Gin-Barrel Aged MonkeyBoy Hefeweizen release: January 27th at 4pm, Brewery only.

A while back, we got our hands on something unusual... a freshly emptied gin barrel. I for one, don't usually think of aging gin in oak, but I suppose I'm not always of the same mind as our pals down at Wigle Whiskey, who know a good idea when they have one.

This barrel was no stranger to us; we'd filled it with Gratitude Barleywine about a year prior. And back then, we called it a "bourbon barrel". So without getting all existential about whether this is a gin barrel or a bourbon barrel now - or for that matter a barleywine barrel, lets just say that it's been around. And in these travels, it has picked up quite a bit of character... character that we really wanted to bring to a beer!

We decided that the best way to bring out the subtle nuances of this particular assembled collection of oak staves, heads, steel hoops, and everything that's ever been inside it, was to fill it with a more subtle, nuanced beer... our Monkey Boy Hefeweizen. The botanicals from the gin plus the esters from the hefeweizen... it's a combination that's kind of hard to imagine. But luckily, we don't have to imagine it any more. We can drink it now. Or at least soon.

We'll be tapping a 5 gallon keg of this beer, along with a bunch of our other barrel aged beers (see list below) at the GOOD WOOD Fest, here at EEBC tomorrow night. If you're coming to GOOD WOOD, we'll have ALL of these beers available for purchase to go in Growlers and Crowlers starting promptly when the fest ends at 9pm. Maybe even a few BBA Bottles we've had stashed away too.

If you're not coming to the GOOD WOOD Fest (sorry, it is completely sold out), on Friday January 27 at 4pm we'll be putting the Gin Barrel MonkeyBoy on tap at the Brewery for tasters, pints, and yes, Crowlers. (No Growlers of this one. Barrel yields are notoriously poor, and there's just the one, so there really isn't very much of it to go around.)

And in the weeks to come, you'll see more of the beers from this GoodWood lineup released, just as soon as we can dial in a plan for them. 

  

Closing Early Saturday January 21

The bad news: we're closing at 5pm at the Brewpub on Saturday, January 21st. 

The good news: the Taproom in the Strip is still open normal hours, till 10pm!

The gooder news: we're closing the Brewpub early to make room for the SOLD OUT Good Wood Festival! If you're one of the lucky folk who got a ticket to sample barrel-aged beer from sixteen local breweries, we'll see you on Saturday! 

Bigger Hop limited release

Bigger Hop Double IPA is here and to celebrate we’re releasing some in 16oz cans! They’ll be sold in packs of 4 for $12 at the Brewery, starting when our doors at 4pm this Friday, January 13. They’ll have been canned literally that morning, and even though this is a small test run, this is the freshest packaged beer we’ve ever been able to offer you!

This year's BiggerHop is 9.5% and brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe hops on a simple base of pilsner malt and a bit of cane sugar, fermented with something OTHER than our usual house yeast strain. It's also been dry-hopped twice during fermentation, and now is quietly maturing in the fermenter in anticipation of Friday's small canning run. The timing has worked out pretty perfectly on this, so we're excited to get this beer into your hands, your glasses, and your mouths!

What's all this talk about brewery tours?

We get a lot of questions about our Grains-to-Glass tours at the brewery, mostly starting with “where’s the bathroom?”

But seriously! Here’s the answers to some important questions:

HOW LONG DOES THE TOUR TAKE?
About an hour, depending on how many questions you ask and how long it takes you to drink your four samples. That’s right, you get four generous samples of East End Brewing beer on every tour!

SO WE JUST WANDER AROUND THE BREWERY BY OURSELVES?
No! You’ll be guided by one of our expert staff, and learn not just about East End Brewing history, but see every part of our operation. There’s a reason why we call it Grains-To-Glass! You’ll see all the tanks and also get a look at our extensive barrel-aging operation.

HOW INTERACTIVE IS IT?
Very! You’ll get to see and smell every bit of the operation, starting with the grains we use and our hops. You can even taste some of the grains themselves, although we suggest sticking with the beer samples.

WOW. SO WHAT’S THIS COST, LIKE $50?
No! Tour tickets are just $25 and that gets you:

  • A guided tour of the brewery by our helpful, knowledgeable, and hopefully clean-smelling staff
  • Generous samples of four of our beers, poured fresh right before your tour
  • Best of all, you’ll leave with a new growler filled with GOOD BEER of your choice, or $15 store credit to spend on beer, hats, t-shirts, our oh-so-popular stainless steel growlers, or even our new golf discs! 

THIS SEEMS LIKE THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME. HOW DO I GET TICKETS?
Click here and buy now
! There are sometimes limited day-of tickets available, but we wouldn’t count on it…get ‘em ahead of time!

I LIKE BEER.
Us too.

 

Holiday Hours!

We love you but we've got to take some time apart...for the holidays! Here's our holiday hours - be sure to stock up!

Crafts, Drafts, Keg Rides, Jobs, and more!

Greetings! We hope you'll join us this Saturday for our second annual holiday installment of Crafts and Draftssponsored by Yelp Pittsburgh! Not only do we have fourteen art, craft, & vintage vendors for your holiday shopping, but we've got food from PGH Po' Boy, La Palapa Mexican Food, Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Wigle Whiskey all under one roof! Plus crafts for the kids from the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh! And you'll get a free taste of Snow Melt Winter Ale! It's free, so bring the family and we'll see you Saturday from 12-5pm!

Speaking of Snow Melt, let's talk about upcoming beers, including...

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Snow Melt debuts on Friday, December 16! We didn't think we could make Snow Melt any better, but try this version with bourbon warmth and hint of oak. Perfect for the holidays!
  • Along Came a Cider. Along Came a Ginger is almost gone (check the Taproom if you want more), but we'll have our regular Cider on draft soon!
  • Black Hop: Technically it's not a Black IPA, it's a Cascadian Dark Ale. But we know it's delicious and on tap for a limited time!
  • In the tank: We're working on some old favorites for the new year, includingIllustration Ale and Bigger Hop. Look for Bigger Hop in January, Illustration Ale sometime after that. And a new batch of Gratitude Barleywine will be out in early 2017 too!

For a current list of our complete draft, bottle, and canned offerings, as well as our hours and addresses, check out our mobile app on your smartphone

And we're running a special deal through Friday, December 9! Buy a $25 East End Brewing Gift Card in person at the Brewpub or Taproom and get a pint of beer! Your choice of anything we have on draft! This way you AND the recipient both get some of that holiday beer, I mean cheer!

Tickets for our 13th annual Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride are on sale now! On April 29th, join us as we bring fresh kegs of Pedal Pale Ale to a secret location, all for a great cause. This year we're proud to announce that proceeds from our ride will go to Danny Chew, a prominent member of Pittsburgh's Cycling Community and founder of The Dirty Dozen Race. Danny suffered a tragic bike accident earlier this past September, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Proceeds from our ride will go to Danny, to help him out during this difficult time... and give him back just a little bit of what he's given to Pittsburgh over these many years. Learn more and buy your tickets here. (Thanks to Brett Rothmeyer for the photo)

We've got plenty of events coming up soon, including:

  • Wednesday, Dec 7 & 21, Trivia at the Brewpub with Buzzworthy Trivia and PGH Po'Boy! Win prizes, form teams, and drink beer!
  • Beer Belly Yoga on Saturday, Dec 11 from 10am-12pm. $25 gets you a 45 minute glass, your own 13 oz East End glass filled with your choice of beverage, and a token for a free class with I Am Yoga of Squirrel Hill. Get your tickets here!
  • Good Wood Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer is January 21! Get your tickets before they sell out! This is our third time doing this event with Wigle Whiskey and fifteen local breweries, and it's a LOT of fun. 

Will YOU work for beer? Or rather, will you work MAKING beer? We're looking for a part time-to-full time person to work primarily on the brewing side of our operation, with a focus on general maintenance and cellar operations, as well as potentially pickup up regular front of house bartending shifts, and occasional event coverage. Beer and brewing knowledge and experience is also helpful, but are not absolutely mandatory. Click here to learn more and apply!


We love the way our new red hoodies look, and we love our iridescent disc golf fliers too! Heck we've got a lot of great merchandise and shirts for men and women at ouronline store!

And finally, here's our holiday hours...we hope you share some GOOD BEER with GOOD FRIENDS and FAMILY this holiday season!
Saturday, December 24: Both locations close at 3pm.
Sunday, December 25: Both locations closed
Saturday, December 31: Both locations close at 3pm
Sunday, January 1: Both locations cloased

Remeber the beer!

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Remember the Beer! (And get a jump start on holiday shopping)

Thursday we're closed for Thanksgiving, and we hope you can spend some time with your loved ones. And to make that time go easier, there's always beer! We're opening early at the Brewpub today (2-8pm) so you can Remember the Beer! We've got lots of great stuff but may we humbly suggest:

  • Along Came a Ginger: For those in your family who "don't like beer" or can't have gluten, try our local apple cider with fresh ginger. It's a holiday treat!
  • Five Teeth Short of a Smile: For those who want something thematic, try this Kentucky Common Ale from TRASH homebrewer Chris Staub's award-winning recipe. Think of it as a darker cream ale, made with real corn and lots of history, it's easy-drinking and goes well with Turkey.
  • Snow Melt Winter Ale: For those who like a winter warmer without all those spices, here's our popular ruby-red malt beer with a hint of hop flavor.
  • 2015 Homewood Reserve: For those who want something nice for after-dinner, we've got just a few bottles left of our bourbon-barrel-aged Black Strap Stout. Get 'em while they last!

We're open regular hours for the rest of the weekend if you're looking for a place to have a drink with family (or "needing to have a drink with family). 

And we know holiday shopping is starting with a fervor! Here's a thought: instead of fighting the crowds, why not give them something they'll really like: Beer! Or beer-themed merchandise! 

We're got a ton of great new stuff, including hoodies and t-shirts in women's sizes, new colors and designs, wool knit hats, and even some great new flannels coming soon! How about a gift card or a shiny new growler? Maybe then they'll even share some of that beer with you! 

Come visit us at either location to buy some new merchandise, or visit our online store at Commonwealth Press. Make shopping easy, and Remember the Beer!

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Thanksgiving Hours

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Here's our schedule for both locations this week; we hope you'll take time to get together with friends and family. We're thankful for hops, malt, yeast, grains, man, the list goes on and on!

LOAF-IN' AROUND

So what’s the deal with this bread beer?

First, let's talk about FOOD WASTE and FOOD INSECURITY here in Allegheny County. In the US, somewhere between 30% and 40% of the food supply is wasted. That's over 20lbs of food per person per month. That's just crazy!

Here in Allegheny County, 14% of our population are "Food Insecure". That's over 170,000 people! There's got to be a way to put these two problems together and solve some portion of both, right? Well, that's exactly what 412 Food Rescue is working to do, right here in Pittsburgh, by taking unused food from local stores and restaurants and “rescues” it by getting it to people in need.

We were contacted by 412 Food Rescue’s Leah Lizarondo earlier this year about the possibility of making a beer from unused bread, in order to raise funds to benefit the great work they're doing. For those of you that have had or heard of our Kvass and Sourdough brews in years past, you know that we are no strangers to turning bread into beer. And as food waste goes, stale bread, is a major problem in that no one could use it... so of course we said YES!

Last week, using a myriad of leftover stale loaves from the good folks at Five Points Artisan Bakeshop, we pulled together a bunch of 412 Food Rescue volunteers to "break bread" with us, chopping up about 200 loaves so it could go into the mash tun... with some more traditional brewers grains.

The brewing goal is a little different this time. Instead of trying to make something that tastes like a liquid version of a loaf of bread, our aim is to make a delicious beer with bready notes and a more traditional beer flavor profile. In this case, something like a pale ale. I had a slice of the not-quite-beer earlier this week, and I can say it delivers! Bready nose, crisp finish. I can't wait to pour some for you!

Now to the important stuff: How can you get the beer?

Right now, the only way to take home some Growlers of LOAF is to buy into the 412 Food Rescue CSA...or rather, CSB (Community Supported Beer). This is a fund raiser for them after all! You can buy your full share now, which comes out to four growlers, for $100 or a half share of two for $50. That includes the beer AND brand-new shiny growlers, and of course you’re helping support a great cause.

Once the shares are all spoken for, we’ll have a limited amount of Loaf on draft, but it’ll only be available in tasters or pints; no Crowlers or Growlers. The only way to get enough to share is to BUY A SHARE! So yeah... do that.

Once you buy a share, you can pick them up at our release party on Friday, November 18 here at the Brewery. Did I mention we're having a RELEASE PARTY??? Music, food, fresh bread, and bread beer!

You can read more about Loaf here.

Or watch a video from the Glassblock here! They're documenting this whole project!

Fall-a-bration!

We’ve got so many events at the Brewpub this week that we’ve compiled them into a list for you! Weekend plans accomplished! It’s a fall-a-bration!

WEDNESDAY, Oct 19
Join us for trivia with Buzzworthy Pub Trivia and food from PGH Po’boy! Game starts at 7pm; get here early for food and to nail down that team name. And did we mention that it's FREE?

THURSDAY, Oct 20
We’re thrilled to be hosting a seafood boil with our pals from PGH Po’boy! C'mon on down and try a freshly prepared seafood dinner paired with a delicious beer.  Expect a delicious and freshly prepared Cajon-Creole Feast consisting of Crawfish, Shrimp, Mussells, Corn, Red Skin Potatos, and Andouile Sausage matched with a fresh local East End Beer. À la carte menu available too - come early!

FRIDAY, Oct 21
Normal hours at the Taproom in the Strip, but we are CLOSED at the Brewpub (137 Julius St in Larimer) for a staff wedding event.

SATURDAY, Oct 22
It’s a busy day at the Brewery! First we’ve got some spaces left on our Grains-to-Glass tour at 1pm! Tickets on sale now! $25 gets you:

  • Sampling of FOUR current East End Brews (Seasonals, One-offs, and Year-round Favorites).
  • A guided Grains-to-Glass brewery tour with a chance to taste the ingredients that go into our beer.
  • After that, we'll land you back in our tasting room to collect your FREE Growler full of FRESH LOCAL BEER (or $15 equivalent in beer, pint glasses, t-shirts, etc...), filled with the beer of your choice!

And starting at 7pm it’s Waldoberfest, a semi-private fundraiser for the Waldorf School. Enjoy East End Beer, specialty cocktails, mulled cider, Zeke’s coffee, live music from the Haygood Paisleys, and a 50/50 raffle and silent auction! Join the fun! Tickets are available on the day-of.

We're also open for regular business, so come get a pint, growler, crowler or bottle!

SUNDAY, OCT 23
After all that activity and beer, you’ll be ready for some yoga! Join us for Beer Belly Yoga, taught by Rebecca from I am Yoga Squirrel Hill. $25 gets you:

Class size is limited to 40 students, allowing extra space for Beer Bellies as needed.  Doors open at 10am, class starts at 10:30am. 

Fall beers and more!

Lovers of fall and full-bodied beer rejoice! We've got a lot of great new beers on tap, in bottles, and coming up including:

  • Drunkin Nunkin, the bourbon-barrel-aged version of our spiced "no pumpkin" ale. The sweetness of the bourbon really makes this something special for the fall.
  • Inscrutable Drupe, our lacto peach/nectarine sour beer is a delightfully fruity and easy-drinking sour.
  • Cash Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M.) Ale is our take on this classic American style of beer, complete with a little nod to Wu-Tang in the name. Plus we've got plans for some fruit variations on this beer coming up!
  • Toaster, our 4th anniversary Imperial Stout, that we also brewed on the 5th anniversary of our 4th anniversary is back in bottles in time for our 12th anniversary. Everybody got it? Whew. Anyway, it's a great beer.
  • Snow Melt returns in November! And for the Pittsburgh Brewtal Beer Fest, we're collaborating with band Natural Causes for an exclusive Snow Melt Your Face Off version that adds hot pepper heat to the bourbon-barrel-aged version of Snow Melt! We'll also have a regular bourbon-barrel-aged Snow Melt coming soon. Stay tuned!

And one of our crowd favorites is returning this Saturday! Black Strap Stout, brewed with molasses and brown sugar, is going on tap and we're hosting a hard-rocking party to celebrate this heavy-hitter. Our friends from Onion Maiden will be here from 1-5pm serving vegetarian/vegan food and we'll be playing punk rock tunes. Come get your stout on and invite your friends!

Trivia nights continue on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, but now we've got a new food vendor lined up: our pals at PGH Po'Boy! We first met Ben when we were both selling at the Pittsburgh Public Market and it's awesome to see him turn his truck into one of the best in the city! Check out PGH Po'Boy and trivia on October 5 and 19, starting at 7pm!

Sunday, October 23 Beer Belly Yoga is back in the Brewery and it's a great way to stretch out and relax...plus have a beer with your fellow yoga pals when you're done!

It's early to think about the holiday season, we know, but if you're looking for a space to host that holiday party, maybe somewhere that lets you bring in your own food, doesn't charge crazy catering fees, and has lots of GOOD BEER...might we suggest US?! Both our Brewery and Taproom are open for special events, and the Taproom can be used for private events Monday-Wednesday nights! Email us (events@eastendbrewing.com) for more info!

We're fully committed: Bourbon Barrel Aged Nunkin goes on tap tomorrow!

We're fully committed: Bourbon Barrel Aged Nunkin goes on tap tomorrow!

Lotsa hate out there for pumpkin beers this year. I suppose some of it is warranted. And the pumpkin-everything craze may have jumped the gourd last year. But we're still sticking to our firmly held ideals here, as we prepare to release this year's BigPour Brew... even if those ideals don't involve actual pumpkins.

In case you don't know the back story on our Nunkin Ale, here's the excerpt from our very first release of this beer that we did for the 2011 SteelCity BigPour.

So for this year's BigPour Brew, we've committed 100% of this year's Nunkin Ale to bourbon barrels for aging. (Yes, we started thinking about this beer 11 months ago!) And we're really VERY happy with what came out. The malt, the spice, the whiskey... they all play so nicely together, like a warm slice of pie after dinner with a glass of something strong to sip on.

BBA Nunkin, or "Drunken Nunkin" as we have come to call it here, will go on tap tomorrow at the BigPour, about halfway through each session. And of course for those of you not attending the fest, we'll also have it on tap at BOTH our locations on Saturday as well.