Photo courtesy of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. launching a whiskey brand

For decades, hardworking Pittsburghers have relaxed with a shot of whiskey and an Iron City Beer.

Soon, they can get both of those boilermaker ingredients from the same source.

The future home of Iron City Distilling. Photo courtesy of Top Hat.

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. plans to produce rye whiskeys, bourbon and other brown spirits under the brand Iron City Distilling.

The operation will be located in the 138-year-old boiler house at the company’s new brewery campus in Creighton, adjacent to its 140,000-square-foot brewing facility.

Equipment has been ordered and crews are working to renovate the historic building. Booze-making will begin after the new brewery is up and running.

Lights Out for migratory birds

Migratory birds are heading south to their wintering grounds and you can help them on their way by flipping a switch.

Lights Out is a voluntary program that encourages building owners and tenants to turn off as much internal and external lighting as possible at night, particularly lights on upper floors and lobbies. Bright bulbs can disorient a bird’s natural sense of navigation, drawing them toward the light and often causing window collisions.

Many city buildings, including BNY Mellon, Carnegie Science Center and Point Park University, will participate by turning off unnecessary lighting from midnight to 6 a.m. The initiative runs through Nov. 15.

BirdSafe Pittsburgh monitors the Downtown area during the migration seasons, collecting data to document bird fatalities and providing care for birds with injuries sustained from window collisions. The organization will document the progress made on reducing bird mortality resulting from the Lights Out initiative.

The National Aviary is thrilled by the enthusiastic support of the Downtown business community for this important initiative that will make the night skies safer for birds as they journey over our city,” says Robert Mulvihill, an ornithologist with the North Side facility. “Our simple actions like turning off lights at night have the potential to help save birds and are even more effective when we act collectively.”

Join the United Way’s Week of Caring

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will host a Week of Caring from Sept. 10-18.

The organization hopes to recruit 1,000 volunteers throughout Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette and Armstrong counties to participate in more than 100 in-person and virtual projects, including painting, landscaping and mentoring.

Volunteers can register online to select a project. Have a question? Email Wendy Koch, director of volunteer engagement.

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Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.