Sobel’s Obscure Brewery Opening Tasting Room in Downtown Jeannette

Sobel’s Obscure Brewery (S.O.B.) has finalized the purchase of the historic Gillespie Department store building at 500 Clay Avenue in downtown Jeannette. Renovations to the Gillespie building will begin in the coming months.

Officially founded in 2012, S.O.B. is family owned and operated. Beginning as a hobby in their garage, the Sobels’ developed a passion for creating unique homebrew recipes. And after bottling and sharing these brews with friends and family, the Sobels’ decided to take their passion to the next level and pursue brewing commercially. “We received so much positive feedback on our beers that we thought ‘Hey, why not give it a try!’,” says David Sobel.

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In June of 2017, the Sobels’ began the journey of brewing, bottling and kegging commercially, establishing distribution contracts in 34 counties across the state of Pennsylvania. “While our focus since June has been on expanding into new markets across Pennsylvania,” says Jackie Sobel, “we really want to focus more on local markets and partnering with local businesses.”

Plans for the brewery and tap room include a lineup of 17 S.O.B. beers and 3 guest taps featuring other local breweries. Six Packs will be available for purchase as well as take-home growlers. Food trucks will be onsite on the weekends. “We really want to make our tasting room a destination for guests to explore,” says S.O.B. artist Don Dillard. As such, the Sobels’ plan to design the brewery to match their quirky packaging which features “Beer Gnomes”. They have plans to host musicians for acoustic sets, as well as partner with local businesses to host exciting events that will draw a community presence.


Sobel’s Obscure Brewery is proud to call the city of Jeannette their new home. Jeannette has been undertaking many projects in an effort to revitalize and develop the community.

“We are excited about the prospect of what our facility may open up for Jeannette, and we are hoping we can see Jeannette become more of a destination for folks from out of the area. We are also very excited to be working closely with other local Jeannette businesses in that effort. We’ve joined the Jeannette Business Association, and we’ve already become good friends with local business owners. We are so appreciative of the Westmoreland County Land Bank for helping us to acquire the space.” says Jackie.

S.O.B. beers can be purchased now at beer distributors and bars locally throughout the Westmoreland County and Allegheny County areas, and across the state of Pennsylvania in distributors as far as Wilkes Barre and Lancaster. S.O.B. serves a wide variety of beer styles. Their most popular brand currently a “Honey Blossom Hefeweizen”, an American-Style Hefeweizen with honey and blood orange. To keep up to date on their most recent releases and updates on the upcoming tap room, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and visit their website.

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