9/20 – First Responder Night

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Three Saturdays ago, we hosted the largest event we’ve ever thrown. Garden Party was a huge success, drawing a crowd of over 1500 to Braddock to sip on a few beers, grab some dinner from the food trucks, and soak in one the last few gorgeous summer nights. Well, family, it looks like it’s about time for another party.

This time around, we’ve partnered with the Forest Hills Police Department. Their new police dog, Loki, needs some help getting settled into his new home.

The police departments around the Mon Valley work closely with one another and a number of them, including the Braddock Police Department, are good friends of the brewery. These guys, along with other first responders such as fire and EMS, have been a huge help throughout our time here in Braddock. So really, this is for them. Loki is a super sweet bro as well.

So here’s what’s going down. We’re having an afternoon bash at the brewery to benefit the K9 Division of the Forest Hills Police Department. A dollar from each beer sold will go towards getting a specially-outfitted K9 police cruiser for Loki and the team. We’re getting our core group of mobile food buddies together – PGH Taco Truck, Blowfish BBQ, and Gyros N’at. The K9 team will be doing a demonstration with Loki and a few others. Throw in an auction for Steelers and Penguins tickets and a bunch of other awesome stuff, pump some tunes, and there you have it.

First Responder Night. This Saturday. 2PM – 7PM. You’re invited.

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (9/10-9/13)

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen will now be migrated to email. I’ll still post a link here every week but the best way to stay in the loop would be signing up for our newsletter here.

The updates for this week can be found here. Our current draft list can now be found on our new website here.

Thanks for growing with us as we learn the ins and outs of this all. Never stop improving.

 

Cheers,
Matt

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (9/3-9/6)

Garden Party was a wild success. Thank you all who came out to Braddock and spent the afternoon with us. We had a great time, but more importantly, learned A LOT about throwing an event of that size. We’ve already got a long list of notes where we’d like to improve. If you happened to attend, please take our short, three question survey here to share your thoughts on how we can do a better job next year.
This is a busy week for Pittsburgh craft beer. Big Pour, the annual beer festival at Construction Junction, is this Saturday. The event is already sold out but there will be a bunch of events going on throughout the week. Check below to see what we will be up to.
Here are the weekly updates.

Current draft list for the week:

  • White Sky
  • Business Casual
  • General Braddock’s IPA
  • Build & Destroy
  • RPF 21: Beer Beer
  • RPF 06: American Pale Ale
  • RPF 20: Experimental Hop Session IPA
  • RPF 03: Irish Pale Ale
  • RPF 17: Apple Pie
  • RPF 01: Hefeweizen
  • RPF 09: Catherine’s Wit
  • RPF 15: Root Vegetable Saison
  • Apis Winery & Mead: Hopped Pineapple Mead

Wednesday 9/3 (4pm-10pm)

Food: PGH Taco Truck (Cancelled due to truck maintenance)

Thursday 9/4 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday 

Food: Pittsburgh Smokehouse

Beer Release: Southern BBQ Chicken Beer

We will have the Chicken Beer available again this Thursday as part of our Pilot Batch beer release. Smoked chicken, bacon, dates, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and maple syrup all packed into a 6% ABV brown ale. Pair it with a Brisket or Pulled Pork Sandwich from Pittsburgh Smokehouse.
 

From 5-7pm we will be sampling beers at Whole Foods in East Liberty. Maybe this is a pre-cursor to them getting a license to sell beer? Maybe not. They’re calling it Little Pour and we will be there.

Friday 9/5 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Blowfish BBQ

Beer Release: Chipotle Galaxy Double IPA
#BBBQ is back to form with Blowfish BBQ this Friday. On top of that, the Chipotle Galaxy Double IPA (inspired by the pilot batch) will be making its debut. To all of you who said the pilot batch wasn’t hot enough, we welcome your second opinion.
 
This Friday, we will also be participating in a 3-brewery tap takeover at The Independent. We will join Grist House and Four Seasons for a “Meet the Young Guns” event featuring $4 pints from 5-7pm. For those of you who can’t make the Big Pour, this is a great opportunity to come sample beers from 3 of Pittsburgh’s new breweries.

Saturday 9/6 (4pm-10pm+): 

Food: Gyros N’at

Big Pour will be going on, but we will still have the taproom open. For all of you without tickets, come hang out with us and Gyros N’at at the brewery. Have a great week and see you in the taproom!

This Week @ The Brew Gentlemen (8/27-8/30)

We are now days away from Garden Party. Just in time for the event, we had a 16 tap draft system installed. Behind the scenes, our old draft system gave us a few headaches and wasted a bit too much beer. Level up! This upgrade allows us to introduce Apis Winery & Mead on draft. Apis is the brainchild of our good friend Dave Cerminara, who is focusing on honey wine, otherwise known as mead. Much like us, Dave isn’t afraid to experiment and try new things as evidenced by his first delivery: a hopped, pineapple infused mead.

Now for the weekly updates.

Current draft list for the week:

  • White Sky
  • Business Casual
  • General Braddock’s IPA
  • RPF 21: Beer Beer
  • RPF 06: American Pale Ale
  • RPF 20: Experimental Hop Session IPA
  • RPF 03: Irish Pale Ale
  • RPF 17: Apple Pie
  • RPF 01: Hefeweizen
  • RPF 09: Catherine’s Wit
  • RPF 15: Root Vegetable Saison
  • Apis Winery & Mead: Hopped Pineapple Mead

Wednesday 8/27 (4pm-10pm)

Food: PGH Taco Truck

Beer Release: RPF 15: Root Vegetable Saison

For anyone who noticed, we weren’t actually able to put this beer on last week due to carbonation issues. The beer is pouring well with the new draft system and it tastes delicious.

Brewed with 150 lbs of roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets this is our first saison release. We’d love to hear what you think.

Thursday 8/28 (4pm-10pm): Pilot Batch Thursday 

Food: TBD

Beer Release: The return of the Chicken Beer

Around the time we first opened, Brandon brewed a southern BBQ beer. We have since updated that recipe to include: Blowfish BBQ smoked chicken, bacon, dates, brown sugar, and maple syrup. So many of you have asked, now you have your second chance. The chicken beer is back!

Friday 8/29 (4pm-10pm+)

Food: Pittsburgh Smokehouse

Sadly, Blowfish BBQ had a prior commitment this week. On the bright side, Beer & BBQ Friday (#BBBQ) lives on! The folks from Pittsburgh Smokehouse will be slinging brisket, pulled pork, and smoked wings.

Saturday 8/30 (4pm-10pm+): GARDEN PARTY

Food: PGH Taco Truck, Burgh Bites Cart, Gyros N’at, Superior Motors, Ellie’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Beer Release: Garden Party

For the latest updates, join the event facebook page. We will be shutting down our parking lot to host the event but there are a number of lots nearby. Parking, event layout, beer schedule, etc. will all be posted to the event page.

Have a great week and see you in the taproom!

Matt

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