Above Left: The now taboo metal beer bottle. Right, the building material of choice.
Above: This is where it all started, the John Milkovisch beer can house in Houston, Texas, soon to be emulated by the construction of Iron City, along the banks of the Allegheny on the North Shore.
“Our plan,” continued Onorato gesturing towards Ravenstahl, “Is that we ask everyone to save their empty six packs and bring them to the collection area roll-off dumpsters at each gate. How many times have we asked fans to bring a canned good to help the food bank? Well these will be empty canned goods, so to speak,” he smiled.
“The County Planning Department estimates that once we get this project going that we should conservatively be able to erect at least 80-90 beer can houses per year and even more when we make it to the playoffs,” added Onorato. “A SuperBowl year such as this one could develop a whole street. Imagine the tax revenues that this development will ultimately generate for both the City and County. It's a win-win situation."”
Construction for Iron City is expected to begin this spring and will be another major project going up in the city along with the new North Shore Casino and Consol Energy arena. It's expected that it will further stretch the work force of craftsmen involved already in these other projects.
Above: It's hard to imagine that a surge of urine this large could indeed descend upon Pittsburgh's waste treatment facility this weekend . Below: Part of the threatened plant that could be destroyed by the urine tsunami.
The Alcosan official, speaking only under the condition of anonymity, waxed somewhat philosophically, stating that, "Unfortunately, as every beer drinker knows, you can never own beer, you can only rent it. It will build us a shining new neighborhood, but who's going to pay for the new sewage tyreatment plant? What will evryone else do when we can't even flush our toilets anymore?
Above: Historic Pittsburgh Brewing Company sits on a bluff near the Bloomfield Bridge safely out of harms way from the possible urine tsunami it has brewed there. As with all things in Pittsburgh, this development will no doubt have its' share of detractors.
When in Houston, be sure to visit the John Milkovisch Beer Can House at 225 Malone Street. Open For Tours Saturday and Sunday, 12-5. Call 713-926-6368 for more information. From I-45, just south of I-10, take Memorial Drive exit. Pass Shepherd Drive exit, then make right onto Malone Street.