Annual BIG HOPPY IPA Roundup! Where to Find February IPAs in Pittsburgh

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Every year, hopheads in Pittsburgh hold grit their teeth through winter’s chill in anticipation of one thing: February’s crop of big, amazingly hoppy IPAs. Read on for this year’s annual roundup of where to find these winter gems. This page will be continuously updated as we find more beer. Did you see one of these beers at your local shop or bar? Or are you carrying it at your bar or shop? Drop me a line and I’ll add yours!

We’ve also added a following of Full Pint’s HOPism this year, as requested by popular demand.

Bell’s Hopslam

Brentwood Distributing, W. Mifflin – in cans

The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon – on tap

Bellevue Beer, Bellevue – cans

Save On Beer, McKnight Rd. – cans

Mad Mex, McKnight Rd. – on tap

Save-Mor Beer, Browns Hill Rd. – cans releasing on Sat. Feb. 6 at 12 noon

Carson St. Deli, South Side – on tap (tapped 2/12)

Packs and Dogs, Mt. Washington – on tap (tapped 2/12)


Troeg’s Nugget Nectar

Allegheny 6 Pack, Cheswick – on tap

Brentwood Distributing, W. Mifflin – in bottles

The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon – on tap

Carson St. Deli, Southside – on tap

House of Brews, Robinson – bottles

Atlas Bottle Works, Lawrenceville – bottles

Giant Eagle, multiple locations (New Kensington, Shadyside) – bottles

Mellinger Beer, Oakland – bottles

Caliente Pizza, Hampton – on tap

Fat Head’s, Southside (ON FEB. 19) – firkin

Save On Beer, McKnight Rd. – bottles

The Modern Cafe, North Shore – on tap


Fat Head’s Hop Juju

GOLD medal winner for Imperial IPA at GABF this year (as predicted by beerPittsburgh!!)

Official bottle release at Fat Head’s in the Southside will be on Friday February 12 at 11am. Limit of 2 4-packs per person. Draft and growlers will be available.
On February 15, distribution will start to local vendors.


Full Pint’s HOPism

House of Brews, Robinson – bottles

Beer Express, Crafton – bottles

Save-Mor Beer, East Side – bottles

The Saloon of Mt. Lebanon – bottles

Lohman’s Beer, Wexford – 12- or 24-pack bottles

Pour for a Cure Pittsburgh – Friday, January 22, 2016

This year’s Pour for a Cure event in Pittsburgh is coming up this weekend! Pour for a Cure was created to help support finding a cure for blood cancers.

Friday, January 22, 2016

5:30pm – 8:30pm

US Steel Building, Downtown Pittsburgh (600 Grant Street)

Tickets are $60.

It’s a great chance to sample craft beers and awesome food… plus hang out in the quintessentially-Pittsburgh US Steel Building for an evening! All while supporting a great cause.


Hitchhiker Brewing to Add a Production Facility and Taproom on the South Side

Hitchhiker Brewing, currently located in Mt. Lebanon, is planning to add a location on the South Side of Pittsburgh. They plan to move all of their craft beer production to the new South Side facility, which will be a block or two off Carson St. on Muriel St.

It sounds like they plan to keep their taproom in Mt. Lebanon as well. It’s more that they’ll move their beer production (which takes up a ton of space) to the South Side, which will free up a bunch of room in the Mt. Lebanon location.

In addition, the South Side location is set to have its own taproom, too. I’m loving that Hitchhiker Brewing will now have two Pittsburgh locations! I’m daydreaming of smelling that special sweet beer-brewing smell when walking in the South Side.

Food Menu from the Proper Pronto Truck at the Good Wood Festival – Saturday, January 16, 2016

For anyone headed to the Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Fest this weekend, here is the food menu that will be available from the new Proper Pronto food truck. Proper Pronto was just rolled out (see what I did there?) by Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room, a great pizza and craft beer place to check out in downtown Pittsburgh.

In addition to the pizzas on the menu, they’re also gearing up to offer a special wood-oriented pizza since it’s the Good Wood Fest. Think smoked cheese, smoked meats…mmmm.

Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Festival – Saturday, January 16, 2016

First event of 2016! And it’s a good one… a good wood one. The Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Festival is coming back! The last time we saw this even was in late 2014. Local breweries brought out their delicious barrel-aged swill, which included everything from sours to stouts to big barleywines. The event is hosted by Wigle Whiskey and East End Brewing.

Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

Saturday, January 16, 2016

6:00 – 9:00pm

Location: East End Brewing Co., 147 Julius Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206

Tickets are $45 each and include a snifter with your beers to taste. Wigle will also have some spirits there to sample. East End Brewing is planning on doing a bottle release earlier in the day as well. See you there!

Our Most Recent Article has been Published! “GABF – Homebrewer Style”

We’re so excited that our most recent article has been published!

The Great American Beer Festival – Homebrewer Style” has been published by We spent a lot of time building this article while we were at GABF, visiting and researching all the different products and opportunities that were there for homebrewers. There are some great GABF photos in this article as well. Please take a minute and check it out!