Zachary and Erika Shumaker were both born and raised in the greater Pittsburgh area. After graduation Zach spent two years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before taking a hiatus to serve in the Marine Corps. He spent four years in San Diego California working in a helicopter squadron. During that timeframe he fell in love with craft beer and decided to get a part time job at Stone Brewing Company. He returned home in February 2008 and immediately knew it was his purpose in life to bring a west-coast ale type experience to western Pennsylvania.
The couple met in Fall 2008 during orientation at their place of employment. The following Spring they began dating and Zach introduced Erika to the world of craft brewing. He asked if she would be interested in taking a vacation to Delaware with him; Delaware you say? Yes, Zach asked Erika to be his companion on a trip to visit Dogfish Head’s brewery in the nation’s second smallest state. That same summer they took a trip to San Diego to visit Stone Brewing Company during their 13th anniversary celebration. The two have been vacationing to craft beer events together ever since. They were married in July of 2011, and made the decision to open a brew pub the following year.
The old school charm of Zelienople was definitely a factor in choosing ShuBrew’s location and we look forward to becoming a part of the Zelienople family. We hope to bring something new to the community and surrounding areas to enjoy.
The name ShuBrew is a play on the Shumaker last name and the majority of our beers are named after footwear or something foot related. We are a fun, sarcastic family that attempt to find humor in most things including but not limited to; our beer names, logos, decor, merchandise and menu. Upon entering our establishment, you will notice pictures adorning the wall of our beer logos drawn by local artist Benny Miller who teaches Art Education at Brentwood High School.
All beers are brewed on site in our 1/2 barrel (15.5 gallon) brewery. As far as we know we are Pennsylvania’s smallest brewery. Our fermenter room contains three 40 gallon and two 55 gallon fermenters. In order to use them to capacity Zach must brew three or four times in a single brew day. Needless to say a lot of time, effort, and love goes into each of our beers. On an average month we hope to be able to produce 400 gallons which translates to about 155 barrels annually. A lot of time and hard work goes into filling your pint glass; we hope you enjoy!