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Hough’s Taproom Hosts Abita Crawfish Boil

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! 

Rhinegeist Sour Brunch at Hough’s Taproom

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! 

Rhinegeist’s Limited Quantity Draft Brews Coming Soon

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.


Enter the Coors Light Sounds of Summer Sweepstakes

Enter the Coors Light Sounds of Summer Sweepstakes at Stage AE! You can enter to win tickets to see the following shows:

  • July 17th – Echo And The Bunnymen & Violent Femmes
  • August 9th – Die Antwoord
  • October 4th – PIXIES
  • October 5th – Rise Against with special guests Pierce The Veil & White Lung

*Must be 21+ to enter.  Not redeemable for cash. Non-transferrable. Can not be replaced if lost or stolen. Winners chosen at random one week before each show.

Click here to enter. 

Meet Brewery Ommegang’s “Fruition”


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.

Great Lakes Brewing Cans Are Now Available!


The wait is overGreat 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.

Rally Drum Red Ale (ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 45)

Great Lakes Brewing Rally Drum Red Cans

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!


Turntable Pils (ABV: 5.4%, IBU: 35)

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.

Lightkeeper Blonde Ale (ABV: 6.6%, IBU: 30)

Great Lakes Brewing Lightkeeper Blonde Cans

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.



Bud Light & Drusky Entertainment Present SOJA & Dirty Heads at Highmark Stadium June 28

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

Highmark Stadium

Grab your tickets here

Puma Pilsner Pops Up In Pittsburgh

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 Brewing Company’s Award-Winning “Belgo Sutra” To Return In September!

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

Four Cans, Four Lands


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 and

#BeerOfTheWeek | Atwater Brewery’s “Life’s Better Choices IPA”

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

New Rhinegeist Beers Heading to the Burgh!

It is no surprise that many Pittsburghers have fallen head over heels for Rhinegeist, since making it’s way to the ‘Burgh only a few months ago. As Rhinegeist has made its way to draft houses, bars, taprooms and shelves alike, beer drinkers have been able to enjoy the year-round classics that Rhinegeist holds as their staple beers. Fortunately for us, there are a few more brews to be had. Streaker and Puma are Rhinehgeist’s latests offerings, gives craft beer lovers a taste of summer with this IPA and pilsner. 

Streaker, an IPA is the newest offering in Rhinegeist’s Power Pale series which is available starting June 1 in cans. This crowd soured IPA is dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops that wake up the pallette with a lively, yet intimate and wildly exposed jaunt – flaunting tropical fruit, dank, pineapple and mango acrobatics. 

Puma, an elegant and subtle pilsner has a hoppy feel that helps to balance the bready malts. Like any true pilsner, the golden brilliance has floral aromatics that punctuate every last sip.

Be on the look out for “Druncle,” an imperial mild and “Peach Dodo” in the coming months! 

Learn to string and train hops with Rogue beer farmer Cher Gillson


Rogue Farms holds a special place in our collective beer-filled hearts. We’ve made multiple tripsout to the Independence, Oregon, farmstead to learn about the science and culture of growing hops at Rogue’s 52-acre yard; the farm also cultivates everything from marionberries and pumpkins to hazelnuts and honey, all of which is used in the craft brewing and distilling of Rogue Ales and Spirits. Rogue Beer Farmer Cher Gillson has become a special envoy for the CBB Nation (which is not unlike the Rogue Nation), providing this trade website with not only vast amounts of beer farming knowledge every time we see her (or e-mail her), but also food, shelter and copious amounts of craft delicacies every time we visit. Watch Gillson both above and below teach us about the hop farming process.

#BeerOfTheWeek: Anchor Brewing’s Blood Orange Blonde™

Summer is right around the corner and seasonal summer beers are beginning to pop up all over the place. But, why get attached to a seasonal ale when you can enjoy the taste of summer with a year-round rarity? Introducing Anchor Brewery’s “Blood Orange Blonde,” a distinctively refreshing craft-brew inspired by the blood orange. Like the fruit, the ale is rich in aroma and deep crimson in color–all the while, enjoy the tangy-sweet juiciness that one expect when biting into a blood orange. 

The citrus aroma comes courtesy of the brewing process which includes California orange peels added to the brewkettle. Don’t worry, it doesn’t stop there! During secondary fermentation, blood oranges are added to give a succulent complexity to the mild hop bitterness. In the end, you can enjoy a long, dry finish.

ABV: 4.5%



Brewery Ommegang’s Latest Game Of Thrones Inspired Beer, “Bend The Knee Golden Ale”


“Hi, friends!

We’ve finished brewing and packaging our latest Game of Thrones-inspired beer, Bend the Knee Golden Ale, and the beer is now working its way from distributors to your favorite stores and bars. The official release date for Bend the Knee is today, May 22. The beer is now available in many locations across the country and it will be available in many more locations by Memorial Day Weekend. If you are in the Cooperstown area, Bend the Knee will be available at the brewery this Saturday, May 27, from 11 am to 9 pm. We’ll also have a replica Iron Throne from the show on site at the brewery that day. All guests are welcome to take a seat (and a photo) on the most powerful seat in Westeros. Photos on the Iron Thrones are available from 12-8 pm on Saturday. 

Game of Thrones Life Size Iron Throne Replica

Ommegang is currently not distributed in Mississippi, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Seven Kingdoms will not be for sale in these states. Outside of the United States, Seven Kingdoms may only be available in Ontario, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada. We’re working with our distributor there and we’ll update this post when/if we have one.

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand it might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance to ask about availability. When you find Bend the Knee, you can tag a photo of the beer with #GoTxOmmegang on social media to let friends know where you found it.

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in. For starters, keep an eye out on which typically carries our limited release beers.

Happy hunting.


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