Cheers! Recon finds a home in Meeder

There’s a lot to toast to in the Meeder development.

And, as the community’s first business, Recon Brewing offers the perfect way to salute the success.

Recon Brewing was established in 2016 by Toby Wehr, Dave Bestwick, and Nate Bacher, who met through the fire service in Butler Township. Their friendship was forged in fire – and a love for drinkable yet high-quality beers.

The original Recon location opened in Butler soon after, the name paying homage to Butler’s place in history as the birthplace of the jeep vehicle. The jeep prototype, dubbed the Bantam Reconnaissance Car, serves as the namesake.

While the brewery’s history and other elements are deeply tied to Butler, Bestwick hopes Recon can become ingrained in the Cranberry community in the same way.

“It’s amazing that Cranberry has this massive growth but is still able to keep that small town community feel, and that’s important to us,” Bestwick said. 

They’ve already become involved with the Cranberry Township Community Chest and are eyeing other ways to get involved.

Still, at the heart of Recon is the beer.


The brewpub offers the full array of Recon’s tasty brews, which range in variety and style. The ever-changing tap list features the Trail Rated Sour Series and a mix of IPAs, ales, and stouts. One of the constants, however, is the Meeder Irish Red Ale. It pays homage to the Meeder farm, its logo emblazoned with the bright red barn.

Recon offers a full food menu most days and brings in food trucks for to change it up from time to time. 

Live entertainment is also a cornerstone of the brewery, with performers taking the stage several nights a week. It’s all about creating an atmosphere of fun, fellowship and, of course, great beer.

“People don’t just come to have a beer,” Bestwick said. “They come to see their neighbor, make a friend, meet a friend, sit around the fire pits, catch up and unwind from a long week.”

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