A new spot for us in The Strip!

A new spot for us in The Strip!

As you may have heard, the Pgh Public Market will cease operations at 2401 Penn Ave at the end of February... that's THIS MONTH! But fear not GOOD BEER Fans. For a while now, we've been working on a way to keep the GOOD BEER flowing in the Strip District, and we're finally ready to share the details. But first, let's make one thing super clear:

WE'RE STILL POURING BEER IN THE PUBLIC MARKET UNTIL FEBRUARY 28th!!!

Yes, rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated. Whew! Ok, with that out of the way, here the news...

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Yesterday afternoon, we signed a lease for 102 19th Street in the Strip's "Pennsylvania Building". It's here that some time next month we hope to open the doors on a place we'll be calling... the EAST END BREWERY TAPROOM.  

 

Inside you'll find all the trappings of a REAL TAPROOM, where you can pull up a stool and enjoy a pint from the 12 we have on tap, pick out one of our latest big bottle releases, grab a six pack of BigHop cans, or (of course!) get a few Growlers filled to go. And just like at the Public Market, you'll be able to enjoy a bite to eat. Yes, we'll be serving FOOD! Lunch, Dinner, and on the weekends, a Beer Brunch. (Hello Beermosas!!!)

As you can see, we're already pretty close to being ready for you, but there's still a bit of work to do inside and out to make it our own. A big part of that work is getting the okay from our PLCB pals in Harrisburg to start pouring beer. Even with the permitting work, we're hoping to open next month: As in March. Probably softly at first, and then with a Big Fussy Grand Opening when we're ready.

So yeah, calling it a "Growler Shop" just didn't seem right since this is quite a step up for us. And for that big step, we have ALL OF YOU and your thirsty support to thank. THANKS!!!

While I'd have a hard time saying that either of the two Public Market locations have been perfect, overall it's been a great home and an important growth step for our little Brewery. It's allowed us to be a part of The Strip District, Pittsburgh's unique, diverse, vibrant, and food-centric marketplace... and a neighborhood that continues to evolve and grow at an incredible pace.

For now, you'll still find us pouring pints and filling Growlers at 2401 Penn, while you dream of the Sunday Morning Beermosas to come when the new place is ready. See you soon!


Reuse is our favorite word

Reuse is our favorite word

Okay, I guess BEER is probably our favorite word. But REUSE is a close second.

We've been threatening to put in a proper entrance at the Brewery since we moved in over three years ago. After numerous design concepts, considerations, improvements, refinements, drawings, construction bids, further refinements, more improvements, and a whole bunch of permitting, we're finally ready to open the new doors for you to use... TONIGHT!

We wouldn't have been able to make any of this hang together without the support of our neighbors (and GOOD BEER Fans) down the block, at AE Works. Be sure to knock on their door if you're ready to hatch a new scheme!

And yes, before you even ask the question, I can assure you that an actual sign is part of this project. That will be going up just as soon as we can get a few days of weather warm enough to put some paint on the wall. I SWEAR, IT'S TRUE! #showmeasign

The last details of the entrance have come together wonderfully, and my favorite part of it - aside from the fact that we now have our first window - yes, actual daylight in the taproom! ...my favorite part is the materials we were able to incorporate into the design.

The big heavy sliding doors were a Construction Junction pickup that also happens to match the doors that are the front of our bar, gifted to us when we moved in by our GOOD FRIEND and master craftsman, Craig Marcus of Marcus Studio, down the street, when he was taking them out of his building.

And of course the wooden barrel staves that make up the vertical portion of our railing are from barrels that we previously used to age some of our beer. If you count the fact that these once held whiskey and our use of them as tables in our taproom, this is actually their FOURTH use. And we'll even had enough left over barrels to crank out a few matching adirondack chairs to put in the Beer Garden this Spring. Pretty cool, eh?


Comfort and Joy Department update:

Comfort and Joy Department update:

It's that time of year, when you're scrambling to find that perfect something for that special someone in your life. Well, we've got LOTS of special somethings to go around - liquid and non liquid gifts for all the naughty and nice boys and girls out there (assuming these boys and girls are of suitable drinking age).

Here's a quick rundown of some of our more special holiday offerings, for your shopping pleasure: 

The 12 Crowlers of Christmas:

It's hard to pick beer for someone else, so here's the solution... one of each of the 12 beers we have on tap! Even better than last year's 12 Growlers of Christmas, the 12 CROWLERS of Christmas comes in air-tight, light-proof, fresh-filled BIG 32oz CANS, with a nice long shelf life. That way, there's less concern about pushing through the whole set before the beer starts to lose its luster, Holidays are for RELAXING over a few beers, not stressing over them, right?

12 cans, 32oz each, filled fresh while you wait, from each of our 12 taps. $80+tax, Brewery location only. No substitutions please.

Big Bottle Variety Pack: 

How cool would it be to land a 12 pack of big bottles spanning a HUGE range of beer styles, all at once? It'd be like landing an instant beer cellar for that "gotta have one of everything" beer loving somebody in your life. The contents of these cases include some otherwise long sold out rarities like Brett Hop, Sketchy, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Gratitude. And like the 12 Crowlers of Christmas, you'll save a few bucks in the process.  Limited availability, only 7 cases remaining in stock as of today, split between our two locations.

Fresh New Wearable GOOD BEER Gear:

The screen printing and embroidery elves have been working overtime on some SPIFFY new Brewery Apparel to outfit the GOOD BEER Fan in your life. We've got 2 new styles of Workshirts in stock ($40), 2 new styles of PLAY  shirts ($45), a couple new tshirt designs ($15), cozy EEBC hoodies in black or green ($40), and a bunch of new knit beanies ($14) displayed here in weird beanie-wreath form. We'll be getting these all up on our webstore soon, but for now, you'll have to come see us to land some of these beauties.

Don't forget! Your BEER needs a new outfit too: 

I know you've been eyeballing our Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle style Growlers for months now. And we've just landed a new style of these amazing containers for you to load up with your favorite beer...to empty later. And don't worry, it'll stay cold for up to 12 hours sitting in the hottest of cars, at the height of summer's heat. I'm mean, I don't recommend treating your beer (OUR BEER) so carelessly as a rule, but sometimes things happen... and for those times, THE TANK Growler is here for you.

Available in any color you want, as long as it's green... $40+tax.

Beer Belly Yoga Classes, Brewery Tours, Tickets to the GOOD WOOD Fest...

If a Brewery EXPERIENCE is more of what you have in mind for that GOOD BEER Fan in your life, we've got no shortage of those in our EVENTS calendar, so feel free to click on through and snatch up some tickets while you can!

Don't worry too much about picking a date that will work. As long as we've got 48 hours of advanced notice before an event, we can easily swap you (our your gift recipient) out to a different date.

STILL CAN'T DECIDE? OR DON'T WANT TO DECIDE?

We've taken measures to put the ultimate safety net in place for you this beer-shopping season... The EEBC GIFT CARD. When you're all out of ideas, but you are absolutely POSITIVE that they love beer!

Or just bring them in for a couple pints. Your time together is the best gift of all...and just think how much of it you've already spent reading this!

Happy Shopping, and Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Christmas Week Hours:

Christmas Week Hours:

Here's our open hours for Thanksgiving Week (2015) for both our locations:

THE BREWERY (OR "BREWPUB" AS WE SAY NOW):

SUN 12-5PM

MON CLOSED... because we always close on Mondays.

TUE 4-8PM

WED 4-9PM (Staying open late for our 7-9pm PubQuiz!)

THU 11-3pm "Pint Before Christmas" anyone?

FRI CLOSED for Christmas

SAT 12-8PM

SUN 12-5PM

...Regular Brewery Taproom hours resume the week of New Years.

 

THE GROWLER SHOP IN THE STRIP DISTRICT:

SUN 10-4PM*

MON 11-4PM*

TUE 11-4PM*

WED 11-4PM*

THU 11-4PM*

FRI CLOSED for Christmas

SAT 9-5PM*

SUN 10-4PM*

* Note: This is the EARLIEST we will close in The Strip. But we're happy to stay open later as long as you're still coming in to see us!

Thanksgiving Week Hours:

Here's our open hours for Thanksgiving Week (2015) for both our locations:

THE BREWERY (OR "BREWPUB" AS WE SAY NOW):

TUE 4-8PM

WED 2-8PM

THU - CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

FRI 2-8PM

SAT 12-8PM (Happy Small Business Saturday!)

SUN 12-5PM

 

THE GROWLER SHOP IN THE STRIP DISTRICT:

WED 11-4PM*

THU - CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

FRI 11-6PM*

SAT 9-5PM* (Happy Small Business Saturday!)

SUN 10-4PM* 

* Note: This is the EARLIEST we will close. If it's still jumping at this time, we'll gladly stay open as long as you'd like us to jump.

This year's BigPour Brew will be...

WEISER PEACH SOUR? Good question!!

We've been brewing the namesake beer for the Steel City Big Pour since the festival's inception, way back in 1969. (I might have the year wrong, so please don't quote me on that.) And the choice of the beer we brew for release at this fest has made a lot of twists and turns over the years.

We've brewed Session Ales, Big Beers, Spiced Beers, Hop Bombs, Belgian Ales, and Fruit Beers - many of which have taken up a regular recurring spot in our annual brew schedule. So this year, with the emerging interest in Sour Ales and beer fermented with non-standard fermenting agents... combined with our recently expanded sour beer program, it seems appropriate to concoct something in this arena for this year's BigPour Brew. And somehow, we actually got this into our schedule early enough to give a beer this complicated some time to come together. Hooray for planning! Move ahead one space!

Hey! Who put that pluot in there!?!

Hey! Who put that pluot in there!?!

We brewed a nice light rye ale base beer, kettle-soured it for 3-4 days, and ran about 150gal of that wort off into our fermenter for secondary fermentation with our house ale yeast. After fermention finished up, we kicked off a tertiary fermentation by adding 100lbs of fresh peaches to the tank, that we picked up on the way back from our collaboration with PizzaBoy Brewing... Fruit from their favorite fruit source, Weiser Orchards.

Aside: We also ran the other ~300 gallons of the kettle-soured wort into oak barrels for fermentation with Brettanomyces... but we'll be ready to talk more about that beer at some point down the line when it's further along.

This light base beer with a delicate combination of lacto-tartness and fruity peachy goodness is way more than we could have hoped for. You can even pick up a little the character of the rye malt in the finished beer if you try hard enough. The combination... well, it's just lovely.* 

"WEISER PEACH SOUR"

Yep, that's the name. There's not a whole lot of this beer to go around, but we'll tap a keg of it at the halfway point in each session of the BigPour on Saturday September 12th. And then we'll release it at the Brewery at a time we still need to sort out... not on BigPour day, like we usually do. There's just too much happening that day to manage it, AND we've got a special packaging surprise we'd like to unveil in our taproom for this beer as well. So stay tuned for that announcement/release, coming soon to a Brewery near you... assuming you are near us.

See you AND this beer at the Big Pour!

* Biased.

Sometimes things just line up perfectly. #HoppyConvergence

Sometimes things just line up perfectly. #HoppyConvergence

It can be tricky to coordinate our schedule sometimes. Tank space, distribution demand, open cooperage, staff time off, hop contracts and availability, and this time of year the most unpredictable of all, Mother Nature. She says when the wet-hop crop is ready, and she's difficult to convince otherwise. With all of this pulling against us, we usually just meet the basic needs and roll with the rest as best as we can.  

But sometimes the stars line up for us without even trying, and we manage to get SIX hop-forward beers at the taps all at once at the peak of freshness. And right when the wet hops come in too.

A HOPPY CONVERGENCE!!! 

So we can't resist taking a moment to share all of this with you, our regular customers, the best way we know how... by putting all six into glasses for you to enjoy, right here at the source.

If we did a deal like this on a busy Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in here, it just might be mayhem. (Remember that FOD sampling a while back? I sure do.) So this time the special pricing is just during the week.

Of course, you can still find this whole hoppy lineup in here any time we're open, for regular pay-as-you-go enjoyment by sampler, pint, and Growler, as long as these beers last. But it might be a little less convergencey

 

 

Growler Recall Notice

Growler Recall Notice

We've been getting a lot of reports from customers lately that their Growlers seem to be leaking beer through a hole in the top. Generally, this leakage seems to happen around 5pm (though sometimes earlier, sometimes later), over dinner at home, at a BYOB restaurant, in the backyard by the grill, and often in the company of GOOD FRIENDS. 

We appreciate your patience as we work through this problem. 

The good news is: We have found a solution, but unfortunately it's just a temporary one. If you bring your empty Growler in to one of our locations, our crack squad of Growler Refilling Technicians will be happy to fill you back up, and all you have to cover is the cost of the parts. The labor is on us. (Unfortunately, empty BigHop cans do not respond well to this treatment, and are best sent to recycling, and replaced immediately by our GRTs, who have also been fully trained on these containers.)

We appreciate your patience as we work to rid all our containers of this problem. And if it's any consolation, we feel your pain, as this problem seems to have spread to our entire float of kegs, and even to the largest of our fermenters and bright tanks. It's like an epidemic in here.

Please know that we are doing everything in our power to address this. There's NOTHING more troubling than finding out you have less beer than you thought you had.

Thank you again for your patience.

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Green Giant goes on tap 2pm Friday July 3rd @ Brewery

Green Giant goes on tap 2pm Friday July 3rd @ Brewery

You might remember this beer from last year. We sure do. Not only was it our Brewer Joe's first recipe here, but it just might have been the fastest moving beer we've ever tapped! (Granted, we took a LOT of this one home ourselves.)

Green Giant is a 7.2% single hop IPA brewed with Citra Hops... first wort and late addition hopping keep the bitterness down and the hop flavor up front where it belongs. 

We'll tap it at the Brewery Friday at Growler Hours - which start at 2pm this time since its a holiday weekend. (Our Growler Shop in the Strip will have it next week.)

Happy Independence Day Weekend! 

JULY 4TH Weekend Growler Hours

JULY 4TH Weekend Growler Hours

Happy Birthday USA!

This Independent Brewery is celebrating Independence Day with some special hours at BOTH of our locations, that you should probably be aware of... changes to regular hours shown in BOLD:

AT THE BREWERY:

  • TUE 4-8pm
  • WED 4-8pm
  • THU 4-8pm
  • FRI 2-8pm
  • SAT 10-2pm
  • SUN 12-5pm

AT THE SHOP IN THE STRIP: 

  • WED 10-4pm
  • THU 10-7pm
  • FRI 10-6pm
  • SAT 9-2pm
  • SUN 10-4pm

BigHop, now in cans!

We had a pretty exciting day here this past Wednesday, filling 273 cases of cans with our BigHop IPA. We have it available at BOTH of our locations right now... here at the Brewery, and at our Growler Shop in the Strip.

Here's some photos from the canning day... click to make em big.


In an ongoing effort to reverse our "jagoff" status...CANS!

In an ongoing effort to reverse our "jagoff" status...CANS!

"They make great beer.  But they're jagoffs because they don't sell it in cans." 

Yeah, that's an actual quote from a review I saw posted about us a while back. It still makes me smile every time I read it. Partly because of the way it was written, with a mix of Pittsburghese and subtle can-awareness. And partly because we've been scheming on canning since 2007, when I almost pulled the trigger on a small, used, manual canning machine. At the time, I decided to hold off for a bit, and in another month, we were completely out of brewing capacity to support our existing, growing draft business. So even if we had gotten canning to happen, we'd have nothing to go inside them until we could complete some bigger steps.

But now, with a bigger building, a bigger Brewhouse, bigger capacity, and a bigger staff (You callin' me fat?!?), we're finally ready.  And who knows. Maybe this little "jagoff" jab was just the nudge we needed.

Last week, I approved the final color swatches for our BigHop cans, 94,000 of which were made at a can plant in upstate NY yesterday, 5/27/15. And next week, we'll be doing our very first canning run here at EEBC with a Mobile Canning outfit on June 3rd.

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Credit for this wonderfully clean, direct, and simple label design all goes to the wonderfully clean,  direct, and simple folks over at Commonwealth Press, Dan and Mark... pictured here in their natural state of being awesome.

So now you ask: Why cans and not bottles? Cans have some distinct advantages over bottles, but since enough has been written about this a thousand times over, it's all just a quick web search away. (Go ahead and click. I'll wait....   ...See there? Cans are pretty cool, right?)

Of course, Growlers will always be our preferred package here: Fresh beer in a completely reusable package...if filled properly and kept cold and out of the light, what's not to like? But we realize not everyone can make it out to see us as often as they might like to, or manage to find us on tap around town. So cans will definitely help bridge this gap!

To start, we're just offering BigHop in cans, and we're just offering it at our two locations, by the six pack and by the case. In time, when we're confident that the quality, consistency, and shelf life are all where they need to be, we'll start some distribution around town. And from there, who knows where we'll go with this. As it always is, that part's really up to you and your thirst.

We'll make a big fuss over all of this, and do a big can launch event at some point, but for now, we just want to get them to you as soon as they are ready. So based on what we know now, look for them on June 4th at the Brewery and the Shop... if all goes as canned*.

Until then, we're still jagoffs.

Cheers - Scott

* I'm not sure you realize how difficult it was for me to write this without a single can pun. So for your "enjoyment", I included a single can pun.