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Deck the Halls with Santa’s Private Reserve

Halloween and Thanksgiving have flown by and now we’re moving into Santa season. What better way to celebrate the holiday spirit than with a beer fit for Ole Saint Nicholas himself. Rogue Ales & Spirits’ “Santa’s Private Reserve” is a double hopped red ale roasted with a fine balance of malts and spruce finish. 

Pair it with beef or pork for a complete meal.


#BeerOfTheWeek DuClaw Brewing Company’s “Guilty Filthy Soul”

beer_287422This week we’re ready for a rich and dark imperial chocolate rye porter. We’ve looked high and low for one of the best post-Thanksgiving brews to help you wash down all of those left-overs. Upon much review and taste-testing, we’ve landed at DuClaw Brewing Company’s “Guilty Filthy Soul,” a medium-full bodied Imperial Chocolate Rye Porter that is rich with the aroma of roasted malts and cocoa. Big chocolate flavors and underlying notes of rye and coffee give it a good base, but the use of real chocolate in the brewing process boosts this brew to a whole new level. It adds a velvety mouthfeel and crisp, bittersweet finish. 

Don’t miss your chance to track down this limited release in 12 oz bottles.

ABV: 7.7% | IBU:  60

Hough’s Annual Toy Drive Weekend


Pour yourself a glass of holiday spirit on the first weekend of December at Hough’s Taproom. From Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th, Hough’s will be hosting their annual Toy Drive Weekend. Each day with provide incentives for customers to donate a toy to wing some swag and specials from Long Trail Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery and more. 

FRIDAY DECEMBER 2 | Kick Off Event (6pm – 9pm)

Celebrate the kickoff with the Greenfield Holiday Parade. Long Trail, Neshaminy Creek, Brooklyn Brewery and Sierra Nevada will be in attendance to take part in the festivities. 

Don’t forget to bring a toy for HEARTH and be entered to win some prized brewery swag. 

Last but not least enjoy great food and draft specials plus featured $8 32oz. cans to go. 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 | Meet and Mingle (3pm – 5pm)

Meet and chat with some of the brewers of Southern Tier.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 4 | Weekend Recovery (10am – 3pm)

End the weekend with bloody mary’s and a delicious Hough’s brunch as well as a Tito’s giveaway when you bring a toy to donate. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake w. Milk Stout Nitro Fudge Sauce

Photo supplied by Left Hand Brewing Company

Photo supplied by Left Hand Brewing Company



  • For the crust:
  • 5 oz. chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 oz. (5 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 1 lb. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1-1/4 cups plus 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% to 70% cacao), finely chopped (1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs.)
  • For the sauce:
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
  • 2 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


To make the crust:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. In a food processor, pulse the cookies and sugar until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until evenly moistened. Using your fingers, press the crumb mixture into the base and partway up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Use a flat-bottomed, straight-sided glass to further press and smooth the bottom and nudge the crumbs halfway up the sides. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Position the oven rack in the bottom third of the oven and leave the oven on. When the pan is cool, wrap the bottom and sides with 2 overlapping 18-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil and set in a large baking pan.

To fill and bake the cake:
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat until combined. Mix in the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the eggs, egg yolk, and 1-1/4 cups of the cream just until well combined. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1/3 cup cream in a small saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil; remove from the heat. Add the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth and then whisk in 1 cup of the pumpkin batter. Pour the remaining pumpkin batter into the prepared crust. Drop 2-tablespoon dollops of the chocolate batter over the pumpkin batter. Work in one quadrant and use a wooden skewer or toothpick to continuously “write” capital cursive L’s, being careful not to go too deep and scrape the crust. Turn the pan to work in the next quadrant and continue swirling and turning until all quadrants are done. Pour 1 inch of boiling water into the baking pan. Bake until only the center of the cake jiggles when nudged, 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes. Turn the heat off but leave the cake in the oven with the door ajar for another 45 minutes. Remove from the water bath and foil and run a thin, sharp knife around the edge of the cake. Cool completely on a rack. Cover the pan with plastic wrap (without letting it touch the cake) and chill for at least 8 and up to 24 hours

To make the fudge sauce:
Add the butter, 1/2 cup stout and corn syrup to a sauce pan. Cook over medium high heat until butter has melted and the mixture has just started to boil. Turn off heat and stir in 1 cup chocolate chips until completely melted. Allow to cool slightly before using. Cheesecake recipe courtesy of

Six Modern Day Pub Etiquette Rules You Need to Know:


1. Remember that there’s a difference between not liking a beer, and that beer being bad. It’s all a matter of tastes.

2.If you have questions, ask the staff, especially if you’re in a proper brewery – unsurprisingly, brewers love talking about beers.

3.Don’t complain if high alcohol beers are served in smaller glasses – they’re more expensive (and you don’t want to be falling off your chair two beers down).

4.“Watered down” beer is not a thing, so don’t accuse the bar staff of diluting your beverage. They will not take kindly to it.

5.Never ask for a frozen glass. The reason is that such cold glasses create foaming due to a sheet of ice forming when the beer is poured into the glass.

6.Be patient and enjoy your beer – downing pints to get drunk will be highly frowned upon.


#BeerOfTheWeek: Boulevard Brewing Co.’s “Snow & Tell”

snow__tell_12oz_bottleHailing all of the way from Kansas is this #BeerOfTheWeek! This Scotch Ale is yet another perfect winter beer made for curling up next to the fireplace with it’s nice blanket of malt. You won’t be able to miss the prominent toffee and caramel flavors laced through the hint of smokiness. Finish it off with a subtle spiciness from the Magnum, Chinook and Styrian Golding hops.

Pair it perfectly with heavy meat dishes, strong aged cheese or chocolate and you’re sure to have yourself the perfect night in.

Learn more about the brew here.

ABV: 6.3% | IBU: 28

Pittsburgh among top U.S. cities for beer lovers, study finds

© 2016 Cox Media Group.

© 2016 Cox Media Group.


A new study finds that beer lovers have no problem finding a pint in Pittsburgh.
The study by Infogroup revealed the top 10 U.S. cities for both beer and wine. The full lists for each are as follows: 
Beer Cities
  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Denver, Colorado
  3. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  4. Seattle, Washington
  5. Detroit, Michigan
  6. Raleigh, North Carolina 
  7. San Diego, California 
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  10. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wine Cities
  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. Seattle, Washington
  4. Sacramento, California
  5. Rochester, New York
  6. San Jose, California
  7. New York, New York
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Hartford, Connecticut
  10. Cincinnati, Ohio
To determine the top U.S. cities for beer and wine lovers, Infogroup analyzed more than 15 million verified business database records to identify which metro areas with a population of at least one million residents are home to the most beer retailers and breweries, including craft and microbreweries, as well as the most wine retailers and wineries.
The study also provided insight into the lifestyle differences between beer and wine drinkers. Compared to wine cities, for instance, top beer cities have a higher percentage of homeowners and a slightly higher percentage of married households and families with children. In addition, residents of beer metro areas are more likely to own pets and eat at family restaurants.
Metro areas that prefer wine, on the other hand, have a higher average income and home value, along with a slightly higher percentage of college graduates. Residents of wine metro areas show a higher propensity for traveling – especially cruises and foreign travel, joining physical fitness clubs and practicing yoga and Pilates.
Additional findings include:
  • Residents of beer metro areas are more likely to prefer country music concerts for entertainment.
  • Residents of wine metro areas prefer live theater and classical musical concerts.
  • Despite having a higher average income, the average purchasing power (income adjusted for the cost of living) in wine metro areas is lower than it is in beer metro areas.
To read more about Infogroup’s top 10 U.S. beer and wine cities study, click here.

#BeerOfTheWeek: 21st Amendment Brewery’s “Fireside Chat”

firesidechat_can_022113-230x409During this new President-elect session, why not take a moment to feature a beer that draws inspiration from FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses? They were a kick in the butt and a warm hug at the same time–just like this brew. It has all of familiarity of a traditional seasonal brew with an unexpected and ever-so-tender twist. This rich, dark, English-style ale some unexpected spices to give it a new edge.

Only available from October through December, you don’t want to miss this early winter seasonal beer before it is too late. The perfect brew to wash down a turkey sandwich or some pumpkin pie, you can find it in six pack cans or on draft.

Fireside Chat is our early winter seasonal brew available from October through December in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.

ABV: 7.9% | IBU: 45

Lagunitas Brewing partners with Buffalo Wild Wings on new beer



Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. for a new, lower-alcoholic beer for its sports-loving customers who want a less potent brew.

Fandom Ale is available for a limited time at all the Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the country, including the one in Petaluma. The Minneapolis-based chain has more than 1,200 restaurants across North America and claims to serve more draft beer than any other restaurant in the country.

Fandom Ale is a mix of wheat beer and pale ale with a citrus aroma. It has alcohol by volume of 5.5 percent, which is less than some of its hoppier India pale ale beers. A review at the BeerAdvocate website says it “smells of citrus, hops, sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale.”

Todd Kronebusch, vice president of guest innovation at Buffalo Wild Wings, said in a statement that Fandom was “designed with the sports fan in mind.”

Fandom is the 39th beer in Lagunitas’ “Fusion” series, in which it works with retailers, distributors and even home brewers for a limited release series served typically on draft, said Karen Hamilton, communications director for Lagunitas.

“Generally, it’s a group of people who come to our breweries or brew with our brewers,” Hamilton said.

Lagunitas has done such releases for San Francisco Beer Week, Bottlerock music festival and its CouchTrippin music shows, though the new release with Buffalo Wild Wings will have a more extensive reach and be available in every state.

Like other Fusion series beers, Fandom will also be available at certain bars that have a Lagunitas account so it doesn’t run afoul of state and federal so-called “tied-house” laws, which prohibit brewers from exerting undue influence over retailers.

Fusion is different than the “One Hitter” experimental series that Lagunitas brewers create on their own for a limited release. Those beers allow Lagunitas, which is primarily known for its IPA and its Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, an American pale wheat ale, to show off its creativity even as it has become the 10th largest brewer in America.

Previous beers in the One Hitter series include an imperial coffee stout, an ale made with Gravenstein apple juice, and a rye cocoa porter.

You can reach Staff Writer Bill Swindell at 707-521-5223 or On Twitter @BillSwindell.

Celebrate #StoutDay


The time has come for stouts! As we steadily move into the holiday season and cozy up in front of fires with some sweet treats, nothing washes them down better than a dark and rich stout. In celebration of #StoutDay we’ve compiled a list of Stouts to kick off your stout season.


Do you think you can handle this full-bodied stout with extreme flavor? Rich roasted barley and mountains of hops give this stout a little something extra.  


Roasted malt deep coffee flavors help to create a strong foundation for this creamy, sweeter stout. If you put cream and sugar in your coffee this is an ideal stout fro you. It is not your standard stout, but rather a delightful difference for those who are weary of stouts.


The chocolate and chocolate are common are not uncommon flavors for stouts such as this one, but it is the roasted toffee and malt that pair with complex dark fruit flavors that give this beer a surprisingly refreshing taste.


A true classic American stout, it goes well with both beefs and desserts. You’ll notice it’s strong ebony coloration and rich creamy head at first, but stay for the earthy flavor of the oats and hops that elicit a taste of rich chocolate truffles.


Simply big, rich and bold. The founders of Sierra Nevada began brewing beers with rich flavors and thus this stout was born. It is a non-sense stout that is brewed with a passion and a history that cannot be refuted.


A beer that is “seductively smooth.” This is a beer that is perfect for cuddling up with someone with. The brewers wanted to make a well-rounded and rich stout, complete with luscious notes of coffee and chocolate flavoring. They accomplished just that with it’s smooth and creamy mouth feel. 


For those unfamiliar with milk stout (also known as “cream or sweet stout”) contains lactose and offers a sweet taste. Unlike any other milk stout, Southern Tier amped it up with a double, giving the beer a 7.5% ABV.

#BeerOfTheWeek: Left Hand Brewery Company’s “Fade to Black”

fadetoblack3Feel a bit fancy with this foreign export stout that has brought home three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category. It is perfect transitional beer as summer slips into fall and fall slips into winter. Almost as it starts to get darker earlier and earlier and the days begin to fade away, this beer emulates a similar feeling. 

Boasting a dark black color with licorice, espresso bean, molasses and black cardamom notes, it is everything your need to ease your cynicism from the day. 


ABV: 8.5% | IBU: 30

#BeerOfTheWeek: Brooklyn Brewery Dark Chocolate Stout

Image: Giant Eagle

Image: Giant Eagle

Get ready to jump into stout season! Nights like these were made for cozying up on the couch in your favorite sweater and enjoying a few stouts with some of the best friends. The new of this brew insinuates a deep, rich and dark flavor and that is exactly what you can expect. Artfully brewed and blended with six different types of malts and several months of aging, if properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for years to come.

If you’re looking for beer to wash down chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses or any dessert delicacy pick-up a six-pack of this fire-side friendly stout.


ABV: 10.0%

Win Tickets to Farm to Tables Harvest Tasting by Drinking Beer!


Keepin’ it real, keepin’ it local, Farm to Table is back for their fifth annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting!

On November 5, 2016 from 3-7pm at the historic Produce Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District we will be taking part in this special event that will feature tastings and samples from over fifty local and regional vendors.

Guests are encouraged to savor Fall flavors and get in tune with some of Pittsburgh’s favorite local goods in celebration of the autumn season. We’ll be there with tastings of some of our favorite Fall and local brews.

Farm to Table

Rogue 7Hop IPA

Church Pious Monk

Sam Smith Organic Chocolate Stout

Southern Tier Live

Yuengling Lager

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults, but we’re giving away two tickets! To enter to win the tickets take a post a picture of one of the above brews with hashtag #KeepItRealKeepItLocal and tag @PintsOverPGH and @FTT_Pittsburgh.

The best photo will win two tickets! Get snapping.

Boulder Beer Company Releases Slope Style Winter IPA


Boulder, COBoulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, brings back its limited release beer Slope Style Winter IPA.

Red in color with a perfect blend of five malts and a blast of piney Horizon hops, Slope Style is a hearty, cold weather Red IPA to complement your ski and snowboard season.

“Whatever your altitude, you can drink-in a little bit of Colorado with this beer,” said Tess McFadden, Marketing Director at Boulder Beer.  “But if you live here and have the benefit of enjoying a Slope Style at the base of the mountain after an epic powder day, even better!”

Slope Style Winter IPA will be available in most markets where Boulder Beer is sold in 12-ounce 6-pack bottles and draught.  It will be available to ship beginning next week and be on the shelves as long as the snow flies.


Brewery Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale Wins Gold for Belgian-style Witbier at Great American Beer Festival!



This past weekend, Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York won yet another recognition! Ommegang’s Witte Wheat Ale won the gold medal in the Belgian-style Witbier category at the Great American Beer Festival.

The GABF celebrated it’s 30th anniversary this year with 7,227 beers submitted by 1,752 breweries for the competition. There were 264 judges from 12 countries that took place in the week’s festivities and awarded a total of 286 medals in the 96 categories.

Ommegang is excited for this major win, especially with the new packages of Witte coming to shelves near you. Witte will now be available in 6-packs and 12-packs year round. Pennsylvanians can rejoice as we’ve grown accustomed to 6-packs from Ommegang, but alas, we can enjoy a 12-pack of this gold medal winning brew.

Lets cheers to all of Brewery Ommegang’s accomplishments and Witte Wheat Ale!



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