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Hough’s Taproom Hosts Abita Crawfish Boil

It is that time of year again. After a few years of boils under their belt, Hough’s is teaming up with Abita to host their first crawfish boil and they want you to join them.

All of July, Hough’s will be celebrating ABITA as the brewery of the month. The Louisiana-based brewery knows a thing or two about traditional Louisiana style boils, making it a perfect contender for this crawfish celebration.

On Saturday, August 27 Hough’s will be hosting two sessions of crawfish boil. One from 12:30pm – 3:00pm and another from 4:00pm – 6:30pm. Boils are known for their family style servings, so round up the troops and meet some new friends. You can expect: sausage, corn, crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and plenty of Old Bay! Did we mention it’ll all be cooked right in front of you in the kettles at Copper Kettle? Bibs and Abita giveways too! 

Tickets on sale Monday 7/17 at 1pm. Your ticket includes the boil buffet and all you can drink Abita brews for $60. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $25. You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.  You don’t want to miss your chance to enjoy this boil! 

Rhinegeist Sour Brunch at Hough’s Taproom

This isn’t any old brunch, this is a beer brunch. On Saturday, July 29th Rhinegeist Brewery heads to Hough’s Taproom to host a Sour Brunch from 10AM – 3PM. Never had a sour beer, now is your chance to try a variety of different levels of sourness and varying flavors. Enjoy favorites and rarities alike with Quadrafunk, Press Tart, Maracuja, Peach Dodo and Bubbles being featured for a morning/afternoon of beer heaven.

It is just what you need to enjoy a Sunday! 

Rhinegeist’s Limited Quantity Draft Brews Coming Soon

Since coming to Pittsburgh only a few months ago, #CincyMade standards like Truth, Streaker, Bubbles, Cougar and Knowledge have become staples for craft beer lovers. From cans to drafts, it is easy to enjoy the great tastes of these new brews. 

Luckily, there are even more brews on the way. In the near future, you will start to see a few Rhinegeist draft options popping up around the city.

CHESTER, a delightfully crisp cherry saison with sour cherries.

CITRA, a single hopped Citra pale ale, bursting with Passionfruit, Grapefruit, and Lemon.


Meet Brewery Ommegang’s “Fruition”


Have you seen an Ommegang beer with a tropically pink label on the shelves lately? That’s Fruition, a brand new, year-round offering that’s been moving out from the brewery as the warm weather has been moving in. And on this very first day of summer, we’re excited to share all the details with you and tell you where to find it.

Fruition is a refreshing 5.3% ABV dry-hopped wheat ale that begins with our award-winning Witte as the base beer and is then given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices. The result is a slightly tart and fruity, hop-forward beer that’s exceptionally drinkable. It’s the perfect beer to pair with summer.

Brewmaster Phil Leinhart says: “As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. This beer is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”

Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes, and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander, Fruition is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices then dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.

Fruition pours a pale straw color with moderate haziness and a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor follows suit with tart tropical fruit and citrus up front, followed by a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish is resoundingly dry with nice effervescence. The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.

Fruition is available now in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C. You can use our beer finder to search for retailers near your zip code.

Great Lakes Brewing Cans Are Now Available!


The wait is overGreat Lakes Brewing Company cans are now available for purchase. The brewery made an announcement in March that it would begin packaging some of its products differently. GLBC has been creating a solid product for 29 years, and what better way to continue this legacy than by promoting some of their newer offerings just in time for the summer season?

In the craft brewing industry, cans have now become a more frequent method to store and ship the hallowed beverage we know and love. Therefore, some of the brewery’s more recently popular brews have arrived for the canning party. With the help of Boston’s Harpoon Brewery to begin producing and canning,

GLBC will offer three phenomenal beers, in cans, starting May 19 in the gift shop, followed by a full release on May 22.

All three beers—Rally Drum Red Ale, Turntable Pils, and Lightkeeper Blonde Ale—are available for purchase in 12-packs. Rally Drum Red Ale comes in 16 oz. cans, whereas the other two are currently available in 12 oz. cans. Rally Drum will lead off during the heart of the regular season and into the postseason: May 2017 to November 2017. Turntable Pils will be around all year, with 16 oz. cans coming in August. Lightkeeper Blonde Ale will be clearly visible up until year’s end.

Without further ado, let’s have a closer look at each of these freshly canned beers.

Rally Drum Red Ale (ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 45)

Great Lakes Brewing Rally Drum Red Cans

I chose this spectacular ale last fall as one of the six Cleveland Indians beers during the team’s unfortunate World Series fall to the Chicago Cubs. Thankfully, the beer has made a major comeback. I’m still waiting for my baseball team to kick it back into high gear, but it’s still early. What better way to watch a baseball game than holding a 16 oz. can in one hand and a hot dog in the other?

This pungently piney, hoppy ale is named after long-standing Indians fan and drummer, John J. Adams. There is no better sound at Progressive Field than Adams’ drum as the home team gets something brewing on the field, and there is no better brew to brandish at the ballpark this summer—at least in Cleveland. Go Tribe!


Turntable Pils (ABV: 5.4%, IBU: 35)

I showcased this year-round offering last February. When I found out that Turntable was to be canned along with the other two beers in this lineup, I cried tears of joy. Even better, come August, GLBC will release this classic pilsner in 16 oz. cans. The toasty, muggy summer evenings will be much more bearable with this sudsy staple spinning in the cooler.

Lastly, we have a beer I hadn’t yet tried until this canning expedition took place.

Lightkeeper Blonde Ale (ABV: 6.6%, IBU: 30)

Great Lakes Brewing Lightkeeper Blonde Cans

With Marblehead Lighthouse along the shores of Lake Erie in mind, GLBC has crafted a delightful alternative to the basic mainstays in the brewery’s collection of bottles. Crack open a can, and you’ll catch strong hoppy aromas right away. This blonde ale is just as refreshing as the other two in this triad of beers. I was a lost soul until I took a took a sip of this golden-hued beverage. Two or three of these cans will ward off the mosquitoes nicely as the late summer nights start getting a little bit shorter, but that may be the tiki torches and the citronella candles talking.

No matter which beer you choose this summer and wherever you decide to relax, drink responsibly and enjoy those backyard barbecues, those trips to the ballpark, and those forays to the beach. Here’s to summer! Cheers!

All images courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company.



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