DRY-HOPPED SOUR   ABV 5.2%  IBU  7 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Vienna Hops: Santiam, Citra A “backdoor slider” is a deceptive pitch that starts outside the strike zone but then catches the back corner of the plate. Backdoor Slider is a simple sour ale that leads with Citra hops into a tart finish, with a touch of wheat crackers.


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PALE ALE   ABV  6.9%  IBU  17 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Oats Hops: Bravo, Cascade, Goldings, Crystal, Meridian A relatively strong (“double”) pale ale brewed with flaked oats, which account for the softer, fuller mouthfeel and the hazy appearance. El Dopa has a restrained bitterness with an intense herbal, floral, almost tea-like flavor and aroma. Incidentally, the name is …



Brown Ale   ABV 5.4%  IBU 23 Fermentables: 2-row, Victory, CaraMunich, Chocolate Malt Hops/Spices: Santiam, Willamette, Peanut Butter This version of How Now is flavored with PB2, which is a dehydrated peanut butter. Much of the natural oils are removed, which makes it compatible with beer. The base beer is the same as usual, with a hint of caramel malt …


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SAISON   ABV  5.8%   IBU  38 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Pils, Wheat Hops: Santiam, Cascade We brewed Elise last spring but with different yeast and hops, so the only real similarities are in name and color. This year’s version is drier and more crisp, with a hint of pepper and clove, and a touch of citrus.

In The Tank, Out The Tank (vol. 5)


Sometimes it’s a grind. But at the end of the day, literally and figuratively, there’s beer. There’s music, too, and someday I’ll write about that. But right now, this is about beer. So let’s talk about what’s up and coming. Spring calls for lighter styles, so naturally we brewed an imperial stout. Evolution’s End will finish at just under 9% …



WHEAT   ABV  5.1%   IBU  20 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Wheat, CaraPils, Honey Malt Hops: Horizon, Cascade Take this one out for a spin…or, it’s just like riding a bike…or some other hackneyed slogan. The weather is getting warmer, so here’s a hazy wheat beer! It’s citrusy on the nose, especially as it warms in the glass. The flavor is …

Do You Even Jenga, Bruh?!

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Do You Even Jenga, Bruh?! Compete in Spoonwood’s First-Ever Really Big Jenga Tournament During Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week! If you’ve visited the Spoonwood Brewing taproom before, you may have noticed an adult-sized version of Jenga tucked away in the far corner of the dining room. And if you didn’t see it, perhaps you heard it as someone’s Jenga fate met …

Screamin’ Danger Pinned and Tapped at Carson Street Deli Thursday Night!

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Screamin’ Danger Pinned and Tapped at Carson Street Deli Thursday Night! It’s been a few weeks since our friends Coheed and Cambria played an absolutely phenomenal show at Stage AE. It was one of the better shows I’ve attended in recent memory and, without question, the light show that accompanied the music was the coolest I’ve ever seen live. Myself …



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2 Minutes to Midnight Releases Feb. 26th and 27th

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2 Minutes to Midnight Releases Feb. 26th and 27th After a couple planning sessions, a very fun brew day, several weeks in the fermenter, the addition of vanilla, chili peppers, and chocolate from Sarver’s Speckled Hen Chocolate Company, an enjoyable back-and-forth exchange over the beer’s eventual name, and the anxious wait for bottle label approval, we are happy to report …

Screamin’ Danger IPA: Made in Collaboration with Coheed and Cambria

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Screamin’ Danger IPA: Made in Collaboration with Coheed and Cambria It started with a tweet. It ended with a kick-ass beer. If you were unaware, yours truly and both our brewers, Steve Ilnicki and James Evans, are HUGE Coheed and Cambria fans. Many days, the brewhouse is bumpin’ to the tracks of Coheed while brand new beers go from recipe …

6 Reasons To Join Us For Our Second Beer & Food Pairing


6 Reasons To Join Us For Our Second Beer & Food Pairing Back in September of 2015, we began a tradition at Spoonwood that showcased the skills of our chefs and brewers while giving you a wonderful opportunity to get to know us a little better. It was our very first Food & Beer Pairing and the night was exceptional. …

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Greetings Spoonwood Nation! We have officially started up a weekly newsletter to better keep you informed on beer releases, food specials, brewery updates, and special events going down in our taproom or at destinations throughout our region. We encourage you to welcome us into your inbox so you never miss what’s happening at Spoonwood Brewing. Signing up is easy. Simply …