Where We're Eating (and Drinking): Bocktown's Kegs & Eggs

Beer-heaven Bocktown's Monaca location is hosting a Saturday shindig featuring 16 local brews and special 'ale tails.'

Photo by John Altdorfer

Bocktown Monaca serves breakfast & brews
This city's been abuzz over its annual Craft Beer Week, a celebration of good local brews that continues to grow. As the fun comes to an end, lots of area spots are hosting dinners and special events — and some are even rising early to start the day with eggs and hops.
Over at Bocktown Monaca, a Kegs 'N Eggs shindig will be held tomorrow morning. Sixteen local brews, including the five PCBW collaborations, will be on tap. Plus the kitchen crew plans to cook up a feast of "crabby" Benedict, chocolate-chip pancakes, poutine and more (drooling yet?). Adding to the appeal, bartenders will also mix up "ale tails", such as the Raspberry Beermosa and Stout Fellow. Fear not, late risers: While the doors open at 8 a.m., you can order specials through 2 p.m. Cheers!

(Kegs 'N Eggs at Bocktown Monaca, Beaver Valley Mall, Monaca; April 27, 8 a.m.; 724/728-7200, bocktown.com)
For more on Bocktown, check out our interview with beer buff Dash Kaplan.

Thin Man satisfies hunger with creative sandwiches
When lunchtime rolls around, one spot should jump to mind: Thin Man Sandwich Shop, where locally sourced goods star in reinvented sandwiches and sides. The namesake creation — comprising frisee, chicken-liver mousse (now Pittsburgh-famous), crispy bacon and a drizzle of red-wine vinaigrette — is built on fresh baguette. Though chefs Dan and Sherri Leiphart pile their subs with meats, veggies and more, the spot’s aptly named, as you won’t feel too stuffed.

(Thin Man Sandwich Shop, 50 21st St., Strip District; 412/586-7370, thinmansandwichshop.com)

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Mead & cider abounds at inaugural festival
Pittsburgh seems to be wrapped up in good sips this time of year: The first Cider & Mead Festival will be held tomorrow at Iron City's HQ. More than a dozen cider and mead producers will be  passing out 40-plus varieties as live music plays; expect to see regional favorites Arsenal Cider and Laurel Highlands Meadery alongside national companies, including the ever-popular Woodchuck.
Seriously, what else did you have going on tomorrow afternoon (other than adding Pinterest boards)? If you're now realizing that you must attend this can't-miss event, call Arsenal (or go online immediately) to snag some tickets before they're gone.

(Pittsburgh Cider & Mead Festival at Iron City Brewery, 3408 Sassafras St., Bloomfield; April 27, 1-4 p.m.; $50 in advance, $60 day of; arsenalciderhouse.com)

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