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Penguin City Brewing creates a light beer

The new brew will be available Tuesday, and co-owner Aspasia Lyras-Bernack said, "We want this to be Youngstown’s and the Valley’s go-to light beer."
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(Photo courtesy of Penguin City Brewing Co.)

YOUNGSTOWN — Penguin City Brewing Co. will add Penguin City Light, a light beer to its line of year-round products, on Tuesday (June 2).

“We always felt this area needed a local light beer to call its own," said Richard Bernacki, Penguin City Brewing Co. co-owner. "My goal with Penguin Light is to be able to knock one [or two] back with the great beer drinkers of the Valley and honestly say that it’s my favorite American Light Beer.”

Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki, co-owner, said a light beer has been in the works for a while.

“We knew a light beer would eventually be part of our core lineup when we created the company. The question was, when?" Lyras-Bernacki said. "The right time is now.

"We’ve made some mistakes in the last two years but also learned many tough lessons," Lyras-Bernacki said. "With this knowledge and experience, we are ready to start building our line of beers and really push more heavily into our market and beyond the area.

"We want this to be Youngstown’s and the Valley’s go-to light beer."

Penguin City Brewing Co. was founded in 2017 by Richard Bernacki and Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki.

Penguin City Beer, the brewery’s flagship beer, is a crisp, golden ale. The brewery is located inside the B&O Station Banquet Hall.

The new version's can will have a familiar look.

“We wanted to keep the same elements and style that we have been using since day one but also give Penguin Light its own personality” said Michael Pontikos, brand manager of Penguin City Beer. “We cleaned up a few things on the label so that when we expand our line, everything will be consistent.”

Lyras-Bernacki said Penguin City Brewing Co. has had it rough since Ohio's shelter-in-place began in late March. 

With the closing of bars and restaurants, a giant part of sales went missing, she said.

“The bars were our 'taproom,' and with those being shut down we were hurt just as much as any other brewery," Lyras-Bernacki said. "We had to lay off most of our employees and worked with a skeleton crew to get by.

"We started home delivery to help bring in some sales. It’s been an incredibly stressful and frustrating time for us, but we are tough like our city and we are not going to let this bring us down.”

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