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Hey, Pittsburgh: Whatcha Drinking?

We asked a handful of local beer drinkers what they’ve been enjoying during quarantine. Here are their top picks and where you can find them.

by Aadam Soorma | May 19, 2020

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.

Dang, I miss seeing people at breweries. Big thanks to Pink Boots Society for allowing me to drop in on their collaboration brew day at Penn Brewery, pre-quarantine. Photo: Nicole Adams

ABV, volume LXVIII

Sydney Mealey

Company / Organization: Former Outreach Coordinator at Bierport and current member of Pittsburgh Beer Ladies

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.”

Follow: No Guts No Gory on Instagram


Dennis Guy

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


Terry Wiles

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


Tyler Coughenour

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


Brooke Franus

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

Brooke Franus leads the team at Stewards of Beer. Photo: Nicole Adams

Buzzy Torek

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.”

Follow: Epicast TV on Facebook // Buzzy Torek on Instagram


Nick Naretto

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


Debbie Stueber

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


Day Bracey

Company / Organization: Fresh Fest Beer Fest and Drinking Partners Podcast

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.

Follow: Day Bracey on Instagram


Header Photo: a throwback look at Dancing Gnome’s (now retired) flight sample glassware. Photo by Cory Morton.

Aadam Soorma

Aadam Soorma

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.

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