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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!”


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


2. Tommy Knocker – Blood Orange IPA


3. Southern Tier IPA


4. Nebraska Brewing Company IPA


5. 21st Amendment – Brew Free or Die IPA


6. Boulder – Mojo IPA


7. Flying Dog – Double Dog Double IPA


8. Harpoon IPA


9. Bellhaven – Twister Thistle IPA


10. Great Lakes – Commodore Perry IPA


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


Bayardstown Social Club


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


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


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. 


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


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.

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