ABV: IPA v1.12 // Abjuration and the versioning scheme

McKees Rocks is home to Pittsburgh’s open source, experimentation brewery. If you haven’t already, here’s a good reason to try them out.

by Aadam Soorma
March 5, 2019

Ah, yes. H E L L O.

Step into my office.

Welcome back to ABV, which is short for A (great) BIG VERY (cold day).

Dang, it’s frigid out there, and I hope y’all are keeping warm this week.



Let’s talk beer. Abjuration Brewing in McKees Rocks is located INSIDE the Parkway Theater. Not a typo folks, this is a brewery housed inside a theater.

And it’s rad.

Dave and Tom (the co-owners) take a mad scientist approach to their beers and LOVE a good nerd joke. Hop on their website and the ‘on tap’ column is full of beer VERSIONS. We’re talking version 1.0, version 2.0, etc. It’s like the America Online 30-day trial discs of beer.


Tom and Dave (the co-owners), inside Abjuration Brewing. Photo: Cory Morton


Here’s another fun fact: ALL of Abjuration’s beers are transparently open sourced. Literally you can find the recipes and methods to their madness right on their website. These dudes got nothing to hide; they just want to spread some love and share some beer.

Here’s my take on their latest take on an India Pale Ale (they’re calling it IPA v1.12).



ABV, volume V

IPA v1.12 – available now at Abjuration Brewing

Beer Name: India Pale Ale (IPA v1.12)

Style / ABV: IPA, 6.8% ABV

Why we recommend it: I’ll be honest – I’ve never had a bad beer at Abjuration. Even from the start, these guys came out of the gates with some incredible small batch beers that consistently get good feedback. Their IPA is no exception. This one has been hopped with Strata (hop) so expect notes of passion fruit, mango, citrus and pineapple on this dank, 6.8% treat.


Tom scolding me on a recent brew day. Photo: Cory Morton.

Where is it available: Abjuration Brewing, McKees Rocks

When is it available: right now. IPA version 1.12 went on draft March 1. There is a limited supply of 4-packs (cans) available for purchase as well.

How is it served: As of publication, Abjuration is sitting on 38 four packs (of cans) available for take-out from the brewery. You can also grab a fresh pour to enjoy in the taproom. Abjuration serves their beers in a plethora of pour sizes (I recommend just going in for the traditional 16-oz pint).

First time visitor? Getting to Abjuration by car isn’t too bad. Street parking is generally available (you might need to walk 1-2 blocks). Be sure to look for the huge ‘Parkway Theater’ sign, and the smaller Abjuration Brewing sign beneath it at street level. When you walk inside, bear to the left (the right-hand side of the interior is actually a separate bar inside the same building).

Getting to Abjuration Brewing: You can absolutely bus to Abjuration; transfer your way onto the 22 or the 24 lines for VERY easy access. Literally the 24 bus drops you off right at the front step. Uber / Lyft are always good too.


The Parkway Theater (which houses Abjuration Brewing). Photo: Cory Morton

Honorable Mention
: Hard to say because honestly, Abjuration is ALWAYS experimenting and changing things up. There’s really no flagship/mainstay beer these guys stick with. Depending on what’s available, I recommend steering away from their hoppy beers and treating yourself to one of Abjuration’s stouts or dark ales. I’ve been super impressed with some of their more obscure flavor patterns that have emerged and gained traction in the beer community. Tom asked me to try their chai milkshake beer and on my most recent visit, he gave me a beer that basically tasted like barley wine; freakin excellent as a small pour.


Tom with the grain bag holla. Photo: Cory Morton


Follow Abjuration on Instagram (and Facebook) for updates on all beer releases, beer experimentations/iterations, events, and recipes.

Abjuration Brewing
Getting there
644 Broadway Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136, USA
Mon-Wed Closed
Thu-Fri 5–10pm
Sat 1–10pm
Sun 1–5pm

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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