Brew Gentlemen Final Colossus

This was the second beer that I had while at Brew Gentlemen. If you find yourself in the Pittsburgh area, it is definitely worth a stop there.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beer is an experience that goes far beyond what’s in the glass – it’s the sum of all the small details that surround it. That’s why we’ve worked to create a comfortable and elegant brewery and taproom in which to have the best experience possible with our beer, with our space, and with us. Our brewery is located in the historic steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Just down the Monongahela River from nearby Pittsburgh, Braddock was once a booming commercial destination and the heart of Andrew Carnegie’s steel empire. Our taproom offers draft beer for consumption on site, as well as beer to go. While we don’t serve food, we regularly host mobile food vendors. Check out our online menu for an up-to-date draft list, and our food page for our weekly mobile food schedule.”

Random: There was a really nice jewelry store down the street from the brewery.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and bright yellow in color. There was no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had some dank hops up front that were quickly countered by a bit of grapefruit and citrus. The taste started with the same dank hops with some pine and then went into grapefruit segments and citrus. The alcohol was well hidden. The body was creamy and not too heavy with lighter carbonation. It had a lengthy and oily finish with grapefruit. This beer was another standout that is worth searching out for.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Brew Gentlemen Miyabi

The next brewery that we visited was Brew Gentlemen, which gets really good reviews, so I was excited to try some of the beers. This was the first one.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brew Gentlemen was born out of the desire to carve our own path, build something meaningful, and share great experiences. In November of 2010, while in their junior year at Carnegie Mellon University, Asa Foster and Matt Katase decided to ditch their previous tracks of Art and Math to pursue self-defined majors with a common goal: open a brewery. After narrowly avoiding being kicked out of CMU for brewing on campus, the pair graduated in 2012 and quickly found their home in Braddock. They embarked on an 18-month DIY renovation project to convert an old electrical supply store into the brewery and taproom you can visit today. Brew Gentlemen opened its doors in May 2014, and we haven’t looked back since. Our home at 512 Braddock Avenue has allowed us to learn, grow, and experiment. We’ve brewed countless beers, our original team of two has grown to a family of 10, and people have started coming back to Braddock. Most of all, we’ve had fun. We’re fortunate to have figured out what we loved to do at a young age, and are taking advantage of that by striving to be the absolute best we can be. We’ll continue on this journey as long as we wake up every morning and still love what we do. We’ll continue to grow, while staying true to our core values and purpose. Thank you for being a part of our story.”

Random: They had a falafel food truck outside when we were there and I should have tried it. It smelled really good.

The beer poured with a half finger of pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left slight lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly murky and yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose started with some grapefruit and went into mango and pineapple and had a white bread note as well. The taste had a marked white bread character and the same grapefruit, mango and pineapple notes. There was a touch of grapefruit zest as well. The body was moderately thick with generous carbonation. The finish hung around with grapefruit zest. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Roundabout Lure Verden

Val managed to find a James Beard award nominee restaurant that was known for their pizza and doesn’t take reservations. We got there right as it opened so we could see how it was. Val really enjoyed it and I thought it was just alright. This was the beer I had there.

ABV: 6.4%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “So, it is your typical start-up brewery story: Brewer wants to open his own place after working for breweries in FL, HI, CA (x3), CO, MO (x2), New Zealand, and PA (x3). Hmmmm, maybe that isn’t so typical. Regardless, we are so excited to finally open the doors to our brewery. Steve was already thinking about opening a small brewery back in 2003 so it took about 10 years and a couple of brewery jobs to make it happen. The support from other local breweries and business owners has been amazing and we are very grateful for their time and knowledge. We are happy to be a part of the awesome Pittsburgh brewing community. Now go out and support Pittsburgh craft beer.”

Random: I always like to pair a lighter beer with pizza.

The beer poured with a half a finger of slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was most clear and a murky yellow-orange color. The nose was light with some grain and honey and a touch of grass. The taste was very similar to the nose. I picked up some honey up front and then light grain and grass. The body was light with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with honey. I enjoyed this beer with dinner, but it wasn’t anything I would need to search out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dancing Gnome Wishbone

The first brewery that we visited while in Pittsburgh was Dancing Gnome. We got there about 5 minutes before they opened and within 20 minutes, there were no seats available. It was a medium-sized space and very clean. I asked the bartender what they recommended and they said this beer. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We unapologetically brew hop pronounced styles and believe in the process of designing, refining, and perfecting our creations. With the understanding and appreciation of tradition, we take calculated liberties to forge a new path for the American Ale. We believe in eudaimonia, indulgence, and a harmonious blend of earnest work and ebullient play. We believe in the dichotomy of reverent traditions and brazen pioneers.”

Random: I loved their merch and came home with a hat and a sweatshirt.

The beer poured with a half a finger of loose, pure white head. It dissipated rapidly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy, bright yellow. I couldn’t see any carbonation due to how cloudy it was. The nose was very hoppy. I picked up some tropical fruit as well, but it was straight out grapefruit hops up front. The taste was very light and had the same grapefruit hops. There was some grain at the end, but the hops took center stage. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with fresh grapefruit segments. This beer was perfect to pair with food and my only complaint is that I can’t get it in New Jersey. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Roundabout Earl Grey Pale Ale

Val and I took a long weekend trip to Pittsburgh to see a Penguins game and a live show of “My Favorite Murder.” Unfortunately, we both had nasty sinus infections during the trip, so we spent a lot of time watching tv in the hotel room, but we were able to get out a little bit and explore. Val was on steroids for her sinus infection, so we stopped and got a quick bite to eat at an oyster bar. It had a bit of a Jersey shore feel to it and had pork roll on the menu, which was very odd. In speaking with the owner, that was because he was from Red Bank, New Jersey. I also had my first oysters, which I really enjoyed.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Earl Grey Pale Ale – pale ale featuring Amarillo and Motueka hops and loose leaf Earl Grey tea”

Random: Unfortunately, I did not get to go to this brewery, although we passed it.

This beer poured with a one and a half, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy yellow with only some visible carbonation. The nose had some citrus and a nice amount of bergamot. There was a generous amount of hop essence as well. The taste was much of the same. The hop flavor was upfront and then some orange and bergamot came out next. The body was on the light side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with tea and citrus. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it paired really well with seafood. I would definitely have this one again, but unfortunately, it doesn’t get distributed to New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonewood Brewers Cut Dry Hopped Pilsner

New Jersey’s beer scene is booming lately. It seems like a new brewery is opening every month. One of my clients recommended checking out beers from Tonewood, which is south from me. I wasn’t able to visit the brewery yet, but I was able to pick up a can at my local beer store.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tonewood Brewing is committed to creating flavorful and exciting craft beer. Using the finest ingredients and masterful brewing techniques, we apply uncompromising attention to quality and consistency. Proudly brewed in Oaklyn, New Jersey – Tonewood Brewing is home to a 15-barrel brewhouse. This ideal size allows us to be creative, often. While our core brand of beers are self distributed to bars and liquor stores in New Jersey, guests can find a wide variety of rotating taps that utilize seasonal ingredients at our tasting room.”

Random: There was no description about this beer on the website.

The beer poured with a one finger head that was pure white. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a shockingly cloudy yellow for a pils, but had generous visible carbonation. The nose had grain and mineral water. It had some floral hops as well. The taste was much of the same. It had mineral water and grain along with some floral and grassy hops. It had a light body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and grainy. I thought this beer was alright, but another middle of the road pilsner. I wouldn’t refuse it, but it wasn’t worth seeking out.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bolero Snort Magically Bullicious

This beer is one that I picked up even though conceptually, I found it to be a bit gimmicky. I was curious to see what a beer’s take would be on Lucky Charms cereal. Let’s see what I thought.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to, “Lucky Charms was created in 1964 by product developer John Holahan. General Mills management challenged a team of product developers to use the available manufacturing capacity from either of General Mills’ two principal cereal products—Wheaties or Cheerios—and do something unique. Holahan came up with the idea after a visit to the grocery store in which he decided to mix Cheerios with bits of Brach’s Circus Peanuts. An advertising company employed by General Mills and Company suggested marketing the new cereal around the idea of charm bracelets. Thus, the charms of Lucky Charms were born. Lucky Charms is the first cereal to include marshmallows in the recipe. The mascot of Lucky Charms, created in 1963, is Lucky the Leprechaun, also known as Sir Charms, and originally called L.C. Leprechaun. The cartoon character’s voice was supplied by the late voice actor Arthur Anderson until 1992. Lucky has also been voiced by Eric Bauza, Tex Brashear, Jason Graae, Doug Preis, and Daniel Ross. In 1975, Lucky the Leprechaun was briefly replaced by Waldo the Wizard in New England, while Lucky remained the mascot in the rest of the United States. The oat cereal was not originally sugar coated. After initial sales failed to meet expectations, the oats were sugar coated, and the cereal’s success grew. Piggy banks and plastic watches were introduced as cereal box send-away prizes as a marketing tactic to increase sales. The recipe for the cereal remained unchanged until the introduction of a new flavor: Chocolate Lucky Charms, in 2005. Later in 2012, General Mills introduced “Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats.”

Random: I used to love this cereal as a child.

The beer poured with a two finger head that dissipated quickly. It left slight lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow color, which wasn’t surprising as this was billed as a golden stout. It had a slight haze to it and there was some visible carbonation as well. The nose had lactose, vanilla and a touch of marshmallow with some grape as well. The taste was much of the same. There was a lactose note with some sugar sweetness and then went into the marshmallow note with vanilla. I didn’t pick up the grape note that I got in the nose, but instead, picked up a milled grain note. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with grain and lactose. Although I thought this beer was a bit gimmicky, I did enjoy it and it was well executed. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Left Hand Hard Wired – Nitro

Left Hand was one of the breweries that I visited while in Colorado. They had a really nice indoor/outdoor space with lots of firepits, which is something that I always enjoy. Since we were going to so many breweries, I only had one beer there, but if we ever make our way back out, I would definitely stop there again.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “SUPER SMOOTH WITH CHOCOLATE MALT, COFFEE AND TOFFEE NOTES. Innately predisposed to be smooth when Poured Hard, this nitro coffee porter builds a pillowy, toffee-sweet head. Coffee and flavors of caramelized sugar, cacao and hints of blueberry lead to a light, smoky finish.”

Random: This beer is seasonal and comes in at 33 IBUs.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated at a rapid pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color and I couldn’t see much through it. The nose was, not shockingly, filled with coffee. There was some toffee, marshmallow and a touch of smoke as well. The taste was equally coffee forward. It had the same toffee notes with some caramel and smoke. Malted milk balls came through as well. The body was on the lighter side with a decent amount of carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. I thought this beer was alright, but I didn’t pick up any of the blueberry and it wasn’t super complex, which made this a middle of the road beer for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Dogfish Head The Perfect Disguise

It’s been a crazy few months at work and I’ve fallen off updating the blog. I have a bunch of posts that need to go up, the first being this relatively new selection from Dogfish Head.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On the surface, The Perfect Disguise looks like a straightforward Kölsch with a crisp Kölsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops … but things aren’t always what they seem. With a quick sniff and a slight sip, you’re greeted by a creamy mouthfeel and full body thanks to the addition of a unique German chit malt – the first hint that this beer may be somewhat different. Hiding deeper behind that German disguise is the double dry-hopping of an American Double IPA, with nearly 4 lbs. of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach. The artwork for The Perfect Disguise was brought to life and designed by 2019 Off-Centered Art Series artist Michael Hacker. The name ‘The Perfect Disguise’ was the inspiration for the illustration design as it’s a play on words with whether or not the beer is actually a Kölsch or an American IPA.”

Random: This is the first Dogfish Head beer that I’ve had since October, 2018.

This beer poured with a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly. It left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy golden color with some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose started with lager yeast and some grain and then quickly went into bigger notes of tropical fruit. I picked up some pineapple and mango and kumquat. The taste was much of the same. It started with clean grain and yeast and then had some huge citrus notes. I picked up the same pineapple, mango and kumquat and then got tangerine and a touch of fruity tea. The alcohol was well hidden and the body was on the medium side. It had a quick finish with tropical fruit. I thought this was a great showing from Dogfish Head and I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0