ABV is our weekly series that highlights a different beer from a local Pittsburgh brewery every week. Check out our past picks here.
Today’s edition of ABV is brought to you by summer: a fine Pittsburgh season.
Hokay, here’s a Memorial Day weekend thirst quencher from the dream team at Roundabout Brewery. With temperatures expected to rise into the 80s this week, the beer we’re recommending is a refreshing one.
Everybody cool out.
ABV, volume XVI
Ginga Wheat – available now at Roundabout Brewery
Beer Name: Ginga Wheat
Style / ABV: American Wheat Beer, 5.6% ABV
Why we recommend it: The Ginga Wheat is a Roundabout staple (and neighborhood favorite). They’ve brought back iterations of this beer year after year. Listed as an “American wheat beer with fresh ginger, lemon, and local honey” – this is the beer to pair with however you decide to spend your three-day weekend.
Hints of ginger in this beer are subtle; the honey notes add a balanced level of sweetness and it ends with a refreshing zest.
When is it available: Ginga Wheat is on tap right now.
Where is it available: Roundabout Brewery (Lawrenceville) and you MIGHT be able to get Ginga Wheat at Roundabout’s pop-up beer garden in Chateau (weekends only).
Honorable Mention Beer: If you’re into adventure and okay with trying something spicy, Roundabout’s cream ale with chili peppers is called Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. It weighs in at a humble 5% ABV and is NOT overwhelmingly spicy. Highly recommend it.
Visiting Roundabout Brewery
Parking: pretty limited with SOME street parking. Roundabout has a small parking lot to the side, but that transforms to outdoor seating during the warmer weather.
If you are planning to have a few beers, it’s super easy to grab an Uber / Lyft in Lawrenceville. You can also bicycle here with ease on the shared access lanes of Butler St (vehicles AND bikes). Healthy Ride (bicycle share program) has two stations within a few hundred feet of Roundabout too.
Public Transit to Roundabout
Bus: Take the 91 or the 93
Roundabout offers a small menu of snacks from some Pittsburgh favorites like Pub Chip Shop and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. They also have a regular rotation of food trucks. Check the Roundabout website here for updates.
The taproom is small. Good for a date; not a great spot for big groups.
Visit the Roundabout Pop-up Beer Garden
Pro Tip: Steve and Dyana, the husband and wife duo at Roundabout, have resurrected last summer’s Roundabout Brewery Pop-Up Beer Garden along the Ohio River in Chateau. It’s a weekends-only program that pops up behind Bicycle Heaven right along the river trail.
The pop-up is marked by a HUGE tent that covers a bench-style seating area. There’s games (corn hole), lovely views of the Ohio River and depending on weather / other events happening around town, Roundabout will book DJs, performing artists and food trucks to round out their fun, low-key summer outdoor digs.
Get the full scoop on Roundabout’s Pop-Up Beer Garden from our write-up earlier this month.