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.
Here are the different beers we tried:
- Powder Monkey by Arsenal
- Mango Wheat by Free Will
- Purple Monkey Dishwasher by Evil Genius
- Zingerbuch by Red Star
- Private Domaine by LambicKx
- Monk’s Café Vintage by Van Steenberge
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.
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.
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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