2015 Bourbon County Release Events around Pittsburgh

Each year on Black Friday, Goose Island releases their Bourbon County series. At their Chicago locations, it’s a huge event. Now, around the country, lots of bars and bottle shops are picking up on the idea, making Black Friday the time to figure out where to stop and get your Bourbon County!

Here’s a listing of what we’ve heard about around Pittsburgh. If you’re a bar/shop owner and don’t see your Bourbon County release posted – email us!

Caliente Pizza in Bloomfield is having a bottle pour event on Black Friday (Nov. 27). All 4oz. pours. Ticket sales for the event start at 10:30am and the pouring starts at 12noon. Here’s what they have:


Hough’s in Greenfield is tapping their Bourbon County on Black Friday (Nov. 27) at 6pm.

House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington is taking the pressure off the whole Black Friday thing by having an entire Goose Island week, next week! The main Bourbon County stuff is on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 & 5. Here’s the info:


Atlas Bottle Works in Lawrenceville is having a Bourbon County Release Party on Black Friday (Nov. 27)! They are also having the Pittsburgh Film Premiere of “Grit & Grain”. They will have all four styles of Bourbon County. Here are the details:

-At 6:30pm we will be tapping a barrel of 2015 Bourbon County Stout. We will also be serving bottle pours of 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine. 5oz pours of each style will be $5, limit one pour per style per person. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

-Food Truck (announced soon)

-Grit & Grain- The Story of Bourbon County Stout has two showtimes, 7:00pm & 9:00pm. This film details the whole story behind what it actually takes to produce one of the most sought after beers in the world. Tickets purchased to this show include a 5oz bottle pour of 2014 Bourbon County Stout, as well as 4 tickets to enter the Bourbon County bottle lottery (see below).

SPOTTED: Alpine Brewing’s Nelson at House of 1000 Beers, New Kensington

Alpine Brewing is renowned for their hoppy, hoppy beers. They’re a small brewery out of California. It used to be crazy-hard to get your hands on one of their beers – until they were bought be Green Flash a few months ago. Now, we’re starting to see some Alpine showing up in Pittsburgh.

This was all well and good until today, when it just got awesome. Reason: Nelson was spotted at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington! If you’ve been waiting for a reason to make the trek out to New Ken, here you go. If you’re friends with me on Untappd you saw how much I liked this beer. The hoppiness was so fresh it was almost raw. Grab one of these if you can.

Big Winter Brews Day Here in the Burgh!

First off, I totally hope you managed to get tickets to either of these awesome SOLD OUT events! There are two Winter beer events today in Pittsburgh:

415 Bingham St. – Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (on the South Side)

4:00 – 7:00 pm (VIP entrance starts at 3pm)

Altar Bar – 1620 Penn Ave. – Pittsburgh (Strip District)


Time for some heavy-hitting Winter spice! Let me know which one was your fave.

Pig Iron Public House Opening Tomorrow! Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

We have a new craft beer place in the area! Pig Iron Pub in Mars has gone through their soft opening. They will be open regular hours starting tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 26).

Pig Iron has a cool, gritty, Pittsburghy type of theme. Their menu is a stepped-up pub food, with good burgers and sandwiches, as well as a few entrees such as fish & chips. Most importantly, they have 66 all-craft beer taps flowing with mostly local beers.

926 Sheraton Dr., Mars, PA


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Spotted: Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday

Alpine Beer Company beers have made their way to Pittsburgh!

Alpine is out of California and for a long time, had a super-small distribution. They were very sought after for their hard-to-get hoppy beers. Alpine has now been purchased by Green Flash, which means their distribution just went up.

A week ago on Untappd, I checked in their Nelson beer. They consider this a Rye-IPA but I can tell you, it was just as hoppy as most Double or Imperial IPAs. The hops had a great flavor and were balanced really well by the malt.

Here in the Burgh I’ve had two reports of bottles for sale of their Session IPA, Hoppy Birthday. They were stocked yesterday at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington and Hal’s Bottle Shop on Babcock Blvd.