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Beer Me for Breakfast

Pre 1800’s, beer was the breakfast of champions. Say what?! Yes friends, in those days the water was far too contaminated. Plus, tea and coffee were not widely available. So our great ancestors broke their fast by knocking back a few brews with all of those delicious carbs to help them get through their long work days. Today, I’m going out on a limb here and guessing your employer may frown upon the idea of having a beer for breakfast since we have things like filtered water and Crazy Mocha. But…with this beer pancake recipe, you can live like it’s the good ol’ days and incorporate a fine brew into your breakfast once again! The moment we tried Hitchhiker’s Tumbleweed Oatmeal Brown, we knew it was going to taste outstanding nestled inside warm, fluffy pancakes. However, these weren’t going to be just any ol’ pancakes, we topped them with a decadent oatmeal crumble that is downright addicting. Enjoy beering your breakfast….Click Continue for Full Post

Hitchhiker Brewing Co.

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

PGH Pub Pops

On July 4th 1776, America declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1992, Fat Head’s declared its independence from lame, tasteless beer when it opened shop in Pittsburgh’s notorious South Side. Since then, our thirsts remain quenched thanks to Fat Head’s creative (and award-winning) brews. As we started getting ready for this summer’s 4th of July celebration, we reminisced about all the barbecued meats, fresh fruit, stocked beer coolers, and popsicles that we indulge in each year. And BOOM- the idea hit us, like fireworks over the Ohio!…Click Continue for Full Post

Bam! Beer Basil Chicken

Hop Heads and Hot Heads unite with this dish! It’s light, spicy, and wildly complex. It can be served solo as an appetizer or can be paired with rice and veggies for an exotic summer cuisine. The beer marinade gives this dish an incredibly rich dimension of flavor and also keeps the chicken nice and juicy. Once you taste this, you’ll think twice about paying for that thai food takeout….Click Continue Reading for Full Post

Our Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

Every year, Pittsburghers come together to celebrate something truly worthy of a weeklong celebration: Pittsburgh beer. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (PCBW) was formed by local breweries, distributors, bottle shops, and beer-centric restaurants that wanted to support the growth of craft beer in our region. During PCBW, Pittsburgh beer lovers can indulge in beer tastings, beer pairing dinners, exclusive speciality brews, and meet-and-greets with the men and women behind our incredible hometown breweries. The goal of PCBW is simple… highlight our region’s unique craft beer culture and to expand Pittsburgh’s craft beer reach by education, collaboration, and responsible libation. There were over 250 events to choose from across the city. We wanted to attend every single one, but unfortunately we have not yet mastered being in two…or ten places at once. Scientists need to figure this out stat because when PCBW2015 rolls around, we don’t want to miss a thing.


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.

Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride 2014

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

Eat, Drink, Sample, Savor

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week has officially begun! To kick it off, we enjoyed a mouth-watering beer and food “Hoppy Hour”. Every Friday in April, Market District Settlers Ridge throws a relaxed beer tasting paired with small plates. You go up to the bar, buy your ticket, head upstairs, and enjoy 6 beers coupled with 6 delicious tasters. This Friday, it was all about celebrating Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014…Click on Continue Reading for Full Post

All About Ales

ALL beer styles fall within two major categories- ales and lagers. Once you wrap your head around the notion that imperial stouts are considered ales, you’re in good shape. Ales have been documented for over 5,000 years now. Ales have yeast that ferments at the “top” of the fermentation vessel, and typically at higher temperatures than lager yeast. Depending on brewing style, ales can be enjoyed when they are young (couples weeks) or very old (couple of years). Here’s a run down on the ale styles and the mighty Pittsburgh breweries that showcase them!

Show Your Growler Some Love

Pittsburghers love their growlers. We’ve got East End slinging growlers left and right at their brewery and at the PGH Public Market. We’ve got Roundabout Brewery in Lawrenceville topping growlers with some of the tastiest, local beer. We have Sharp Edge providing growler service for their gazillion beers on tap (ask for Josh, he pours a mean one). Heck, we even have local grocery stores supplying growlers for us beer fanatics. Odds are if you like beer- you have definitely seen one, if not own a few…or ten. They are great because they allow us to take home the breweries”one-offs” that aren’t bottled or canned.  Turns out, growlers are not a recent invention to accommodate the exploding craft beer scene;  the concept of growlers started a loooong time ago. Way before prohibition, Americans would take their trusty, good ol’ buckets to the local pub and fill it up with beer and haul it back home. Fortunately, our buckets have eveloved into highly reliable beer transporters when used properly. Here’s how to take care of yours….Click Continue Reading for Full Post