Wait, so why are we having a Garden Party again?

…because we’re re-releasing RPF 13: Cucumber Wheat as a warm-weather seasonal, and we’re bestowing upon it the name Garden Party, and we want to host a big end-of-summer, vegetable-themed blowout with our friends. Well, kind of. That’s definitely a part of it, but the real reason is a bit larger than that.Garden Party Splash

Garden Party is a celebration of the momentum that’s been building in Braddock over the last couple of years. We’re very fortunate to be able to be a part of that momentum, and invite you to come check it out. Now that we’ve been open for three months, we figured it was a good time to have another blowout event. So we gathered up a few of our friends whose establishments have all contributed in some way to the forward progress here in Braddock.

In the past few years, we’ve seen a low rumble of foodservice entities trying to help combat Braddock’s status as a food desert. Chef Kevin Sousa‘s Magarac restaurant concept switched names and locations to become Superior Motors, and after being the most funded restaurant project to date on Kickstarter, the renovation has begun. Kevin will be serving small-bite pairings inside the taproom and talking about the Braddock restaurant ecosystem he’s put so much focus into creating.

Superior Motors will be working closely with Braddock Farms, a part of Grow Pittsburgh. Admittedly, having been around since 2007, Braddock Farms is not one of the new guys, but one of the early steps taken to revitalize vacant space here in town. Marshall, the director of the farm, will be holding a miniature farmers’ market selling fresh veggies grown just down the street from the brewery. Joining him will be Shauna Kearns of the Braddock Community Oven, which is expanding to a much larger oven in tandem with the renovation of Superior Motors. Much like both the restaurant and the farm, the outdoor brick oven serves as a community and educational tool.

The other part of the beginnings of a Braddock food scene is mobile food. Starting with PGH Taco Truck‘s weekly lunch service (often joined by other trucks including Burgh Bites Cart) outside local printing shop Ink Division, Braddock’s status as a completely unserved market has drawn more and more mobile food businesses to town. Upon our opening, we had an opportunity to host a different mobile food option four nights a week – PGH Taco Truck being one of them, as well as Gyros N’at.

The momentum is not only food-related; for anyone that’s traveled through Braddock Avenue within the past year, you’ve seen the constant construction going on across the street from the brewery. Diagonally to us, there are new homes and a large green space that will eventually become a public park. Directly across the street is a large mixed-use complex that will house a medical clinic and street-level retail and offices, as well as live-work spaces. Trek Development, the folks overseeing these projects, will be at the event talking about Braddock’s revitalization from a construction standpoint.

So while the vegetable-related festivities of Garden Party may seem like a rather arbitrary group of unrelated entities, we do all have a common thread: we all want to see Braddock flourish. We’re glad we’ve been able to round up the gang for a blowout, and we hope to see you there.

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (8/20-8/23)

In case you missed it, we’re throwing a Garden Party on August 30th to celebrate the release of our cucumber wheat beer. Beer, food, music, vegetables.

Now for the updates. We introduce the Brew Gentlemen Randall beer infuser, welcome a new food truck, and begin to fall into a slight bit of craziness waiting for Garden Party to finish fermenting.

Current draft list for the week:

  • White Sky
  • Business Casual
  • General Braddock’s IPA
  • RPF 20: Experimental Hop Session IPA
  • RPF 06: American Pale Ale
  • RPF 03: Irish Pale Ale
  • RPF 21: Beer Beer
  • RPF 15: Root Vegetable Saison

Wednesday 8/20 (4pm-10pm)

Food: Street Foods

Beer Release: RPF 15: Root Vegetable Saison

Brewed with 150 lbs of roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets, the Root Vegetable Saison has been tucked away in our cellar naturally conditioning. Well, we just tasted it, and the time has come to throw our first saison on tap. Stop in, try a pint, and let us know what you think!

Thursday 8/21 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday 

Food: Saucy Mama’s

Beer Release: Chipotle Mango DIPA, RPF 06: APA infused with fresh roasted coffee beans

We welcome Saucy Mama’s to the taproom for the first time. Italian paninis and subs provide a perfect pairing for craft beer. Some still argue wine goes best with Italian food. I say false. *sip* They say false. *sip* I say no seriously. *sip* They insist. *sip* Our bottles are empty, we’re both hungry. Time for some beer and Italian food.

To test out the Randall beer infuser for Garden Party, we’re running our American Pale Ale through fresh roasted coffee beans. We’re going to have a lot of fun with this thing.

Friday 8/22 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Blowfish BBQ

Beer & BBQ Friday (#BBBQ) is the weekly manifestation of what is truly a match made in heaven. If you want some of that good good smoked mac and cheese, come early. Hootie has run out every time.

Saturday 8/23 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Gyros N’at (formerly Tony’s Gyros)

Hey Yunz guys, the Squirrel Hill Tunnel needs fixed. They will be closed this weekend. You can easily still get to Braddock via The Waterfront or Route 837. In other news, Gyros N’at just got a twitter, show the guys you follow them and get a $1 off your order this Saturday.

Oh, and some of the Garden Party swag just showed up. First 150 people to the event get a pair of custom sunglasses.

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Have a great week!

Cheers,
Matt

8/30 – Garden Party

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When we first came up with the concept for the Rapid Prototype Factory Series – our line of numbered, experimental one-off beers – we knew that it would be a test kitchen for potential seasonal releases. Sooner or later, we’d release something that stuck out as a keeper. Well, family, you’ve made one thing abundantly clear – RPF 013: Cucumber Wheat is a keeper. And so without further ado, we bring you our first beer to graduate from the Rapid Prototype Factory and become a full-fledged seasonal: GARDEN PARTY.

And so, to celebrate the re-release of the newest member of our seasonal lineup, we’re getting some friends together and having a Garden Party. On Saturday, August 30th from 4pm – 9pm, we’re taking over The Brew Gentlemen parking lot and hosting an evening of vegetable-themed merriment. We’ll have plenty of Garden Party on tap, bottles available for purchase (limited to 300), and a schedule of various beer infusions throughout the afternoon. Here’s who’ll be hanging out with us:

WHEN: August 30th, 2014 from 4pm – 9pm

WHERE: The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. – 512 Braddock Ave., Braddock PA 15104

All are welcome to join. Stay in the loop by joining the event page on Facebook, where we will post updates, parking info, the beer schedule, and other event information!

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (8/13-8/16)

Alright, first things first: Garden Party. Join us, PGH Taco Truck, Superior Motors, Ink Division, Braddock Farms, and more for an afternoon of fresh beer, mobile food, vegetable-related festivities, and hot beats. It’s on Saturday, August 30th from 4pm – 9pm, and is located in the parking lot next to the brewery. Mark your calendars, family.

Now for the updates. There’s a lot going on this week including a new beer release, a tap takeover, and a party celebrating a metal deer. All the details can be found below.

Current draft list for the week:

  • White Sky
  • Business Casual
  • RPF 20: Experimental Hop Session IPA
  • RPF 06: American Pale Ale
  • RPF 03: Irish Pale Ale
  • RPF 21: Beer Beer
  • RPF 17: Apple Pie
  • RPF 10: New Zealand Double Pale Ale (last keg)

Wednesday 8/13 (4pm-10pm)

Food: PGH Taco Truck

Beer Release: RPF 21: Beer Beer 

Join us for the beer release of Beer Beer, the newest beer in the Rapid Prototype Factory Series of beers. RPF #21: Beer Beer is a “beer” beer, a “beer” type of beer that’s the best beer for that “I need a beer” kind of beer craving for beer. It’s a light, easy-drinking beer that’s an approachable enough beer for new craft beer drinkers, but is also a beer with a substantial level of complexity for the more advanced beer palate.

To celebrate this beer release (in true macro-beer fashion), we’ll be hosting BEER BEER HAPPY HOUR! Between 4pm and 7pm, all draft beers of Beer Beer will be $4. Come try this beer and tell us what you think.

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Thursday 8/14 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday 

Food: Street Foods

Beer Release: Pink Peppercorn Gose

Tart and salty wheat beer. It sounds weird, but it is amazingly refreshing. If we had more than just a tiny bit left, I would have consumed it all.

Friday 8/15 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Blowfish BBQ

Beer & BBQ Friday (#BBBQ) is the weekly manifestation of what is truly a match made in heaven. If you can’t make it out to the taproom, we will also be doing a mini tap takeover out at Bocktown Robinson. Come say hi if you’re in the area!

Saturday 8/16 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Gyros N’@ (formerly Tony’s Gyros)

This Saturday, we will also be attending Save the Carrie Deer at the Carrie Furnace. Tickets are available here. We will only be serving beer at the VIP reception, but we still encourage you to attend. The Carrie Furnace is an incredible venue and the deer is pretty awesome part of it.

So there you have it – a brand new beer, the return of a rare favorite, two offsite events, and, as usual, a packed schedule of mobile food. Hell of a week. Cheers!

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (8/6-8/9)

THE QUICK N’ DIRTY

Current draft list for the week:

  • RPF #13: Cucumber Wheat (one keg, but we will soon be re-releasing it under the name Garden Party. Stay tuned for more details…)
  • Business Casual
  • White Sky
  • Build & Destroy
  • RPF #3: Irish Pale Ale
  • RPF #9: Catherine’s Wit
  • RPF #17: Apple Pie
  • RPF #10: New Zealand Double Pale Ale

Wednesday 8/6 (4pm-10pm)

Food: PGH Taco Truck

Beer: The final keg of RPF #13: Cucumber Wheat… until the end of August.

If you haven’t seen yet, we re-finished the bar. Well, it still needs to cure. We will still be open, but no one will be able to sit at the bar.

Thursday 8/7 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday + IPA DAY!

Food: Pittsburgh Smokehouse

Beer Release: Chipotle Mange DIPA + Experimental Hop ADHA 529 Session IPA

This Pilot Batch Thursday also falls on IPA Day. To celebrate, we will have the Chipotle Mango DIPA back and release our new Session IPA featuring an experimental hop. It’s got notes of coconut and green tea, and clocking in at 4.2%, you can surely have another.

Friday 8/8 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Blowfish BBQ

Beer & BBQ Friday. Yes please. #BBBQ

Saturday 8/9 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Tony’s Gyros of Pittsburgh

This Saturday, we’ll also be pouring beers over at Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe for their 5 year anniversary. Beer, cigars, and great stories for all.

Cheers!

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (7/30-8/2)

This week marks the return of a full batch of White Sky and two Pilot Batch beers.

Here is the current draft list for the week:

  • General Braddock’s IPA
  • Business Casual
  • RPF #9: Catherine’s Wit
  • Build & Destroy
  • RPF #2: Kitchen Sink
  • RPF #3: Irish Pale Ale
  • RPF #17: Apple Pie
  • RPF #10: New Zealand Double Pale Ale
  • Rotating special release tap

Wednesday 7/30 (4pm-10pm)

Food: No food tonight. Unfortunately Pittsburgh Taco Truck is having some issues.

Thursday 7/31 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday!

Food: TBD – We are trying to secure someone for Thursday but for now, BYOF.

Beer Release: Chipotle Mange DIPA + Gose

For those of you who have missed one or both of these releases, we will be putting a small amount of each beer on tap this Thursday (and Thursday only).

Friday 8/1 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Blowfish BBQ

Beer Release: More White Sky!

Saturday 8/2 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Tony’s Gyros of Pittsburgh

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (7/23-7/26)

Well, it looks like we found a short-term solution with these updates to help keep you all in the loop. We’ll be streamlining this over the next few weeks, but for now, here’s what you need to know.

For starters, here is the current draft list for the week:

  • General Braddock’s IPA
  • Hello World
  • RPF #9: Catherine’s Wit
  • RPF #13: Cucumber Wheat
  • RPF #2: Kitchen Sink
  • RPF #17: Apple Pie
  • Young Barleywine
  • Rotating special release tap

Wednesday 7/23 (4pm-10pm)

Food: Pittsburgh Smokehouse

Thursday 7/24 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday!

Food: Street Foods

Beer Release: Gose

Thank you all for making our first Pilot Batch Release last week a wild success – we kicked the keg of the Chipotle Mango DIPA in a little under 4 hours. This week, we will be releasing our Gose, a slightly sour and salty wheat beer. Perfectly refreshing in the summer, and our first stab at a sour beer.

Friday 7/25 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Blowfish BBQ

Saturday 7/26 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Tony’s Gyros of Pittsburgh