OPEN SESAME

Honey Sesame Brown Ale ABV 4.2% Fermentables: Pale Ale, Munich, Vienna, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey Hops/Spices: Sterling, Willamette, Black Sesame We brewed this low ABV “session beer” in collaboration with Church Brew Works and Pittsburgh Bottleshop for the release of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild Brewery Guide. The malt is sourced entirely from a maltster near Philadelphia called Double Eagle, and the …

FREEMANG

BRUX TROIS IPA  ABV 6.1% Fermentables: Pils, Wheat, CaraPils, Sugar Hops: Citra This is a once-a-year brew that requires a special yeast to create its distinct fruity character. “Bruxellensis Trois” is a strain of yeast that was formerly regarded as a type of Brettanomyces, or wild yeast. It has the ability to produce a dry, slightly tart beer with pineapple …

CHERRY ONLY

Cherry Smoked Porter ABV 5.5% Fermentables: 2-Row, Smoked Malt, Chocolate Malt, Caramel, Cherry Purée Hops: Columbus We love smoked beers, and for the longest time we’ve wanted to brew another. But we didn’t want to infringe upon Smoke & Oats. Seriously, how many smoked beers does your draft lineup really need? Well, apparently the answer is two. This porter is …

DEAD GOON

Dead Goon

Imperial Stout   ABV 8.7% Fermentables: 2-Row, Munich, CaraMunich, Roasted Barley, Special B, Chocolate, Blackprinz Hops: Columbus Who doesn’t love a big, rich, roasty, jet-black stout in the heat of summer? Weirdos, that’s who. Okay, so maybe we’re in the minority, but as far as we’re concerned, imperial stouts are never out of season. But the real reason we started …

GOOD-EYE SNIPER

DIPA    ABV 8.4% Fermentables: 2-Row, CaraMunich Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Sorachi Ace, Falconer’s Flight Are you in or are you out For them all to know the end of us all

Below the Fold

Soft & Hazy Pale ABV 5.4% Fermentables: 2-Row, Oat Malt, Wheat, CaraPils Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Ekuanot Our never-say-never “New England Style” Pale. These beers are known for their soft, full mouthfeel and permanent haze, resulting from large amounts of protein-rich grains such as oats, wheat, and rye. They are also known for their low bitterness despite tremendous amounts of hops, …

Only Built 4 Purple Plates

Fennel Saison 6.2% ABV Fermentables: 2-row, Spelt, Oat Malt, Flaked Rye Hops/Spices: Columbus, Mandarina, Simcoe, Fennel Seed & Pollen This beer is a collaboration with Shef Shaun of The Purple Plate, brewed specially for Fresh Fest, which is Pittsburgh’s first Black beer festival. It is a well-attenuated (dry) ale brewed with spelt, oats, and rye, and it is fermented with …

SLICK LEG

Slick Leg Session IPA Spoonwood Brewing

Session IPA      ABV 4.6% Fermentables: 2-Row, Honey Malt, CaraPils, Flaked Oats Hops: Citra The idea of a “session” beer is that you can drink several over the course of an evening without getting crushed. But the real trick of a session beer is to provide enough flavor – despite the low ABV – so that you want to …

HALF & HALF NOT

Half & Half Not – IPA (7.2%) Fermentables: 2-Row, Wheat, Oat Malt, Vienna, CaraPils, Honey Malt, Lactose Hops/Spices: Falconer’s Flight, Lemon Zest, Ceylon Orange Pekoe tea A super creamy IPA, thanks to lots of wheat, oats, and milk sugar (lactose). Falconer’s Flight is a citrusy blend of hops, which together with the lemon zest provide the lemonade component. And the …

SMOKE & OATS

Smoke & Oats Spoonwood Brewing

SMOKED AMBER  ABV 5.6% Fermentables: Smoked Malt, Munich, CaraMunich, Flaked Oats Hops: Columbus, Willamette Smoke & Oats is our tribute to the stunning Rauchbiers of Bamberg, Germany. Smoke is the prevalent flavor, of course, but there is a pleasant underlying sweetness, with toasty malt and a gentle hops bitterness in the finish. The defining character comes from a combination of …

AMBELLINA

Spoonwood AMBELLINA

BELGIAN TRIPEL  ABV 9.0% IBU  29 Fermentables: 2-Row, Pilsner, Candi Sugar Hops: Apollo, Hallertau Blanc A traditional Belgian golden strong ale with the addition of dry-hopping. Ambellina is built upon a simple grain bill (2-Row and Pilsner malts) with Candi Sugar to enhance fermentability. The Hallertau Blanc hops play well with the fruit and spice of the Belgian yeast, adding …

COLD DRIP CITY

COFFEE BLONDE   ABV 5.8% Fermentables: 2-Row, Vienna, Crystal, CaraPils, Flaked Barley, Lactose Hops: Santiam, Cascade Cold Drip City is a basic blonde ale with lactose (milk sugar) that we infuse with a strong cold-brewed coffee during carbonation. The trick is that the beer picks up a distinct coffee flavor and aroma without much color. The coffee is a robust …

Wowie Zowie

IPA (7.2%) Fermentables: 2-Row, Wheat, Oat Malt, CaraPils, Flaked Oats Hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, Ekuanot We’re thinking of Wowie Zowie as the hazy counterpart to Killer Diller. Its grain bill is comparable to the other hazy pales that we brew, and the hops are the same combination that we typically use in Killer Diller. Taste them side by side and decide …

CLOUD TRIP

CLOUD-TRIP-SBC-White-IPA

WHITE IPA  ABV  6.4% Fermentables: 2-Row, Wheat, CaraPils, Oats Hops/Spices: Amarillo, Mandarina, Orange Zest, Coriander A Belgian witbier at heart. But in the kettle, it takes a turn toward IPA country. Pale and hazy from suspended yeast and proteins, and spiced with orange zest and coriander, the way a witbier ought to be. American and German hops double up the …

WHITE HOT RAGE

BELGIAN WIT   ABV  5.0% Fermentables: 2-row, Wheat, CaraPils, Flaked Oats Hops/Spices: Ekuanot, Orange Zest, Coriander, Habanero, White Pepper “I’m sorry, but that really steams me. That really burns me up. I mean, I am filled with a White Hot Rage!” -Barney Stinson.