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

 

BIG NEWS: Oskar Blues Brewery Acquires Cigar City Brewing

In big news today for the craft beer world, Oskar Blues Brewery has acquired Cigar City Brewing.

Oskar Blues will continue to operate its facilities in Longmont, CO and Brevard, NC. Cigar City will reportedly continue to operate its facility in Tampa, FL, but will benefit from Oskar Blues’ ability to next-level their distribution, perhaps eventually to a national market.

More info here

Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest – Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016

Ready to get out of the house after a long winter? It’s time for the Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest!

Tickets are still available for the Friday session!

 

Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016

7:30pm – 10:30pm 

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown

 

Admission price is $45 in advance and $55 at the door. There is also an early admission ticket available, which includes a larger glass! All tickets include unlimited beer pours and a 5 oz. souvenir mug. View the beer list here. Over 300 beers are expected from over 100 breweries!

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

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 Homebrewsupply.com. 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!

Where the Story Is – GABF 2015/Denver-Bound

I could write from the sidelines. People do it all the time. So much of the web content that we read is from researchers who read articles about said topic, then just regurgitate the information in a different way. These sites just want your attention. They want your clicks. You have read a travel article about Nashville written by a guy who’s never left Bangladesh. (Yes you have). But if you really want to write – meaning, that’s where your passion is – living it, breathing it, failing and succeeding with it, and then trying to communicate it to other people using just these words – you can’t write from the sidelines. If you’re a writer, you need to go where the story is.

I’m a craft beer writer. The story is in Denver.

Cue the suitcase bumping down the attic stairs.

This year, GABF is the largest it’s ever been. They’ve added 90,000 square feet of festival space to their already overwhelmingly humongous hall in the Colorado Convention Center. I am shocked that there is another 90,000 square feet of space somewhere in that building. They are expecting to have over 3500 different beers served. That is the largest selection of American beers ever served in one place. Ever. And I intend on trying every single one of them. Every. Single. One. [Author’s Note: I do not intend on this at all.]

There is also a new section of the festival this year called Meet the Brewer. Here’s why this is important: when you walk around the hall at GABF, you notice straight away about a jillion people [may have overstated that number] wearing bright yellow shirts. These are the volunteers, the brave, hard-working beer lovers of Denver who have the unfortunate task of attending the largest beer festival in the country (for free). Ah, let’s take a minute and give thanks for their sacrifice. These volunteers staff many of the booths at GABF. They are the ones who actually pour the beer. This might be because the brewery employees are out sampling or perhaps the brewery couldn’t even afford to send staff to the event (they can just ship beer). So it’s a bit of a treat to stop at a booth that is staffed by an actual brewer or brewery staff. They are obviously much more passionate about their beer and can answer questions (important to beer journalists!). Mad props to the brewer who stood right in the aisle at the beginning of the event last year and literally flagged us down to taste his beer. Guess what? We did. And otherwise we probably would have just cruised right by. Here’s to you, Mr. In-the-Aisle-Flagger-Downer-Brewer.

Back to the new Meet the Brewer feature. This area will house about 100 or so booths that are completely staffed by brewery team members or the brewers themselves. No volunteer pourers. Some of my favorite local Denver breweries will be in Meet the Brewer (I know, it’s easy for them, they’re right there!). But I was excited to see some of our kinda-localish breweries on the list as well: Great Lakes, Southern Tier, and Weyerbacher staff will all be standing ready to meet attendees (and craft beer journalists who came all the way from Pittsburgh).

So myself and 60,000 other attendees (who sold the event out in an impressive 1 hour, 17 minutes this year) are headed a mile high to where the story is. Because I could read about it and try to regurgitate it, but it would be a disservice to us both. I need to be there. I need to hear the endless din of the massive hall. I need at least 20,000 people to scream “OH!!” when I drop my taster glass and the plastic bounces off the concrete floor and echos like a yodel in a cave. I need to sit in the auditorium when they announce the 2015 medal winners and scream like a nut job when they announce a Pittsburgh brewery. Then, I need to somehow take the intangibles of being there, the feeling of being surrounded by “my people,” and turn it into words, enough carefully selected words that, if only for a moment, I can transport you there too. Because I fancy myself a writer. And I’m going to where the story is.

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North Country Brewing’s Halloween Bash – October 28, 2015

North Country Brewing Company’s Halloween Bash will be taking place on October 28th, 2015. Every year, the event is a major sell out! North Country makes their excellent Late Night Pumpkin Ale which is adored by all. Plus, is that an Embalmer logo I see on the bottom of their poster?? I haven’t even had that one, but I’ve heard it rated as the best IPA some of my hophead friends have ever had.

Tickets go on sale October 5th at the brewpub in Slippery Rock.

Release of Mexican Coffee from Brew Gentleman

Is anyone else ADDICTED to the Fall seasonal from Brew Gentleman, Mexican Coffee? Welp, good news, it’s coming back September 16th!
For those of you that may be unfamiliar with Mexican Coffee, it’s a 6.5% ABV oatmeal stout spiced with Mexican vanilla and cinnamon, and it’s been the single most requested beer they’ve made to date. It’s highly addictive. You’ve been warned.