“Hazy, that’s how it goes. Millions of hazebois, living as broooos. Hazy, it’s not too late. Learn how to love the haze, and forget how to hate. I’m going off the rails on a Hazy Train.”
-Hazy Hazebourn, probably.
Our friends moved to Pittsburgh from Long Island almost a year ago, so Holly Kay and I have found ourselves on a couple of trips to the West Coast of Pennsylvania (basically steps away from the borders of Ohio, and West Virginia… Can you hear those banjos from Deliverance?).
A couple’a cuties in PGH.
Little did I know that Pittsburgh had such an up and coming and resilient craft beer scene. On our first trip in February, after spending a chilly day walking around the outskirts of the city with our friends and their not-yet-one-year-old, it was time to warm up and relax.
I had been recommended some breweries by some friends on the Instagram, and one brewery that was on everyone’s list was East End Brewing Company.
Tucked away in an Industrial style building, is a homey bar with locals crowded around it, huddled up and enjoying some classic beer styles, such as refreshing little pale ales, east coast style IPAs (no haze craze here, although they’ve been known to make a few hazy beers), stouts, a Hefeweizen, and, in my opinion, one of the most underrated styles, a delightful brown ale.
I picked up a few four packs to go…
Super Hop, a classic east coast IPA, with notes of orange citrus and a strong malt backbone, (with notes of toast and crackers) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Toaster, a low (for the style) ABV Bourbon barrel stout that warms you up on the coldest of evenings, with notes of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and roasty malts.
Back in February, I was also able to grab some to-go cans from Grist House Brewing, just north of the downtown area of Pittsburgh. My favorite beer was the Early Warning, a DDH Sour IPA, that was good enough that even after 6 months in the back of my friend’s fridge, it still tasted fresh to death. Herbal notes from the hops blended nicely with the tart sour citrus. Medium body, lovely carbonation. Good on ya, Grist House!
Pittsburgh is an amazing beer city. So much so, that I can’t fit it all into one article, so come join me next time for Part II of why you should visit Pittsburgh if you love beer!
Until next time,