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Get Ready for Brooklyn Brewery to get Bigger, Badder and Brooklyn-er

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Calling all Brooklyn Brewery lovers. Brooklyn Brewery has recently announced that they will be adding a send location in their Brooklyn safe haven for brewing and beer fun. Setting up shop in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, the company will be opening a brewery and a massive beer garden on the roof by early 2018. The new location won’t just offer excellent beer, but also fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline and the calming energy of the Brooklyn streets.

The addition of this location will offer a more immersive experience for beer fanatics and keep the tap turned down for the constant flow of beer in the beer garden. While we’re envious of that this brewery isn’t opening up a Pittsburgh location, it gives us a better excuse to plan a trip to see the finished structure and sip on a few beers of course.

On top of it all, the new location is in a very exciting area with plenty of shops and things to do. Decommissioned in 1966, the Brooklyn Navy Yard offers a space for industrial businesses and spaces for residents to relax and have some fun. What more could you want? See you there.

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Ommegang Takes Top Title at World Beer Cup Competition

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In the beer world a little competition never hurt anybody. One week every two years, some of the best breweries come together for the Craft Beer Conference. This year was no different. On May 6, 2016, the 2016 World Beer Cup Competition was held in Boulder Colorado. There was plenty of hops and good cheer to go around. 

 
Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, N.Y. took a top prize as the World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a mid-sized brewery. Thousands of beers and breweries submitted their breweries in hopes of winning a title of one of the over 90 categories. However, the World Beer Cup Champion is one of the most prestigious awards of the competition. 
 
We’re beyond proud to see such a fine brewery win such a title. 
 
Cheers to many more.

Beer Of The Week | “Conniption Fit Double IPA” | Atwater Brewery

Looking to try something new or are already a fan of IPAs? This week, we’re featuring something quite special. Don’t miss your chance to take a sip of from one of Atwater Brewery’s single batch series brews. Presenting “Conniption Fit IPA!” It is a delicious American Double Imperial ready for you to enjoy responsibly. 

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It varies a bit from your typical IPA, it is darker than typical IPAs and full of aromatic malts. Once you give it a taste, you will get tropical, fruity flavors such as pineapple and citrus. Hitting you at 92 IBUS, it is actually a lot less bitter than one would think. A unique beer that is worth a try as the summer months warm up and you’re looking for a dry, refreshing beer to kick back and relax with.

Slide into Summer with SweetWater’s Goin’ Coastal IPA

Need a new summer brew? We’re sipping SweetWater Brewing Co.’s new seasonal, Goin’ Coastal IPA laced with pineapple. Bright aromas, five citrus hop additions and tropical flavors – perfect to enjoy outside all summer long.

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Golden copper in color, a full malt bill brings balance to this quaffable summer loving Catch and Release Seasonal.

 

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Grains: 2-Row, Wheat, Premium English, Crystal

Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe, Goldings

Dry Hop: Cascade, Simcoe, Goldings, Centennial

ABV: 6.1% IBU’s: 50

Available May through August in kegs, 16oz cans and on draft

 

Want to hear what SweetWater Brewing Co.’s head brewer, Nick Nock, has to say about Goin’ Coastal IPA laced with pineapple?  Check out this video, “Thoughts a-Brewin.”

Cheers to Mom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. How do you celebrate the lovely lady? With beer, of course! Cheers Mom this Mother’s Day with these brews perfect for your mama.

Blue Moon Belgian White

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Treat mom to the right blend of ingredients and imagination. Blue Moon Belgian White starts our crisp and tangy and then will leave Mom with tastes of coriander and orange spices. Don’t forget to garnish with an orange peel to heighten the citrus aroma and taste! 

 

Samuel Adams Light

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Mom deserve perfection! Samuel Adams Light is not just a lighter version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but rather the culmination of over two years or tireless research and brewing trails that perfected this beer. It features a crisp and smooth roasted malt finish without any lingering bitterness, leaving Mom yearning for the next sip!

 

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

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Branch out this Mother’s Day. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider is the ideal balance of sweetness and bright acidity from culinary apples and dryness of traditional cider making apples, resulting in a complex… yet refreshing, hard cider.

 

Curious Traveler

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The perfect Shandy for all sunshine lovin’ mamas out there! Curious Traveler is quite a refresher made with American craft wheat ale, added fresh lemon and a touch of lime.

 

Guinness Draught

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What better way to say Happy Mother’s Day then handing her a perfectly pour Guinness. Swirling clouds tumble as the storm begins to calm, settle, breathe in the moment, then break through the smooth, light head to the bittersweet reward

The How-To Of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

If you haven’t heard already, we’re in the midst Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (#PCBW). Throughout the week, Pittsburgh is celebrating some of the best beers in the area. Join us as we celebrate a few of our favorites. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week’s website has conveniently created a calendar of all of the happenings so you don’t miss out on all of the fun.

If craft beer isn’t your thing, don’t worry, PCBW goes beyond just beer, highlighting some of the Pittsburgh’s best bites through pairings that go best with the brews they are serving.

Get out of the house and try something new for a change. While you’re out, don’t forget to look for our distributors and brewers around the best city to enjoy a beer, Pittsburgh.

Here are some of the events we’re most looking forwards to:

For more info, check out pittsburghcraftbeerweek.com

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Industry Public House & Flying Dog Brewery’s Beer Dinner | 4/18 6-8pm

Hey Pittsburgh beer lovers,

Are you ready for a 5 course beer dinner with Flying Dog Brewing? Well, you’re in luck. On Monday 4/18 at 6pm, Industry PGH will be hosting this one of a kind event! Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy is joining Industry PGH to create a special 5 course dinner that will feature pairings from Industry’s Chef Lew Cramer.

Tickets now available for $50 each, including tax and gratuity. Visit Industry PGH in person or call 412.683.1100 to purchase tickets. There is a limited amount available so act quickly if you plan on attending.

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1st Annual #PCBW Beer Dinner with Smallman Galley x Helltown Brewing

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When trying to celebrate Pittsburgh’s Craft Beer Week, the options can be daunting. However, if you’re looking for a unique experience do not stray far from Helltown Brewing and Smallman Galley’s “PCBW Dinner with Helltown Brewing” for a one-of-a-kind beer and food pairing event!

This dinner will consist of four courses–crafted by Smallman Galley’s talented Chefs. Each of the four courses will be paired with Mt. Pleasant’s own, Helltown Brewing. The pairings offered will bring out excellent and decadent flavor profiles in both the food and the brews.

Incase you were wondering what to expect, the lineup of beer pairings include the Helltown Mischievous Brown Ale, GBIFD Collaboration IPA, Wretched and Kriek.

If you’re interested, get a group together and act fast! You must reserve your ticket through Showclix link: http://bit.ly/22kjkFn. Tickets are $85 per person, and seats are limited!

See you there! 

5 Course Beer Dinner with Flying Dog Brewery

Hey Pittsburgh beer lovers,

Are you ready for a 5 course beer dinner with Flying Dog Brewing? Well, you’re in luck. On Monday 4/18 at 6pm, Industry PGH will be hosting this one of a kind event! Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy is joining Industry PGH to create a special 5 course dinner that will feature pairings from Industry’s Chef Lew Cramer.

 

Tickets now available for $50 each, including tax and gratuity. Visit Industry PGH in person or call 412.683.1100 to purchase tickets. There is a limited amount available so act quickly if you plan on attending.

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Flying Dog’s “Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale”

#BeerOfTheWeek: Flying Dog “Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale”

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As we shed our coats and get ready for warmer weather, we need to start enjoying some summer flavors.

This bright and refreshing brew is rich with citrus hops and crisp tart it screams summertime brew. This crab-shell packaging is hard to miss, but even harder not to love. Start planning your barbeques and grab a six-pack or two.

Pair it with piles of shrimp, sweet corn, crab or your summertime cookout favorites.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Kick Off: Art for Autism presented by LiveBurgh and Magic Hat Brewing

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Have plans for Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7pm? Well, you do now.Join our friends at Liveburghstudio and Magic Hat Brewing Company for good beer, live music, and at a special #PCBW kick-off party at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy to benefit the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh & Joey Travolta Film Camp.
 
All in attendance will have the chance to win a Magic Hat “Low Key” bass guitar, other prizes and will enjoy drink specials. 


Performances by: 
ACOUSTIC: Morgan Erina, Josh Verbanets of Meeting of Important People, (Jake Leya & Zack Leya)
FULL BAND: Bad CusterWreck LooseAndré Costello and the Cool Minors


Not only is April Autism Awareness Month, but this special event coincides with the kick off weekend of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. To make the celebration that much better, the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh & Joey Travolta Film Camp has teamed up with the good folks from Magic Hat Brewing Company who will be rolling out their new music themed session IPA – “Low Key,” as well as having other drink specials and prizes, including the Magic Hat Bass Guitar Raffle.


$15 Donation includes SIX bands, Drink Specials, Darth Vader Toast, Fun, Surprises, and Good Times! Hope to see you there. 
 

Spring into SweetWater Brewing Company’s Hash Session IPA

“Laid back maxin’ relaxin’ all cool? SweetWater has a brew just for you. Hash Session IPA is low on the ABV but high on the hops – thanks to a gigantic Amarillo hash dry hop.”

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Usher in the spring season with SweetWater Brewing Company’s newest seasonal, Hash Session IPA. This mellow IPA is one laid back brew with a 4.20% ABV, but is BIG… big on the hops! Hash Session IPA is brewed with massive Amarillo hop hash dry hop bringing floral and citrus notes to the sip — perfect for enjoying all night or day.

How does SweetWater Brewing get the perfect hash dry hop? Here’s the stash on the hash!

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Fresh hops from the field are dropped into the hammermill while rotating arms grind ’em down and break ’em apart.

Those ground hops go into the pelletizer to package up the hop crop for brewers to use throughout the year.

The resiny oily sticky lupulin goodness from the hops is left behind and gums up the screens in the machines over time.

We scrape all that

Hash, aka Kief, off the screens, bag it up and BOOM! There’s your hop hash!

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Sip on SweetWater Brewing Company’s Hash Session IPA this spring!

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Malts: Maris Otter, Pilsner, Wheat, Midnight Wheat Hops: Bravo, Amarillo Hash
Dry Hops: Ahtanum, El Dorado, Crystal, Amarillo Hash ABV: 4.20%
IBU’s: 55


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