Making It Here – Brewing beer with A&M Wine Supplies

New O-R multimedia series focuses on items made in Washington, Greene counties

July 21, 2014
John and Angela Burgess. co-owners of A&M Wine Supplies in Washington. - Trista Thurston / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The southwestern-most corner of Pennsylvania is brimming with energy, and not just the bounty accessed through Marcellus Shale. There is an energy of innovation.

The Observer-Reporter's newest web mini-series, “Made in Washington County” and “Made in Greene County,” focuses on those things that just can't be found anywhere else – items that are hand-crafted, homemade or just plain interesting.

In the debut video of the series, a local couple demonstrates how to get started brewing beer in your own home.

For John and Angela Burgess, home brewing was always a hobby. Then, in July of 2012, they figured out how to monetize that love with their acquisition of A&M Wine Supplies.

Art Bruno and Matt Waters originally founded the business in 2004 to share their passion for making wine with locals.

“We made them an offer they couldn't refuse,” said Angela Burgess, co-owner of A&M. She and her husband both run the business at 415 S. Main St.

Since the purchase, they have expanded to include home-brewed beer-making supplies, beer and winemaking lessons and a home brew club.

In February, the Burgesses also opened The Washington Winery, where they sell their own wines.

Beginners to the home brewing process can find all they need to start making their own wine and beer at A&M. According to Angela, following a kit is like following a recipe.

If you have any suggestions for coverage of specialty items being made in Washington or Greene counties, email us at

"Trista Thurston works out of the Waynesburg office covering Greene County crime, courts, education and more. She's a 2016 graduate of Ohio University and recent transplant to Pennsylvania. She has also written for the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette in Ohio."

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