ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON: Food & Wine
WRITTEN BY: Mike Pomranz
An ongoing trend has seen musical artists of every stripe either being honored with or collaborating on their own beer. From rock artists like NOFX to rap artists like Run The Jewels to the freakin’ Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the extent to which music and beer is willing to merge apparently knows no bounds. However, though any musical act can have a beer, some embrace beer drinking more than others (we got our eye on you Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra!)—and to that end, some bands would seem more befitting of a beer than others… The Dropkick Murphys included.
As a Boston-based, Celtic punk band, The Dropkick Murphys have been involved in plenty of St. Patrick’s Days and been the background music for plenty of beer swilling sessions. However, much like how the band’s music is about more than just being rowdy, their new beer—a collaboration with Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Company called Barroom Hero—also has a heart.
But while fans might just be happy to have an official Dropkick Murphys beer, they should also know that sales of Barroom Hero will raise money for The Claddagh Fund Charitable Foundation, a charity created by the band’s frontman Ken Casey back in 2007 that supports other underfunded nonprofits. “The Claddagh Fund has become the driving force behind what keeps the band so motivated,” Casey said in a statement. “After a while being a musician, it’s nice to have purpose, and hopefully this carries on long after the band’s done.”
Barroom Hero will be released next month, making it available during both the band’s spring tour and St. Patrick’s Day. It will also be sold in 16-ounce cans and on draft for a limited time through the summer.
It is that time of year again! Show some holiday spirit and earn your place on the “nice list” while simultaneously making someone’s holiday a bit brighter! Hough’s PGH is hosting their annual Toy Drive on Friday, December 1st!
Some of PGH’s favorite brews will be in attendance giving away swag for lucky participants. Stop bye, have a good time and walk away with a sense of joy in your soul!
The beer event of the fall season is officially upon us! After great demand and success of years past, Blue Dust is bringing back their uber-popular ‘Pumpkinfest’ for a sixth round!
On Saturday, October 14th from 1PM – 10PM meet up with all of your friends at Blue Dust (601 Amity St, Homestead, Pennsylvania 15120) underneath the Homestead Grays bridge between 6th and 7th avenue for a free admission event to taste the finest pumpkin ales, Oktoberfest beers and various other seasonals on tap from Southern Tier Brewing Company and more!
While you’re there enjoy hand carved drinking pumpkins, craft cocktails and some of Pittsburgh’s best and beloved food trucks.
Side-step or dance the day away with music from Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide, Nik Callahan, Byron Nash, The E.K. Band, Unnecessary Polka, Craft Beard and DJ Mike Canton!
From September 19th through the 30th Squirrel Hill’s Independent Brewing Company is taking a brief departure from their “all-local beer” concept, and importing to Pittsburgh the best eight German beers that they could get their hands on. To wit:
1809 Berliner: a tough-to-find, traditional, dual-culture Berliner weisse brewed by legendary Bavarian brewmeister Dr. Fritz Breim at Weihenstephaner brewery
Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock: a traditional Maibock brewed in the original home of bock beer
Uerige Doppelsticke: a stronger take on the classic Dusseldorf altbier
Schlenkerla Märzen: a big, bad smoked märzen from Bamburg that transports you immediately to a campfire on a crisp autumn evening
Weihenstephaner Krystalweiss: very similar to Weihenstephaner’s acclaimed Hefeweizen, but filtered for startling clarity
Schneider Weisse: a unique, amber-hued hefeweizen that lends caramel from its middle malts to add to the traditional clove and banana tastes and aromas from the yeast. (We purchased this one at the special request of Roundabout owner/brewer Steve Sloan, who brews a beautiful take on this beer called “Ferdl Weiss”). Ayinger Oktoberfest: a perfectly-executed traditional Märzen
Reissdorf Kölsch: the gold standard of Kölsch, the cold-fermented ale that defines a night out in Cologne
Fan of hops and local beer, fear not. Independent Brewing Company is going to devote the rest of their taps to hop-forward local offerings, so you won’t be left out in the metaphorical cold of a Bavarian Höhle packed with Eisblöcke cut out of the Isar-Fluss in mid-März!
Finally, they’ll also debut their autumn food menu tomorrow, which has a German influence and is designed to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Think Schnitzel, currywurst, sauerbraten, and Brussels sprouts.
Mike “Tasty” McDole has been legendary figure among the craft beer community for his award-winning homebrew recipes and his signature caricature sticker that you can find adorned at nearly every good beer joint in the country. McDole’s infamous status is now marked by a collaboration with 21st Amendment Brewery in Tasty IPA, a beer all about friendship and created with the love of homebrewing in mind.
Coming in at 6.8% ABV and a strong straw color, Tasty IPA drinks easily, with hop forward creation, spawned from test batches of McDole’s own homebrews, it holds Citra and Mosaic Lupulin Powder with Ekuanot hop pellets. This beer is undeniably for those who like hops and love a solid IPA. Boasting bright, fresh flavors and aromas of tropical stone fruits and pine, it is the little details such as the hint of spiciness that rounds out this brew.
Looking for something to enjoy while sipping on this brew? Spicy foods, peach cobbler and your favorite beer t-shirt are all suggestions from 21st Amendment and McDole himself.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this limited time brew in six-packs and on draft.
It is that time of year again. After a few years of boils under their belt, Hough’s is teaming up with Abita to host their first crawfish boil and they want you to join them.
All of July, Hough’s will be celebrating ABITA as the brewery of the month. The Louisiana-based brewery knows a thing or two about traditional Louisiana style boils, making it a perfect contender for this crawfish celebration.
On Saturday, August 27 Hough’s will be hosting two sessions of crawfish boil. One from 12:30pm – 3:00pm and another from 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Boils are known for their family style servings, so round up the troops and meet some new friends. You can expect: sausage, corn, crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and plenty of Old Bay! Did we mention it’ll all be cooked right in front of you in the kettles at Copper Kettle? Bibs and Abita giveways too!
Tickets on sale Monday 7/17 at 1pm. Your ticket includes the boil buffet and all you can drink Abita brews for $60. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $25. You can purchase your tickets by clicking here. You don’t want to miss your chance to enjoy this boil!
This isn’t any old brunch, this is a beer brunch. On Saturday, July 29th Rhinegeist Brewery heads to Hough’s Taproom to host a Sour Brunch from 10AM – 3PM. Never had a sour beer, now is your chance to try a variety of different levels of sourness and varying flavors. Enjoy favorites and rarities alike with Quadrafunk, Press Tart, Maracuja, Peach Dodo and Bubbles being featured for a morning/afternoon of beer heaven.
It is just what you need to enjoy a Sunday!
Since coming to Pittsburgh only a few months ago, #CincyMade standards like Truth, Streaker, Bubbles, Cougar and Knowledge have become staples for craft beer lovers. From cans to drafts, it is easy to enjoy the great tastes of these new brews.
Luckily, there are even more brews on the way. In the near future, you will start to see a few Rhinegeist draft options popping up around the city.
CHESTER, a delightfully crisp cherry saison with sour cherries.
CITRA, a single hopped Citra pale ale, bursting with Passionfruit, Grapefruit, and Lemon.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON OMMEGANG.COM
Have you seen an Ommegang beer with a tropically pink label on the shelves lately? That’s Fruition, a brand new, year-round offering that’s been moving out from the brewery as the warm weather has been moving in. And on this very first day of summer, we’re excited to share all the details with you and tell you where to find it.
Fruition is a refreshing 5.3% ABV dry-hopped wheat ale that begins with our award-winning Witte as the base beer and is then given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices. The result is a slightly tart and fruity, hop-forward beer that’s exceptionally drinkable. It’s the perfect beer to pair with summer.
Brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. This beer is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”
Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes, and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander, Fruition is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices then dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.
Fruition pours a pale straw color with moderate haziness and a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor follows suit with tart tropical fruit and citrus up front, followed by a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish is resoundingly dry with nice effervescence. The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.
Fruition is available now in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C. You can use our beer finder to search for retailers near your zip code.
The wait is over! Great Lakes Brewing Company cans are now available for purchase. The brewery made an announcement in March that it would begin packaging some of its products differently. GLBC has been creating a solid product for 29 years, and what better way to continue this legacy than by promoting some of their newer offerings just in time for the summer season?
In the craft brewing industry, cans have now become a more frequent method to store and ship the hallowed beverage we know and love. Therefore, some of the brewery’s more recently popular brews have arrived for the canning party. With the help of Boston’s Harpoon Brewery to begin producing and canning,
GLBC will offer three phenomenal beers, in cans, starting May 19 in the gift shop, followed by a full release on May 22.
All three beers—Rally Drum Red Ale, Turntable Pils, and Lightkeeper Blonde Ale—are available for purchase in 12-packs. Rally Drum Red Ale comes in 16 oz. cans, whereas the other two are currently available in 12 oz. cans. Rally Drum will lead off during the heart of the regular season and into the postseason: May 2017 to November 2017. Turntable Pils will be around all year, with 16 oz. cans coming in August. Lightkeeper Blonde Ale will be clearly visible up until year’s end.
Without further ado, let’s have a closer look at each of these freshly canned beers.
I chose this spectacular ale last fall as one of the six Cleveland Indians beers during the team’s unfortunate World Series fall to the Chicago Cubs. Thankfully, the beer has made a major comeback. I’m still waiting for my baseball team to kick it back into high gear, but it’s still early. What better way to watch a baseball game than holding a 16 oz. can in one hand and a hot dog in the other?
This pungently piney, hoppy ale is named after long-standing Indians fan and drummer, John J. Adams. There is no better sound at Progressive Field than Adams’ drum as the home team gets something brewing on the field, and there is no better brew to brandish at the ballpark this summer—at least in Cleveland. Go Tribe!
I showcased this year-round offering last February. When I found out that Turntable was to be canned along with the other two beers in this lineup, I cried tears of joy. Even better, come August, GLBC will release this classic pilsner in 16 oz. cans. The toasty, muggy summer evenings will be much more bearable with this sudsy staple spinning in the cooler.
Lastly, we have a beer I hadn’t yet tried until this canning expedition took place.
With Marblehead Lighthouse along the shores of Lake Erie in mind, GLBC has crafted a delightful alternative to the basic mainstays in the brewery’s collection of bottles. Crack open a can, and you’ll catch strong hoppy aromas right away. This blonde ale is just as refreshing as the other two in this triad of beers. I was a lost soul until I took a took a sip of this golden-hued beverage. Two or three of these cans will ward off the mosquitoes nicely as the late summer nights start getting a little bit shorter, but that may be the tiki torches and the citronella candles talking.
No matter which beer you choose this summer and wherever you decide to relax, drink responsibly and enjoy those backyard barbecues, those trips to the ballpark, and those forays to the beach. Here’s to summer! Cheers!
All images courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON PORCHDRINKING.COM
WRITTEN BY KEVIN RISNER
Grab your buds and a Bud and get down to Highmark Stadium for a night of music with Dirty Heads & SOJA with The Green & RDGLDGRN on June 28th!
About Dirty Heads:
“After two decades spent chiseling their unique, multi-genre infused sound, Dirty Heads have finally come into their own. Since the release of their 2008 debut Any Port in a Storm, the five-piece band—Jared Watson (vocals), Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell (vocals/guitar), Jon Olazabal (percussion), Matt Ochoa (drums) and David Foral (bass)—has consistently experimented with their sunny style, leaning heavily on reggae fused with hip-hop cornerstones and scaling back for more acoustic fare, darting between extremes. But it’s with their fifth and self-titled album that the group has felt fully confident in a body of work, ready to bring their unique style to the masses.”
Wed, June 28, 2017
Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Grab your tickets here!
Fear not Rhinegeist fans, you can add a new brew to your cooler. Puma Pilsner, a hoppy pilsner with a balance of bready malts and striking noble hops work in tandem to provide elegant and subtle sip after sip. Perfect for a sunny summery day relaxing in the sun. A strong name like Puma is aptly named as this brew shines with a golden brilliance as you enjoy the floral aromatic punctuating through.
ABV: 5.02% | IBU: 40
Don’t forget to crack open an ice cold Streaker as you await the next round of releases from Rhinegeist:
- Spike Belgian Wit (ABV: 4.5% | IBU: 15)
- Press Tart (ABV: 4.4% | IBU: 8)
Magic Hat is at it again! The brewery has a lot of boast about as their brew Belgo Sutra earned a silver medal at the Beer Fest America as well as a bronze medal at the San Diego International Fest. Can we get three cheers for Belgo?! Despite the exciting win, beer fans will have to sit tight over the summer, as Belgo Sutra will be making it’s long awaited return in September.
For those of you who are new to Belgo Sutra, it is a strong, dark ale specially brewed with figs, dates and dark candi syrup to give it a little something extra. This brew was inspired the Trappist brewers of Belgium and is intended to warm the soul to let loose and throw away your inhibitions.
ABV: 8.2% | IBU: 20 | SRM: 38
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In a three-way collision between Rogue Ales, Pendleton Woolen Mills and America’s treasures, Rogue announces the release of four Pendleton Pale Ale cans, each dedicated to a National Park. Brewed with hops and malts grown on Rogue Farms in Oregon, Pendleton Pale Ale is a refreshing ode to Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Mt. Rainier. Each park is honored with limited-edition cans inspired by Pendleton Woolen Mills’ National Parks Collection.
“The National Parks revolutionized the outdoors,” said Rogue President, Brett Joyce. “Rogue and our friends at Pendleton Woolen Mills collided to create Pendleton Pale Ale in a package that begs to be taken into the wild and shared with friends.”
“Pendleton joins Rogue Ales in a celebration of our National Parks. Pendleton Pale Ale in four stunning stripe graphics take their cue from Pendleton’s National Park Stripe blankets. Rogue’s tribute to the national parks adds a special splash to sharing good times while remembering our American treasures,” commented Mort Bishop, Pendleton President.
Six packs of Pendleton Pale Ale National Parks 12oz. cans are available now at select retail locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Arizona. They can also be found at select Pendleton stores and Rogue pubs. Find cans near you using Rogue’s Beer Finder. For more information visit Rogue.com and Pendleton-USA.com.
Ah, the change of seasons. A time of transition where decisions are made, plans are executed and the air of full of endless possibilities. After coming out of a season of hibernation, the best days are spent relaxing next to a body of water or spending time outside with friends. That is what this beer of the week embodies. Atwater Brewery’s year-round “Life’s Better Choices IPA” offers a beautifully burnt orange colored American IPA which tastes like a job well-done or a decision well-made. There is absolutely no guilt in enjoying this combination of well-balanced malts and resin radiating hop characteristics.
Need help making a big decision? Sit back with this delightful brew and let the wind tell you the way.
ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 85