could finally put that barrel beer production space to use on Main Street.

“That first light at the end of the tunnel was in December,” Soorma said.

Trace Brewing opened for takeout, with beer lovers ordering cans and growlers.

“Everything sold out. Some of it sold out so fast that we were having trouble keeping up just on our end,” Soorma said. “We were blowing through cases of beer super, super quickly and that’s just a huge testament to this community. Just the support and how much they enjoy craft beer and how much they’re kind of excited to have a brewery at their home base in their neighborhood.”

It was a validation that their persistence and patience during the pandemic finally paid off.

“It was one of those surreal moments, like, wow, we did it,” Soorma said.

Next up at Trace Brewing in Bloomfield is an outdoor beer garden set to open in mid to late March, and then a coffee shop right after that.

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