ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON: Food & Wine
WRITTEN BY: Mike Pomranz
An ongoing trend has seen musical artists of every stripe either being honored with or collaborating on their own beer. From rock artists like NOFX to rap artists like Run The Jewels to the freakin’ Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the extent to which music and beer is willing to merge apparently knows no bounds. However, though any musical act can have a beer, some embrace beer drinking more than others (we got our eye on you Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra!)—and to that end, some bands would seem more befitting of a beer than others… The Dropkick Murphys included.
As a Boston-based, Celtic punk band, The Dropkick Murphys have been involved in plenty of St. Patrick’s Days and been the background music for plenty of beer swilling sessions. However, much like how the band’s music is about more than just being rowdy, their new beer—a collaboration with Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Company called Barroom Hero—also has a heart.
But while fans might just be happy to have an official Dropkick Murphys beer, they should also know that sales of Barroom Hero will raise money for The Claddagh Fund Charitable Foundation, a charity created by the band’s frontman Ken Casey back in 2007 that supports other underfunded nonprofits. “The Claddagh Fund has become the driving force behind what keeps the band so motivated,” Casey said in a statement. “After a while being a musician, it’s nice to have purpose, and hopefully this carries on long after the band’s done.”
Barroom Hero will be released next month, making it available during both the band’s spring tour and St. Patrick’s Day. It will also be sold in 16-ounce cans and on draft for a limited time through the summer.
It is that time of year again! Show some holiday spirit and earn your place on the “nice list” while simultaneously making someone’s holiday a bit brighter! Hough’s PGH is hosting their annual Toy Drive on Friday, December 1st!
Some of PGH’s favorite brews will be in attendance giving away swag for lucky participants. Stop bye, have a good time and walk away with a sense of joy in your soul!
The beer event of the fall season is officially upon us! After great demand and success of years past, Blue Dust is bringing back their uber-popular ‘Pumpkinfest’ for a sixth round!
On Saturday, October 14th from 1PM – 10PM meet up with all of your friends at Blue Dust (601 Amity St, Homestead, Pennsylvania 15120) underneath the Homestead Grays bridge between 6th and 7th avenue for a free admission event to taste the finest pumpkin ales, Oktoberfest beers and various other seasonals on tap from Southern Tier Brewing Company and more!
While you’re there enjoy hand carved drinking pumpkins, craft cocktails and some of Pittsburgh’s best and beloved food trucks.
Side-step or dance the day away with music from Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide, Nik Callahan, Byron Nash, The E.K. Band, Unnecessary Polka, Craft Beard and DJ Mike Canton!
From September 19th through the 30th Squirrel Hill’s Independent Brewing Company is taking a brief departure from their “all-local beer” concept, and importing to Pittsburgh the best eight German beers that they could get their hands on. To wit:
1809 Berliner: a tough-to-find, traditional, dual-culture Berliner weisse brewed by legendary Bavarian brewmeister Dr. Fritz Breim at Weihenstephaner brewery
Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock: a traditional Maibock brewed in the original home of bock beer
Uerige Doppelsticke: a stronger take on the classic Dusseldorf altbier
Schlenkerla Märzen: a big, bad smoked märzen from Bamburg that transports you immediately to a campfire on a crisp autumn evening
Weihenstephaner Krystalweiss: very similar to Weihenstephaner’s acclaimed Hefeweizen, but filtered for startling clarity
Schneider Weisse: a unique, amber-hued hefeweizen that lends caramel from its middle malts to add to the traditional clove and banana tastes and aromas from the yeast. (We purchased this one at the special request of Roundabout owner/brewer Steve Sloan, who brews a beautiful take on this beer called “Ferdl Weiss”). Ayinger Oktoberfest: a perfectly-executed traditional Märzen
Reissdorf Kölsch: the gold standard of Kölsch, the cold-fermented ale that defines a night out in Cologne
Fan of hops and local beer, fear not. Independent Brewing Company is going to devote the rest of their taps to hop-forward local offerings, so you won’t be left out in the metaphorical cold of a Bavarian Höhle packed with Eisblöcke cut out of the Isar-Fluss in mid-März!
Finally, they’ll also debut their autumn food menu tomorrow, which has a German influence and is designed to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Think Schnitzel, currywurst, sauerbraten, and Brussels sprouts.
Mike “Tasty” McDole has been legendary figure among the craft beer community for his award-winning homebrew recipes and his signature caricature sticker that you can find adorned at nearly every good beer joint in the country. McDole’s infamous status is now marked by a collaboration with 21st Amendment Brewery in Tasty IPA, a beer all about friendship and created with the love of homebrewing in mind.
Coming in at 6.8% ABV and a strong straw color, Tasty IPA drinks easily, with hop forward creation, spawned from test batches of McDole’s own homebrews, it holds Citra and Mosaic Lupulin Powder with Ekuanot hop pellets. This beer is undeniably for those who like hops and love a solid IPA. Boasting bright, fresh flavors and aromas of tropical stone fruits and pine, it is the little details such as the hint of spiciness that rounds out this brew.
Looking for something to enjoy while sipping on this brew? Spicy foods, peach cobbler and your favorite beer t-shirt are all suggestions from 21st Amendment and McDole himself.
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this limited time brew in six-packs and on draft.