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!

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.

Back to School!

Back to School!

Lots of GOOD BEER news and events to cover! First and foremost, we just revamped the BEERS page on our website to get rid of beers that we haven't brewed in, three or four years?and added a WHOLE BUNCH of the new beers we've been pumping out lately! Educate yourself (see... Back to School!) or view our handy-dandy YEAR IN BEER calendar here for our brewing schedule at a glance!

We'll be debuting a new beer at Big Pour this year (more on that later), a Bourbon Barrel Aged version of our Nunkin spiced ale, and look for a lacto-soured beer with fresh nectarines comine soon! But right now we're excited about how great our Big Hop Harvest Ale tastes this year; it's always a little different depending on those fresh hops, so to celebrate we're throwing a party this Saturday! 

Join us for the Crafts & Drafts Record Hop complete with six different vintage vinyl sellers, food & ice cream, crafts with Handmade Arcade, and gig posters! All that plus a free sample of Big Hop Harvest...see you Saturday!

And then because we don't like taking any time off, on Tuesday September 6 we're tapping our special brew created just for Britsburgh, a six day festival of all things British here in Pittsburgh!. Come try our Britsburgh Ale or ask for it on draft around town! We're tapping a cask at 6pm!

It's almost time for Big Pour on September 10, one of our favorite events of the year, to benefit the great folks at Construction Junction. Learn more here!

There's a bunch of other great events happening too; our trivia nights on the first & third Wednesdays are more popular than ever! Join us Sep 7 & 21 and get here early for a seat! 

On Saturday, September 10 we're pleased to be part of a fortuitously named album release party by the band Eastend Mile, with a tap takeover at James Street. On Thursday September 15 we're hosting a special Thursday Pub Quiz edition for the ACLU's Constitution Day! Saturday, September 17 we'll be pouring beer as part of the Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council's Search and Sip in the Strip. Sunday, September 25 Beer Belly Yoga is back! Get your tickets now! And we're rounding out the month with another Poetry & Pints on Friday, Sep 30.

And now for a different type of event: Have you thought about hosting a private event, or looking for a private place to have some GOOD BEER with some GOOD FRIENDS or BUSINESS ASSOCIATES? Our Taproom in the strip is closed to the public Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, which means it's OPEN for private events! Email Nordy at events@eastendbrewing.com and we can talk about setting up a private event in our brand-new Taproom!

We'll close with something to look forward to: we're working with 412 Food Rescue & TRASH homebrewers on a bread beer that should be coming out in the Fall, with all the proceeds going to benefit this great organization that saves unused food and delivers it to people in need. You'll be able to help by doing something you love...buying our beer!

Summertime Funtime!

Summertime Funtime!

So much happening at East End this month! We're having a blast at our new Taproom in the Strip District, and we hope you're enjoying it too! As for new beers, we've got Five Teeth Short of A Smile, a Kentucky Common Ale that won the TRASH Homebrewers award, on tap now plus our Smokestack Porter, StrawbeRye, and a bourbon barrel-aged version of our Steelcut Oatmeal Stout. 

So many events! We're starting the month off on Saturday, August 6 with the Steel City Pizzafest at the Brewpub AND a simultaneous bottle release of Wheat Hop and Moonstomp Berliner Weisse. Both bottles will be available at the Brewpub in Larimer and the Taproom in the strip. The craziness that is Pizzafest, featuring 8 different pizzerias and 4 bands, is only at the Brewpub on Saturday from 12-6pm. Dinner is coming!

We're also loving how popular our trivia nights are at the Brewpub! They happen the first and third Wednesday of event month, August 3 and 17th! Get a team together & win some great prizes! And Thursday, August 11 we're hosting a fun Reclaimed Wood art class with Pop Craft, check out this link for more info.

Saturday, August 20 from 12-5pm our friends from the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer are back for another pop-up show! Come out for multiple vintage vendors, music, and food from Proper Pizza Mobile Oven. And that night we're proud to be part of a Farmer's Fork dinner with Frankferd Farms and food from Franktuary! That's a lot of "F's!" 

We've got some great ongoing events at the Brewery too. Have you been on a tour yet? You get a full Grains-to-Glass tour where you can sample the grains and see the hops that go into our beer, taste four of our brews, and get a $15 voucher for beers or merch! This month there are tours on August 13 and 27. We're also doing Beer Belly Yoga on August 28, which is a 45 min class in the Brewpub, followed by a free glass filled with your choice of beverage and a token for a free class at I Am Yoga in Squirrel Hill. Get tickets here!  And our ongoing Poetry & Pints series continues on August 26, 6:30-8pm, featuring readings and discussion.

And looking forward to Labor Day weekend, Crafts & Drafts is back at the Brewery on September 3, 12-5pm! This time it's a vintage vinyl & music "Record Hop" to celebrate the release of Big Hop Harvest, one of our favorite beers of the year. We make it with fresh, local hops for a limited time only. Come get a free sample, shop for records or screenprinted gig posters, make a record spin art with Handmade Arcade, or get some food with PGH Po' Boy, La Palapa, and Millie's Homemade Ice Cream. It's free and family friendly!
 

Strip District Taproom Update... what's the deal here?!? It's been like FOREVER!

I had originally written out a loooong post here, describing all of the things that have kept us from opening our doors for the last couple of months, but honestly, why focus on a time when we couldn't serve you beer in The Strip? Because those days are soon to be LONG GONE!

OUR TAPROOM OPENS THIS FRIDAY!

Yes! It's time to open our doors... and speaking of time, our hours will be:

  • THU 11-8p
  • FRI 11-10pm
  • SAT 9-10pm
  • SUN 9-8pm

We'll keep 12 beers on tap here (1 nitro, 11 regular draft), and we'll offer sampler flights, pints, Growlers, and Crowlers. Plus all the comforts of home... if you lived in a Taproom with 12 beers on tap. 

WILL THERE BE FOOD?

We've gone through a few iterations of different possibilities here, but ultimately decided that our focus should be where it's always been: FRESH. LOCAL. BEER. 

That means we'll be BYOFood, allowing you to draw from the SIGNIFICANT culinary options that the greater Strip District has to offer. ...And in time, food the providers from other parts of this building!

That all said, we're still planning on putting on a regular Sunday Beer Brunch about every week with Eliza's Oven. Just not this first weekend. We've got a bit too much on our plates right now, if you know what I mean. :)

So, who's ready for a beer this FRIDAY???

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Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Schedule

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Schedule

It's already April, and that means it's almost time for that most magical time of year...Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week! We’ve got some great events lined up...oh and some great beer too! 

Below is a list of all the events that we’re involved in, but that’s just a taste (get it?) of the events that PCBW has to offer! Visit their website to learn more.

Thursday, April 14
Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Kick-Off Party at Rock Bottom Brewery, 6-10pm
Kick things off with samples of some of Pittsburgh’s best local breweries.

Friday, April 15
Collaboration Tap Fest! 
We’ll be tapping all three of our Collaborative beers at the Brewpub (147 Julius St) starting at 4pm! We’re featuring collaborations with Grist House & Roundabout, Four Seasons Brewing, and the TRASH Homebrewers! Click here for all the info!

Does beer really taste better when it’s brewed with friends? Come find out!

Sunday, April 17

In preparation for all this beer, maybe we’d better do some Beer Belly Yoga! 10am-12pm Yes, we have yoga here at the Brewery! Here's what $25 will get you:

  • 45 minute yoga class, in our taproom, taught by the awesome Rebecca Rankin of I am Yoga in Squirrel Hill.
  • A free 13oz EEBC Fancy-schmancy glass to keep, filled with the beer of your choice.
  • A token, good for a FREE Yoga Class at I am Yoga in Squirrel Hill ($17 value!)

Class size is limited to 40 students, allowing extra space for Beer Bellies as needed.  Doors open at 10am, class starts at 10:30am. Doors will LOCK at 10:30am so your class will not be interrupted... so don't be late!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, April 17
Meet the Brewers of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week at Rivertowne North Shore! Come hang out and enjoy a Pittsburgh beer tap takeover from 7-10pm

Monday, April 18
We’re excited to kick off the Ace Hotel’s Brewmaster’s Dinner Series! Four different breweries, each with a three course dinner from Whitfield’s Chef Bethany Zozula, accompanied by four beer pairings in the gym. Reserve your space now! 7pm

Tuesday, April 19
Meet the brewer and join us at Bado’s Pizza Grill & Ale House in Mt. Lebanon, and answer the eternal question: does beer go with pizza? (The answer is: YES) 6-8pm

Wednesday, April 20
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t’s trivia night here at East End the first and third Wednesday of every month! Weather permitting, we’ll have our questions outside on the new patio, under the stars! 7-9pm

Thursday, April 21
We’re thrilled to have Brian Meyer from Pittsburgh Craft Beers behind the bar for an informal discussion of beer styles and tastes. Join him as our Beertender for the evening (and yes, we insist that you call him that). Starts at 6pm.

Thursday, April 21
Join us at Franktuary's new Market Square location for a special trivia night with beer lover and esteemed host Drew C!  On Thursday, April 21, at 7 pm, bring up to three teammates to play trivia, taste beer, and chat with East End's brewer Nordy S.  Win prizes, beer, and beer prizes!  Franktuary is located at 115 Forbes Avenue in Market Square. 7pm

Thursday, April 21
Oh boy...we’re heading to Apis Mead & Winery for Beatnik Brewers, a 90’s style poetry jam where Pittsburgh brewers will read their worst Untapped, Yelp & Brewers Advocate reviews in the jazziest way possible. Live music from Basically Skeletons, food from Gyros N’at, and the bitter tears are free. 7-11:30pm

Saturday, April 23
This is the big one! Join us for our 12th annual (wow!) Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride! We’ll get started and register everyone at 9:30am at the Brewpub, then by 11am we’re on our way to our TOP SECRET DESTINATION, delivering kegs of fresh beer by bicycle! There’s still a few tickets left, so register here!

Saturday, April 23
We’re setting sail on the high seas with a bunch of breweries aboard the Commonwealth Press Beer Barge! Tickets are all sold out, but maybe follow them on social media just in case?

Saturday, April 23
The crafty gang from TRASH homebrewers will be tapping a special pin of their award-winning English mild at the Brewpub today so stop by, meet the winning Homebrewer, and see what all the excitement is about! 6pm

Sunday, April 24
Grist House Brewing is proud to host the second annual Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week Brewers' Olympics will feature 16 local breweries competing in feats of strength, agility, and knowledge in the pursuit of this year's crown. The ticket provides entry and an event t-shirt with proceeds benefiting the Millvale Community Library. The Steer and Wheel and Driftwood Oven will be on hand to feed your cravings as you cheer on your favorite brewery's team. Good-natured ribbing and weird outfits are encouraged.
 

Our three #PCBW Collaboration Brews...

Our three #PCBW Collaboration Brews...

We somehow ended up participating in the brewing of THREE Collaboration Beers for this year's Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. Why three? Why not! A chance to conspire with other talented brewers is not only a lot of fun, but a great way to learn new stuff, play with weird ingredients, and brew on some different equipment too. Here's the rundown of this year's conspiracies:

  • LATE NIGHT MILD: English Dark Mild Ale, dark, light bodied, roasty, and a VERY sessionable 3.6% abv, brewed at EEBC with Daren Szakelyhidi.

Since just about everyone here at EEBC has been a home brewer at some time in their lives, it's makes complete sense that every year, we brew a special beer in conjunction with T.R.A.S.H., the Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers. The winner of the "Sessionable Beer" award goes to the highest ranked beer in their competition that 4.5% abv or less. And this past year, Daren Szakelyhidi took the top honors with his Late Night Mild, so we had him out to help us make a nice big batch of it.

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  • Citra-Mac: A Belgian Ale late-hopped with Citra and brewed with locally foraged Staghorn Sumac "berries", 6.7% abv, brewed at EEBC with Four Seasons Brewing Co.

Sumac is a spice used in middle eastern cooking and teas, and it NOT the same plant that gives you a rash. It brings a wonderful fruity tartness and lovely pinkish color to this medium bodied , belgian base beer.


  • Passionate Embrace...uncomfortable silence: A hoppy Saison brewed with passion fruit, 6% abv, brewed at GristHouse Brewing Co. with Roundabout Brewery and EEBC.

Certain hop varieties can provide wonderful tropical fruit flavors and aromas in beer. Actual tropical fruit can do this too. We (as a group) decided that a nice, dry saison might be the perfect canvas on which to paint this particular picture for you.


Kegs of ALL THREE of these beers will be making their way around town in the weeks ahead. If you'd like to get a keg of either of the first two, drop us a line. (Talk to GristHouse about landing some of the Passionate Embrace.)

But if you;d just like to taste your way through all three, you can do that here at the Brewery starting on FRIDAY APRIL 15th! In fact, we're cooking up a whole bunch of #PCBW events all week long!