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#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

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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!



Long Trail Brewing And Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation Team Up On Flyin Ryan IPA


The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of Flyin Ryan IPA, a continuation of their partnership with the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation.

Citrus and floral hop flavors soar to the front of the palate while a light, bready malt profile balance out this even-handed America IPA. Citra dry-hops reveal extreme tropical fruit and citrus aromas.

First introduced as a limited, draught-only offering in Winter 2014-15, Flyin Ryan IPA (6.0% ABV, 48 IBU) will make its bottled debut in Long Trail’s 2016-17 Survival Pack variety offering beginning in October.

“Flyin Ryan IPA has been a bit of a cult classic around Vermont for the past few winters,” said Jed Nelson, marketing director at Long Trail Brewing. “We can’t wait to spread this brew – and the Flyin Ryan message – to a larger audience with this year’s release.”

Similar to years past, a portion of proceeds will go back to the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation, a non-profit organized founded in April 2011 after Ryan Hawks, a widely respected Vermont freeskier, passed away from injuries sustained during a Freeskiing World Tour event in California.

Founded by The Hawks Family, the foundation was created to honor Ryan’s legacy. With the release of Flyin Ryan IPA, Long Trail Brewing hopes to spread the Foundation’s message.

We are so grateful for our continued partnership,” said Alicia Hawks, Ryan’s sister and vice president of the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation. “They have generously provided us with a platform to share and support our mission and keep Ryan’s spirit alive.”

“It is an incredible feeling,” she said. “I am so proud to be Ryan’s sister and to see his legacy extended through the work of the foundation and our partnership with Long Trail [Brewing], it is truly humbling.”

For Peter Hawks, Ryan’s father and president of the foundation, Flyin Ryan IPA is more than just another brew from Long Trail and he said he hopes this release will inspire adventurers.

“[Flyin Ryan IPA] has the potential to make a huge contribution to our mission, ‘core values matter’ and our efforts to stimulate adventurers of all ages to reflect on the value of aligning their engagement in life and decision-making with core values that are self-generated,” he said.

Flyin Ryan IPA will be available on draught this winter and exclusively available in 12 oz. bottles in the Long Trail Survival Pack beginning in October.

With fingers crossed for a heavy snow year, Long Trail Brewing and the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation will be hitting the trail this winter with a flurry of events. Keep in touch at and for more details.

About Long Trail Brewing Co.
Inspired by the 273-mile hiking trail that traverses through the Green Mountains, Long Trail Brewing has been a caretaker of Vermont craft since 1989. From small-batch recipes developed in our farmhouse turned pilot brewery to large-scale staples like our flagship Long Trail Ale, our brewers are committed to crafting a trail-worthy family of beers.

About The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation
The Flyin Ryan Foundation’s mission is to EXPOSE adventurers to Ryan Hawks’ Principles for Living, INSPIRE adventurers to craft their own set of core principles for living and to ACT on their core principles as the means through which they shape their attitude and engage in life. It does so through working with schools, individuals and organizations and awarding scholarships. To date, the foundation has awarded 84 adventure scholarships which are designed to encourage the pursuit of passion in the face of financial need.

Enter Rogue Ale’s 2016 #MyDeadGuy Contest!

Rogue Ale + Spirits fans, you can win big this October with the 2016 #MyDeadGuy contest. This contest invites fans to Tweet or Instagram photos of Dead Guy standees, bottles and gear to enter and win their face on a case of Dead Guy Ale bottles or submit photos directly here:
Keep your eyes opened for special Dead Guy displays popping up all over the country already including their standees. There will be many more as we approach Halloween. The contest runs Oct. 1-31. and Rogue will be choosing winners in early November.
2 winners will be chosen by us based on creativity while another 8 will be chosen through a sweepstakes. 10 winners total.
A few things to remember:
  • To enter on Twitter or Instagram, fans must use the hashtag #MyDeadGuy.
  • People get get more info or enter online at!
  • Creativity gets you extra points with them.

#BeerOfTheWeek | 21st Amendment Brewery’s “Marooned on Hog Island

mohi-can-png-230x424If you’re looking for something new and special to start your October off right, we’ve got the Stout for you! 21st Amendment Brewery teamed up with the Hog Island Oyster Company to create a stout brewed with sweet-water Oyster shells. This combination creates a rich and chewy stout with a silky, salty finish. It is a limited edition brew that is offered in four-pack cans and drafts, so keep an eye out for this brand new brew.

Complete with a dark, midnight black color and a brew 7.9% ABV, the pale, crystal, rolled oats, Carafa, chocolate and white wheat malts add to the Magnum and Willamette bittering hops to create a rich flavor profile.

#BeerOfTheWeek | Deschutes Brewery’s “Chasin’ Freshies”


chasin-freshies-12ozDeschutes Brewery is on a roll with their beers. After the delicious Pinot Suave peaked our interest last week, we’ve fallen under the spell of yet another Deschutes brew.

If you’re looking for something as juicy and bright as one of your favorite fruits look no further than Deschute’s fresh hop IPA, Chasin’ Freshies. Meet your fancy? You’ll want to hunt some down now, because once it is gone, it is gone! Doesn’t get more ‘carpe diem’ than that, does it? Why is this limited supply so limited? Because Deschutes chased down some of the freshest Centennial hops from the Goschie Farms in Oregon and rushed the hops from the vines to their kettles to get the purest and juiciest flavors in this brew. You can expect a surprising bold aroma.


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#BeerOfTheWeek – Deschutes Brewery’s “Pinot Suave”



Taking a break from all of the Oktoberfest ales and fall beers, we’re getting into a beer that is as interesting as it is delicious. Deschutes Brewery introduces us to a wine-inspired Belgian-style ale. It has notes of the light and airy Pinot grape with berries and dried fruit to add to the slight caramel flavors.

Brewing with black barley, superior pilsner, flaked oats, malted wheat, carared and melanoid malts, it is complex with flavor. It in barrel aged for 18 months in French and American Oak barrels that previously held pinot noir to add to the wine flavor.

If you’re a beer drinker who has to endure a “wine night,” you’ve found your loophole.

ABV: 11.8% | IBU: 15

Beer of the Week – Abita “Peach Lager”


This Louisiana brewery takes full advantage of their resources using fresh Louisiana peaches to make this super smooth lager. We use a pale malt to give the beer a sweet, crisp taste that perfectly compliments the fall season. Whether you’re enjoying the beer in Louisiana or Pittsburgh, the abundant amounts of succulent peach flavors added in the brewhouse will leave you enjoying the taste and aroma of real, fresh fruit.

A part of Abita’s Harvest Series, they take pride in this brew made with some of the finest peaches and peach ingredients in the United States. Grab a 6er of this unique brew and enjoy!


ABV: 4.5% | IBU: 15

Fat Head’s Hosting “Big Pour Brunch”


Keep your weekend festivities going with Fat Head’s “Big Pour Brunch.” They’ll help you cure your Big Pour hangover on Sunday, September 11. This year, the tradition transforms with a full-menu of made-from-scratch brunch items in true Fat Head’s style. As always, we’ll have an extensive list of “breakfast beers,” original bloody mary’s, and beer-mosas to kick start your day. Cheers!


Southern Tier Brewing Company Hosts First #PGH Tailgates!


You may have heard the exciting news about Southern Tier Brewing Company breaking ground in Pittsburgh to build a brand new brewery in our beloved Steel City. Based in Lakewood, NY (near Buffalo and Jamestown, NY), Southern Tier is committed to providing delicious, accessible and unique products—creating consistently fresh, clean, America craft ales and lagers that stand on their own merit.

To truly become apart of the Pittsburgh family, they’re getting celebrating “City of Champions” style! Southern Tier will be throwing their first tailgate parties at their new spot on the North Shore. Come out and join them for the Pitt vs. PSU game (September 10 – 8:00AM – 1:00PM) and the Steelers Opening Day (September 18 – 9:00AM – 2:00PM).

They’ll be serving their 2X IPA, Tangier, Pilsner and Pumking brews! You won’t want to miss this one and welcome your new neighbors!

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