Whitehorse Brewing riding toward taproom opening on Racetrack Road

Whitehorse Brewing riding toward taproom opening on Racetrack Road

August 19, 2017
A sign on shop space in The Street at The Meadows mixed-use development on Racetrack Road announces the arrival of Whitehorse Brewing, which will operate a taproom for many of its microbrews. - Michael Bradwell/Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The microbrewery scene continues to heat up in Washington County.

Whitehorse Brewing, based in Berlin, Somerset County, has staked out 1,200 square feet in the Street At The Meadows mixed-use development in North Strabane Township for a taproom for its microbrews.

George Walker, 46, who co-owns Whitehorse Brewery with his son, Miles, 28 of Canonsburg, who is the brewmaster, said last week he hopes to be able to open the 12-tap site – which will be located in space adjacent to Primanti’s – in the next six to eight weeks.

The 4-year-old craft brewer has been expanding distribution of its brews across Pennsylvania and into Western Maryland.

Walker said the company currently makes 14 different beers, ranging from pale ales and pilsners to a number of seasonal brews.

He said the North Strabane location, which will have 10 seats, will enable patrons to drink pints there or purchase a growler to take home.

While snacks will be available, Walker said people will be able to bring food from other venues to the taproom.

“I’m not running a kitchen,” he said, adding that while Whitehorse is selling its beer at distributors and bars across the state, the North Strabane site will be the only other taproom besides the one at the brewery in Berlin.

While Whitehorse hails from a small Somerset County town on the Allegheny Front, its trek across the mountains to Washington County has been preceded by fervent activity in the local microbrewery scene.

Since late last year, the county has seen the opening of Coal Tipple Brewing near Burgettstown and Rusty Gold in Canonsburg. Washington Brewing Co., is currently under construction at 28 E. Maiden St.

DiCarlo’s Original Famous Pizza, which opened this spring at 925 Jefferson Ave., will be changing to fall hours on Sept. 2, according to co-owner Anna DiCarlo.

DiCarlo’s began 72 years ago when DiCarlo’s uncle, Primo DiCarlo, opened a shop in Steubenville, Ohio.

Primo and his brother, Galdo DiCarlo, Anna’s father, opened a second shop in Wheeling, W.Va.

Over the years, the business expanded. The Washington shop is the latest company-owned store in the tri-state area.

That word “famous” in the tagline isn’t an exaggeration. Along the way, DiCarlo’s has gathered a host of accolades for its pizza, including a 2012 Parade Magazine placement to its “Top 100” pizzas list in the United States. Last year, pizza trade publication PMQ placed DiCarlo’s in its Pizza Hall of Fame.

The new fall/winter hours for the Jefferson Avenue store will be Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

in Washington, a leading physician owned, regional orthopaedic hospital, has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by the Woman’s Choice Award, a national referral source for the best in healthcare.

The methodology used to select the top 100 hospitals for patience experience is unique in that it evaluates specific Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

The Women’s Choice Award collects the data for the following HCAHPS survey measures and uses a weighted average to award the best hospitals for patience experience, including effective communication with nurses and doctors; responsiveness to requests for help; pain management; explanation about medications before being administered; bathroom and room cleanliness; and patient recommendation rating.

“Hospital choice is a critical decision, particularly for women, who make over 80 percent of healthcare decisions,” said Anne S. Hast, CEO of Advanced Surgical Hospital. “Our designation makes it easier for women to choose a hospital where they and their families are more likely to have a better experience and outcome.”

Opened in 2010, Advanced Surgical Hospital is a physician-owned facility with a principal focus on providing elective orthopaedic procedures on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Its 14-bed inpatient unit accommodates patients requiring overnight stays; the unit has consistently recorded the region’s highest quality ratings and lowest complication rates per surgical procedure. In addition to its outstanding performance for patient experience,

On the move

Lawrence (Larry) Roytas has been named the new head golf professional at Lone Pine Country Club. He is a Class-A PGA professional with 24 years industry experience, including 14 years as a head golf professional. At Lone Pine, he will be instrumental in teaching the game to its members and guests, directing pro shop operations and overseeing tournaments. Roytas most recent head professional position prior to joining Lone Pine Golf Club was at Rolling Hills Country Club in McMurray, where he spent five years. He was also head golf professional at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg from 2001 to 2010 and first assistant golf professional from 1994 to 2000.

A graduate of Duquesne University, Roytas earned a B.S. degree in communications and is a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.

Michael Bradwell has been business editor for the Observer-Reporter since 1995, and was named editor of The Energy Report in 2012. He joined the newspaper in 1990 as a general assignment reporter in the Greene County bureau and has also worked as a copy editor. A 1974 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in English, he began his career at the Bedford (Pa.) Gazette. Prior to joining the O-R, he served as public relations director for Old Bedford Village, account executive at two Pittsburgh public relations agencies and copywriter for the country’s largest wholesaler of mutual funds.

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