The MAGIC of Barleywine

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Barleywine (or “Barleywine Style Ale”  as the feds make us call it on our labels) is the true granddaddy of beers. Or at least it is in my mind.

Brewing barleywine calls for a specific step... in a normal brew day, after the mash, the first liquid that comes off the grain bed is highly concentrated sugar. On a typical beer, that grain bed is rinsed (or “sparged”) continuously from above while the sweet liquid is drawn off from below.  

As brewers, we carefully monitor the concentration of this runoff. And if it’s a barleywine, we cut it off just as soon as it starts to dip... that way we only get the strongest concentration of liquid possible. And from this, we brew barleywine.  

The process isn’t the only thing that’s unique about this beer style. Because of the density of sugar we start with, we also get an incredible density of FLAVOR. And because that sugar results in higher alcohol in the finished product, the combination of that flavor density and alcoholic strength makes for a beverage with incredible longevity. 

(Side note: 99% of the world’s beer supply is designed to be consumed FRESH. Barleywine is one of just a handful of styles that can improve with age. So please plan your consumption accordingly!) 

Note here that I didn’t say “shelf life”. That’s because the flavor of a barleywine will shift dramatically with age. Drink one that’s 3 months old and you might get a bright, hoppy flavor and a crisp bitter finish. Taste one that’s 5 years old and you’ll likely find that the hops are pretty much gone, and a rich depth of malt character has taken it place.

So you may find you gravitate toward beers at one end of this timeline or the other. Or perhaps like me, you’ll be intrigued and captivated by all of the above... and even barleywines with 10+ years on them.

But by far, the biggest risk of handling beers like this is knowing when to drink them. The tendency is to save them for a special occasion, when in reality, any day you open a beer you’ve been holding for a while becomes a special occasion!

Maybe you’re new to craft beer, or maybe you’re new to barleywine. Or hey, maybe you’re even new to East End Brewing. So I’ll mention now that we brew a barleywine called Gratitude. And we’ve been brewing it for FIFTEEN YEARS, with exactly the same recipe.  

So that means that if you can get your hands on some vintage stock, you can line up a “vertical” tasting of multiple years with some friends and experience all of this cool aging stuff personally. And guess what? 

We’ve actually got a BUNCH of older vintages we’re going to make available here on Gratitude Release Day, on March 23. You can pick up single bottles from a year or two ago, or if you want to go deeper, we’ve got some “Stacked Vertical Packs” available too.  

Heck, you can even run two parallel tastings at the same time with one of the “Double Stacked Vertical Packs” (where half of the beers have been aged in a bourbon barrel) that we’ve put together for this year’s Gratitude Barleywine release day. More details HERE.

 

BiggerHop to distro, Eye Opener returns, and some glorious “nonsense”.

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It’s February 1st, so that means we’ve still got a good hunk of this winter ahead of us. So we’ve cooked up a few BIG BEERS to carry you through. We’ll be releasing all of these at once on Saturday, February 9.

Bigger Hop season is upon us, and we’ve made a few tweaks to this one that we’re very excited about. It’s still a West Coast DIPA, with a super light pils malt body and a massive dank hit of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. But we dialed back the alcohol a little bit this year so as not to hurt you so much - down to 8.6% from last year’s 9.5% ABV.   

The cans got a new full-wrap label, which means we’re sending them into distribution. Soon you’ll be able to pick up these bright beauties “at a better beer store near you”, by the case, the 4 pack, and maybe even in singles. As always, if you don’t see Bigger Hop on the shelves of your favorite store in the next few weeks - ask them to stock it for you!

Eye Opener Coffee Porter is going into cans next week too. Or more accurately the beer we can’t call Eye Opener and just call Coffee Porter. To the TTB, this name somehow represents an illegal health claim and not “a small sense of enlightenment”. Maybe because the feds love irony? Hard to say.

This robust porter is conditioned on coffee beans from our GOOD FRIENDS and former roommates, Commonplace Coffee. We’ve been brewing this beer with their beans since way back when TJ just had a baby beard... even before this picture was taken.

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We like to change up the coffee each year, since finding something new that works well with the malt, hops, yeast and water is part of the fun. And because we’ve learned a lot by having a coffee roaster share our building. This year we’re using Papua New Guinea Kunjin beans, roasted just down the road.

Mashugana Pastry Stout

A little over a year ago, we had a notion to brew something outside our comfort zone. Sure, we have plenty of Stouts in our lineup, and plenty of LARGE beers too. But this is our first dip into the newish category of “Pastry Stouts” just yet, so we decided to jump right in with a beer we’re calling Mashugana Pastry Stout.

If you happen to be someone who strictly adheres to the Reinheitsgebot, you should probably stop reading now.

We picked up 200 lbs of milk sugar, 50 lbs cocoa powder, 44 lbs Belgian dark chocolate, 50 lbs graham crackers, and 36 lbs marshmallows from the corner market and brought that to bear on a beer with an enormous grain bill.

The result was this huge, rich imperial stout with massive notes of chocolate and ginger, that has a thick sweet mouthfeel that just devastates the palate in all the right ways. Think DESSERT.

Mashugana is Yiddish for “nonsense”, and we decided that particular bit of nonsense could probably use one more layer of flavor to really pull it together. So we tucked it away in bourbon barrels to age for a year. And now it’s finally ready.

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If you were at our GOOD WOOD Fest, you may have gotten a sample of this one. Or maybe you saw the mess left behind in our barrels after we pulled the beer out... so much chocolatey goodness. 

All three of these new cans will be released SATURDAY, February 9 at both locations when they open (10am at the Taproom in the Strip, 12pm at the Brewpub in Larimer). Prices per 4 pack of 16 oz cans: Mashaguna $20, BiggerHop $18, Eye Opener Coffee Porter $16. If there’s a line, it’s a limit of 1 case of each beer per person. No line, no limit. Come enjoy some heavy duty winter beers with us!

It’s 2019 and we just BOTTLED some beer. HUH???

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Remember beer in bottles? Maybe go ask your grandparents about it... because there really was a time, a long long time ago, when breweries filled up skinny-topped, fragile glass containers with beer and that’s how you brought it home. Crazy, I know!!!

But that was at least 10 months ago, and times sure have changed since then. Yeah, the modern can has its advantages when it comes to being lightweight, easily recycled, less breakable, and generally doing a real bang up job of protecting beer from the evils of oxygen and light.

But bottles still have their place, and that’s because they are perfect for the one thing cans aren’t so good at: packaging mixed culture fermentation beers - also known as “funky beers”, or as we sometimes call them, in our beautiful native Pittsburgh dialect, “sahrs”...even though it can be a bit of a misnomer.

To be clear, I’m not talking about the tasty category of beers commonly known as Kettle Sours, or even Clean Sours. Stuff like Gose, Berliner Weisse, and still-emerging beer styles sour IPAs, that can finish up in a couple weeks  

I’m talking about real live mixed culture fermentation beers that can take a year or more to get there. Where the finished beer contains active cultures with some combination of lactobacillis, pediococus, brettanomyces, and more ordinary brewer’s yeast. These styles may or may not actually be tart in flavor, but they are definitely more challenging to produce! And given the risks of cross contamination involved, they are generally less common than kettle sours these days.

But they don’t really work well in cans. Bottles, finished with a cork and a cage, are one traditional package and that’s because they are ideally suited for the higher carbonation levels and longer maturation and cellar aging.

We sort of quietly released a beer last year in this 750ml cork and cage format called Saison La Seconde. It’s our Premiere Saison that’s been fermented with our favorite farmhouse yeast, and then secondarily aged on brettanomyces in red wine barrels for a year. We held it for about 3 months before the first release to let it develop, and now that it’s been a full year, and the Brett character has really come through, we’re ready to release more bottles from this same batch.

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But I did start this off by saying that we recently bottled some beer... and it’s the third time we’ve made THIS one, so it might sound or look a little familiar. And even if you’ve not had it yet, it might taste a little familiar too:

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From the label: 

CAN YOU FIND THE BIG HOP IN THIS BEER?

It’s actually the same exact recipe, but fermented with a Brettanomyces-Lactobacillis culture, and then conditioned in red wine barrels for about a year.

It's ready to enjoy now, but will continue to develop and evolve in the bottle for years to come.

Light tartness, with flavors of blood orange and pink grapefruit pith make for a delightfully refreshing drinking experience.

Both of these beers will be flowing at this Saturday’s GOOD WOOD Fest, along with eight other East End Beers, some funky, some not. 

And we’ll be releasing both of these in bottles together at the Brewery and the Strip District Taproom, just as soon as they are ready. Think February. 

January GOOD BEER News

If it's January, that must mean our GOOD WOOD BARREL-AGED BEER FEST is just around the corner! Saturday, January 19th is our fifth annual event with our pals at Wigle Whiskey, and it's one of our best events of the year. Tickets are on sale now for this festival of beers that have spent time in wood; that includes whiskey barrels, gin, wine, oak foeders and more! Plus food from our GOOD FRIEND Justin Severino (more on that below)! This event will sell out so get your tickets (or designated driver tickets) at the link here.

DRAFT UPDATES:

As a reminder, you can always click on THE BREWPUB or THE TAPROOM under the TODAY'S BEERS heading on our website to see a current list of what's on tap. Here's a bit of what's currently on draft and coming soon:

  • Caution Slippy 8.2%  Our New England style Double IPA is on draft and in cans, with a sweet juicy taste hiding a robust 8.2% ABV.

  • Black Hop 7.3%  Black Hop is back; our Cascadian Dark Ale (aka Black IPA) balances a robust chocolate malt character with Atanum, Falconer's Flight, and Amarillo hops. On draft/Crowler/Growlers only. No cans this time.

  • Old Nebby 7.2%  A Stock Ale style, this brew has a rich malty flavor with a sweetness that masks its hefty 7.2% ABV. A terrific winter beer... and a sign that Old Knobby (the barrel aged version) is just 11 months away.

LEAVING SOON:

  • Green Giant All Citra IPA 7.2%  We're basically out of cans and almost out of draft of our West Coast style IPA. Get it now!

  • Guaba Guaba Hey 4.9%  Our Kettle Sour made with Pineapple and Guava is on its last legs. Sahrs fans, get dahn here!

COMING SOON!

  • Gratitude Barleywine 11.4% Our annual release of Gratitude (bottles) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Gratitude (cans) is coming soon, in February or March! We're waiting for the bird to tell us when she's ready, so stay tuned. We're hoping to do another small run of our original paper overwrap bottles too, for the nostalgic among you.

  • Brett Hop An old favorite is returning; this is BigHop in an open fermenter with Brettanomyces and lacto, after spending time in a red wine barrel. This will be a limited run of 750 ml cork & cage bottles. When are they out? When they're done conditioning in the bottle...we'll let you know. 

  • Tröegs Part Twö We had so much fun collaborating with Tröegs on our last beer (Born and Raised) that we're doing it again! More info (and draft) coming soon.

WHEN IS THE RESTAURANT OPENING?

Soon, VERY SOON. We're putting in the finishing touches (did you guys know that restaurants need, like, a lot of plumbing and electricity?) and chef Justin Severino and his staff have been putting in a ton of work themselves to make this happen. You've probably noticed the booths and the windows, making the place look downright LEGIT.

We're hoping for a launch SOON... like very soon. And rest assured we will be making a VERY big deal about it. Having a restaurant here is going to change how we do business entirely, and we're super excited about all of the changes.

And sadly, speaking of changes...

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NO MORE DOGS INSIDE
Yep, no more dogs inside the Brewpub... or the Taproom. We know, it sucks. We've loved having happy furry friends join us for a beer over these last few years but the health department regs are very clear about this. We knew this was coming when we decided to open a restaurant. There's just no way to allow dogs inside a space where food is prepared, which means effective January 1st, we aren't allowing dogs inside anymore.
 But, dogs are always welcome outside on the patio at the Brewpub or at the tables outside in the Strip. Just not inside. Only licensed service animals will be allowed inside either venue.

So please, don't bring your pets inside. Doing so puts our business at risk of being shut down... so please, keep fido at home or outside with a pal while you grab a beer with us. Thanks!

YES WE CAN

We sometimes get questions on social media asking if we have cans available and we wanted to remind you that the answer is always YES! One of the reasons we wanted to expand out canned offerings is so we always have FRESH LOCAL BEER available for you in 4 or 6 packs. We always have Big Hop, Monkey Boy, and Fat Gary in 12oz cans, every day of the year, and we've got plenty of interesting stuff in 16oz cans too. We bet you'll find something to please any palette. So swing by, check out the cooler, and... BUY A GOOD FRIEND A GOOD BEER(TM). Hey that sounds good...someone ought to trademark it.

Don't be confused - this isn't the GOOD WOOD festival of BARREL AGED BEER... this is our brewery tour focusing on some of the very same beers! What kinds of beers work best in a whiskey barrel? Why are sours aged in wine or oak? What's a kettle sour? Can I lick the barrels? These questions and many more will be answered on our GOOD WOOD TOUR, Saturday January 26th at 1pm. Plus you'll get to sample some rare aged beers from our collection. Click here for tickets, and also, please don't lick the barrels.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 16, 23, 30
    PUB QUIZ, Buzzworthy Trivia at the Brewpub in Larimer every Wednesday (if that wasn't obvious) at 7pm. Free to play, Bring your own food, Win stuff!

  • Saturday, January 19
    GOOD WOOD FESTIVALTickets now on sale, 6-9pm. (We close at 5pm for regular service, so please plan accordingly)

  • Saturday, January 26
    GOOD WOOD TOUR at the Brewpub in Larimer, 1pm. Click here for tickets!

Farewell to La Palapa!

Friday, December 21 is a bittersweet day for us here at East End Brewing. Yes, of course we are so very excited about the construction of our new kitchen, and the dazzling beer-friendly menu that Justin Severino is planning to put in front of you in a matter weeks. But moving ahead sometimes means that you have to give up a bit of the past.

Ever since we met Jesus Martínez and the rest of the lovely people at La Palapa, way back in our days at the second incarnation of the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip, they’ve held a special place in our hearts - and our stomachs. Many food truck partners have come and gone over the years, and in time, they all seem to move on in one fashion or another. They find a different spot that works better for them, or they just want to mix it up and go some place new. (And we TOTALLY get that!)... All but one of them that is: Even with the opening of their wonderful new brick and mortar restaurant at 2224 E. Carson Street, LaPalapa has remained a loyal Friday night fixture here at the Brewery for what seems like the very beginning of our days as a Brewpub.

Tomorrow, this run will come to an end. So PLEASE JOIN US for one last Taco Tfriday (sure, let’s call it that) with LaPalapa starting at 5pm. And if you order your 3 tacos (or 3 quesadillas) BEFORE you order a pint, we’ll throw in a free 6oz taster of something extra to help you celebrate.

Thanks again Jesus and everyone at La Palapa! We’ll see you soon (when we get a craving for those potato/poblano tacos and have to run to East Carson St).

BigHop Anniversary at Kelly's!

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Scott here; back in December of 2004, I found myself in total darkness, on a loading dock in Homewood with a GOOD FRIEND of mine, putting a second half barrel of BigHop into the back of a pickup truck. It was a Monday night, generally a pretty slow night for beer. And it was also the first snowfall of the year, and we had gotten about 3 or 4 inches of fresh white powder. So I wasn’t expecting too many people to turn out for the BigHop tapping, the FIRST EVER release of an East End Brewing beer at Kelly’s in East Liberty.

But after an hour or two of resigning myself that it would be “a more intimate gathering”, people started trickling in... until eventually, we packed the house with family, friends, family friends, and GOOD BEER fans. So many in fact, that we kicked the first half barrel of (slightly under carbonated) BigHop, and I had to run back for another.

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This Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of that night, and we’re going to reenact that evening at Kelly’s. Yes, of course there will be BigHop on tap, as there has been since that first night. And maybe some Black Strap Stout on the nitro tap, which we also poured samples of in 2004. I’ll be there, giving away EEBC pint glasses, BigHop T-shirts, BigHop hats, BigHop cans, and hey, how about some tickets to our January GOOD WOOD Fest too?

It’s all happening from 5-7pm at Kelly’s - and the beer will be properly carbonated this time. I promise. And who knows. It might even snow. 

December GOOD BEER News

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Holiday Beers & Cheers

There's snow on the ground as we write this, so clearly Snow Melt Winter Ale hasn't done its job. Therefore we're bringing out the big guns by releasing Homewood Reserve, our bourbon-barrel-aged Black Strap Stout, in cans on Saturday, December 1. This is a big, roasty stout aged in bourbon barrels for that sweet boozy finish that's perfect for Winter. They are $15 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans, on sale Saturday, December 1 at 10am in the Strip and 12pm at the Brewpub in Larimer. Note that this is a can release only; we won't have any on draft.

For the holidays themselves, we'll be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 at both locations, as well as Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1. Nice when the dates work out like that!

DRAFT UPDATES:

As a reminder, you can always click on THE BREWPUB or THE TAPROOM under the TODAY'S BEERS heading on our website to see a current list of what's on tap. Here's a bit of what's currently on draft and coming soon:

  • Black Strap Stout NITRO 6.2%  Made with real black strap molasses, this is our longest-running stout, brewed in the winter time, and smooth as silk on nitro. Stop in to either location for a pint!

  • Little Hop 4.4%  Our rotating session IPA is always made with a different hop variety to keep things interesting; this batch is made with an experimental variety from Hopsteiner, #09326. Enjoy!

LEAVING SOON:

  • Big Hop Harvest 6.8%  Our wet-hopped version of Big Hop features fresh locally-grown hops for an evolving hop character. It's almost gone on tap with just a few cases left.

  • Partly Clahdy 6%  Our original New England Style IPA is tasting great but running low on draft. But grab a case while they're still here.

COMING SOON!

  • Old Nebby 6.9%  Our Stock Ale (a malty, complex old-style ale) will be coming out on draft soon. Quick, somebody tell Rick Sebak!

Save the date for our Holiday CRAFTS AND DRAFTS on Saturday, December 15 from 12-5pm! We’ll be bringing a bunch of great local artists and vendors into our brewery for some last-minute holiday shopping, along with food from La Palapa, Traditional Mexican Kitchen and desserts from Leona's Ice Cream! Plus a free sample of East End Brewing beer - and Assemble PGH will be here with crafting activities for the kids. Best of all: it's free! Let us know if you're coming!

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For many of us in the craft beer game, Sierra Nevada may have been the first craft beer we ever had...back before we called it "craft". They literally changed the game when they created the definitive American version of the Pale Ale and have remained a proudly independent, world-class brewery.

Located in Northern California near the Camp Fire disaster area, Sierra Nevada just took the unprecedented step of emailing pretty much every brewery in America and asking them to pitch in on a recovery effort the best way we all know how: with beer. 

Using donated grains and hops, Sierra Nevada is asking breweries across the country to brew Resilience Butte County Proud IPA from their recipe and sell it on draft, donating all the proceeds to the Camp Fire Relief Fund. No one's ever done anything like this before, and we're proud to be a part of it. A bunch of Pittsburgh breweries are coming together to brew a big batch here at East End on Tuesday, and the kegs will start to find their way to local breweries around town within the next few weeks. And yes, ALL SALES at these breweries will go to the cause!

We'll keep you updated on the progress, and watch for some more content as the brew day unfolds. We've said it before and we'll say it again: the craft beer community is the best in the world and continues to amaze and inspire us. Join us in raising a glass of Resilience soon.


Online Shopping

Holiday shopping is a drag. You know what everyone likes? BEER and SWAG. Head on over to our online store (or stop in to either location) to pick up some great new t-shirts, hoodies, enamel pins, or an East End Brewing Gift Card. This holiday, give the gift of beer!

Heck, you can even BUY A GOOD FRIEND A GOOD BEER(TM) from the comfort of your phone... they can redeem it at either of our locations just by showing the bartender! Just click here.

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And speaking of Gift Cards, we've got a GREAT deal for you on some GREAT beer. Buy a $50 gift card in person at the Brewpub in Larimer and get a FREE bottle of our 2016 Homewood Reserve vintage, while supplies last! Make someone else happy...and make yourself happy too.

It's a Miracle! The 12 Beers of Christmas Returns!
There really IS a Santa Claus; our 12 Beers of Christmas case is returning (with a slightly different lineup) to save the holidays for one day only, Sunday, December 23rd. For just $65 you'll get 24 cans, two of each of these varieties:

- Big Hop American Ale (12 oz can)
- Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale (12 oz can)
- Monkey Boy Hefeweizen (12 oz can)
- Partly Clahdy NE IPA (16 oz can)
- Green Giant Citra IPA (16 oz can)
- Snow Melt Winter Ale (16 oz can)
- Rescueberry Shake Fruited IPA (16 oz can)
- Britsburgh Ale Nitro Can (16 oz can)
- Highway to Huell Pilsner (16 oz can)
- Big Hop Harvest Wet-Hopped Ale (16 oz can)
- For the Culture Brut IPA (16 oz can)
- Homewood Reserve (16 oz can)

We may even have a few cases available at the Taproom in the Strip, so stay tuned to social media, and let's make this the happiest holiday of all! Note: gift cards not valid for this purchase.

We've all been here: it's December 22, your relatives are in town, and you've run out of things to talk about. Well this year, instead of listening to Uncle Morty's views on soda refills at restaurants, why not do something everyone (over 21) can enjoy, and take a BREWERY TOUR?

This $25 tour is a great value as you learn all about how our beer is made (literally GRAINS to GLASS), plus you get to sample four of our beers, AND when you leave you get a free Growler of a beer on draft, or a $15 voucher towards anything in the bar. Let US do the talking and you do the learning & drinking. Click here for tickets.

Join us for the 5th annual Good Wood Barrel-Aged Beer fest on Saturday, January 19 from 6-9 PM! 

We will have 20 local Pittsburgh-based breweries will be sharing their best barrel-aged brews alongside a tasting of Wigle spirits!

The full price $50 ticket gets you a snifter glass for beer sampling (and to take home), unlimited barrel-aged beer sampling, and Wigle spirit sampling! Click here for regular admission tickets.

We also offer a $15 designated driver ticket that includes a snifter glass and our homemade Barmy ginger ale! Be sure to purchase your designated driver ticket on the Wigle DD page here

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, December 1
    HOMEWOOD RESERVE CAN RELEASE, both locations when doors open (10am in Strip, 12pm in Larimer).

  • Wednesday, December 5, 12, 19, 26
    PUB QUIZ, Buzzworthy Trivia at the Brewpub in Larimer, 7pm. Free to play! Bring your own food.

  • Thursday, December 6
    POETRY & PINTS, now at the Taproom in the Strip, 6:30-8pm.

  • Sunday, December 9
    BEER BELLY YOGA at the Brewpub, 10am. Click here to rsvp!

  • Saturday, December 15
    HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND DRAFTS at the Brewpub in Larimer, 12-5pm.

  • Saturday, December 22
    GRAINS TO GLASS TOUR at the Brewpub in Larimer, 1pm. Click here for tickets!

  • Sunday, December 23
    12 Beers of Christmas variety packs on sale today only!

  • Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31, Tuesday, January 1
    CLOSED at both locations

Thanksgiving Hours

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Thanksgiving hours here! We’re opening early at the Brewpub on Wednesday for you to stock up or have something to do with your family. And Friday we’ve got a special doorbuster sale at the Brewpub, a variety pack featuring 12 Beers of Christmas! Check out the fun here.

November GOOD BEER News

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Drinking. Donating.

As you all know, it's been an especially rough last few days here in Pittsburgh. This is our home. And the people of this community are our neighbors, our friends, our customers, and even our co-workers. So we'd like to see if we can't help out a little, maybe with some assistance from you.

You do the drinking, and we’ll do the donating. On Tuesday, November 6 from 4-9pm, stop by either East End Brewing location after you’ve voted (and for the love of god, please vote). We’re donating 100% of our draft beer sales to the Tree Of Life - Or L'Simcha Congregation in Squirrel Hill, located just a mile and a half from our Brewery. Under 21 or don’t like beer? No problem, we’ve got Barmy Ginger Ale & Root Beer, and Cold Brew Coffee on tap as well, and all go towards the fundraiser. More info on the event page HERE.

DRAFT UPDATES:

As a reminder, you can always click on THE BREWPUB or THE TAPROOM under the TODAY'S BEERS heading on our website to see a current list of what's on tap. Here's a bit of what's currently on draft and coming soon:

  • Partly Clahdy 6.0%  Our signature hazy New England Style IPA is back in cans and on draft! 4 packs of 16oz cans are available at both locations for $18, but they won't last long.

  • R&R Helles Lager 4.9%  A Munich-style lager from local home brewer Richard Romanko, this is an easy-drinking beer with a light malt sweetness and crisp clean finish that everyone can enjoy.

  • Green Giant IPA with Passion Fruit 7.2%  What could make our hoppy West-Coast style IPA even better? How about dousing it with passion fruit to soften the bitterness and add some light fruit notes? 

  • Snow Melt Winter Ale 7.0%  Our favorite frost-melter and eyeglass defogger will be released in cans and on draft on Black Friday, November 23. But we'll get some on tap and around town before that. BOY, we've missed this beer! More info below.

LEAVING SOON:

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Nunkin Ale 6.8%  We are all out of this beer on draft but we have a few cases of cans left. Hurry, they probably won't last through the weekend! And you said the Nunkin beer ...okay, you probably said the PUMPKIN beer bubble had burst.

  • Smokestack Heritage Porter 5.4%  We've got a few bottles left, but our smoked porter is almost gone on draft. Wonderful with food, this is a great choice to bring to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

COMING SOON!

  • Black Strap Stout 6.2%  On the horizon for Fall & Winter is our big, bold, roasty stout. One of our original recipes, it's still brewed with real Pennsylvania black strap molasses and brown sugar.

  • Homewood Reserve 6.5%  The Bourbon Barrel Aged version of Black Strap Stout, aka the Perfect Fireside Beer, has been resting quietly in oak for a full year, and will be debuting in cans and on draft just as soon as we can make it happen.

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Need some new fall looks? Why not do some shopping online now? We've got new colors, new designs, new ladies tank tops and men's 3/4 baseball shirts, tote bags, enamel pins, wow! Just a lot of fun stuff that's perfect for those holidays that we don't want to admit are fast approaching. Click here to shop online or pick up something new at either location.

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Black Friday Can Release & Holiday Hours
On Friday, November 23rd we're bringing the fun back to Black Friday with a can release of Snow Melt Winter Ale, the brewer's favorite! A rich, roasty, mahogany-hued winter ale at 7%, brewed with Simcoe and Nugget hops that bring a bright pine finish. Best used for frost removal, holiday toasting, and guaranteed to clear the fog off your glasses. Plus we'll have some other Black Friday fun to keep you entertained... including the debut release of our 12 Beers of Christmas Variety Pack. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Our SPECIAL Thanksgiving week Holiday hours are:
Wednesday, November 21:
Taproom in the Strip, 11am-8pm
Brewpub in Larimer, 12pm-9pm

Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving
CLOSED at BOTH LOCATIONS

Friday, November 23:
Taproom in the Strip, 11am-10pm
Brewpub in Larimer, 12pm-10pm

...all other days that week, we're keeping our regular hours.

GOOD WOOD BREWERY TOUR

Do you have a special interest in beers that have spent time in bourbon or wine barrels? Want to learn about "sours" and beers that undergo more unusual fermentation methods? Are you a fan of the kinds of beers poured at our GOOD WOOD festival each winter? This tour is a barrel room tasting-focused run through four beers from our barrel aging program, with a discussion about the processes used to make each. Click here for tickets!

This $20 tour is best for SEASONED BEER FANS interested in learning about our barrel aging programs and some of the more unique beers styles we brew. Click here for tickets.

On Saturday, November 3 we'll be pouring at the Beers of the Burgh Winter Warmer festival with a bunch of great local breweries. Get your tickets here.

Upcoming Events:

  • Tuesday, November 6
    Drink & Donate at the Brewpub in Larimer, 4-9pm.

  • Wednesday, November 7, 14, 21, 28
    PUB QUIZ, Buzzworthy Pub Trivia at the Brewpub starting at 7pm. Free to play! Bring your own food.

  • Sunday, November 11
    BEER BELLY YOGA at the Brewpub, 10am. Click here to rsvp!

  • Saturday, November 17
    GOOD WOOD BREWERY TOUR at the Brewpub, 1pm. Click here for tickets!

  • Friday, November 23
    Black Friday SNOW MELT RELEASE at the Brewpub & Taproom. More info coming soon!




OCTOBER Good Beer News

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FALL INTO GOOD BEER.

THURSDAY, October 4: Wrap yourself in a sweater and grab a can of Big Hop Harvest,our wet-hopped version of BigHop Ale! Or listen to those leaves crunch with a crisp Green Giant Citra IPA. Releasing in 16oz cans, $15 for a 4 pack of each, at 11am when the Taproom in the Strip opens, 4pm when the Brewpub opens. More info on the event page HERE.

Plus Green Giant is being canned with a FRESH new design for full-on distribution, coming to a better beer store or beer distributor near you. If you can't make it to the brewery, ask for it by name wherever you buy your beer! (Seriously, asking a place to carry our beer REALLY HELPS ALOT. If we ask them to carry our stuff, it doesn't really have the same effect.)

DRAFT UPDATES:

As a reminder, you can always click on THE BREWPUB or THE TAPROOM under the TODAY'S BEERS heading on our website to see a current list of draft offerings. Here's what's on draft and coming soon:

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Nunkin Ale 6.8% Remember when people got upset that their beloved pumpkin beers didn't actually have pumpkins in them? It was a thing, kind of? Anyway, we're proud to say that our Nunkin Ale has never and will never have any pumpkins in it.. none! Just a well made spiced ale that's been aged for a year in bourbon barrels. Get it on draft or grab some cans for the perfect fireside drink.

  • Green Giant NITRO with Passionfruit 7.2%  How can you make Green Giant Citra IPA better? Well we put it on nitro and dosed a small batch with passionfruit to give it a fruity smoothness that you've got to try. On draft now, but hurry, this won't last long!

  • Sour+Fruit Beer fans rejoice! Guabba Guabba Hey and Inscrutable Drupe are BOTH on tap at the brewery right now, as we are making the most of the fall fruit harvest right now.

COMING SOON!

  • Black Strap Stout 5.2% On the horizon for fall & winter is our big, bold, roasty stout. One of our original recipes, it's still brewed with real Pennsylvania black strap molasses.

  • Snow Melt Winter Ale 7% Our favorite frost-melter and eyeglass defogger will be returning soon. And just like those 16oz Green Giant cans, these will also be heading to distribution, so even if you can't make it in to see us, you'll soon be able to find some in stock at a beer store near you.

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Join us at the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park in Millvale for an East End Brewing Tap Takeover this weekend! Our beers will be flowing on Friday from 5-10pm and Saturday 11am-10pm. Come say hello and enjoy some FRESH LOCAL BEER.

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NEW TAPROOM ART SHOW
On Friday, October 12 we're debuting a new art show in the Taproom in the Strip, BUILDINGS by local artist Mundania (Dane) Horvath. Horvath redraws existing buildings, both famous and local, in her own style that emphasizes the unique qualities of each structure. Join us from 6-9pm for a reception with the artist!

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BEER BELLY YOGA RETURNS
After a summer off, Beer Belly Yoga returns to the Brewpub! On Sunday, October 14, we're thrilled to welcome I Am Yoga Squirrel Hill back into the brewery for a 10am class with live music, followed by a beer of your choosing in your own 13oz glass to take home. Get tickets here!

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It's baaaaack! Our popular pairing of Halloween candy with our beers returns on Saturday October 27 & 28th! Stop by to get a mini candy paired with one of our beers, and see if you agree with the choices made by our cicerone (that's fancy talk for "beer expert"). More details coming soon.

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PARDON OUR DUST
We've been in construction at the Brewery pretty much continuously for the last 5 or 6 years now. Usually, a lot of this work is happening behind the scenes, but this month we've started working on some big improvements in our Front of House that you'll definitely notice the next time you stop by.

In addition to the kitchen build-out, and the new booths that landed last month, we're putting in a couple of nice big windows to bring some natural light into the space. Fancy, right? Granted, we're not at scented-candles-in-the-rest-rooms fancy yet, but we're definitely getting closer.

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Our trademarked slogan is "BUY A GOOD FRIEND A GOOD BEER," and we've just made that even easier for you! Click on the link here to buy that friend a beer (on the internets!). They'll receive an email that they can redeem anytime at either location. Perfect for birthdays, holidays, or just buying a good friend a good...well, you get it.

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Ever thought to yourself, "Gee, I like beer. But how is it made? I sure wish there was a tour that showed me the day-to-day workings of a local brewery, along with samples and a $15 voucher to buy beer on the way out"? Well if you did, that's oddly specific. But you're in luck! You've perfectly described our GRAINS-TO-GLASS BREWERY TOUR! Click here for tickets to the October 20th tour!

We’ll be selling beer with our friends at Workshop PGH for First Fridays Unblurred on Penn Avenue this Friday, October 5! Join us from 7-11pm at 5135 Penn Ave for an art opening, wood burning, crafts, and more.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    PUB QUIZ, Buzzworthy Pub Trivia at the Brewpub starting at 7pm. Free to play! Bring your own food.

  • Thursday, October 4
    FALL CAN RELEASE
    Big Hop Harvest & Green Giant in cans! 11am in the Strip, 4pm in Larimer.

  • Thursday, October 4
    POETRY & PINTS, now at the Taproom in the Strip, from 6-8pm.

  • Friday, October 5-Saturday, October 6
    PITTSBURGH FOOD TRUCK PARK TAP TAKEOVER, 5pm-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday.

  • Friday, October 5
    WORKSHOP PGH FIRST FRIDAY, 7-11pm at 5135 Penn Avenue.

  • Sunday, October 14
    BEER BELLY YOGA 10am at the Brewpub in Larimer. Click here to rsvp!

  • Saturday, October 20
    GRAINS TO GLASS BREWERY TOUR 1-2pm at the Brewpub in Larimer. Click here to rsvp!

  • Saturday, October 27 & 28
    HALLOWEEN BEER & CANDY PAIRING At the Brewpub in Larimer





September GOOD BEER News

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GOOD WOOD TOUR: Sahrs, Barrels, Funk and More!

Maybe you've taken our brewery tour before, or visited another brewery, and you think you know everything there is to know. Malts, hops, yeast, got it. Well...THINK AGAIN! 

How about beers that have spent time in bourbon or wine barrels? Want to learn about sours and beers that undergo more unusual fermentation methods? Are you a fan of the kinds of beers poured at our GOOD WOOD festival each winter? This tour is a barrel room tasting-focused run through four unique beers from our barrel aging program, with a discussion about the processes used to make each one. Click here to sign up for a tour THIS SATURDAY, September 8.

This $20 tour is best for SEASONED BEER FANS interested in learning about our barrel aging programs and some of the more unique beers styles we brew. The tour and tasting will last about forty-five minutes... but you're welcome to linger in our Brewpub afterwards to enjoy a beer with newfound feelings of beer education.

DRAFT UPDATES:

As a reminder, you can always click on THE BREWPUB or THE TAPROOM under the TODAY'S BEERS heading on our website to see a current list of draft offerings. Here's what's on draft and coming soon:

  • Big Hop Harvest 6.8% Each fall, we take your year-round favorite, Big Hop IPA and do something special with it to celebrate the September hop harvest. There’s a small window where we can get fresh-picked, un-dried, locally grown hops to toss into the kettle. These “wet hops” provide a truly unique flavor and aroma, almost like the smell of freshly cut grass – if your lawn was completely planted with American hops! Available NOW and coming in Cans SOON.
  • Britsburgh Ale 4.9% Brewed for the annual Britsburgh festival of all things Anglophile here in Pittsburgh, every year we make a different beer in a traditional English style. This year is a Scottish ale with Honey & Heather Tips that tastes great on cask and on Nitro. So good, in fact, that we'll soon be releasing in our first-ever NITRO CAN. Stay tuned for details.

COMING SOON!

  • Guaba Guaba Hey 4.9% A kettle sour beer infused with fresh Guava & Pineapple, we're debuting this beer at Construction Junction's Big Pour as our "Big Pour Brew" (see below) and then on draft at both our spots. Hey ho, let's go get some!
  • BBA Nunkin 6.8% With a summer of wonderful weather, we've had a bumper crop of Nunkins come in this year. We're happy to report that before October is upon us, we'll have a round of fresh-picked kegs of Bourbon Barrel Aged Nunkin to tap at a seasonally appropriate time... maybe even a few cans of it too, if we can sort that out!

LEAVING SOON!

  • Smokestack Heritage Porter 5.4% Our favorite beer to cook & grill with, we make a limited amount of this beer each year!
  • Rescueberry Shake 7% Drink some GOOD BEER, do some GOOD, as proceeds benefit the GOOD WORK of 412 Food Rescue. Draft and Cans of this milkshake IPA brewed with "rescued fruit" are winding, so get shakin!
  • For the Culture Brut IPA 7.9% Our Fresh-Fest Collaboration with Black Brew Culture remains a summertime favorite, light in body, even lighter in sweetness, and hoppy all day long in cans and draft, while they last.
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A long time ago, there weren't numerous beer festivals in Pittsburgh. In fact, there were really just a few to speak of. And Construction Junction's annual fundraising event, The BIG POUR has been the talk of the town. We're proud to have been a part of this great event since its inception, and we'll be there again this year on September 15. Join us for one of the best parties of the year! Click here for tickets

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Have you checked out the Pittsburgh Brewery Guide website yet? It's pretty great; it'll help you plan a trip to all the local breweries, suggest an itinerary for out-of-town friends, or just tell you which breweries are dog-friendly or serve food. Click over today to PghBreweryGuide.com !

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What's a better pairing than tacos & beer? Trick question, there isn't one! Our friends at La Palapa are at the East End Brewpub in Larimer every Friday night with tacos & quesadillas.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, September 5, 12, 19, & 26
    PUB QUIZ, Buzzworthy Pub Trivia at the Brewpub starting at 7pm. Free to play!
  • Saturday, September 8
    GOOD WOOD TOUR 1-2pm at the Brewpub in Larimer. Click here to rsvp!
  • Thursday, September 13
    POETRY & PINTS, now at the Taproom in the Strip, from 6-8pm.
  • Saturday, September 15
    CONSTRUCTION JUNCTION BIG POUR
  • Saturday, September 22
    GRAINS TO GLASS BREWERY TOUR 1-2pm at the Brewpub in Larimer. Click here to rsvp!