Oftentimes, I feel like I talk too much.
I think too much.
I write too much.
In the interest of brevity, let’s give this a try. Below is a (hopefully) shorter, slightly abbreviated version of ABV. It’s not quite Twitter-friendly-short, but I’m typing less.
ABV, volume VI
Recliner – available now at Couch Brewery
Style / ABV
Oatmeal Stout, 7.1% ABV
Why we recommend it
In my humble opinion, Recliner is one of the best stouts in Pittsburgh and arguably my favorite stout of all time. Cary (their head brewer) nails it with this one. Since these guys opened in April 2017, they’ve delightfully kept it on tap (most times of year) and I’ve recommended it to several friends. It is goob.
Per the Couch Brewery website, Recliner is “medium bodied with roasty, chocolate & coffee undertones; it is hopped with Amarillo.”
That description is spot on correct. If you’re a fan of crushable stout beers, this one’s for you. Expect to treat yourself to 2-3 servings of the Recliner, easily.
Where is it available
Couch Brewery, Larimer
When is it available
Literally right now. Recliner is a Couch Brewery staple. You can find it in the taproom most times of year.
How is it served
Couch has recently started canning their beers and even offers a mix-and-match program at their Larimer brewery. Recliner – however – tastes amazing on draft. Pro Tip: grab a growler fill and take 64-oz of this smooth goodness with you to a party. I’ve surprised folks with this one and love seeing the reax: “Damn, this is good! Can you tell us where you got it?” Boom. Instant conversation starter.
First time visitor?
One thing Couch does exceptionally well is parking. It’s unbelievably plentiful. Like multiple lots. If you drive, you will park. For free. No question about it.
Couch has small bites (in-house) and sometimes books food trucks, depending on the day of the week. I normally eat before I go, but it’s not totally necessary.
The interior carries a throwback / 70s / retro / disco theme. Breathe it in, baby. While you’re there, peep the dope Bingo board (with complementary Bingo machine). If you are wondering, yes. It actually works and they fire it up every Wednesday night (during Bingo Night). Which is verifiably lit.
Also, note the couches. It’s a comfy / chill vibe inside with plenty of lounge seating. Several of the beers carry the couch / sofa theme as well. Their hashtag? #DrinkComfortably
Getting to Couch Brewery
Sadly, it is NOT optimal to bus or bike to Couch Brewery. You can drive (and park with ease) or just snag an Uber / Lyft. For how often folks drive by Couch, it’s actually pretty prominent at the intersection of Negley Run + Washington Blvd. Plenty of signage and they’re next door to Camp Bow Wow (pupper spot).
There isn’t much else actually AROUND Couch, but getting there isn’t bad at all.
Comforter. Go on a cold day and get their Belgian Dark Strong Ale. No doubt in my mind, you’ll walk out feeling warm AF. Maybe go ahead and request that Lyft too. This baby weighs in at 8.7% ABV and you’ll feel every % of it.