RIVERSIDE — A zoning variance has been approved for a beer manufacturer to set up shop at the site of the former Knuckle Busters auto shop.
Larry DeGreen, of Mahoning Township’s Purple Healer Brewery, said he had been eyeing the location at 700 3rd Street as a potential new site for his business. The property is owned by Harry Rishel, of Northumberland.
Before DeGreen moves his business to Riverside, he needs to wait for the liquor control board to transfer his license from Mahoning Township to Riverside. How quickly that gets done is up to the board, said DeGreen.
Currently, DeGreen is the only employee of the business. He has no plans to set up a bar or restaurant at the site, but may give small tours and beer tastings.
DeGreen has been brewing beer for the past three years and selling beer since last May. One of DeGreen’s brews, a German-style beer called the “Ripanator,” won the 2011 “Taming of the Brew” contest held by Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble.
DeGreen said he has 17 different varieties of beer, including seasonal ones, though he can usually only brew three to four at a time. His beer is currently for sale at TJ Shooters in Danville, La Fontana in Bloomsburg and Smokehouse Bar and Grill in Danville.