Thanks for tuning in to this first installment of In The Tank, Out The Tank. Sex, money, religion, and politics – all fine topics. But we’ll save those for our next beer pairing dinner. Instead, we’ll use this space to communicate the most compelling matters concerning the brewery… A few weeks ago, we acquired two 53-gallon barrels from Wigle Whiskey. These barrels held Wigle’s recently released straight wheat and straight rye whiskey, both aged for three years. We didn’t have anything appropriate on hand to put into the barrels, so …
BELGIAN OKTOBERFEST ABV 5.5% IBU Fermentables: Pils, Munich, Melanoidin, Red X, CaraMunich Hops: Magnum, Hallertau, Tettnang
BLACK IPA ABV 6.7% IBU 52 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Midnight Wheat, Crystal, Special B Hops: Newport, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo Dark roasted wheat provides intense color without astringent grainy bitterness. Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops deliver grapefruit citrus. And a certain legendary guitarist unwittingly lends his name. (Thanks, Ritchie.)
BA RYE DEMISE
RYE IPA (6.6%) IBU After a brief nap in Wigle Rye barrels, our Rye IPA awakens with a touch of booze and oak.
Sept 9: HOPS for HEROES
Head down to Spoonwood on September 9th and Buy the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department a Beer! $1 of Every Draft Sold will be Donated. Meet Sparky the Fire Dog and hangout by the Fire Truck. The boys will be on hand- Come down and Show your support.
STRAW IN THE WIND
AMERICAN WHEAT ABV 3.4% IBU 07 Fermentables: Pils, Wheat, Carapils Hops: Sorachi Ace, Goldings, Amarillo A lightly soured wort is produced by adding Lactobacillus to the kettle, prior to boil. Lemon, grapefruit, and earthy dry-hops, along with a touch of lemon, complement the overall citric character. Light and refreshing, not unlike a gentle breeze.
Brewed in the ‘Burgh, the Evolution of Our City’s Brewpubs
By Hal B. Klein, Pittsburgh Magazine In and around Pittsburgh, brewpubs and taprooms are supplementing and in some cases even replacing the corner bar. The destinations, which serve beer brewed only by the company with the name on the sign, draw both locals and loyalists, serve as de facto community centers and help startups to build their brands. In the past, beer geeks sought out perfectly crafted Belgian lambics or German marzens at import bottle shops or craft-beer bars. Read Full Article Here>
Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Breweries, Ranked
By Mary Kate Joyce, Thrillist In the last decade, microbreweries, brewpubs, and taprooms have overtaken our Steel City and its surrounding suburbs. Some call it a brewery boom and others call it… delicious. Either way, craft beer connoisseurs and casual day drinkers alike are into it, and with so many breweries to choose from, selecting our top 10 was no easy task. To help us compile the list, we tapped(!) five independent ‘Burgh beer experts to rank the top breweries in the region. Each panelist submitted a list of breweries …
Spoonwood starts small in a big space
By Mike Pound, Post-Gazette Steve Ilnicki doesn’t have designs on becoming huge. But that doesn’t mean the head brewer of Bethel Park’s Spoonwood Brewing didn’t start big when the brewpub opened in late January. It’s a big space: a 15-barrel brewhouse, a full food menu, easy seating for 250 thirsty customers – or more, now that the patio is open. And it’s off to a big start. While working as an assistant brewer at Homestead’s Rock Bottom, Mr. Ilnicki answered an ad on a jobs board at the American Brewing …
First Look: Spoonwood Brewery debuts in Bethel Park
By Tim Schooley, Pittsburgh Business Times Down a hilly suburban road past the new Cool Springs Sports Complex in Bethel Park, Steve Ilnicki is making batches of stouts, Belgian ales, IPAs and other beers out of a custom-built facility in a suburban community that hasn’t had its own brewery before. As the brewer and partner of Spoonwood Brewing Co., Ilnicki has reason to be hopeful after about 250 people jammed the new brewpub during its opening weekend. Read the Full Article Here>
Munch goes to Spoonwood Brewing Company in Bethel Park
By Dan Gigler / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In the introduction of his 2012 book “Brewing in Greater Pittsburgh,” Dr. Robert Musson estimates that from the 1800s to the pre-Prohibition era nearly 100 different breweries existed in what is now considered metropolitan Pittsburgh. But like an increasingly ornery bartender clanging the bell, flipping the lights on and yelling “GIT AHT!” at last call, a combination of the Volstead Act, consolidation, industrial decline and the rise of the national macrobrews all conspired to eventually drain the region’s brewing culture from that of a …
Pale Ale ABV 5.5% IBU 33
IPA ABV 6.8% Fermentables: 2-Row, Crystal Hops: Columbus, Ekuanot Our chief IPA and one of four year-round offerings. Killer Diller is built upon a simple grain bill and two varieties of hops, Columbus & Ekuanot. We mix it up from batch to batch with various dry-hops, including Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe.
Belgian Wheat ABV 5.9% IBU 22