A Proud Past
Edward Frauenheim – a young German immigrant – formed Iron City Brewing Company in 1861, when Pittsburgh was establishing itself as an industrial superpower. The mills were busy, there were jobs for all, and the beer flowed freely.
In 1866, the business outgrew its original facilities on 17th Street and moved to a four-story brick building on the corner of Liberty Avenue and 34th Street, where we continue to operate today.
From the beginning, innovation was encouraged at Iron City Brewing. We were the first American brewery to produce a lager and the first to brew a true light beer. Through the years, we introduced many more revolutionary inventions in products and packaging. That creative spirit continues to drive our business today. When it comes to our beer and our customers, we settle for nothing but the best.
Iron City Firsts
Among our ground-breaking firsts are:
- The "snap top" can, 1962
- The twist-off resealable bottle top, 1963
- Draft beer packaged in cans
- Aluminum beer bottles, 2004
- The original light beer, Mark V, 1976
- First brewery to have its own Presidential Candidate: Dan Crawley of Churchill, PA