by Jane Adams
This week my day job required me to travel to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Never one to pass up an opportunity, on the way back home I made a brief stop to Roy Pitz Brewery.
The brewery is located in a warehouse which was built in the early part of the1900's and is not far from the center of Chambersburg. It resides in an odd location within a cul-de-sac, and upon finding it the first time, one feels like a secret hideaway has been revealed.
The business has been operating out of the warehouse since about 2008, and I remember it had a small retail space in the basement towards the back of the building that offered growlers and take-out six packs. The staff was usually small and hours limited, and a bell hung at the counter for service for growlers.
As recently as two weeks ago, the brewery had a "soft open" of their new Bier Stube. A Bier Stube is a tavern or a cafe offering a German style beer and atmosphere.
On this particular afternoon, I pulled up to the warehouse building and noticed a new sign in the front which looked inviting.
I entered the restored first floor room, and found the space to be large and airy, and tastefully decorated preserving many of the original features of the warehouse; including exposed bricks, a large rolling door, and historic giant sized ceiling beams. A large chalk board behind the bar announced the daily offerings.
I admired the artistic beer labels on the taps. The art work is offered for sale in the form of posters in the gift shop.
In a few weeks they will be offering a new flavor, a lighter Pilsner with a hint of orange blossom honey. As my friend and I chatted, we were offered free chips and a free soft pretzel, with the house special recipe mustard.
The pretzel was standard, but the house mustard was exceptional; sweet on your tongue and a subtle touch of tang on the back of your throat as you swallowed.
The bartender asked for our feedback and I sincerely recommended that they consider selling the mustard by the jar to loyal customers.
If they choose to do so, I will certainly buy a jar.
As we finished our beverages, we chatted with another regular customer and watched as some businessmen pour into the open door after work. I have a feeling this place will not lack for future success and loyal followers, and that I will probably be one who will be back soon.
It was soon time to go home... but before we did, we grabbed a mix-a-six pack to take home for $15.
After a long day of work I enjoyed a Pitzer Perfect end!