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As we’ve all probably heard, Southern Tier Brewing Company is opening its first satellite brewpub right here in Pittsburgh. While the brewery puts on its finishing touches, plenty of beer lovers in the ‘Burgh have been early awaiting what could potentially be their new second home. In anticipation for the grand opening and welcoming our newest neighbor, Pork & Bean graciously hosts Southern Tier Brewing Company on Monday, January 30th at 6:00PM for a five course beer dinner at Pork & Beans. Southern Tier is closed for service on Mondays, so join them for a private, curated dinner with Southern Tier representative, their chef team & beer master.
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Southern Tier has big releases and openings for 2017! The first satellite brewpub is opening soon on the North Shore and the Lakewood, NY native beer company will be launching new lines this whole first quarter. Join Southern Tier at Pork & Beans to hear these news first hand and perhaps get to sample a few of the new beers to the popular Southern Tier line up!
Menu crafted by Chef & BBQ Pit Master James Ciminillo & Chef Joe Kierfer with beer pairings by our Beer Master, Riley Snyder.
Conway’s Irish Ale is a bright light of hopefulness for those who are tired of the holiday stouts and porters. This inspired ale, only available in January, was the brain child of Great Lake’s co-owners’ grandfather and a policeman who’d likely interject that Irish Ale with full-bodied caramel malt flavors is the right (and only way) to enjoy a beer.
Like in any typical police-fashion, this beer is arrestingly smooth with a “rap sheet” of toasty biscuit and caramel malts. After a hard day’s work this beer is best enjoyed as a reward with corned beef or a variety of stews.
Keep your eyes open for this 7-time medial winner since 1995 at the World Beer Championships. There is a reason why this limited availability window is something to celebrate.
The brewing team at Deschutes Brewery has been busy, as usual, over the last few months. The culmination of brewing creativity and pub patron approval has resulted in some new additions to the brewery’s lineup for the coming year, joining the return of iconic fan favorites.
These new beers include:
Pacific Wonderland Lager (Mainline Series, year-round): The brewery’s first widely distributed lager, this sessionable beer was inspired by the Pacific Northwest with citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops providing an unexpected twist on a crisp, bright lager.
Swivelhead Red (Bond Street Series, March- August): The label alone on this beer is enough to make your head spin, but cracking open the bottle is when the real magic happens with an herbal hop aroma and smooth caramel maltiness. (Follows Sagefight Imperial IPA in the rotation)
Passionfruit IPA (Bond Street Series, draft only, May-August): This delectable easy-drinker boasts a fruity and tropical aroma, set off by a quartet of hops: Cascade, Azacca, Galaxy and Vic’s Secret.
Cultivateur (Reserve Series, March): What our brewers have dubbed a “Provision Saison”, Culutivateur is a blend of old and new saisons, aged in oak with brettanomyces and is the first beer to graduate from our small batch experimental Pub Reserve series.
The brewery is also switching up its popular variety pack, on shelves in select locations, to include a mouthwatering mix of Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Fresh Squeezed IPA and Pacific Wonderland Lager (March). Hop Slice Summer Ale, which debuted for the first time in bottles last year, will be reformulated to be even more refreshing, and Armory XPA continues its experimental journey with a brand-new experimental hop (June).
To make room for all these new creations, the brewery is discontinuing its 22-ounce bottle offerings of Hop Henge Experimental IPA, Down N Dirty IPA, and Big Rig Pub Ale. Deschutes River Ale will also be removed from the lineup this spring.
“I really wanted an orange garnish on our beer,” says Keith Villa, founder and head brewmaster at Blue Moon Brewing Co. “It brings out the flavor of the Valencia orange peel that Blue Moon is brewed with.” So Keith started bringing his own oranges to the bar.
Wheels in motion
The Valencia orange peel in Blue Moon is Keith’s twist on Belgian wits, which traditionally are brewed with tart Curaçao orange peel. “Curaçao doesn’t smell like oranges, and I wanted a bright orangey smell,” he says.
As Keith traveled the country to introduce folks to Blue Moon, he noticed people were garnishing it with a lemon. He asked his sales team to start serving it with an orange. But no one had oranges, they said. So Keith began showing up at bars in Blue Moon’s hometown of Denver with a bag of oranges, a cutting board and a knife.
“I’d thank them for serving Blue Moon and ask if they’d be willing to try a new way to garnish it.”
He’d slice the orange into wheels, make a nick in it and put it on the glass. Bartenders were into it because customers saw the unusual beer and wanted one. So Keith kept the oranges coming … for a while.
“It got to the point that bartenders would call me and say, ‘Keith, where is my free bag of oranges?’” he says with a laugh.
Keith estimates it took him and his teammates about six years to make the orange garnish happen nationwide. But, man, did it happen. Today it’s rare to be handed a pint of Blue Moon without an orange wheel perched on the rim.
“It was literally bar by bar in different cities,” he says. “But restaurants and bars that garnished Blue Moon saw sales and tips start to climb. So they kept doing it.”
“It was fun to see it take it off — people wanted to drink that beer that came with an orange.”
With the holiday season finally past, many people are trading in their cork screws, bottle openers and shakers for gym memberships. In fact, some people swear off booze all together in January, but before you join the crowd and exchange a glass of red for the treadmill, read up on how wine and beer, combined with exercise, can actually be a good thing.
TO GET RED WINE’S HEART BENEFITS, YOU NEED TO BOTH DRINK A GLASS AND EXERCISE
Researchers from the European Society of Cardiology studied people who consumed a moderate amount of alcohol for at least 5 days a week. They separated the individuals into those that drank and exercised and those that only drank. In the individuals that only drank, the researchers found, there was no appreciable affect on their cholesterol, blood glucose, triglycerides, or levels of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein. But in the people that worked out as little as twice a week, the wine had a dramatic impact on cholesterol levels, causing the researchers to conclude that wine consumption combined with exercise is beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease.
WINE AND BEER CONSUMPTION CREATE ENDORPHINS THAT MOTIVATE US TO WORK OUT
Ever notice how after working out, all you really want is a refreshing beer or nice glass of wine? It turns out researchers have uncovered that wine and beer release endorphins in our brain that we use as a reward and motivation for working out. When the endorphins from exercising and the ones from drinking are combined, meaning we consume a glass shortly after our workout, they create a reaction our body remembers and wants to replicate again and again. Meaning, we subconsciously encourage ourselves to hit the gym the next day in order to have a beer again following the workout. So if you actually want to use that gym membership you just guiltily signed up for, grab a beer after your first workout.
BEER COULD BE BETTER THAN A PROTEIN SHAKE
After that crossfit class you just got talked into attending, most people are gonna grab a protein shake, but you might want to grab a cold beer instead – added bonus it’ll help with all those sore muscles you’re bound to have. Why beer? Because it contains nutrients, among them selenium (which contains antioxidants), B vitamins (which aid in energy), phosphorus (which is said to help with strong bones and teeth), and niacin (which is possibly beneficial to cholesterol). Moreover, beer packs in a good amount of protein, a bit of fiber, and silicon, which some sources say can prevent osteoporosis. These are all nutrients that researchers say are ideal for your body to consume after hitting the gym. Just don’t grab a high-gravity option. Stick to a sessionable beer and you’ll get all the nutrients you needs, without overdoing the alcohol.
WINE CAN HELP BURN FAT AND KEEP IT OFF
Researchers at both the University of Nebraska and the University of Florida discovered that ellagic acid, which is found in grapes, dramatically slowed the growth of existing fat cells and the formation of new ones, boosting metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells. But drinking red wine alone isn’t enough, as the ellagic acid only slows fat growth, it doesn’t burn fat. That’s where exercise comes in. In combination the exercise allows you to shed the pounds in the first place and a moderate amount of red wine could help you keep it off.
So don’t swear off wine and beer entirely if you’ve resolved to hit the gym in the new year, simply consume them in moderation. Their benefits could aid in your success.
This holiday season we spend many well wishes and have our fingers crossed for the loved ones in our lives and maybe even our favorite breweries. I mean, how could we not be excited that we have will have a new neighbor in the Pittsburgh neighborhood. After this past summer’s announcement that the New York brewing facility would be opening a Pittsburgh location, the Burgh has been biting their fingers in anticipation for the Grand Opening.
In the meantime we’ll tie ourselves over with Southern Tier’s “Choklat.” An imperial stout brewed with chocolate that was first brewed in 2007. The success of this beer is no secret–the darkest, bittersweet candies come together with the frothy coldness of beer to tempt the senses to keep coming back for more. Though the aroma is tantalizing enough, the two varieties of hops, four types of malts and creamy body carries through to provide a memorable and delicious experience.
Finish up 2016 with this full-bodied and bittersweet beer.
Ring in 2017 with a full stomach and a smile on your face with Point Brugge Cafe’s New Year’s Eve Dinner featuring Merchant du Vin Beer. After a year of hardwork and time well-spent, why not reward yourself with a dinner of fine food and beer expertly paired with each course! On December 31, join Point Brugge Cafe and other food & beer enthusiasts for an evening of great food and delicious beer.
Chef’s selection of appetizers
Ayinger Brau-Weisse Hefeweizen
Mustard greens, grilled Belgian endive, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, mushroom en phyllo, Goat Rodeo, mustard vinagrette
End 2016 on a high note with Park Bruges New Year’s Eve Dinner featuring one of New York’s premiere breweries, Brewery Ommegang. On Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 6PM join Park Bruges of Highland Park and plenty other beer and food enthusiasts for an evening that is sure to ring in the new year on a high note. Take a glimpse at the menu for the evening and gather your group. It is sure to be a night to remember.
How do you define a sports bar in a sports town like Pittsburgh? Truthfully, if a bar has more than one television, it basically counts. Trying to find a spot for Steelers Sunday? Pitt football Saturday? Hockey playoffs? Bucco season? Really, no matter what game you’re trying to watch, most every bar in Pittsburgh’s got your back. Very few label themselves as “sports bars,” namely because they don’t need to — many places (too many to count) have sports memorabilia lining the walls and regulars who could pass for 1970s Steelers statisticians. So, what are the best sports bars in Pittsburgh? The short answer: all of them. But if you’re looking for more specifics, this list should have you covered, no matter what region of the Steel City you base your fandom in.
Placed right at the bottom of Cardiac Hill in Oakland, take a seat at Pub instead of climbing to a seat at the Pete — it is not recommended to make that climb having just eaten loaded nachos. Good food choices and atmosphere bring people in (and also make them stay). It can be hard to find a seat here, but you’ll be surrounded by a feverish energy once you do.
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WILLIAM PENN TAVERN
Most of Pittsburgh’s outdoor bars are on rooftops, which are excellent in their own right, but there’s something to be said for a first-floor bar that doesn’t require you to hike up three flights of stairs or awkwardly ride in a cramped elevator. The William Penn has a large outdoor space (that’s covered in the winter) that requires no extra legwork, so all your energy can be spent eating wings (with its famed “Kitchen Sink” sauce) and screaming at the refs.
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Want to go out to watch the game with a good selection of beer? Don’t want to the hassle of a big crowd? The Strip District’s BeerHive is the place for a calmer Steelers Sunday. Some might like the big crowds to cheer with, but others might want to skip the air horn in the ear every once in awhile. This bar constantly rotates its draft list and, what’s more, it actually keeps it updated on the website. Small plates, like Pittsburgh Pickle Company deep fried pickles, will serve you well on game day.
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BIRMINGHAM BRIDGE TAVERN
The tavern’s building has stood the test of time, by design. The bar has merged the classic with the updated look and feel of the place, and added on a lengthy list of pours. Not to mention its award-winning wings and salads that are actually salads and not the sad pile of leaves some other bars might try and pass off as salad. This tavern has a great second-floor space, but is available for private party reservation, which can make the bottom floor a skosh too tight sometimes.
THE SOUPER BOWL
There’s a bar that has Iceburgh’s likeness in its logo, and it just so happens to be located across the street from PPG Paints Arena. As you walk up to The Souper Bowl, you’ll hear the Pens’ announcers, giving you that pre-game hype up. Busy before and after the game, the divey space becomes the eye of the storm during regulation time for those who don’t have seats inside the arena. Sit right in front of a TV, grab what’s on special, and sink your teeth into some wings with a sauce option that mixes BBQ and buffalo (Hint: It’s waayy more buffalo).
Photo from Thrillist
JEROME BETTIS’ GRILLE 36
Where can you get an Immaculate Margarita? The Bettis Grille. The Bus’s stop is located on the North Shore, just footsteps away from Heinz Field and PNC Park. More like an mid-to-upscale restaurant instead of a bar, a few extra dollars is worth the price of space, good food, and strong drinks.
An obvious leap across the pond in the middle of the Steel City, Piper’s might more commonly be a game-day hangout for those with a love of soccer, with the Beautiful Game memorabilia lining the walls instead of American football. However, the pub food and drink selection is good on any type of game day, and really, nothing should come between a sports fan and their bangers and mash.
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Strip District & Other Locations
The only thing that’s more Pittsburgh than going to Primanti’s is going there to watch a game. Any of the locations throughout the city provide a truly yinzer atmosphere to watch whatever is on, coleslaw and all. If you’re lucky, the chain might have the HBK sandwich available (created near the end of the championship 2015-16 season to honor Penguins players Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino, and Phil Kessel, not “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels), which stacks bacon and kielbasa on top of ham and is only available in limited releases.
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CARSON CITY SALOON
Carson City is probably the ultimate bar stop for someone looking to cheer and yell at various large screens with a crowd of likeminded people. The South Side spot’s walls are lined with memorabilia, including the likes of a Jaromir Jagr jersey that’s been altered to say “Jagoff” and “traitor” — you know, the type of wall hangs that give you all the warm and fuzzies as a Pittsburgher. A large draft list and a few bucket options make this place a great spot to take an Uber home from regardless of your budget, and the food menu touts Pittsburgh favorites, many of the portions big enough for two — prepare your belly accordingly or plan to share with a friend. The atmosphere is loud, enthusiastic, and contagious, much like Pittsburgh itself.
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Let’s be real: we’ve all outgrown our seat at the kids table. It’s time to grow up and show off your fancy apartment and impeccable taste this holiday season. Is there any better way to prove your #adulting skills than curating a classy cheese plate?
Didn’t think so.
We put this pairing guide together with our friends from Vermont’s Cabot Creamery to help cut the anxiety from your holiday party planning. Enough with the small talk, though, let’s grab some Long Trails, Cabot cheese and get this party started.
I wouldn’t have known that Brown Shugga is presented as Lagunitas‘ Chirstmas beer, but this is the time of year they sent me one to sample. Their website calls it their “winter seasonal” And the red and green on its label solidify the idea. So here it is.
Brown Shugga is one of those beers in which a batch with a mistake turns out to be better than expected. If you know Rogue’sDead Guy Ale story, you likely know how a Lagunitas brewer botched a batch of their Old Gnarlywine, but owner Tony Magee told the brewer to save by dumping in brown sugar to get it up to the needed original gravity of 1.100. But the different fermentable gave the beer a different taste, and thus Brown Shugga was born. There’s an alternate holiday beer, made when their brewing capacity couldn’t make enough Brown Shugga; called Lagunitas Sucks, but that’s another release.
Even in the minutes it took to snap and upload the picture above, the smell of brown sugar remained strong with this one. The pour is caramel brown malt under a foamy head. Bubbles in the tulip glass rise slowly, like the brew is too thick for them to handle.
The taste is indeed very sweet, although in this fresh bottle, there is still a backing of hops, perhaps more English than northwestern. The mouthfeel is only slightly thicker, it turns out, than regular beer, but well within barley wine range. Despite having 9.7% alcohol by volume, they describe this beer as “slammable,” and I have to admit the alcohol is very well hidden. It finishes with just a bit of hop afterburn, and leaves the lips nice and sticky.
Lagunitas suggests serving this with any dessert made with pumpkin pie spice, but I think we don’t want to hear about that right now. Maybe try setting this as a palate cleanser after dinner, and put off dessert for an hour or so. Catch up with whatever game is on.
Anchor Historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns.
Under every Anchor Steam Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are over 200 different crowns in all—start collecting them now! In the Under the Crown blog series, I’ll offer a brief elaboration on each UTC factoid (Under The Crown—another industry term).
1965 – Anchor Steam still at SF’s Old Spaghetti Factory
1965 – Fred Kuh tells Fritz Maytag about Anchor’s plight
1965 – Fritz Maytag’s first visit to Anchor
1965 – Fritz Maytag buys 51% of Anchor Brewing
1965 – Anchor Steam Beer first balloon ascension
1965 – Anchor sells 882 barrels of beer
Since all the crowns in this installment of Under the Crown are about 1965, maybe it’s best to tell their story by recounting our story from that time.
Fred Kuh, a bartender at San Francisco’s Purple Onion, opened his Old Spaghetti Factory Café and Excelsior Coffee House on Green Street in 1956. The bohemian gathering place and watering hole was “the city’s first camp-décor restaurant,” as Fred recalled, “but it wasn’t called camp then.” Anchor was the only brew on tap there. “We built our business around steam beer,” Fred said.
Anchor Steam signage at the Old Spaghetti Factory
By 1965, as America slaked its thirst with lighter, mass-produced, heavily marketed beers, the Old Spaghetti Factory had become one of Anchor’s last remaining accounts. Fred—ever loyal—even loaned the brewery money to help keep San Francisco’s beer afloat. In July 1965, he heard the news that Anchor—then known as the Steam Beer Brewing Company—was about to shut down.
Fred turned to a customer and friend who was living in the City by the Bay, twenty-seven-year-old Fritz Maytag—great-grandson of the founder of a well-known appliance company in Newton, Iowa. Fred knew that if Maytag paid a visit to the brewery, he might just fall in love with it. Sure enough, “it was as if,” Fritz reminisced, “someone said, ‘That’s the last cable car and it’s going out of business tomorrow unless you put up a few thousand dollars.’”
On August 2, Fritz Maytag shook hands with owner/brewmaster Lawrence Steese, purchasing 51% of the brewery (and its debt) and rescuing our brewery from imminent oblivion. Final papers were filed September 24. San Francisco’s iconic beer and “medieval brewery”—as Fritz fondly calls it—were saved!
Former Owner/Brewmaster Lawrence Steese
To celebrate and promote his new acquisition, Fritz called on aeronaut Deke Sonnichsen and his balloon Libra. The first ascension of the Libra/Anchor Steam Beer balloon took place in Palm Springs in November. Another, on a chilly December day in San Francisco, was unfortunately more balloon than ascension. Nevertheless, Fritz—one of America’s first guerrilla marketers—succeeded in garnering some much-needed attention. We made the paper, albeit under the headline “A Valiant Fiasco”!
The Libra/Anchor Steam balloon ascension
By the time 1965 came to a close, we’d racked up sales of 882 barrels of beer—218,736 pints of a San Francisco original—including an uninterrupted supply to Fred Kuh’s Old Spaghetti Factory. The craft beer revolution had begun.
Next time you pick up a 6-pack of Anchor Steam Beer, be sure to check out what fun facts are under the crown! Share what you find with us on social media and tag @AnchorBrewing and#DrinkSteam for a chance to be re-posted! Use our handy Beer Finder to locate a brew near you!
‘Tis the season for holidays, giving, porters, stouts, holiday parties, family gatherings, beer swaps, you know name it. It can be hard keeping up on everything. You might not even have the time to consistently grab fresh six packs or something to satisfy all parties at whatever party you’re hosting or going to next.
Atwater Brewing Co. understands your worries and wallows. Fear not, they have constructed a holiday party pack ready to satisfy the widest range of beer palettes. Keep your eyes pealed and enjoy the holiday season!
Great Lakes Brewing Co. will debut four new seasonal brands and is adding a fan favorite to its year-round lineup next year.
The Cleveland brewery announced its 2017 beer lineup last week.
The new seasonals, which each were made in the brewpub’s original seven-barrel brewhouse by pub brewer Steve Forman, are:
• Grandes Lagos Lager, a Mexican-style lager with a pink hue and tart finish thanks to the addition of hibiscus flowers. It’ll be available in six-packs, 12-packs and draft in March.
• Lightkeeper Blonde Ale, a slightly hoppy ale. It will be sold in March as part of the Fridge Filler 12-pack, which also will include Holy Moses White Ale, the 2017 edition of the Hop By Numbers IPA brewed with experimental hop 06277 and …
• Oats MacDonald Pale Ale, a creamy pale ale made with oats. It will be sold as part of the Fridge Filler.
• Hop Madness Double IPA, which will be available in four-packs and on draft in April.
(You can check out bottle images provided by the brewery below.)
Meanwhile, Turntable Pils will join year-round brews Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Burning River, Commodore Perry and Edmund Fitzgerald in six-packs, 12-packs and draft starting in January in Ohio.
“Turntable Pils was a hit in its debut year, with many customers saying they’d love to make it their ‘go-to’ beer because of its flavorful but easy-drinking style,” brewery spokeswoman Marissa DeSantis said. “Turntable Pils fits in perfectly with our year-round portfolio because it showcases one of the things we do best: brewing fresh, balanced, and true-to-style beers.
“We’ve put the Great Lakes spin on this classic style to show people how flavorful and complex a pilsner can be. At 5.3 percent, Turntable is lower in alcohol than our other year-round offerings, so it’s an approachable, session-friendly option for our fans and new craft drinkers.”
Great Lakes also liked the idea of celebrating Ohio’s music history, she said.
The brewery is planning to celebrate the year-round launch with themed events, contests, and merchandise.
Here’s the rest of Great Lakes’ seasonal release calendar:
Bud Light, the Official Beer Sponsor of the NFL, is further celebrating passionate NFL fans around the league by introducing limited-edition “Strike Gold” Super Bowl-themed packaging. Randomly seeded in select packs are gold Super Bowl 51 cans, which – when found – give fans the opportunity to enter for a chance to score big at the end of the season and win tickets to attend the Super Bowl each year for the rest of their life (up to 51 years).
“All season long, Bud Light has celebrated the most passionate and dedicated fans that the NFL has to offer, and as the playoffs approach, we want to see fandom turned up another notch,” said Anna Rogers, director of NFL partnerships and strategy, Anheuser-Busch. “Most NFL fans likely won’t see one Super Bowl in their lifetime, so we figured what better way to reward one of the NFL’s biggest fans than by giving him or her tickets to the big game for the rest of their life?”
Beginning Nov. 28 and extending through Jan. 13, all packs of 18-, 24-, and 30-packs of 12 oz. Bud Light cans across the country (excluding California) will feature the new bold look. Just 37,000 gold cans will be randomly seeded in these limited-edition Strike Gold Bud Light packs, which opens the door to winning the grand prize.