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Hofbrau Pizza Partners with Otto's, Barrel 21

by on November 05, 2019 2:15 PM

Bellefonte's Hofbrau Pizza sold its liquor license earlier this year, but will still be offering beer and spirits thanks to an innovative partnership with Otto's Pub and Brewery and Barrel 21 Distillery in State College, according to a press release.

The more than 80-year-old pizza restaurant at 106 E. Bishop St. has been designated as a satellite location for Otto's and Barrel 21, which is permissible for craft beverage producers in Pennsylvania. 

"From now on, Hofbrau patrons will enjoy a full selection of Otto’s beers on draft and in cans to go, top-quality spirits from Barrel 21, and Otto’s Keewaydin brand hard ciders and apple wine," the release said.

"It will again have a fully stocked bar, complete with vodka, gin, rum, liqueurs, and top-shelf bourbon and rye whiskeys, all distilled completely from scratch, never from grain neutral spirits sourced from an industrial distillery, as has become more common as 'craft' distilleries proliferate."

Otto's has also created its first craft light beer, OttoBrau, exclusively for the Hofbrau. Light beers had previously been the top seller at the restaurant. 

"Otto’s is renowned for their delicious beers and ales, like Red Mo ale, Slab Cabin IPA, Spruce Creek lager, and Black Mo stout, and now Bellefonte has a dedicated destination where those beers can be enjoyed as fresh as possible, delivered direct from the brewery, alongside the great food offered by this storied restaurant," the release said.

Hofbrau sold its liquor license to Sheetz, which transferred it to its newly rebuilt store at 765 Benner Pike in College Township.

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