This project was created in early 2016 when the Stanton Heights Community contacted HOLP to place hops in a way to cover up an unsightly retaining wall along Stanton Avenue. The community had just received the City of Pittsburgh’s Love Your Block grant and was looking for a unique way to to beautify the gateway into their neighborhood. In the spring of 2016, HOLP along with many volunteers from the community, planted 75 hop rhizomes, 3 varieties (Centennial, Cascade, & Chinook), along the retaining wall located along the 4200 block of Stanon Avenue.
At the end of the growing season, these hops were harvested and used to fresh hop a beer brewed by Steve Sloan at Roundabout Brewery. The result was Stanton Hops, a truly local beer, brewed to benefit the community. To celebrate Stanton Hops, a release party was held at the brewery with music provided by the Armadillos and food provided by Driftwood Oven. This event was such a huge success that the beer only lasted two hours! Proceeds of this beer benefited the Stanton Heights Community directly.
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