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Beer of The Week | DuClaw Brewing Co. “Morgazm”

If you’re looking for a beer with a citrus twist and that is wildly refreshing, we’ve got just the option for you. Imagine a breezy summer day and you’re enjoying fruit with your feet in a pool. An ideal day such as that calls for an ideal beer. One of DuClaw Brewing Company’s most popular brews is “Morgazm.” Based on the name, you might be able to infer that is an undeniably delicious experience.

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The beer has a medium body, mild hops and a light fruity taste thanks to the dry hop process of Citra hop notes of lemon and grapefruit. It has the smooth drinkability of a “Bare ass Blonde Ale.” Let the sensory experience of taste and aroma carry you through a memorable experience that will have you wanting more.

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ABV: 5 | IBU: 19

Raise a Cold One to The Pittsburgh Penguins

It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh! If you are not willing to shell out major bucks for a seat in the Consol, no problem! Root on the Pens at one of the many awesome bars Pittsburgh has to offer. Here are 5 of our favorite bars to raise a cold to the Pittsburgh Penguins:  

 

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Carson City Saloon

1401 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA

Designed for a good time, this South Side bar is all about cheering on the Pens to victory! From the drinks to the rooftop, Carson City Saloon is the ideal spot to go to for this Stanly Cup Final.

 

 

PrimantiPrimanti Bros

46 18th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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“Always famous, always a favorite.” This legendary bar is all about da ‘Burgh and welcomes all Penguins fans with the ultimate sammiches and cold brews.

 

Hough'sHough’s

563 Greenfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA

73 rotating taps, 100 different bottled beers, and specials on specials! This popular Greenfield bar is your go-to for any sporting event especially for game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

 

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Hemingway’s Café

3911 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA

It’s always a great day for playoff hockey at Hemingway’s Café! Making The Daily Meal’s 50 Best College Bars in America list, there is no doubt that Hemingway’s Cafe’ is one of Oakland’s finest bars.

 

 

 

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4305 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA

With flat screens everywhere you turn and an extensive draft list, Industry Public House is perfect to quench your thirst in between “Let’s Go Pens!” chants.

6 Harpoon Beers to Reach for After a Workout

Nothing beats a few cold ones after a summer activity or workout. Whether it’s hiking with friends, beach volleyball, or running, we’ve got a beer to quench your post-workout thirst.

1. HARPOON TAKE 5 SESSION IPA

Clocking in at 4.3% ABV, Take 5 is a top choice for weekday post-workout fun. You can enjoy a couple with friends without any major repercussions the next morning. Win-win.
 


Pairs well with: Post-work fun runs, jazzercising
 

2. CAMP WANNAMANGO

Camp Wannamango, is a post/ activity beer no brainer. It’s thirst quenching and crisp which keeps you coming back for more of that mango-goodness.  
 

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Pairs well with: Swimming, canoeing, surfing
 

3. HARPOON IPA

We’re focusing this blog on post-workout beers but let’s be honest, some activities are best with a beer in hand. Cue: Harpoon IPA. It’s the perfect choice for those mild activities where sitting and soaking up the scenery is the top priority.
 

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Pairs well with: hiking, golfing
 

4. UFO WHITE

Brewed with orange peel and coriander, UFO White is the perfect post-activity beer when you’re looking for something a little different. It will bring you back to the good old days when mom packed you sliced oranges for half-time…except it’s beer, so it’s way better than that.
 


Pairs well with: Stand-up paddle boarding, white-water rafting, surfing, long romantic walks on the beach
 

5. UFO BIG SQUEEZE

Sweet with a hint of tartness, UFO Big Squeeze Shandy was basically made for any and all beach related activity. Do yourself a solid and have Big Squeeze Shandy handy to celebrate that rec league victory you just clenched.
 

 

Pairs well with: Beach volleyball and spike ball, kayaking
 

6. HARPOON SWEET SPOT

You know that feeling where you know you should workout but your couch sounds better so you decide to walk home from work instead of take the bus and call it a day? Sweet Spot is kind of like that. Not too hoppy and malty, but full of flavor…just right. Perfect for those days where you’re something is better than nothing.



Pairs well with: softball/baseball, speed walking, kickball

 

Via HarpoonBrewery.com

Uncovering The Mystery of Steam Brewing

You might be familiar with Anchor Brewery in San Francisco and the fact that they produce “steam beer,” but what exactly is steam beer? Speaking in definitional terms, steam beer is a highly effervescent beer that is made by using lager yeasts at higher fermentation temperatures. The term originated in California from the mid-19th century during the Gold Rush and has stuck around over the years as modern breweries use the term in pride.

Anchor Brewing has been operating since 1896 and is the largest and prominent steam beer. That being said, they’ve got a pretty good understanding of it. They’re allowing a peak into the mysteries of their Anchor Steam Beer…

13 Summer Seasonal Brews for a Pittsburgh Summer

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Sierra Nevada | Summerfest 

This popular Pilsener-style beer nods to the original Czech tradition, offering a crisp, golden and dry taste.

Pairs well with grilled chicken, sushi, salads, lightly spiced sausages.

ABV: 5.0%

IBU: 28

Southern Tier | Hop Sun 

A refreshing summer beer that will make your taste buds tingling wanting more. The wheat, barley and hops coalesce in this superb ale. The balance of malts and hops offer a pleasant bitter finish with a light sweetness from wheat.

Pairs well with fresh mozzarella, berries, gazpacho, light picnic fare, bbq.

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 35

Long Trail | Summer Ale 

Looking for something to chill out on those hot summer days? This light on the palate beer has a soft Pilsner malt character and a distinct citrus hop aroma deriving from dry-hopped additions of Citra hops. A refreshing bitterness that keeps you wanting more.

ABV: 4.3%

IBU: 32

Ommegang Brewery | Fleur De Houblon

Offering the beautiful aroma of flowers, this brand new summer ale is brewed to bring the many elements of summer into a refreshing and easy-to-drink Belgian-style ale. It has a rich gold color and distinct floral hops which make earthy, fruity, and floral aromas. The body and flavor are clean and dry with a surprise of spicy notes.

ABV: 6.8%

Penn Brewery | Penn Ginger Beer

How does a beer with real grated ginger roots sound to you? Pretty good I bet. The grated ginger roots give the beer a subtle aroma and a gentle kick of ginger flavor that makes it lightly refreshingly yet pleasantly spicy.

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 10

Penn Brewery | Tangerine Swirl

This beer is made with real tangerine and Madagascar vanilla but it is the summit and 7c’s hop, two-row malt, and a touch of lactose that make this effervescent beer a citrusy, creamy summertime treat.

ABV: 5.3%

IBU: 25

21st Amendment | Hell or High Watermelon

 An America wheat beer that is brewed with real watermelon for a flavor that is surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing. This beer undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon.

ABV: 4.9%

IBU: 17

Abita | Seersucker Summer Pils

Abita’s Summer seasonal is a traditional pilsner with a full bodied malt flavor, hop bitterness and a light golden color.

Pairs well with grilled chicken, salmon garden salads, most Asian cuisines, spicy Mexican food, and mild white cheeses.

ABV: 4.8%

IBU: 35

Anchor Brewing | Anchor Summer Wheat

The crisp, clean flavors of Anchor Summer Wheat offers a refreshingly light, thirst-quenching American-style filtered wheat beer. Fermented with a traditional top-fermenting “ale” yeast, it yields a clean balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of its 50% malted wheat.

Pairs well with grilled chicken, salmon garden salads, most Asian cuisines, spicy Mexican food, and mild white cheeses.

ABV: 4.5%

Breckenridge Brew | Summerbright Ale

Breckenridge Brew’s answer to a poolside or sprinklerside beer. This beer combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific Northwest’s most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for summer days.

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: 15

Flying Dog | Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

This beer was brewed to celebrate Old Bay’s 75th anniversary and proceeds benefit True Blue. Taste-wise, it has bright citrus hop notes and crisp, tart finish.

Pairs well with a shrimp, corn and Maryland Blue Crab

ABV: 5.6%

IBU: 25

Boulder Beer | Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA

IPA with vibrant citrus flavor from the juice blood oranges. Finishes with smooth without any lingering bitterness.

Pairs well with a Royale with Cheese

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 52

Boulder Beer | Hoopla Pale Ale

This perfect festival beer is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will leave your taste buds dancing.

ABV: 5.7%

IBU: 35

Beer Of The Week | Long Trail Brewing Company Green Blaze IPA

Take a hoppy walk down Long Trail’s many brews and find yourself at a landscape of pine, resin and tropical fruits. The mirage you’re looking at is reality. Presenting, Long Trail Brewing Company’s Green Blaze IPA, the newest year-round offering of their family of ales. It features big pine, tropical fruit and resin hop notes with a light, biscuit malt backbone. Get your six pack of bottles or cans and find out what adventure tastes like.

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Beer is best enjoyed with a delicious meal? Green Blaze IPA pairs well with blue cheeses, sharp cheddar, Colby, grilled meats, barbecue, hamburgers, spicy dishes, tacos, blackened chicken, pickled vegetables, shellfish and most importantly…outdoor adventure.

 

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 60

COLOR: Pale Amber

Memorial Day Brews

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season and FINALLY the ‘Burgh will be feeling the summer heat. What better way to cool down on this long hot weekend than with an iced cold brew? Whether you are at BBQ or pool party, sip on these 5 beers that are guaranteed to quench any thirst. 

1. Sam Adams Summer Ale

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Crisp and tangy with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise. Golden, hazy and thirst quenching, this American wheat ale balances bright citrus, Noble hops & spice for a lively brew that’s perfect on any summer day.

2. Blue Moon

Belgian White Ale. Brewed with oats for creaminess and spiced with the perfect combination of orange peel and coriander. An unfiltered wheat ale spiced in the Belgian tradition for an uncommonly smooth taste.

3. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple has a bright, crisp apple flavor, just like biting into a fresh apple. It is a perfect balance of sweetness and bright acidity from culinary apples and dryness of traditional cider making apples, resulting in a complex, yet refreshing, hard cider.

4. Curious Traveler

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The perfect shandy for any sunshine lovin’ traveler. Curious Traveler is a take on a classic European Shandy that has been brewed for generations. They start with an American craft wheat ale, which delivers a crisp, light body then add a fresh lemon and just a touch of lime to bring out a bright, juicy citrus aroma and flavor. Simply, the Curious Traveler is “Quite a Refresher!”

5. Not Your Father’s Root Beer

Bring on summer and bring on Not Your Father’s Root Beer! This hard root beer has silky, smooth and satisfying finish. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those don’t typically drink beer, but crave something unique!

Beer Of The Week: Rogue “American Amber Ale”

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Looking for something a little…amber? Look no further than Rogue Ale & Spirit’s “American Amber Ale,” celebrating the red, white and blue. Priding itself on no chemicals, additives or preservatives it is a true table quality, hand-made revolutionary brew.

The World Beer Championship Judges proclaimed that is “a perfect embodiment of an American Amber Ale.” It has a tawny amber color and a delightful toffee aroma. Upon tasting it, it reveals a tight head, delicate roasted malt accent and a generous use of hops with a smooth finish. Pair it with beef or seafood and you’ve got yourself set for a delicious meal.

5.3% ABV | 54 IBU

For more information on where to pick up this beer click here.

Beer of The Week: Boulder Beer’s Summer Seasonal, “Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA!”

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Boulder Beer is a company brewing up many new delicious beers and this summer season is bringing us something citrus–Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA. This new seasonal IPA will be available May through September in 12-oz 6-pk bottles and draft throughout their 34 state footprint.

Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA beautifully blends the taste of an IPA with the vibrant citrus flavors of blood oranges and offers a bright golden color that finishes smooth leaving out any lingering bitterness.

This IPA is part of the third release of Boulder Beer’s Seasonal IPA Series. It sits between the releases of Emergent White IPA and Slope Style Winter IPA, making it a great change for the company. Pulp Fusion has a 6.5% ABV and 52 IBUs. If you want to pair it with something Brewmaster Judd Belstock of Boulder Beer suggests “Royale with Cheese.”

Our 10 Favorite Summer IPAs

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means. Summer BBQs, weekends on a boat and even special trips to the beach. Whether you’re enjoying the summer sun or looking for the perfect pairing for a meal, we’re quite fond of sipping on Indian Pale Ales while doing it. These brews are full of hops as such Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo, Tomahawk, Warrior, and Nugget. We’ve thought long and hard about our some of our favorites…and without further adieu..

1. Lagunitas – IPA

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2. Tommy Knocker – Blood Orange IPA

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3. Southern Tier IPA

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4. Nebraska Brewing Company IPA

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5. 21st Amendment – Brew Free or Die IPA

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6. Boulder – Mojo IPA

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7. Flying Dog – Double Dog Double IPA

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8. Harpoon IPA

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9. Bellhaven – Twister Thistle IPA

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10. Great Lakes – Commodore Perry IPA

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Bayardstown Social Club Presents Going Coastal Release Party & Friday Happy Hour

Kick off your holiday weekend by Goin’ Coastal at Bayardstown Social Club! Sneak out of work early on Friday, May 27th and slide into summer and step off the grid by Goin’ Coastal with SweetWater Brewing Company’s pineapple laced IPA.  Starting at 4:20pm, Bayardstown will start pouring the first batch of Goin’ Coastal Pineapple India Pale Ale. 

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This brew is packed with bright aromas of the five citrus hop additions accentuated by the tropical fruit of the pineapple – and just like those three day weekends, its finish is quick. Golden copper in color, a full malt bill brings balance to this quaffable Summer loving Catch and Release Seasonal.

Music by:
The Unknown String Band 
Chet Vincent (acoustic)

Food Truck:
Berlin Street Foods

Tickets: 

Bayardstown Social Club

 

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.”


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