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Spent Grain Pizza


Spent grains are the leftover malt (grains) after most of its sugars, proteins, and nutrients have been extracted. The spent grains can make up over 80% of a brewery’s total by-product. Conscientious brewers like Scott Smith, owner of East End Brewing Co. makes sure that his spent grains are given a very useful (and delicious) second life. Scott sends his spent grains to 4 local farms: 2 dairy, 1 hog, and 1 chicken. He also gives them out to local beer bloggers who want to incorporate it in their cooking (If you ask very nicely, he may be extra generous and hook you up too). If you are a homebrewer- you’re definitely in luck because you’ll have an ample supply of these flavorful nuggets. We found that one of the best ways to highlight spent grains is to throw them in a tasty pizza dough. The grains give the crust an awesome, chewy texture that is second to none. You gotta try this recipe out, I promise it’s time well spent….Click Continue for Full Post

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Pittsburgh Beer : The History Here


“To know your future, you first must understand your past” – George Santayana. As you may know, Pittsburgh has always been a beer drinkers’ town. When Pittsburgh was newly established, several local microbreweries slowly started to emerge. Then in the late 1800’s, all those small scale breweries joined forces to form one massive brewing empire. When the big Pittsburgh beer hit troubled waters, microbreweries seized the opportunity to satisfy thirsty Pittsburghers once again. Pittsburgh’s complex brewing history is chocked full of surprises; we’ve got name changes, location changes, fraudulent owners, and some very passionate brewers that passed on their craft to future generations . Here’s a snippet of Pittsburgh’s brewing history and how our breweries came full circle….Click Continue for Full Post

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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

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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

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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

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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.

PGHTEE


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.

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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

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