Conny Creek Brewing Leverages Business Boost with Brew Truck

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Members of the Layton family of North Apollo continue to pour their energy into two businesses celebrating foam, food and socializing.

Conny Creek Brewing Company, with locations in Allegheny Township and Saxonburg, is a family-run brewery serving craft beers brewed in-house by master brewer Lee Layton.

Layton co-owns with his wife, Erin. The couple run the business while caring for their two young children.

Allegheny Township’s flagship brewery opened in 2017 along Route 56 and Shearsburg Road in the former Freedom Farms Cafe.

A second location, Conny Creek Brew Cafe, is located inside Sprankle Market in Saxonburg.

“We have a low-key atmosphere focused on beer and food. Our customers can come in for a quick bite and drink or go out and socialize,” Erin Layton said.

The newest addition to the company is a mobile refrigerated brew truck that is expected to appear at 60 festivals and events this year.

“I’m trying to get into a lot more festivals,” Lee Layton said, noting that Conny Creek’s attendance at the popular Mingle on Main event in Saxonburg was a real “eye opener” for him due to the number of people. present and how much beer has been sold in just a few hours.

The Conny Creek brew truck is a regular every Saturday at the Monroeville Farmer’s Market, and festivals can result in more than 500 beer pours in a matter of hours, Layton said.

Last year, Conny Creek produced over 12,000 gallons of beer.

“I think it’s a steady growth, and it’s still an expansion project,” Layton said. “We do it slowly and as we go.”

The Laytons hope to add additional brew tanks to the Allegheny Township location.

“Business is stressful but great,” said Lee Layton, who left a career in the oil and gas industry to open Conny Creek and pursue his love of brewing beer.

The couple said Conny Creek lagers were top sellers. A wide choice of beers is available on tap or in cans to take away.

Local wines from Wooden Door Winery of Allegheny Township are also available.

A pub menu offers daily specials and menu items include house smoked wings, brisket, pulled pork, pizzas, soups, salads and sandwiches.

“We have people who come here for the food and don’t even order beer,” Layton said.

“We realized about six months into the food trucks weren’t going to work, so we increased our feed. Last week we had more food sales than beer sales on a day. »

Pets are welcome on the outdoor patio at the Allegheny Township location in Conny Creek.

Hours of operation at the Allegheny Township location are 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

The Saxonburg site is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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