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.


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.

Happy Mild Month!

Happy Mild Month!

You may not think of May as particularly mild in Pittsburgh, given that one weekend we can see snow in the air, and a week later, it's in the 90's. But please know that we are doing our part to make American Mild Month a reality. But of course, with beer. 

In my view, the timing is perfect. Spring is ideal for lower alcohol beers. You've spent the whole winter "going big" and now that the weather has broken, we're all outside lots more... yard work, biking, hiking, and generally enjoying longer, sunnier days. And sometimes - just sometimes, these activities can be complimented by your favorite brewed beverage.

What I reach for on days like these is a nice lower abv beer that's still got lots of flavor. A beer to have at lunchtime... An American MILD!

So early this month, with just the gentlest of nudges from the folks at we resurrected an old favorite from our archives, dusted off the batch sheet, and put a new batch of Brendan's Mild into the tank. 

This wee little 3% of a beer quietly debuted last night at the Brewery, and we'll keep it rolling here as long as it lasts.

Here's Brendan's description: 

This is the first recipe I ever wrote at EEBC some 7 or 8 years ago.  It's a traditional British mild ale style.  All Maris Otter Pale malts plus brown, kiln amber, and some crystal 60.  There were bittering and flavor additions with Fuggle at 90 and 15.  If memory serves me, the hop presence is there more than last time we brewed it and the Brown malt character feels less pronounced.  This comes in truly session-able, at 3.0%, $10 per fill.  I am excited to taste this on cask.  We did one pin for in house use.  (Another pin went to dave carl at brews brothers and a firkin went to Pipers.)  Available to anyone for a time in any sized keg.  15 bbl batch size.

Blue Canoe Collaboration: Imperial Shandy

Blue Canoe Collaboration: Imperial Shandy

As you might have heard, back on March 18th, a member of our Western PA Brewing Community suffered a big setback. Blue Canoe Brewery is located in part of a large building in the center of Titusville, and there was a large fire in an adjacent part of this building.  While the fire itself didn't damage the brewery or the brewing equipment, there was a significant amount of water damage to both, which has temporarily shut them down.

 photo courtesy of

photo courtesy of

How can we help? Driving up to Titusville with a bunch of tools and materials to help them rebuild sure sounds like a nice idea. But actually, that's probably best left to people who do this sort of work every day... and actually know what they're doing.

What's a better way to help another brewery out, using the skills and tools we have at our disposal? Brew some BEER! And send the proceeds their way to help the rebuilding efforts!

So we reached out to their Brewer Justin Dudek, and invited him down to do a special collaboration beer with us on Wednesday of last week. That's him on the left, rinsing out the Mash Tun, while Nordy from East End readies a bag of cane sugar to go into the boil.

As of this writing, we have yet to settle on a name for this beer, but we'll nail that down soon I'm sure. It's something these two have described as an Imperial Shandy... both light and big, and with the Arnold Palmer-esque addition of both lemonade and iced tea.  So this will make for quite a unique addition to our summer beer lineup! (We've already given up on Spring this year in Pittsburgh, right?)

Look for this beer to be on tap at both East End locations in a couple weeks, and by special arrangements at local tap spots shortly thereafter. And please keep in mind that every glass and every Growler will help Blue Canoe get their doors back open!

Or if you'd prefer a more direct approach to supporting them, you can contribute to their fundraising efforts right HERE.




With this wonderful Spring weather upon us, we've been making a more concerted effort to get our Fridays and Saturdays FULLY BOOKED with our Mobile Food partners.  And from the look of the schedule, we're nearly there:

  • Fri 5/1 Nakama
  • Sat 5/2 ROUND UP: Pgh Taco Truck, Franktuary, The Vandal, Healcrest Urban Farm
  • Fri 5/8 <open>
  • Sat 5/9 Brassero Grill
  • Fri 5/15 <open>
  • Sat 5/16 Eliza's Oven
  • Fri 5/22 Brassero Grill
  • Sat 5/23 Berlin Street Food
  • Fri 5/29 Brassero Grill
  • Sat 5/30 Berlin Street Food

(Food trucks operators: If you'd like to come out, fill some gaps, fill some mouths, drop us a line!)

We really like having great food for you here every Friday and Saturday like this. Not only because we like to eat it, but because it makes our beer taste even better!

But cooking on the road isn't always a breeze. For these guys to come out, and come out REGULARLY like this, it sure helps when there's lots of people here who are ready to eat.  The more successful they are when they're here, the easier it is for them to say YES when we invite them back.

So if you can manage it, don't just come thirsty to the Brewery. Come HUNGRY too!

Collaboratin' Left and Right for #PCBW


The best part of PCBW for us is that we get to mix it up in the brewery with some new people... exchange a bit of brewing knowledge, share a bit of beer, split a few pizzas, and come up with something totally new. 

This year for PCBW, we decided to do 2 Collaboration Beers!

50 Shades of GRAIN:

While this beer was a collaboration with CoStar Brewing, Spoonwood, and East End, the naming credit for this one all goes to Steve from Spoonwood. Usually at EEBC, we go around and around a dozen times, trying to land a name for a beer that's going on tap in 3 days... so when Steve sent this name out on an email right at the beginning, mostly as a joke, we immediately lashed to the bedposts and claimed it as our own.


In collaborating on this brew, we decided to take an approach more traditional to the Roggenbier style, a style you don’t see all that often. We took a fistful of malts from our collective malt stores, holding to the namesake for this beer. We pushed the limits for ABV and hopping rates for the style, but we landed in the realm of traditional using a german weizen yeast. This brew landed at roughly 6.2%, contains around 45% rye malts. For a twist, we spiced it with a just noticeable amount of fresh Juniper berries. 

You'll  find 50 Shades of Grain on tap around town, and of course at BOTH East End locations, all during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week...and beyond.

But if you'd like to come hang out with the crew that made this beer, we're doing a special tapping of it at Spoonwood on 4/22. You've been looking for an excuse to go check them out, right?

EAST CaliENDe Hop Slice:

 Dinosaur free malt

Dinosaur free malt

Caliente approached us about doing a collaboration for PCBW, and Matt Moninger was the messenger.  We've know Matt for years from his time at Church Brew Works, and now that he's at Caliente, he makes an excellent beer ambassador to broker these kinds of things... or at least he knows why it takes so long for us to answer an email.

 CRAZY amounts of hop residue covering the brewhouse floor, as we keg the last of this beer up.

CRAZY amounts of hop residue covering the brewhouse floor, as we keg the last of this beer up.

So, the Caliente crew came out to the Brewery, mixed it up with the EEBC crew, and we all decided to brew a great big double IPA. The base of the beer would be all pils malt and we'd add a bit of cane sugar to more thoroughly dry it out, while bumping up the abv a bit in the process.  All of this to get the keep the malt character very mild, and out of the way, so the hops can shine through.We landed at a 9% abv with a pitch of our house ale yeast.  Hop we added were "first wort" Simcoe, a MASSIVE whirlpool addition of a newer hop we've been playing with here lately called Lemon Drop, and then, a touch of dry hopping with more Simcoe and some Amarillo in the fermenter, to give a nice boost in hoppy aromatics.

We're REALLY happy with this beer, and hope that you'll enjoy it.  And if you like hoppy, light bodied beer (what some would call West Coast IPAs), I'm pretty sure you will!

This beer will go on tap during #PCBW too, but only at 4 locations: Caliente Bloomfield, Caliente Hampton, at our Growler Shop, and here at the Brewery.

Giving you what you really want.

Giving you what you really want.

Every few years it's important to step back, take a long hard look, and make sure that you aren't letting the world pass you by.  Tastes change, palates evolve, and a once new and exciting lineup of beer styles can become dated.  So we've decided to make a BIG change here to make sure that never happens at East End Brewing.

Hoppy beers have always been our most popular offerings, as evidenced by the popularity of our flagship BigHop.  And now, after months of work, we've finally readied ourselves to bring some changes that we think you'll be very excited about...

We're changing to an all IPA Brewery.

You'll still see some familiar names here, but all with a new twist.  So starting TODAY, here's our tap list:

Black Strap Stout IPA

Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout IPA

Crystal Schip (wine barrel aged, sour brown) IPA

Joe Melt IPA

Monkey Boy Hefeweizen IPA

Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale IPA

Snow Melt Winter Ale IPA

East End Witte IPA

Barmy Root Beer IPA

Barmy Ginger Ale IPA

Steel Cut Oatmeal Stout IPA

The Lemon Project #727 IPA



And later this Spring and Summer, we'll have beers like... 

Pedal Pale Ale IPA

Green Giant IPA IPA

Bigger Hop Double IPA IPA

Big Hop Harvest Ale IPA


But please don't worry. We're not changing the recipe for any of these beers. Just the names. Because we know that's what you want. Some of them already lean somewhat hoppy. Others not so much. But now they'll all be loved equally with these new names.

Now, when is IPA day again? Because I can't wait to find some people who hate hoppy beers, and introduce them to all of these special IPAs on that day!

Gratitude - post release update

Gratitude - post release update

Well HEY, that was fun! Thanks for coming over on Saturday for Gratitude Release Day everyone!

I've been getting a lot of questions about a lot of Gratitude-related things, including what's left. So I figured an update is in order.  Here's the rundown...

  • 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Gratitude has sold out.
  • 2014 Gratitude Barleywine is still available, and will be in stock at BOTH our locations for the next few weeks... in my estimation it will last at least this long.
  • There's still 2008A "flawed" in stock at the Brewery, and it's tasting better than ever!
  • There's still a couple full cases of Flatitude available at the Brewery.









If you want to enjoy some Gratitude in our tap room at the Brewery, there's also some bottles of these left, chilled and ready to open. All you need to do is ask:

  • 2006 Gratitude (unlabeled)
  • 2008A Gratitude
  • 2009 Gratitude (unlabeled)
  • 2010 Gratitude (unlabeled)
  • 2014 Gratitude
  • 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Gratitude (unlabeled)


Now that's that bit of business is covered, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out on Saturday. This release has grown each year for us, and every year, I'm shocked to hear how long you guys have been waiting outside for us to open our doors so that you can get this beer - and this year, it was in the rain, starting at something like 6am... And that's for a noon opening!

Given the amount and nature of the beers involved (yes, barleywine is strong), it was really a remarkably well-behaved bunch.  (Especially when you consider that it was also St. Patrick's Day Parade Day.)  So thank you also for that too!

And thank you for spending your hard earned money with us! This day allows us to pay a lot of bills, and do things that we simply couldn't manage to do in the timing that we would like to do them. Stuff like... Improve our Beer, improve our Brewery, and hire more staff. Put another way, it allows us to GROW. So thanks!

But mostly, I'm happy with how smoothly everything went. Putting on a fun, fair, and civilized event is always our goal for these, and the fact that every single person in line had a chance to purchase their limit of each beer (which we set at one case, and were able to hold to as the line was depleted), tells me that this goal was reached. Which is a HUGE RELIEF!


Now, there is the matter of the Charity Auction for the (nearly) complete Gratitude Vertical that Fat Gary so kindly donated. And now... let's add to that a SECOND nearly complete Gratitude Vertical that was donated by Al from PizzaBoy, out of his personal stash!

(I think the 2005 is absent from Al's set, because I saw him open it at a release day a couple years ago, pour himself a sample, and unceremoniously pass the rest out to everyone standing around him. Seriously, how classy a move is that???)

So, it's going to take me a little bit to figure out how to auction beer, as I don't think ebay does this anymore. But if you have a suggestion, I'd love to hear it!

Cheers - Scott (and ALL of your Gratitude Release Day Crew)


Expanding Our Brewpub Hours

Expanding Our Brewpub Hours

Operating a Brewpub that closes at 5pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays is probably one of the silliest things we're doing right now. And given the amount of silliness around here, that's really saying something. So, starting this Sunday, we're extending our weekend Growler Hours at the Brewery to this:

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

It'll take us a while to get this info updated in every place it's kept on the interwebs and IRL, but trust me. It's starting this Sunday, March 8th.



Scott and Terry are BOTH sad to see the week end.

New beers on tap, LAST CALLS, and new draft and bottles ahead.

New beers on tap, LAST CALLS, and new draft and bottles ahead.


We released a couple of new beers at the Brewery lately, and with little fanfare. Mostly because we were all fanfared out with our Brewpub Grand Opening.  So here's a little rundown on them, as well as some new ones on the horizon:

  • Boire Avec Moi - This is a Belgian Table Beer.  The loose translation to local dialect would be something like "Hey Yinz, Drink with me!"  Traditionally, this style was a beer of very low abv (1-2% alcohol by volume) brewed to be enjoyed at the dinner table by adults and children alike. But we brewed this at 4.2% (Imperial Table Beer???), and it's just for Grown Ups. Nordy brewed this beer.
  • Black Hop - This is a "cascadian dark ale", since black ipa is a bit of an oxymoron. It's a different recipe than last time we brewed it, when it was our BigPourBrew.  Hop supply being the main contributor to the change, as well as our desire to tinker and improve whenever we can. 6.0% abv. Brendan brewed this beer.

Ingredients and other info for these beers and lots of others can be found on our mobile tap list site, which we update every week: You can add it to your smartphone by just clicking on that link and adding a shortcut. (It's really just a website, not an app that eats up any space.)


Over the next couple of weeks, we expect to see the following beers run out:

  • BigHop HARVEST Ale (Our wet-hopped BigHop)
  • Brett Hop (100% Brettanomyces fermented BigHop, coming back in big bottles in 2015!)
  • Along Came a Cider (returning in a couple weeks as the new batch finishes up)
  • ElderberRye Ale (Rye beer with fresh elderberries added post-fermentation)


  • Steelcut Oatmeal Stout
  • The Bitter End
  • Sketchy (Illustration Ale aged in wine barrels on brett)
  • Old Nebby Stock Ale


We're going to try and roll all of these into one or two bottle release days here, so there will be a chance to get some of each.  But ultimately, we're at the mercy of the beers and their readiness, trying to coordinate this.

  • Gratitude Barleywine
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Gratitude Barelywine
  • Homewood Reserve 2014 (Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Strap Stout)
  • Old Knobby (Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Nebby)
  • Brett Hop (100% Brett fermented BigHop)
  • Sketchy  (Illustration Ale aged in wine barrels on brett)
  • Crystal Schip (A unique big brown ale, aged in wine barrels on brett)