Prohibition Pop-Up

Join us Thursday 4/11 at East End Brewing’s Taproom for a Fussfungle & beer flight pairing event

by Stephanie Brea
April 8, 2019

Join us Thursday, April 11, from 6 pm to 8 pm for a Prohibition Pop-Up tasting event.

Remember when we told you about the Fussfungle, Pittsburgh’s lesser-known cocktail export? Well, thanks to our friends at Pennsylvania Libations, East End Brewing, and Prohibition Pastries, we are throwing an impromptu party in the Strip. You’ll have an opportunity to sample this pre-Prohibition cocktail alongside a flight of beers. Yeah, sort of like a boilermaker – the other drink that put Pittsburgh on the mixology map.

Pouring a flight at East End. Photo: Cory Morton

What’s the Fuss about?

We recently reached out to Cody McDevitt, co-author of the book “Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife and Bartending Tradition,” who detailed this historic Pittsburgh cocktail for us.

The short synopsis: The Fussfungle originated in McKeesport circa 1902 (well, at least that was when it was getting press), and was eventually found in bars from New York City to Kansas. It’s a little sweeter than an old-fashioned, and was originally pre-batched.

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At Very Local, we are committed to telling very Pittsburgh stories, and what could be more Pittsburgh than pairing a historic Pittsburgh cocktail with new, local craft beer. This isn’t your grandfather’s Imp & Arn. We want to help you see the city through a new lens.

The Fussfungle. Photo: Adam Milliron

Priced so low, it’s almost illegal

Tickets are required to reserve your spot, and your hand pie.

$9 gets you:

  • a sample of the Fussfungle
  • a flight of East End beers (that’s three 6-oz. pours)
  • AND a hand pie from Prohibition Pastries (a vegetarian option is available, please select VEGETARIAN ticket option at checkout)

Must be 21+. Please remember to bring ID.

Ticket link:


Prohibition Pop-up Details:

Prohibition Pop-Up

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 6-8pm

Location: East End Brewing Taproom (the Strip District)

Cost: $9 (advance tickets required)

Let’s be honest, parking in the Strip isn’t so great, especially now that Smallman is under construction. The weather looks great, maybe take a bike ride or tap that Lyft/Uber button. Lots of bus lines cross through the Strip on the way to Downtown, including the 86, 87, 88, 91, and 54.

And as a warning, note what the Brooklyn Daily Eagle observed about those who had drank the Fussfungle: “With a few pints of this delectable compound circulating through his system the merrymaker takes joy in shooting holes through the persons of his family and choicest friends. He is ready to carry an election with it, or to dance down the strongest set of legs in his social circle, or to get up a strike, or to burn his house, or to do almost anything else that will express his high vitality and joy. The only trouble about it is that the police will not always let him.”


East End Brewery Tap Room
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102 19th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
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Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town. An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters. Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested. At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role...

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