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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


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


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


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


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


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:

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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.


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


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: 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.


The Best beer Bars in Pittsburgh


Bottoms up! When we came across The Best Beer Bars in Pittsburgh by Thrillist we couldn’t help, but agree.  Did your favorite Burgh bar make the list? Take a look & see…

-This piece originally appeared on Thrillist.


BestBeers1The Beer Market
North Shore
The beer list at The Beer Market is gigantic — we’re talking several hundred options — though you can narrow it down in advance by visiting the bar’s website and entering your preferences in the beer search filter. Search by brand, style, country, or region. Selections range from dunkelweizens to IPAs, and ciders to stouts. Pro tip: The Beer Market allows “order-in delivery service,” meaning you can order a pizza (or tacos or sushi) straight to the bar.



BestBeers10Caliente Pizza & Draft House
You know what goes well with beer? Pizza. And Caliente Pizza & Draft House does both so, so well. More than 20 beers are on tap, and the draft list comes equipped with a helpful description of each one, describing each beer’s aromas, flavors, and hoppiness. For something extra special, try the Kegs in the Cellar Series, featuring beers that have been aged for maturation, such as imperial stouts and Belgian strong ales. Even more rare, the bar unveils a fresh firkin — a barrel to serve cask-conditioned beer, usually something experimental — once every month.



European beers steal the show at Biergarten, the rooftop bar perched atop Hotel Monaco Downtown. The entire beer list is a delight for fans of imported brews, and a few special ones include: Bière Du Boucanier, Lindemans Kriek, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, and Leffe Brune. Oversized party games like Jenga and Connect Four are available on the patio.



BestBeers11Carson Street Deli & Craft Beer Bar
South Side
The regularly updated draft list at Carson Street Deli & Craft Beer Bar seamlessly blends a variety of local, regional, national, and international options. Weekly beer samplings offer a chance to try and talk about new brews. In warm weather, spend an evening in the outdoor beer garden with some brews and a deli sandwiches. 


BestBeers13Hough’s Taproom & Brewpub

With 73 rotating drafts and more than 150 bottles, Hough’s takes beer very seriously. The neighborhood bar focuses on domestic microbrews and features a different brewery each month, turning over many of the taps to that brewery’s beer. Recent featured breweries with tap takeovers have been Southern Tier, Great Lakes, and Brooklyn Brewery.



BestBeers14Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon
South Side
Giant coolers of bottled beer run the length of the long bar at Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon. More than 350 bottled beers are available, and the bar focuses on bringing to Pittsburgh the work of new breweries from around the world. Sixty beers are on tap, making the four-beer sampler a good way to try several beers in an evening. The saloon has a sports bar vibe, with seven TVs, darts, and a pool table.



tmg-facebook_shareIl Tetto
At Il Tetto, the long line of taps spans nearly the entire rooftop bar. On draft are 32 beers offering a good mix of lighter & darker beers, domestics & imports, and a variety of flavors. The rooftop beer garden maintains a lively party atmosphere among the skyscrapers weekend after weekend.




BestBeers15The Independent Brewing Company
Squirrel Hill
All beers at Independent Brewing Company are brewed by Western Pennsylvania brewers. Despite its name, the venue itself is not a brewery. Instead, its name is an homage to a pre-Prohibition group of Pittsburgh brewers who banded together to promote local brews and compete against national companies. Today’s Independent Brewing Company serves a rotating draft list, featuring brewers such as Draai Laag Brewing, Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, and Hitchhiker Brewing Company.



BestBeers16The Urban Tap
South Side
Inside the drafthouse, which maintains an industrial aesthetic, 40 craft beers are on tap, such as Founders All Day IPA, Terrapin Hopzilla, and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. The tap list changes regularly, and seasonal options are also updated often.



BestBeers6Piper’s Pub
South Side
Piper’s Pub is the closest you can get to being in the British Isles without ever leaving Pittsburgh. Fresh pints are filled to the brim with Irish stouts and Scottish ales; domestic brews are also on the menu. Bartenders are meticulous about the taps, and they’re well-versed about the ever-changing beer list, easily tailoring suggestions based upon customers’ preferences. Stop by on Saturdays for a football (soccer, but don’t call it that there) match.




BestBeers17Sharp Edge
Downtown, East Liberty
With two locations in the city, Sharp Edge gives you double the places to get your fill of Belgian and craft drafts. The long draft list is heavy on strong Belgian ales, such as Gulden Draak and Grimbergen. For the adventurous beer drinker, Sharp Edge offers a rotating mystery brew.


BestBeers8The Park House
North Side
The Park House building dates back to the 1890s, and the bar dates back to the end of Prohibition, making it one of Pittsburgh’s first licensed drinking establishments. These days, it still has a stamped tin ceiling and ornate woodwork, and has evolved into a popular spot for live music. The beer list contains 50 craft beers, with about 15-20 on tap, such as Lagunitas, Deschutes, and Ommegang. Fresh popcorn and peanuts are free at the bar.




BestBeers18Industry Public House
The 40-tap bar at Industry regularly features local breweries, including Industry’s own Copper Ale and IPA. Look for the light-up tap handles to signal which taps are Industry’s own brews. Stay tuned to the TV screens around the bar, which scroll through the draft list, providing details about each beer and a measure of how much beer is left in each keg.



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

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


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


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.”


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!


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!

don’t float the mainstream!®

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


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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