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.
I love the fall and everything that goes along with it…including the beer selection. And I will be the first one to admit that I count the seconds until brewers release their fall offerings, especially the pumpkin ones. But it turns out that those so called pumpkin beers aren’t really pumpkin flavored….at all. Usually, they are ales loaded with tons of wonderful holiday spices that closely mimic grandma’s beloved pumpkin pie….Click Continue for Full Post
Appetizers are the perfect way to prepare guests’ taste-buds for an indulgent feast. But traditional appetizers like wine and cheese can be so….. formal… and sometimes stuffy. So we switched out wine for beer and cheese for bacon to make an epic drunken treat that will easily spark conversation among your guests. Here’s what to expect- It’s a balsamic bacon beer jam slathered on top of a creamy layer of goat cheese. It’s adorned with peppery arugula and all this rests nicely on top of a hearty slice of Peppercorn Rye Ale bread. It’s a symphony of flavors- savory, salty, sour and sweet; it’s truly the perfect starter to any meal. It has all the flavor complexities without all the conventional stuffiness. Enjoy the finer things in life…like bacon and beer in spreadable form….Click Continue for Full Post
Beer and meat make the ultimate pairing. Not only do well-crafted brews bring great flavor to the table (literally), they also make a wonderful, tenderizing marinade. Beer has enzymes that help break down the tough fibers found in most red meat, which makes beer even more tempting to cook with. Trust me, this is the most tender and flavorful beef jerky you will ever try. This recipe choice came to us in a very Roundabout way. It was my……Click Continue for Full Post
Hitchhiking relies on trusting complete strangers to get you from here to there. Ironically, it’s not all about reaching that final destination- it’s also about enjoying the journey that gets you there.
We felt a little like hitchhikers, looking to take our taste-buds on an epic adventure. We wanted to savor new and unfamilar flavors. We wanted to be taken off the grid to some uncharted place; a place where our understanding and appreciation for well-crafted beer grew even deeper. We trusted Head Brewer Andy Kwiatkowski to get us there, and my goodness did he deliver us to that place. …Click Continue for Full Post
Commonwealth Press and Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week seem to go together like Pittsburgh and Pierogies. Ironically enough, Commonwealth Press consistently throws some of the most enjoyable and sought after events during this weeklong local beer festival. Kicker is- they aren’t even a brewery! Commonwealth Press is a custom screen printing business, located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s South Side. Notice the ingenious Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (PCBW) logo? That’s all Commonwealth Press doings.
Every year, East End Brewing Company (EEBC) throws a rather unique event- a Keg Ride. Since the brewery’s opening in 2004, they have been passionate about being an environmentally sustainable brewery. EEBC truly cares about our city and keeping it a beautiful place to live. A fun way to spread the news about how they operate as a near-zero waste brewery is by delivering the first Pedal Pale Ale kegs of the season by…..bicycle. Participants do not know where they are heading, but they are guaranteed some great sights and a cold beer at the end of the journey. …Click Continue for Full Post
Did you know that American Whiskey was born in Pittsburgh? Neither did we until we discovered Wigle Distillery in the Strip District. It is such an amazing place, which makes for a great story- so here it goes. During the 1700’s and 1800’s, Pittsburgh was THE place to get proper whiskey. At its pinnacle, Western PA had over 4,000 documented stills. Now, Wigle Whiskey is the only whiskey distillery in our region. To be honest, I’m okay with those odds. Why? Because Wigle Distillery has the tastiest spirits the world has ever known. There’s something in that Pittsburgh water…
Pittsburgh is no stranger to being number one- first in super bowl wins, rated “America’s Smartest City”, #1 Ballpark, and here’s a shocker-number one for most bars per capita in the nation. But did you know that our beloved ‘Burgh is the number one city in the world for people of Slovak heritage (outside of Slovakia itself)? Now why is that? Let’s shed some light on the relationship between Pittsburgh and its Slovak culture…Click Continue Reading for Full Post