ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.
Hey! Where’d you get that beer?
Some might call it nebby – but there are times when I am genuinely curious. Where are folks getting these obscure, seemingly hard-to-find beers? Are they local?
Um, can I try one?
We asked a cutaway of Pittsburgh beer people about what they’ve been drinking during #StayHomePGH.
Want to send us a reco? Drop a note via social media (or email me). Love hearing from folks.
ABV, volume LXVIII
What Are You Drinking: Bogtrotter, Imperial Stout (10% ABV) // via Dancing Gnome (collaboration with Humble Sea Brewing Co)
Where Did You Get It: Via beer trade
Sydney Says: “Bogtrotter has such a delicious flavor; it’s reminiscent of a gooey fudge brownie with fresh raspberries and a smidge of whipped cream on top. Although I got this one via a local (beer) trade, I did purchase some from Dancing Gnome during its original release – and I just had to have more!”
“Also – am I allowed to give an honorable mention? Because Eleventh Hour’s recent stout release (Land Beast: Noches) was killer! I’m also a huge fan of their Dream Cannon series of fruited sours.”
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Company / Organization: First Sip Brew Box
What Are You Drinking: La Noche Triste, Milk Stout (5.5% ABV) // via Butler Brew Works
Where Did You Get It: Butler Brew Works (Butler, PA)
Dennis Says: “We did a big support local brewery tour this weekend. Covered 70 miles and 7 breweries! La Noche Triste was the best beer we had in the past week.”
Follow: First Sip Brew Box on Instagram
Company / Organization: Steel City Big Pour and Construction Junction
What Are You Drinking: Sleepy Eyes, Fruited Sour (5.7% ABV) // via Inner Groove Brewing
Where Did You Get It: Inner Groove Brewing (Verona)
Terry Says: “Sours have grown on me more and more; the fruited torte sours out of Inner Groove (actually all their sours) have always been a must grab.”
Follow: Steel City Big Pour on Facebook
Company / Organization: Brew Collar Guys
What Are You Drinking: 400, IPA (7% ABV) // via Four Points Brewing
Where Did You Get It: Four Points Brewing (Charleroi)
Tyler Says: “Actually got a keg of 400 for my home kegerator system, along with some cans from the brewery!”
Follow: Brew Collar Guys on Instagram
Company / Organization: Stewards of Beer
What Are You Drinking: Hour Series: Hour IV, New England IPA (6.8% ABV) // via Eleventh Hour Brewing
Where Did You Get It: As part of a mixed 6-pack from Carson St Deli.
Brooke Says: “Although I missed out on Hour I of the Hour Series, I got Hour II and Hour III (curbside pickup) at the brewery. They were both fantastic! For Hour IV, I got a single can – as part of a mixed 6-pack – while getting sandwiches for takeout at Carson St Deli. I’ve been enjoying many local beers, but this one really stood out!”
Follow: Stewards of Beer Facebook page
Company / Organization: Epicast TV
What Are You Drinking: Innertube, American Lager (3.5% ABV) // via Burial Beer Co.
Where Did You Get It: Burial Beer Co is shipping direct to consumer nationwide from their brewery in Asheville, NC.
Buzzy Says: “Asheville’s favorite macro style micro brew! A more mature High Life.”
Company / Organization: The Tangeleg – freelance photographer
What Are You Drinking: Coffee Camp: Vanilla Latte, Coffee Stout (8% ABV) // via Conny Creek Brewing
Where Did You Get It: Conny Creek Brewing (New Kensington) is selling beer and food for curbside pickup.
Nick Says: “This is an extremely smooth 8% ABV coffee stout; conditioned on lactose and vanilla. Conny Creek is now doing growler fills as well.”
Follow: The Tangeleg on Instagram
Company / Organization: Pittsburgh Beer Ladies
What Are You Drinking: Land Beast: Noches, Imperial Stout (11.5% ABV) // via Eleventh Hour Brewing
Where Did You Get It: Eleventh Hour Brewing, via curbside takeout in Lawrenceville
Debbie Says: “Aged in Widow Jane bourbon barrels – this beer had just the right amount of spice. The chipotle peppers and notes of cinnamon and chocolate…there was so much going on in this beer. I only wish I had gotten more than one!”
Follow: Pittsburgh Beer Ladies Facebook group
What Are You Drinking: Dark Berry Fruit Whip, Smoothie Sour Ale (6% ABV) // via Cellar Works Brewing Co.
Where Did You Get It: Curbside pickup at Cellar Works in Sarver.
Day Says: “This is part of Cellar Works’ ongoing ‘Fruit Whip‘ series – and it’s easily the best beer I’ve had all month. It starts out pretty tart, but gets creamier & more balanced as it warms. Was recommended by Zach Shumaker (from ShuBrew) – well worth the drive out to Cellar Works. They have a very COVID-friendly pickup system for online sales.”
Fun Fact: The previous iteration of ‘Fruit Whip’ sold out in 20 minutes. The ‘Fruit Whip’ iteration Day is referencing sold out in 4 minutes.
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Header Photo: a throwback look at Dancing Gnome’s (now retired) flight sample glassware. Photo by Cory Morton.