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09-20-2010, 12:26 PM
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The Beer and Nightlife Thread v3

Welcome to the official beer and nightlife thread of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For our old, trusty beer thread that got too big, go here: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=499677

As a service to new members, and to people from other cities that might be visiting, this post will grow to contain a bunch of information about beers to try and places in Pittsburgh to try them.

Great Beer Bars in Pittsburgh
NameWebsitePart of townWhy you should go there
Fat Headshttp://fatheads.com/Southside42 beers on tap, decent selection of bottles, the best bar food in Pittsburgh.
The Sharp Edge Beer Emporiumhttp://sharpedgebeer.com/Friendship28 Belgians on tap, 25 American Micros/Imports on tap, bottle selection so big that it needs a menu, decent but overpriced food. Their late night (after 10) and happy hours are great deals, though. HH is from 4:30 - 6:30 on weekdays and is half-off Belgian drafts, boneless wings and individual pizzas.
Smokin' Joe's Saloonhttp://www.smokinjoessaloon.com/Southside60 beers on tap, 350+ bottles available, good bar food.
D's Six Pax & Dogzhttp://www.ds6pax.com/Regent Square15+ beers on tap, 1000+ bottles in a beer cave from which you can mix and match six packs, great bar food (though it's pretty unhealthy in a lot of cases).
Harris Grillhttp://www.harrisgrill.com/Shadyside15+ beers on tap, occasional use of a Randall the Enamel Animal, decent selection of bottles, good happy hour every day, awesome bar food, nice front and rear patio areas.
Piper's Pubhttp://piperspub.com/Southside20+ beers on tap, great selection of scotch, great English/Irish pub food.
Point Brugge Caféhttp://www.pointbrugge.com/Point Breeze6 beers on tap, decent bottle selection, fantastic food and ambiance.
DISH Osteria & Barhttp://www.dishosteria.com/Southside10 beers on tap, decent bottle selection, fantastic food and ambiance.
Buffalo Blueshttp://www.b2restaurants.com/buffaloblues/ShadysideGood beer selection, decent food with good specials each night. Good place to watch sporting events, with lots of TVs and specials during games.
Fuel & Fuddlehttp://www.fuelandfuddle.com/Oakland10 beers on tap, great bottle selection, great bar food.
The Libraryhttp://www.thelibrary-pgh.com/Southside10+ beers on tap, decent bottle selection, decent food, the menus are made out of books, so you can do a little light reading while you wait for your food and drinks to arrive.
Primanti Brothershttp://www.primantibrothers.com/Strip District, Oakland, Southside, DowntownBeer selection is pretty weak, but it's the home of the legendary Primanti Bros sandwich. Take some fresh Italian bread, add some kind of meat and cheese of your choosing, and then smother the crap out of that with cole slaw and fries.
Church Brew Workshttp://www.churchbrew.com/Strip DistrictDecent selection of beers brewed on the premises, good food that is somewhat overpriced, you get to drink in a church that has been remodeled into a brewery. The food and the beer will both probably disappoint you for the price, but it's something everyone should do at least once.
Penn Breweryhttp://www.pennbrew.com/NorthsideDecent german food and fresh beer brewed on the premises.
Firehouse Loungehttp://www.firehouse-lounge.com/Strip DistrictDecent selection of bottles and drafts, cool atmosphere, dancing (if you dig that sort of thing).
Hofbräuhaushttp://www.hofbrauhauspittsburgh.com/SouthsideDecent beer brewed on the premises, decent food, cool atmosphere.
Bloomfield Bridge Tavernhttp://www.myspace.com/polishpartyhouseBloomfieldDirt cheap beer and dirt cheap polish food. Some of the best pirogies in town.
Bites and Brews/Elbow Roomhttp://www.b2restaurants.com/bitesandbrews/ShadysideDecent beer selection, good food.

Great Breweries in North America
BreweryLocationWebsite
Russian River Brewing CompanySanta Rosa, CAhttp://www.russianriverbrewing.com/
Founders Brewing CompanyGrand Rapids, MIhttp://www.foundersbrewing.com/
Three Floyds Brewing Co.Munster, INhttp://www.3floyds.com/
Stone Brewing CompanyEscondido, CAhttp://www.stoneworldbistro.com/
Dogfish Head Craft BreweryRehoboth Beach, MDhttp://www.dogfish.com/
East End Brewing CompanyPittsburgh, PAhttp://www.eastendbrewing.com/
Tröegs Brewing CompanyHarrisburg, PAhttp://www.troegs.com/
Terrapin Beer CompanyAthens, GAhttp://www.terrapinbeer.com/
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Kalamazoo, MIhttp://www.bellsbeer.com/
Sierra Nevada Brewing CompanyChico, CAhttp://www.sierra-nevada.com/
Great Lakes Brewing CompanyCleveland, OHhttp://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/
UnibroueChambly, Quebechttp://www.unibroue.com/
Bear Republic Brewing Co.Healdsburg, CAhttp://www.bearrepublic.com/
Brooklyn BreweryBrooklyn, NYhttp://www.brooklynbrewery.com/
Oskar Blues Grill & BreweryLyons, COhttp://www.oskarblues.com/
Rogue AlesNewport, ORhttp://www.rogue.com/
Southern Tier Brewing CompanyLakewood, NYhttp://www.southerntierbrewing.com/
Great Divide Brewing CompanyDenver, COhttp://greatdivide.com/
Magic Hat Brewing CompanyBurlington, VThttp://www.magichat.net/
Lagunitas Brewing CompanyPetaluma, CAhttp://www.lagunitas.com/
Green Flash Brewing Co.Vista, CAhttp://www.greenflashbrew.com/
New Belgium Brewing CompanyFort Collins, COhttp://www.newbelgium.com/
Victory Brewing CompanyDowningtown, PAhttp://www.victorybeer.com/
The Avery Brewing CompanyBoulder, COhttp://www.averybrewing.com/
Boulder Beer CompanyBoulder, COhttp://www.boulderbeer.com/
Big Sky Brewing CompanyMissoula, MThttp://www.bigskybrew.com/

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Thanks jw. Hope you don't mind the title update.

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Thanks jw. Hope you don't mind the title update.
No problem, sir!

So, to recap, we like:

Nugget Nectar
Pumking
IPAs that are good
Steel City Big Pour

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What up.

Been vacant for a bit, new job blocks HF at work. Had a case Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin and a case of DFH Punkin recently, both great in different respects. My Vanilla Mocha Homebrew came out pretty well, a little earthy however. I'll use a different type of coffee next time. Hope everyone is doing well, feel like I haven't been on in forever.

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I'm drinking some sort of PA wine right now cause I didn't get to over the weekend. Its pretty good. Then again, I'm not a wine drinker, so I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Went to the Rivertowne Pourhouse in Monroeville area a few days ago. Great selection of beers that are all, except 1, made there. 10-12 nightly, half off drinks and appetizers. It was a pretty good time. I tried their Oktoberfest and this one called Maple Brown. The Maple Brown was delicious. Initially sweet, then you get some hops at the end. Their Oktoberfest was very hoppy with some spice to it.

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I'm from WV and I'm getting ready to move to Aspinwall. Do you guys have any recommendations? Any distributors in that area? Thanks.

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Bottle of wine is almost gone. I think its called Clarion River Red. Goes down real easily. Should be a good wine to buy for dates. Much cheaper than roofies.

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I'm from WV and I'm getting ready to move to Aspinwall. Do you guys have any recommendations? Any distributors in that area? Thanks.
I'm not really familiar with the immediate area of Aspinwall, but depending on traffic, you aren't too far from the East End area, which is home to tons of good restaurants, bars, and distributors. There are probably a handful of good places in Fox Chapel, but I haven't ever been there.

Someone else might be able to give you some better info--I'm not sure where people from Aspinwall hang out. Depending on where you live, it doesn't look like it's too far to just come over the Highland Park bridge and into Lawrenceville, which is where Church Brew Works is located. From there it's just another five or ten minutes to Bloomfield/Friendship/Shadyside area.

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Just tried Southern Tiers Pumking Ale last night. Gotta say it was great. Very favorable, not highly jacked up with spices and very smooth and creamy. But I think I've really developed a taste for Dogfish Head's Pumpkin Ale more. It got an ok first impression from me, I thought the spices and everything were a bit over the top at first but after a few it just seemed right and now I love it. Love to just sit back at night, relax and just causally sip and enjoy it.

Also got a 6-pack of Rogues Mocha Porter last week. It was good but nothing great IMO, it just didn't have the strong heavy taste or kick I was expecting a porter from them to have... I'm not the best beer critic, I'd certainly drink it again but I probably look for something else first. I haven't gotten off of the best foot with Rogue. I didn't think much of the Dead Guy Ale and the Mocha Porter I was just slightly disappointed with, but mainly because my expectation may have been a little high for it.

Beers I think I'll try next list:
Dogfish Head - Indian Brown Ale (whenever I find some)
Troegs - Doppelbock

Any input on them or new suggestions are appreciated. I'm thinking of trying an IPA, any good suggestions to start with? I'm thinking Dogfish Head - 60 min IPA?

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DFH 60 Minute is a pretty standard beer, so it should be readily available and is very drinkable. I'm not a huge fan of it, personally, but only because I like 90 Minute a lot more.

The tough thing with IPAs is that there is a huge range, and they are (as I'm sure you know) bitter. I'd say most of us in this thread are fans of IPAs, and a few of us probably prefer Double IPAs. This is just to give some context to the discussion, so you don't end up with a Double IPA and hate it (I've generally taken the stance that it's good to loosely take advice from others about beer, but to make your own decisions so you can take ownership of them).

With all that said, I think DFH 60 Minute is as good as any to start. You also might want to try Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is a pale ale and not an ipa, but it's very hoppy so it will give you a good initial idea of the sort of flavor profile to expect in hoppy beers. Most of the hoppy beers may taste the same for the first few times you try them, just because they are bitter and that's what you will taste at first. That was my experience with them initially, but I quickly came to like them, and to learn the difference between more citrusy and earthy hops, etc.

Another I recommend highly is Voodoo Four Seasons IPA, which is tougher to track down. I'm not sure if you have been to the beer cave at Ds, but I was just there Sunday afternoon and they had some.

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If you're in Pittsburgh, East End's Big Hop is a pretty mild and very drinkable IPA. Would be an easy introduction to the style if you found a tap somewhere. Good advice from JC as well.

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On a side note, as much as I love beer, I am not a complete beer connoisseur in the vein of the hardcore guys on BeerAdvocate.

I was checking on the BA page of Souther Tier's 2XIPA after I tried it, because it kicked my ass one night when I had not eaten much of anything and I suspected it was even higher in ABV than it was. I happened to page down into the reviews, and saw this one:

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile...=beer&start=37

This review has to be read in the voice of the comic book guy from the Simpsons.

I'd like to quote it, because I suspect that link will break as soon as someone else posts a review for it, but the review is by a guy named FeDUBBELFIST that seemingly lives near Philly. Hopefully it's not UseYourAllusion and I just dogged him

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I'm very choosey when it comes to my IPA's. I've had some where it's like drinking acid. Incredibly bitter.

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I'm very choosey when it comes to my IPA's. I've had some where it's like drinking acid. Incredibly bitter.
Certainly understandable, as many have a distinct onesided piney bitterness without the proper amount of malt to balance it all out.
A beer like DFH 90 minutes has a very bitter piney taste, but it is also perfectly balanced imo and thats what makes it so awesome .

As for starters IPA´s I would say "Southern Tier IPA" is a solid choice, then later on Founders Centennial IPA and Alesmith IPA are interesting examples as well.

Here in europe Black IPA´s are becoming pretty popular, despite the contractictory name, but it is basicly a very hoppy stout and they can be quite good actually. I know Beer Here "Dark Hops" is brewed as an export beer to the US and imported by Shelton Brothers I think, so it should be possible to get a hold of and it is a very nice beer if you like the style.


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Thanks for the advice and suggestions again everyone. I bought 6-pack of Southern Tier IPA last night and loved it actually. It had a great blend of hops and malts and had a nice citrusy fling to it and really drinkable as well. It probably isn't the hoppiest beer out there, but I can see me getting a case of it and getting acquainted with the taste more as I experiment with other IPA's.

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I'm not from Pittsburgh but I'm close enough to drive down about once a month-ish to visit friends.

When you said the beer selection at Primanti's disappoints, that might be an understatement. I took a friend there before a Pirates game once and remember being stunned at the lack of even decent imports. I think the "best beer" (notice the use of quotes) they had on the menu was Heineken. But like you mentioned, if you're not from the area and heard about Primanti's, you should do it at least once.

I've been drawing a blank on this since my last trip, but was it Sharp Edge that keeps a cask beer on tap? Fatheads? One of them had it, possibly even both.

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I've been drawing a blank on this since my last trip, but was it Sharp Edge that keeps a cask beer on tap? Fatheads? One of them had it, possibly even both.
Both of them have a cask on tap at all times.

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Only thing good about Primanti's is that they have a pretty awesome happy hour. And the bartender knew how to make a dark side of the moon.

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One of the sucky things about living in Hab land is it's very difficult to go see the team you root for in their home town. It's tough to convince friends without a rooting interest to take a road trip and pay hotels and tickets for a team they don't cheer for.

Lucky for me, itlooks like a Flyer buddy and myself will finally be visiting Pittsburgh to watch the Friday game near the end of October. I'm dying to see the new arena, and I don't care how much I have to pay.

That being said, with all the talk about beer and such, all I want to know is: which bar has the hottest women? I'm really looking forward to doing some damage

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One of the sucky things about living in Hab land is it's very difficult to go see the team you root for in their home town. It's tough to convince friends without a rooting interest to take a road trip and pay hotels and tickets for a team they don't cheer for.

Lucky for me, itlooks like a Flyer buddy and myself will finally be visiting Pittsburgh to watch the Friday game near the end of October. I'm dying to see the new arena, and I don't care how much I have to pay.

That being said, with all the talk about beer and such, all I want to know is: which bar has the hottest women? I'm really looking forward to doing some damage

Nice, I just purchased a pair of tickets to that game as I will also be making my first trip down to Pittsurgh. I see that that Nevermore (blah) is in town that week but I think I will go anyways to support Warbringer and the Pittsburgh Metal Scene. It's too bad Dimmu Borgir wasn't playing that week but I see they are playing there in November. I have been searching around and it looks like Pittsburgh is a pretty conservative city. That's ok, I just need a damn holiday...


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Conservative as in how?

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I would actually characterize Pittsburgh as an extremely laid back city. You have weird yinzers around, but most of the people who constitute the majority of young people in cool parts of the city are generally fun, laid back people to be around.

If you are looking for a bunch of *****, there are probably a handful of places to go downtown and in the South Side, but if you are looking for actual people who are cool, go to any of the places johnniewalker listed.

(Not to get all polemical on everyone's ass).

Sharp Edge in Friendship had a delightful special today: half off all craft beer drafts. Pints of Big Hop for 2.50. Glorious!

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One of the sucky things about living in Hab land is it's very difficult to go see the team you root for in their home town. It's tough to convince friends without a rooting interest to take a road trip and pay hotels and tickets for a team they don't cheer for.

Lucky for me, itlooks like a Flyer buddy and myself will finally be visiting Pittsburgh to watch the Friday game near the end of October. I'm dying to see the new arena, and I don't care how much I have to pay.

That being said, with all the talk about beer and such, all I want to know is: which bar has the hottest women? I'm really looking forward to doing some damage
Buckhead Saloon. Station Square. There's a cover. There's also a hotel across the street that's pretty nice. I'd stay there if I were visiting the city.

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Nice, I just purchased a pair of tickets to that game as I will also be making my first trip down to Pittsurgh. I see that that Nevermore (blah) is in town that week but I think I will go anyways to support Warbringer and the Pittsburgh Metal Scene. It's too bad Dimmu Borgir wasn't playing that week but I see they are playing there in November. I have been searching around and it looks like Pittsburgh is a pretty conservative city. That's ok, I just need a damn holiday...

It's not really conservative...in any sense.

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Currently craving Dogfish's Palo Santo (yes, @ 11AM) after the mention late in v2...

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