Thirsty? Here’s Some Beer News That’ll Help You End The Drought
Caliente heats up the beer scene, Downtown pop-ups and more.
Although a Swift City Beer ad on Mount Washington never appeared (fans petitioned Pittsburgh Brewing Co. to temporarily change its Iron City Beer sign in honor of the Pennsylvania-born pop star), your cup runneth over with brew news.
Ahrn City Oktoberfest
Sorry about the sign, Swifties. Pittsburgh Brewing President Todd Zwicker says there just wasn’t enough time to make the modification. Chin up! This fall, you can drown your sorrows at the company’s first Oktoberfest celebration. Full details are forthcoming, but rest assured the new facility in Creighton will be bursting with beer, food and music. Want a preview? They offer tours!
Get Your Groove On
Inner Groove Brewing is throwing a disco-themed shindig to celebrate four years in business.
On June 17 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the party will rage in Railroad Park at 737 E. Railroad Ave., Verona, which is across the street from the brewery’s Verona taproom. With live music, DJs, food trucks, yoga, vinyl vendors and six exclusive beer releases, it’s guaranteed to give you a Saturday night fever.
The family-friendly event is free to attend. Groovy disco attire is encouraged and could win you a basket of beer-related goodies.
Beer Culture in the Cultural District
Wednesdays through Sundays from July 1-Sept. 4, the beermakers will be front and center at the Backyard at 8th & Penn, a laid-back, family-friendly spot that features retro patio furniture, food trucks, EcoGrass landscaping and a variety of art installations.
The dapper dudes at Brew Gentlemen in Braddock are popping up Downtown for the season — again. Beer and sangria will flow at the BG Beer Garden in the U.S. Steel Tower Plaza, 600 Grant St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with occasional Saturday sessions. Wednesday and Thursdays there will be live music. Visitors can also grab cans to go.
“Hot” new brews
Beer and pizza go together like black and gold, so it was only a matter of time before Caliente Pizza & Draft House launched its own craft brewery.
Dough Daddy Beer debuts on July 7 at all seven locations. To celebrate, all customers’ first drafts will be on the house.
The local chain, which is contract brewing with Strange Roots Brewery & Kitchen, will release four libations to start: Crust Crusher Double IPA, Guava Grenade IPA, Mango Daddy wheat and its signature Hazy Dough Dazy IPA. A mix of seasonal beers, special releases and IPAs will follow.
Nick and Angie Bogaz opened their first pizza shop in 2012 and made a point to curate an assortment of craft beers. Their pie-and-pint empire has grown steadily since then, racking up awards and collaborating with breweries across the state.
“Brewers are highly skilled at their craft and are known for using unique, high-quality ingredients in their brewing,” Nick says. “Often, this starts as a passion project for them out of their homes. A lot of pizzerias start the same way, cooking in their home kitchens, doing something they love, with the best ingredients possible.”
Strange Roots isn’t a stranger to partnering with local eateries. Pittsburgh Sandwich Society runs the kitchen at the Millvale taproom and Taqueria El Pastorcito, one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Restaurants, is in charge of the grub at the Gibsonia location.
Penn Brewery’s beer fest is back
After a five-year absence and a change in ownership, Penn Brewery’s Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest returns to the Troy Hill institution on July 22.
Tickets to each of the two sessions — noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. — include unlimited samplings, a buffet meal, entertainment and a commemorative sampling glass. VIP passes also are available and include early access to the festivities and other perks. Be sure to check out the