It looks like things are starting to roll for the much-anticipated Rusty Rail Brewing Company (a.k.a. Rusty Rail Brew Haus) in Mifflinburg, PA. A logo has been released and the job of Executive Chef has been posted. But the thing I really want to know about is the beer!
I’m here to tell you I still know nothing, but thought I’d spread the word anyway. Feel free to comment on this post if you have insight to the brewer, the brewing styles or any other plans related to the brewhouse and brewing process.
The location is a spacious three-story brick factory lined with windows and featuring exposed wood beams inside. It is located off 8th Street adjacent to the new Buffalo Valley Rail Trail on property owned by Ritz-Craft Corporation. The building was constructed in the late 1800’s and once used as a wooden truck body manufacturing facility. It looks perfect for a multi-story brewing facility and restaurant complex!
Mifflinburg has a great transportation history. In 1825, Mifflinburg served as a major point on a Turnpike spanning from Bellefonte to Northumberland. But Mifflinburg, also known as “Buggytown, USA”, is most famous for the buggy manufacturing that boomed between 1840 and the early 1900’s. In 1899, multiple buggy works made more than 2,000 buggies, carriages and sleighs, which were sold all across the United States.
The first railroad between Mifflinburg and Lewisburg was built in 1871. Elaine Wintjen of the Union County Historical Society reports that by 1885, the Lewisburg Center and Spruce Railroad Company ran to Laurelton, Spring Mills and Lemont, where it connected with the Bellefonte and Tyrone Railroad. Using the “cow catcher” of an old steam locomotive in the logo, Rusty Rail Brewing Company celebrates this often overlooked piece of Mifflinburg’s history.
With all of this in mind, the operators indicate the theme of Rusty Rail is “turn of the century, industrial revolution, with a craft beer, eclectic feel.” They state that the restaurant will include quality craft beer and scratch-made food with entertainment in a fun, unique atmosphere. They have been in communication with Borough Council to review plans since at least July 2013, and locals tell me it will be at least a full year from then – maybe more – until it opens.
I’m looking forward to learning more, and hoping Rusty Rail will prove to be another Susquehanna Valley destination brewery and pub!