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Pour Some More Craft Beer!

April Fools! Today’s post comes from Josh of Josh’s World, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on Beezus Kiddo, where we dine oh so fine at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Josh’s World Post: Pour Some More Craft Beer!

I am going to be honest here, I am not what you would call a foodie. Nor am I a beer connoisseur. I usually drink Miller Lite, which should give you a hint of my refined palette. Do not get me wrong, I enjoy trying new beers, but I guess I am a bit picky. Not a fan of the really dark beers, not an IPA guy, etc. I do enjoy eating food, however I do not cook. Well that is not true, I am the general manager of a Pittsburgh-based restaurant, so obviously I have the ability to cook. And at home, I tend to be the one who cooks most of the meals. I suppose what I am trying to say is that I just follow a recipe. I have no clue what to put together to make things taste unique and all that fun stuff. Wow, this was a really long way for me to say that I was a bit intimidated about writing a guest post for this blog.

So instead of trying to prepare a delicious meal that would be nowhere as delicious as the items D&T post about on here, I decided to head out on the town and enjoy some food and beer from a local restaurant. For those that do not know anything about me, I am not from Pittsburgh, nor do I live in Pittsburgh, in fact my guest post last year was about this very thing.

Anyways, getting a little off-track here. Lindsey (my fiancé) and I went to this place called Pour. It is connected to a nice Italian restaurant, Amici’s. Pour has a bunch of different beers on tap and usually has some really good food. One of the things we noticed that was different about this time though was that the beer menu had a 5 oz. option. We decided it would be a good idea to try a bunch and see which ones we liked.

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Here are the different beers we tried:

We ordered the fish tacos and a pulled pork wood-fired pizza. The fish tacos had Mahi Mahi, mango slaw, cilantro aioli, cabbage, and black beans. They were pretty good, but would have been much better if there was either more of the mango slaw, or some other kind of salsa/sauce on them. As they were, they tasted a bit dry.

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The pizza was absolutely delicious. I figured since it was pulled pork they would be super messy. For some reason people always think with pulled pork that more is better. I just assumed the pizza would come out and have ten pounds of meat falling off of it. This was definitely not the case. There were small chunks of pork strewn about the pizza and each bite gave you a small bit of the meat, but also a good taste of the mozzarella and provolone cheeses. I could probably go back right now and eat another one of those pizzas.

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Okay, so back to the beer. The Powder Monkey was probably my favorite. It was a bone dry peach cider and after we finished our little 5 oz. glasses, I ended up having two more full glasses of it. I was not a fan of the Zingerbuch, which was a kombucha with ginger and hibiscus. It tasted like ginger, to the point that it made my nose burn. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the Monk’s Café Vintage, which almost tasted like red wine, but without that horrible wine taste at the end. Purple Monkey Dishwasher was a chocolate peanut butter porter, and even though it was very dark, I still liked it. I did discover that you had to take a small drink of it, I tried chugging off the rest of the sample and it did not have a smooth taste. Private Domaine was way too citrus-flavored for me. It reminded me of the lemon infused water Lindsey likes to drink at home. Mango Wheat was good, you could tell it was a wheat beer and it really just had a hint of mango, but it was something you could probably drink a few of on a nice summer day.

So that was my excursion into the world of fancy craft beer. It was a pretty fun night. If you are ever in Ebensburg, definitely check out Pour!

Thanks Josh- Looking forward to checking out Pour! Now Come Check Out The Other Participating Blog Swappers

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Cheers N’at- Devon and Tim

Creamy Curried Carrot Soup

One fateful night, while Tim and I sipped on some seriously delicious Girl Scouts themed cocktails from Wigle Whiskey, an intriguing challenge was presented to us. Jen Mrzlack, our awesome friend and cofounder of Naturi Organic Greek Yogurt Company, asked us to team up with Naturi and the Sewickley Confectionary and be the cooks for a fierce soup competition. The competition was Explore Sewickley’s Annual Soup Crawl, where 500 hungry soup crawlers trek around town to visit several local businesses and sample the restaurants’ best soup offerings. The crawlers are provided a score sheet, which prompts them to rank the tastiest soup, most unique soup, and “best hosts” of the soup crawl.

Irish Cream Gone Wigle

The strip district is one of my favorite spots in Pittsburgh. You can find exotic spices, a whiskey distillery, the freshest seafood, and most ridiculous t-shirts nestled between a handful of lively blocks. The other week, our friends and we hit up some of our favorite watering holes in the Strip. While walking from one awesome place to the next, this t-shirt stopped me in my tracks…

Branding Pennies Pints Pittsburgh w/ Commonwealth Press

A little over a year ago, Tim and I decided to enter the world of blogging. We had absolutely no formal training in any aspects of blogging, but what we did have was an insatiable lust for good beer, good food, and good ol’ Pittsburgh. Our first task at hand was coming up with a blog name. The words Pints and Pittsburgh came to mind easily. But the word Pennies reflected our new status of dining in. Our days of dining out were put on hold until our little ones could sit down for more than five seconds at a time. Inevitably, we ended up saving a ton of Pennies by cooking some tasty meals at home. So Pennies Pints Pittsburgh it was! Our next challenge was creating a killer logo. But we left that one for the best in the business, Commonwealth Press.

Herb and Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with Hop Farm IPA Salad Dressing

These past couple of frigid Pittsburgh days have left me desiring something a little bit more tropical. Okay, maybe not tropical but definitely something fresh and bright to help me thaw out a bit. We’ve had quite an impressive stint of sweet recipes, which have undoubtedly kept us warm this winter. But now I feel that it’s time to revisit the savory side of cooking. Our next beer-centric recipe needs to pack a massive punch of flavor, highlight a delicious Pittsburgh brew, and have a light, freshness to wake me up from what seems to be an eternal winter slumber of stews and soups.

Naturi Coffee & Chicory Chocolate Cake

A celebration isn’t quite a celebration, unless there’s cake involved. And boy is it time for Pittsburgh to celebrate! Local CMU Graduate Students Jen, Anes, and Aditya joined forces to start Naturi, an Organic Food Company. The cofounders made it their personal mission to revolutionize the food industry, starting right here in the ‘burgh. They have committed themselves to exclusively using the best, most nourishing ingredients in their yogurt. By adding exotic ingredients like Saigon Cinnamon and Indonesian Vanilla, they are able to make delicious Organic Greek Yogurt with less sugar, more protein, and richer flavors than the national brands.

The Ritz-Carlton is for Foodies, Craft Beer Fans, and Lovers

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For the past couple of years, Tim has been summoned to participate in an annual orthopedic conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Work conference…in Florida? Um…sign me up! Anyway, he has enjoyed his time spent there so much that he decided that I too need to experience such a little slice of heaven. So we traded in all of our Marriott points for two glorious nights at the Ritz.

Whiskey Extracts: Vanilla, Almond, Lemon

Every New Year’s Eve, I reflect on the past year and think about the changes I want to make in the upcoming year. These yearly resolutions can be compared to babies- fun to make but very difficult to maintain. But I’m hoping that this most recent series of recipes will inspire me to stick to a few of my resolutions, like becoming more connected to my food. This means a lot more cooking from scratch, getting creative with new cooking styles, and being mindful of the ingredients…

Beer Advent Calendar 2014

beer advent calendar day 21Day 21. Winter Shredder by Cisco Brewers in Nantucket ,MA. This Braggot style Ale (8.8% ABV) is just what you need to warm you up while you are shredding some mighty fresh gnar. This beer pours a deep amber with a thick, foamy head that is reminiscent of blustery, winter storm clouds. The aroma is enticing with hints of caramel, chocolate, and ripe apples. We tasted the toasted malts, a little bit of caramel, and the perfect amount of boozy alcohol. So, next time you are planning to shred some serious gnar, throw a couple of these bad boys in your fanny pack (yes Pittsburgh is the home of Fannypacks, especially at Kennywood) and keep yourself warm and toasted on those frigid slopes. Cheers!

Beer Advent Calendar Tutorial

Advent calendars are great for counting down the days until Christmas. Growing up, we had little chocolates to open each day. As adults, we wanted to recreate that same daily excitement-but those chocolates do not tickle our tinsel as much as they used to.  Therefore, we decided to count down the days with one of the most exciting things in the world- Beer! We created a  Holiday Beer Advent calendar using Christmas beers.  Let’s Eat, Drink, and be Merry People! Here’s what you’ll need to make this beautiful Beer Advent Calendar that you can use for years to come.