Short’s Brewing Co. has Arrived in Pittsburgh!

Short's Booth at GABF 2015

Short’s Booth at GABF 2015

Good news Pittsburgh beer hounds: Short’s Brewing Co. is coming to Pittsburgh!

Short’s Brewing is an awesome operation out of Michigan. For many years (well, as long as I’ve known of them, really), they ONLY distributed within the state of Michigan. Now, they’re expanding their boundaries a bit, and guess who’s in line? WE ARE.

Short’s officially begins distributing in Pittsburgh as of today!

If you haven’t had their beer, they’re known for doing crazy beer flavors and actually doing them well (no fake flavors). Some beers they were serving at GABF were Strawberry Short’s Cake (which actually tasted like the dessert – not just a beer with strawberries in it!), Pistachio Cream Ale, Bloody Beer (which tasted like a Bloody Mary cocktail – like exactly like one), and Key Lime Pie beer (which was tart just like you’d think).

They also always do a great job with their presentation. Their staff were wearing lederhosen at all times.

You’ll start to see their beers today at local distributors. There are also some great kickoff events this week:

  • Monday March 21 – Caliente’s Bloomfield – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday March 22 – Shadyside Beer – 5 – 7pm
  • Thursday March 24 – The Wexford Pub (Whole Foods Wexford) – 5 – 7pm


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!

I’d also recommended CALLING before you drive somewhere far to make sure they still have it! Some of this stuff is selling super fast.

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)

Doublewide Grill, Seven Fields – on tap (tapped 2/19)

3 Rivers 6 Pack, Delmont – bottles


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

Giant Eagle Shadyside – bottles


Fat Head’s Hop Juju

Giant Eagle Shadyside – 4 packs

Mellinger’s, Oakland – Cases

Lohmans’s Beer, Wexford – Cases

Babcock Beer, North Hills – Cases

Fat Head’s, Southside – bottles

3 Rivers 6 Pack, Delmont – bottles


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

Giant Eagle Shadyside – bottles

Industry Public House, N. Fayette – on tap

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).

Hal’s Bottle Shop in the North Hills is having a Goose Island Tap Takeover and Bourbon County bottle release party on Thursday, Dec. 3, 7pm – 9pm.

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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Mars/Cranberry Craft Beer Tap Fest – Saturday, September 19, 2015

OK Cranberry people, spotlight’s on you. Get ready, because here comes the Mars/Cranberry Craft Beer Tap Fest.

Saturday, Sept, 19, 2015

1 – 4pm

Doublewide Grill, Mars, PA

There will be 60 beers, appetizers, and DJ ‪#‎phunkphonic‬ spinning.

Tickets cost $40 in advance and are available by stopping by the Doublewide Grill in Mars to buy them. They are limiting ticket sales to 300, but if there are any left, they will be $45 day-of.


Pittsburgh Real Ale Festival – Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ok, do yinz remember the thing with the Real Ale Fest? They were gonna do it, it’s an awesome idea, then it got cancelled, all that? No? Ok, me neither. Let’s just go get some real ale already cuz it’s on like Donkey Kong.


2015 REAL ALE FESTIVAL by Piper’s Pub


6PM – 10PM



Price will include 35 real ales (with a nice brewery list), food from Piper’s Pub (who fought long & hard to bring us this fest!), soccer matches with the Pub’s soccer team, shirt screening from Commonwealth Press, and local DJ spinning.

Oh wait, did someone ask what real ale is? OK, let’s do this. Have you ever had cask ale or a beer that was on cask? That was real ale. Technically, the final fermentation is done in the cask. So the beer kinda finishes up in the cask and also naturally carbonates (so no pumped-in carbonation here). The beer is served from that same cask in which it fermented and carbonated. It was also never filtered and never refrigerated like many beers are. Because of this, real ale can have many unique flavor and texture nuances that can’t be found in other commercial beers. (How totally Wikipedia did that sound?!)

$50 General Admission

Tickets available for purchase at Piper’s Pub (1828 East Carson St.)

or via Ticketmaster



Drunkin’ Punkin’ Pumpkin Beer Extravaganza – Saturday, October 3, 2015

If you love pumpkin beers, my friend, then this event is for you! Hough’s Taproom and Brewpub is once again bringing back their Drunkin’ Punkin’ event.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

3 sessions: 11:00- 2:00 | 3:00 – 6:00 | 7:00 – 10:00

Hough’s Taproom and Brewpub, 563 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207

Tickets are $50 and include 5oz. samples of over 25 pumpkin beers, light snacks in your “Trick or Treat” bag, a coupon for $2 off a 32oz to go can and a souvenir glass.

Enter through Copper Kettle Brewing Company (right beside Hough’s).


North Country Brewing’s Tenth Anniversary Brewfest Celebration – August 1, 2015

Head out to North Country Brewing in Slippery Rock to help them celebrate ten big years!

August 1, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

141 S. Main St., Slippery Rock, PA

Tickets sell for $40. This includes a food ticket and an entry to receive a door prize. Over 20 breweries and wineries are lined up to pour there!Tickets are available by stopping by the brewpub or calling them at 724-794-BEER. Tickets purchased over the phone will be available at will call on the day of the event.