Three Rivers Brewery

The three rivers of Pittsburgh: Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio.

February 19, 2021

Three Rivers Brewery
2837 Smallman Street

Open December 1996, Closed July 31, 1997
Mark Slater was the brewer for Three Rivers and he was brought over from England. As the brewery had a short life due to financial issues caused by management. He went on to Buffalo and then back to England where he became head brewer for St. Peter’s in Bungay.

South Side Location

South Side Brewing Company Corporate name. This is a corporate company that operated the Three Rivers Brewery. Ron Kosko, who managed Three Rivers, was partnered with South Side developer Thomas R. Tripoli. They were looking to open the Iron Bridge Inn on the South Side where the present/former Holiday Inn Express is located at the foot of the South 10th Street Bridge. Part of the development was to have a brewpub tied to a hotel. The development, proposed in 1993, did not go through due to zoning and historic issues.

Strip District Location

Three Rivers Brewery opened on Smallman Street but was shot-lived.
Mark Slater was very receptive to the home brew club, TRASH; Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers. Mark taught patrons of the brewery the method of brewing on Saturday mornings. To be expected the beer of choice was English Ales. TRASH member Del Lansing operated a homebrew supply store nearby on Penn Avenue.

Pa. Department of State

Accessed April 17, 2021
Three Rivers Brewing Co., Inc. entry date October 28, 1993.
Officers:
South Side Brewing Company
Address is a private home.

South Side Brewing Company entry date February 15, 1994.
Officers:
South Side Brewing Company Inc.
Address is a private home.

Three Rivers Brewing Co. entry date April 10, 1995.
Officers:
South Side Brewing Company
Address is a private home.

Pa. LCB Information

Accessed on Saturday, February 27, 2021
The entry for Three Rivers Brewery has been removed from the Pa. LCB database, if it ever was publicly posted.