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Familiar landmarks come to life as breweries in Monroeville and McKeesport

Local beer lovers have a lot to look forward to this year, but if you can’t wait to wet your whistle, two breweries/restaurants have just opened. Although the buildings are familiar to generations of drinkers in Monroeville and McKeesport, what’s on tap is all new.

Photo courtesy of Brasserie de Luciano.

The Brasserie at Luciano

Beer is flowing again at 312 Center Road in Monroeville.

The building, which once housed the Parkway Tavern – and more recently, Rivertowne Pour House – is now The Brasserie at Luciano.

Owner Dan Pasquarelli, who has operated restaurants throughout the area for four decades, has been working on the venue for more than two years, giving it a brighter and more inviting decor, expanding the kitchen, upgrading the bar and even renovating the restrooms.

After overcoming pandemic-related shutdowns and supply chain safeguards, The Brewery at Luciano’s opened in February. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Pizza dough and sauce are made fresh daily using Pasquarelli family recipes, which are also used at Luciano’s Italian Brick Oven in White Oak, Lucci’s Pizza & Pasta and Brick House Tap & Grill in Irwin, and at Luciano’s restaurant in Mars. (Also try the calzones, sandwiches, and salads.) Pasquarelli, who emigrated to the United States from Italy when he was 3, named his restaurants after a family member back home. native.

La Brasserie du Luciano’s reinforces its reputation as a pizzeria by adding beers made on site. Photo courtesy of Brasserie de Luciano.

And what better with a hot pizza than a cold beer?

The 15-barrel system pumps drinks such as Luciano’s Italian Pilsner, a crisp, dry-hopped lager; Tela Cold IPA, with notes of grapefruit and lemon; and Sogni D’Oro Belgian Strong Gold, a warm winter booze with an 8.5% alcohol content. The Brasserie winks at another local business, Moio’s Italian pastrywith Nonna’s Tiramisu Stout, a liquefied version of the famous dessert.

Now, it’s love.

The Tube City Brew Works and Restaurant features fine bar fare from former Bridges & Bourbon chef Michael Allison. Photo courtesy of Tube City Brew Works and Restaurant.

Tube City Brewery and Restaurant

Chris and Heather Tricarico moved to Pittsburgh with the dream of opening a pizza place.

When New Yorkers discovered that the Lemon Tree – McKeesport’s beloved but long doomed restaurant and banquet hall – was still on the market, they decided to turn lemons into lemonade. Or, in this case, beer.

Located at 623 Long Run Road, Tube City Brewery and Restaurant is now open for business. Opening hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but online reservations are recommended.

“If you’re a McKeesport resident over the age of 50, chances are you’ve attended a wedding here,” says Chris Tricarico. “It’s pretty cool to bring this place back to the community.”

The new owners have transformed the old building, which is now divided into two distinct spaces: a casual sports bar and a rustic dining room.

After leaving Bridges & Bourbon Downtown, chef Michael Allison has concocted a menu of fine bar fare, including macaroni and cheese, poutine, pierogies and burgers inspired by different parts of the world. The Meaux, France Burger, for example, includes brie, mushroom duxelles, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and truffle aioli, while the Portland, Maine Burger is covered in cream cheese with blueberries, bacon jam and coffee. There will be fish fry every Friday during Lent and brunch is served on Sundays.

Of course, you’ll want to wash down all that gastropub chow with moss.

Chris Tricarico has been a home brewer for 14 years. A bourbon stout he made early on appealed to his no-nonsense grandfather, a police officer and World War II veteran who isn’t a fan of “fancy” beers.

“I impressed him with the complexity of the project,” he says. “It was the beer that inspired me to pursue this.”

Tricarico makes a variety of styles of beer and seltzers in small batches. There are currently two beers on tap, but this list will eventually grow to 12. While they can’t can their beers, growlers will be available soon.

“I’m very driven by what most people are going to enjoy,” says Tricarico, citing quality pilsners and ales.

A history buff, Tricarico wanted to use McKeesport’s nickname, Tube City, for his brewery to honor his steelmaking heritage. He was delighted to learn that a Tube City Brewing Co. operated in the city before Prohibition and again from 1933 to 1955.

He keeps an eye out for vintage Tube City collectibles to display.

“This town has a cool history and we’re happy to be a little piece of it,” he says.

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