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.

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.

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.



Birthday & Tap Room Grand Opening Celebration- Atlas Bottle Works – Saturday, June 20, 2015

Head over to Lawrenceville to visit Atlas Bottle Works (cool craft beer bottle shop) as they celebrate their first birthday! To add to the festivities, they are also having their tap room grand opening!
Saturday, June 20, 2015
4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
See below for event times. They are open until midnight for the events.
We’ll be partying in the tap room, in the theater, and on the sidewalk all evening!  Events include:
  • Acoustic set by Jordan Auth – 5-6 pm and 8-9:30 pm (tap room)
  • Performance by Robot Cowboy – 6 pm (sidewalk) and 7:10 pm (in the theater)
  • Tunes from DJ Selecta – 6:15 – 8:15 pm (sidewalk)
  • Karaoke on the big screen at Row House Cinema 9:30 – 11:30 pm
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail with live performance by Well Known Strangers comedy troupe and featuring Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale – 11:45 pm
We will have extended hours at Atlas for the festivities as well–both the tap room and bottle shop will be open until midnight!

THIS JUST IN: Beer Distributors in PA are Now Allowed to Sell 12-Packs!

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has ruled that beer distributors are now allowed to sell 12-packs. Previously, distributors in PA were only allowed to sell cases or kegs of beer or malt beverages. This quantity has remained on our law books since the post-Prohibition days, thus making this ruling significant as it’s the first major progress in changing the antiquated liquor laws here in PA.

The 12-packs must arrive from the brewery or manufacturer as 12-packs in order for distributors to sell them. In other words, distributors cannot take a case from a brewery and split it up on their own, selling it as 2 12-packs. This gives an edge to Pennsylvania-based breweries, as they will most likely deem it worthwhile to order new-sized boxes to hold 12-packs in order to be able to sell smaller quantities at distributors. A brewery in California or Colorado is less likely to create an entirely new packaging design just to sell in PA, unless we happened to be a huge market for them.

Props here to our Pittsburgh-area warriors such as Pistella Beer Distributors in Friendship and Save-Mor Beer in Squirrel Hill who sued the PLCB last year over a similar issue, pushing the PLCB to update their laws.

12-packs will allow beer drinkers to purchase a greater variety of beer without having to commit to the price of a full case, or paying the marked-up price of smaller quantities at bottle and 6-pack shops. This should also help small PA brewers in that more drinkers could sample their beer at a reasonable price. Ideally, I think it’d be great to see PA breweries offer a variety pack – 3 4-packs of 3 different beers – bundled into a 12-pack box.

Local Pittsburgh breweries, take advantage of being small and being able to adapt quickly to change. Please order up some new 12-pack-sized boxes and use this opportunity! Let’s get our awesome Pittsburgh breweries known all across the state!

Hopslam has arrived in Pittsburgh!

The infamous Bell’s Hopslam Double IPA 2015 batch has arrived in Pittsburgh!

Caliente Pizza in Bloomfield currently has it in the house!

Many other bars and distributors are expecting it this week (most I talked to said Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015).

Carson Street Deli on the Southside has a Bell’s tasting scheduled for Wednesday night, 6 – 8pm, and are expecting a keg of Hopslam for that event. They will also have bottles available for purchase at that time.

Reader tip: Giant Eagle Shadyside has bottles available!