A new brewery breaks the town of Cumberland Co.’s 82-year dry streak.
A Cumberland County town gets its first brewery in nearly a century.
NEWVILLE, Pa. — A new brewery breaks a Cumberland County town’s 82-year streak as a dry municipality, meaning no alcohol can be sold.
Residents of the Borough of Newville voted to become a wet borough in 2021, paving the way for businesses to start selling alcohol.
Whiskers Brewing will be the first company to serve drinks since the vote. The pet-themed microbrewery features pet paintings on the walls and craft beers named after dog breeds.
Owner Dean Yaukey’s passion for beer grew after he received a beer brewing kit as a gift a few years ago. He wanted to create a gathering space for the community.
“Until 1939 [Newville] had about 12 different bars which is kind of fun as it’s not a big city. I just can’t imagine 12 bars here, but prohibition happened,” Yaukey said.
The first four batches of beer include a lager and an IPA. Yaukey said he wanted to brew “accessible” beers.
“We’ll have the hoppy stuff, but we want to make sure we have the beer that the person who doesn’t normally like craft beer would like,” he said.
Borough officials said achieving wet municipality status is part of an effort to revitalize the city and bring in money for tourism, a mission Yaukey is eager to help with.
“With breweries, people tend to travel and try new brews, so I feel like we’re going to bring people into the community to try what we have,” he said.
Officials hope Whiskers will be the first of several businesses to take advantage of the city’s new wet status.
“I think it’s going to be fun. I think it will attract people to our city. I think it’s going to help other restaurants get into the borough,” Borough Manager Fred Potzer said.
Whiskers is expected to open in early March.
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