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il pizzaiolo


Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” I say add beer to the list and the statement is foolproof. And when it comes to pasta, I’m sticking with ItalYINZ all the way. To be honest, I never met an Italian pasta dish that I didn’t like. So we asked our foodie friends and family to suggest their favorite Italian restaurants. il Pizzaiolo kept coming up over and over again. So we took the hint and looked into it. Wow am I grateful we did. After further investigation, it just so happens that this particular Italian restaurant has one of the most extensive stock of authentic Italian beer in Pittsburgh. SOLD. We were there faster than Sauerkraut Sal in a Pirates pierogi race…

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Voodoo Blood Worms


Add a little wickedness to your Halloween bash with our creepy Beer Jell-O Blood Worms. They’re stark red, slimy, and devilishly boozy. You’ll be sure to terrorize your guests with these little suckers.

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Ultimate Beer and Halloween Candy Pairings


Halloween is all about indulging the little ones, right? We’ve got mums running all over the place to find the finest and freshest Disney swag their money can buy. Dads’ brows are covered in sweat as they attempt to carve their gigantic pumpkin with those cheap little knives that invariably break halfway through the second eyeball. Five separate trips to gian iggle are necessary to ensure a candy stockpile large enough to keep those devilish (yet very cute) trick-or-treaters at bay. On October 31, moms and dads everywhere indulge their little monsters on this ghostly night; even if that means breaking the bank to afford all that candy, risk losing a finger or two while carving that darn squash, and trekking through the inevitable Halloween rain, sleet, or snow…

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Hop Craze Hits Hard Liquor


Craft brewers love their hops. Now craft distilleries like Wigle Whiskey are joining in on the craze.

The highly creative Wigle distillers felt it was time for hops to be enjoyed in something other than a brewski; so they called upon their highly coveted wheat whiskey to take on some majorly fresh local hops.

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Beer Caramel Apples


Autumn is the best time to indulge one’s sweet tooth. When I think about fall time treats, I immediately think caramel apples. In late September, the highly anticipated honey crisp apples reach their peak harvest dates. These apples are legendary for their crispy, sweet, and tart characteristics which makes them the perfect candidates for caramel apples. They are so delicious, not just any ol’ caramel sauce will do. We’ve cooked with beer long enough to know that it would go wonderfully in a decadent caramel coating. The beer adds a beautiful depth of flavor that perfectly balances the sweetness of the caramel…Click Continue for Full Post

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Pumking Ale Monkey Bread


Pumking Ale is one of our all time favorite autumn brews. It’s like drinking the most delicious boozy pumpkin pie ever known to man. Although it is not from a Pittsburgh brewery, it still feels very homey to us. For the past couple of years, we have gone up to Lake Chautauqua to relax and spend quality time with our family and friends. It just so happens that Southern Tier Brewing Co. is a quick trip up the road. Our summers would not be complete without a visit to their stunning brewery. As a big bonus, STBC releases their Pumking Ale early so we are able to drink it fresh from the source. To pay homage to one of our favorite breweries outside the ‘burgh, we created a decadent pastry- Pumking Ale Monkey Bread smothered in Pumking Ale Caramel Sauce. Not familiar with monkey bread? It’s like a giant cinnamon roll and you tear off each little cinnamon sugar bread bubble, kind of like how monkeys pick at their food. Just like Pumking Ale has bewitched our tastebuds, this recipe too will have you completely spellbound….Click Continue for Full Post

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Nunkin Pumpkin Cake


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

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Drunken Balsamic Bacon Jam on Peppercorn Rye Ale Bread


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

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Beerf Jerky


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

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