Sharpsburg’s Dancing Gnome in running for USA Today’s 10 Best New Breweries |
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Tawnya Panizzi
Andrew Witchey, brewer and owner of Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg, makes unapologetically 'turbid' beers.

Sharpsburg’s Dancing Gnome Beer needs your vote.

The hop-heavy hangout is a reader’s choice contender for USA Today’s 10 best new breweries and last week sat atop the leaderboard ahead of Barrel Theory Beer Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Outer Range Brewing Co. in Frisco, Colorado.

Others rounding out the Top 10 include breweries in Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut and North Carolina.

Voting at ends at noon March 19. The winner will be announced March 23.

Competitors include breweries that opened in the past two years.

At Dancing Gnome along Main Street, hops take center stage. Most selections on the rotating tap list are IPAs or double IPAs, according to owner Andrew Witchey.

A native of Lower Burrell, Witchey has a background in film and photography.

He earned a cinema degree at Emerson College in Boston, then got a corporate job shooting marketing videos.

That was before developing a passion for home brewing and opening a thriving Sharpsburg hot spot in October 2016.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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