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Levity Brewing Company plans Altoona location

An Indiana County craft brewery is planning to open a second location in Altoona and expand its current taproom in Indiana.

Levity Brewing Co. has started construction at the old Chalk Box building at 1411 11th Ave.

“We explored lots of towns for a second location, but in Altoona, we were immediately drawn in by this energetic group of local leaders,” co-owner Jared Herman said in a statement. “They are passionate about their town and excited to bring something like the Levity taproom downtown.”

Luke McKelvy and Erich Walls are also owners of Levity Brewing.

The first phase of opening in Altoona is to construct the facade and a small storefront for to-go beer. Levity is canning many of their beers in Indiana, and this store is a way to quickly start connecting with the Altoona community. The next phase will be to construct a taproom and restaurant in the 2,400-square-foot first floor of the building. And finally, a brewing operation to brew unique local beers will be constructed on site.

Both Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico and Stephen McKnight, president and CEO of Altoona Blair County Development Corp., which will provide small business financing to support this initial phase and future phases of the development, are excited about the project.

“This is really exciting news for Altoona. We’re now reaching a critical mass with Levity, in addition to all of the great local breweries we already have, to make Altoona into a destination for craft beer lovers looking for a weekend excursion,” Pacifico said. “I met Erich, Luke and Jared over a year ago and we’ve become really good friends in that time. They’re just genuinely nice guys who like to laugh and enjoy life, and they never take themselves too seriously. Their love for the Indiana community that they are a part of is really special to see, and I have no doubts that they will pour out that same love for our Altoona community.”

“Levity’s investment is a testament to the resolve and innovation of our small businesses even in difficult times,” McKnight said in a statement. “It’s also further proof of our community as an attractive place to live and invest. This adds to our growing craft food and beverage scene, helping to bring people together throughout our mountain main streets. This is great news at a time when we all really need it. On behalf of the ABCD Corp. board of directors, we look forward to welcoming Levity to the First Frontier Blair County.”

In the last few years, First Frontier Blair County entrepreneurs have launched Railroad City Brewing Co., JJ Hadley’s, Iron Pint Brewing, Chimney Rocks Brewing and Spring Dam Brewing Co., McKnight said.

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