ABV: T-Funk // Full Pint’s charming personality (and beer)

If you've been to Full Pint in Lawrenceville, you've probably met Tony (T-Funk). Whether you are into sour beers (or not), we recommend trying his namesake beer.

by Aadam Soorma
April 9, 2019

ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.

**ring ring**

TF: “Hello! This is Hop Farm.”

AS: “Oh, dang. Um hey there, I’ve made a mistake. I was trying to call Full Pint.”

TF: “What’s up, Aadam? This is T-Funk. We have caller ID, man.”

 

Fun Fact: T-Funk is a jokester. He’s also the charming black man in a kilt who greets guests at Full Pint Wild Side Pub in Lawrenceville. Tony (AKA T-Funk) is a talented musician and has a beer named after him. You can read all about it, starting right now.

ABV, volume X

T-Funk – available next week at Full Pint Brewing

Beer Name: T-Funk

Style / ABV: Berliner Weiss (Sour), 4.5% ABV

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Why we recommend it: There’s a lotta things I love about Full Pint: the (taproom) space, the staff, the vibe, the food, the artwork, the suspiciously SUPER CLEAN restrooms. I love that Full Pint stands up for social issues they believe in and I love that they are an Upper Lawrenceville institution.

I also crave the T-Funk. Regularly. Listed as a blackberry and black tea sour, I recommend this to ALL my friends who are looking for a gateway beer into sours. I’ll admit, wild ales and sours can be polarizing and intense for folks who crush crispy boys on the regular.

What is a sour beerI found this article (from Hop Culture magazine) about the difference between sour beers and wild ales. A super helpful read for folks curious about learning more.

To my knowledge, Full Pint is one of the only breweries in the area that boasts a damn good, year-round kettle sour. The T-Funk is crisp and light, coming in at 4.5% ABV and carries itself in a lovely red hue. It is see-through, but not in a watery way. It has a recognizable aroma and is arguably the beer I drank the most of during calendar year 2018.

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Hanging out with Barrett (head brewer at Full Pint) while sipping on a T-Funk. Photo: Cole Bradley

 

When is it available: T-Funk is a mainstay on the Full Pint draft list. I chatted with T-Funk (the legendary human being) on Monday, April 8 and he shared that the most recent batch of T-Funk (the beer) was being packaged up and prepared for delivery to the Wild Side Taproom (Lawrenceville). It is expected to return to their draft list within a week.

How is it served: Enjoy a fresh pour (at either Full Pint location) on draft. Get a growler fill for carry out and share it amongst friends. Also, it is confirmed that T-Funk will be released in cans later this year. Heck yeah.

Where is it available: Full Pint’s Wild Side Tap Room in (Lawrenceville) and the actual Full Pint Brewery (North Versailles).

Fun Fact: Full Pint is in full distribution so there’s a good chance you’ll find the T-Funk on draft at several craft beer bars around Pittsburgh.

Honorable Mention Beer: If sours aren’t your thing, I recommend the Living Color IPA. For folks unfamiliar, Full Pint has partnered with Redfishbowl to donate $1 from every sale of the Living Color IPA to raise money for local artists and musicians.

Total wildcard: Full Pint (Lawrenceville) has amazing food. Pair up your T-Funk with a ‘Royale w/cheese.’ That’s right, Full Pint’s flatbreads make for amazing pub food. You should treat yourself to the Royale or grab a full-on sandwich or share some snacks. Full Pint is a great place to go if you’re hungry.

Visiting the Full Pint Wildside Pub in Lawrenceville

First Time Visitor?

Parking: on-street parking is available in every direction. Butler Street, 53rd Street, 54th Street, etc.

Food?

Yes, food is available at the taproom. I eat it regularly.

Interior?

There’s a bar side and a dining side. Both are rad. The artwork, the candle lights, the clean restrooms.

Pro Tip: got a large group? Looking for a place to have a beer and a nice conversation? Maybe even bring a baby? Hit the dining room side of Wild Side Pub when there’s not a live performance or concert. Lean into the coziness. It’s a lovely space and generally lowkey before live performers take the stage in the evening.

Getting to Wild Side Pub

Bus: Take the 91.

Uber / Lyft: per usual, always a smart move after some beers. Be careful crossing Butler Street. 

Full Pint Wild Side Pub
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Getting there
16087 Perry Hwy, Warrendale, PA 15086, USA
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Visiting the Full Pint Brewery in North Versailles

Parking: there’s a huge free lot on top of the hill as you approach the brewery. Can’t miss it.

Food: yup, sure do. We recommend the hoagies.

Interior: This is literally their production facility but there is a bar and seating area on the right-hand side of the building. It’s industrial with super high ceilings and there’s plenty of space. Nice restroom too.

Full Pint Brewing T-Funk
Approaching Full Pint’s production facility (brewery) in North Versailles. The garage door is open on nice days.

 

Getting to the Brewery

Bus: the P76 has limited service and only runs on weekdays. Better off just driving or taking a ride-share.

Uber / Lyft: per usual, always a smart move after some beers. Just a heads up, depending on demand, ride-shares will run $30+ from North Versailles back into the city.

Full Pint Beer
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1963 Lincoln Hwy, North Versailles, PA 15137, USA
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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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