ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.
Back in the fall of 2015, a friend of mine from ye olde Ohio was visiting me right here in Pittsburgh.
I took him to Brew Gentlemen for a beer. At that time, I had never been to Brew Gentlemen but I tried to play it cool.
“Mmhmm, welcome to Pittsburgh. This is par for the course on a typical weekend.”
We each ordered a draft pour of the Mexican Coffee stout; a fall seasonal beer.
What I remember most vividly about that day was the beer. I absolutely fell in love with Mexican Coffee, an incredibly flavorful, dark beer that balances the swinging temperatures of fall in western Pennsylvania. I look forward to its rebirth every year.
ABV, volume XXXI
Mexican Coffee – available starting Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Brew Gentlemen
Beer Name: Mexican Coffee
Style / ABV: Oatmeal stout, 6.5% ABV
Why we recommend it: What Brew Gentlemen refers to as its fall wildcard beer, the Mexican Coffee oatmeal stout is a rich, creamy, draft-only beer whose reappearance in Braddock signals the transition to autumn. Registering at 6.5% ABV, it hits the sweet spot of strength and carries a stellar roundup of flavors all the way through your glass. Mexican Coffee is made using cinnamon, vanilla and coffee from the impact-driven team at Deeper Roots.
Per Deeper Roots, their Losantiville Blend (used in the brewing process of Mexican Coffee at BG) is “a sweet and smoky dark roast blend with beans from Guatemala and Tanzania.”
When is it available: Mexican Coffee joins the Brew Gentlemen lineup Wednesday, Sept. 4.
How is it served: This beer is draft-only. Enjoy a 6-oz or 12-oz pour in the BG taproom OR fill your growler for takeout and share with friends.
Where is it available: Brew Gentlemen (Braddock)
Honorable Mention Beer: Blanks & Postage (English mild, 4.5% ABV). During last weekend’s Garden Party – held at BG Open Air, Brew Gentlemen’s outdoor space located behind the brewery – the Blanks & Postage was an absolute hit among my friends and I. An English mild ale, it caught our curiosity but our key takeaway was its light, refreshing qualities that paired exceptionally well with the food trucks on hand.
Visiting Brew Gentlemen
First Time Visitor?
Parking: BG’s free parking lot is unmistakably marked by the large General Braddock’s IPA mural. The brewery’s flagship IPA and its accompanying logo are emblazoned on the side of the building. You literally can’t miss it as you approach Brew Gentlemen along Braddock Avenue, where it intersects with Fifth Street.
Bus: Take the 61A or the 61B. Pickup and drop-off are within one block of the brewery.
Food: Brew Gentlemen is open Wednesday through Sunday every week. It offers a fantastic rotation of food trucks on those days. Visit the food section of Brew Gentlemen’s website for their weekly mobile food lineup.