Red Ale

RED LAGER ABV  4.9%   IBU  30 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Munich, CaraMunich, Chocolate Malt Hops: Horizon, Santiam In the most basic sense, there are two types of beer: ale and lager. The key difference between the two is the yeast. Ale yeasts prefer warmer fermentation temperatures, and they tend to produce esters that contribute a fruity flavor and aroma. Lager …

Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em


Smoke ‘Em If Ya Got ‘Em by Jason Cercone It was less than two weeks ago that we watched the Pittsburgh Penguins win Game 6 of the Finals and bring the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh. There was something in the air that fateful Sunday evening that made me believe glory was about to be bestowed upon the Pens. Seven …



Be on the lookout for a few malty lagers early this summer. We recently tapped Faintheart, a low-ABV red lager with a strong caramel malt presence. One guy referred to it as “malt-nificent.” (That guy was me.) About a week from now, we’ll tap Smoke & Oats, an amber with a generous helping of beechwood smoked malt. It’s a personal …

Giving Dad His Props

Fathers Day

Giving Dad His Props As we roll into June, we prepare to bask in the glory that is Summer. Temperatures may have been generously warm prior to today, but there’s something reassuring about flipping the calendar and knowing the warmest days of the year are ahead of us. Barbeques, golf, hiking, baseball, a potential Stanley Cup parade, and a tremendous …


Spoonwood New Pics-1

SINGLE HOP IPA   ABV  7.1%  IBU  75 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, CaraMunich, CaraPils Hops: Chinook This second installment of Forever Single features Chinook hops. We think it’s piney, spicey, and a little earthy. What do you think?



BELGIAN WIT   ABV  6.4%   IBU  21 Fermentables: Pale, Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Black, Special B Hops/Spices: Ultra, Ginger, Star Anise, Orange Peel, Cocoa There happens to be a Pittsburgh-based power metal group called Icarus Witch, and we happen to be friends with them. So ever since when, we knew we wanted to do a riff on a Belgian witbier …