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Southside Brew Thru offers new varieties to beer enthusiasts


By Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A popular bar in Johnstown has expanded its business, now offering customers the ability to purchase international and craft beers to enjoy at home. 

"We wanted to bring something different to the area," said Todd Holbay, owner of Southside Brew Thru. "In larger towns it's kind of a common thing but it seems in our area it's not so common. It's the concept of driving through the building."

Located in Moxham, like its sister Tulune's Southside Saloon, the Southside Brew Thru will offer a large selection of international and craft brews that customers won't find anywhere else in the state. 

"We get hit all the time with, 'Do you have New Belgium Fat Tire?' or ones you can't even get in Pennsylvania," said Holbay. "We thought, 'Let's get them in here and start spreading them out through Pennsylvania.'"

With over 300 international and craft beers from 20 different countries, ranging from $10 to $150 a case, Holbay says there's something for everyone. 

"We also have the Budweiser, we have the Coors, we have the Natty Light that the majority of the people drink," said Holbay. "But we also cater to the people who are interested in trying something a little different."

Holbay said the goal of his business isn't just for the consumer. Eventually he hopes to be the main distributor for bars and six-pack stores in the region. 

"Breweries from Belgium, even breweries from America that you could never get in Pennsylvania before, we can now contact and become a wholesaler," said Holbay. "Then we would sell to other distributors and bars and help bring some brewers to this area." 

It's a concept of bringing new options to the region and a new business to a Johnstown neighborhood that could use some positive publicity. 

"There's a lot of great people in this area and we just want to help bring some good attention, some positive news to Moxham once in a while," said Holbay. "It's not all trouble."

For more information on the Southside Brew Thru, its hours and selections, visit their website at www.southsidebrewthru.com.

 
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