East End Brewing Company
Same hours as every weekend...
At the brewery: Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12-5pm, closed Sundays and Mondays.
At the Growler Shop: Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 9-5pm, Sunday 11-4pm, closed Monday (thru Thurs).
See you soon! Cheers - Scott
Here's what we're pouring this weekend: http://eastend.beerby.com/ In this lineup at the brewery, you'll find 2 special beers:
Tartan-ic Scottish 60 Shilling Ale is a winning recipe from Calvin Perilloux who won the "East End Award" at the recent TRASH Homebrewing Competition, which is given to the "Best of Show" winner that's under 4.5% abv. This is an awesome all-afternoon beer that will keep you on your feet at only 3.2%abv. Hard to believe it's that light in alcohol for such a flavorful beer.
Saison Shine is another winning recipe from another area homebrewer, Brody Nasse. This Farmhouse Style Ale took overall "Best of Show" in the competition, and was commercially brewed by our GOOD FRIENDS at Rock Bottom in Homestead. I believe it's around 6.7% abv, but don't quote me on that. I just know it's really tasty!
We did the official tapping of both of these beers at RockBottom last week, so we've swapped a few kegs of each with them to spread it around a little more. In total, we got just 3 halves of the Saison Shine here, and it's already been on tap for a week...So if you want a Growler of it, now would be a good time to head to the brewery!
AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK.... was that last week?
Lastly, I wanted to offer some thoughts on American Craft Beer Week, that just ended last Saturday. Aside from working with RockBottom to release these two new beers, and running the Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride to Penn Brewery a couple weeks ago (not really part of American Craft Beer Week by the way), we really didn't put too much together for this "Mother of all Beer-Weeks". And that's pretty lame, if you ask me. I actually had newspaper reporters and tv news people calling me to ask about what we had going on... and for once, I had nothing much to offer. Opportunity lost. For the most part - with some notable exceptions that should not be overlooked, I think that area GOOD BEER Bars, Distributors, and other local Breweries were pretty much in the same boat. Which begs the question...
Why are we so lame? I don't know about everyone else, but I can tell you why East End Brewing's ACBW was lame in pretty simple terms: We're just too busy. This industry is just exploding with growth these days - we're making the most significant move of our brewery's life, favorite tap spots are expanding or opening new locations, new GOOD BEER joints are opening up left and right, and everyone's already being pushed to their limit to try and keep up with production, service, quality, and variety. Granted, these are INCREDIBLE problems to have, and we live in a truly amazing time for anyone that loves GOOD BEER. But that doesn't mean it won't take us some time to get out in front of this.
It's reminds me of something I heard a seasoned brewer from Anchor Brewery say to me about 10 or 12 years ago... it went something like this: "Wineries all bitch and moan about the crush. That's time when the grapes are ready for harvest and they're working round the clock to try and push through it. Well, every day at the brewery is the crush. We're all running at our absolute limits in this business." Sound insight from a guy who's been at it for a very long time. And it stuck with me.
So that's what I think is going on with ACBW in Pitsburgh. All of us - breweries, distributors, and tap spots alike. We're all at the limit of what we can pull off... so to step up and do something HUGE for ACBW like we need to, well that's a tall order to fill at the moment. But bear with us. By May of next year, we will have hopefully found our way on managing some of this growth and be able to bring Pittsburgh the American Craft Beer Week is deserves.
Until then by all means, please continue to keep us all way too busy.
Cheers - Scott
We've been talking about it for a while now, and now it's up and running! Read what it's all about HERE.
To celebrate, at RockBottom Homestead tonight, we're tapping TRASH Competition "Session Beer" Category Winner: TARTANic Scottish 60 Shilling Ale by homebrewer Calvin Perilloux, that we brewed here at East End. Plus, RockBottom is also tapping "Best of Show" winner - an exquisite Saison whose name seems to be eluding me and my Googles.
You should come out and try BOTH of these beers this evening - especially considering that RockBottom is in the habit of buying a round for the entire place when they tap a new beer! Tapping is at 7pm at RockBottom: http://rockbottom.com/pittsburgh/events
Look for BOTH beers on tap at Growler Hours at the brewery starting tomorrow, and I believe we're have the Scottish at the Growler Shop in the Strip this weekend too.
On Friday, I'll be updating the rest of this weekend's MOBILE TAP LIST in http://eastend.beerby.com/
See you at RockBotom tonight! Cheers - Scott
What's everyone waiting around for??? Go ahead and see the RESULTS PAGE for the 2011 Pedal Pale Ale KEG RIDE.
Cheers - Scott
For the latest tap lists at the brewery and at the shop in the Strip, have a look here: http://eastend.beerby.com/ Yes, this works on your smart, or even a not-so-dumb phone. And although it's not exactly designed for it, it also works on the computer thing you're in front of right now.
If you can't get it to work, drop me a line on the CONTACT link above. I'd like to know.
Cheers - Scott
Click HERE for more about how you can help us make the NEXT BIG STEP.
Maybe you've been underground for the past month, but the 7th Annual PEDAL PALE ALE KEG RIDE is this Saturday. Get yourself registered, and get ready to bid on a Keg Pulling slot... it's all for charity. And well, a little bit for beer too.
See you there!
Cheers - Scott
Hey GOOD BEER Fans,
And even though it's not designed for your computer's desktop, you can give it a whirl there too.
Look for us at the BrewskiFest in 7 Springs this weekend!
Cheers - Scott
At the Brewery this weekend:
In the Strip this weekend,(like last weekend) it's Toasted Amber Ale, Big Hop, Monkey Girl Dunkelweizen, and East End Witte. We'll also have pre-fills of Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale, Monkey Boy Hefeweizen, WheatHop, and Black Strap Stout while they last.
Remember: Bunnies don't lay eggs. Cheers-Scott
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