All Saints Brewing Company

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All Saints Brewing Company is proud to continue the long brewing tradition of Westmoreland County and Western Pennsylvania. In Westmoreland County, brewing began in the 19th Century when Boniface Wimmer, a monk from Bavaria, Germany, founded St. Vincent Archabbey and Seminary, now St. Vincent College. He brewed monastic beer in the first Benedictine monastery in the United States. As homage to the founder, the company name and colors were born.

Jeff Guidos is the founder and Brew Master of All Saints Brewing Company. Guidos is a graduate of St. Vincent College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. Guidos began pursuing his passion with a few friends during off hours and weekends. When family and community events began to become organized around his home brews, Guidos soon realized his true calling and became dedicated to pursuing a career in craft brewing. He received his first commercial opportunity when hired as an assistant brewer at the locally owned Red Star Brewery. Guidos would ultimately rise to become their head brew master.

Guidos first approached the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2010 with the goal of completing the business planning process in order to acquire funding. The first step was to develop a business plan with financial projections to show the anticipated growth potential. The second step was to start having conversations with area lenders to gauge their interest in the project.

Guidos purchased brewing equipment from his former employer when the establishment closed. Through hard work and assistance from family and friends, the equipment was installed and test batches were produced beginning in the fall of 2011 in a former bakery outlet. Phase 1 was to get the brewing operations started and Phase 2 was to establish a small pub. Long term plans call for a larger pub area. The brewery currently has six flavors on the market, and the first keg was sold in December 2011. The brand is currently available in over 65 local establishments.

Guidos has been awarded both Gold and Silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival for his Vodoo’s Child Lager and Irish Stout, respectively. Current selections include GBG Lager, modeled after a Boston Lager; Crimson Halo, an amber ale; IPA made in the English Style; Laurel Highlands Pale Ale in the style of a wheat pale ale; and many more.

Guidos doesn’t have a favorite beer. “I believe the best beer should be the one in your hands at any point in time,” he said. “There’s a place and time to have a full-bodied beer, and that should be the best beer in the world for you at that time. It just depends on what it needs to be. If the best beer in the world is not the one in your hands, you need to try something new.”  

In 1980, there were only 8 craft breweries in the United States. By 1994, that number had grown to 537. Last year there were more than 1600. Pennsylvania has close to 80 craft breweries, many ranking in the top 25 in the country.

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