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

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