Neither wind nor rain nor lightning nor threat of tornado stays these beer snobs from the swift completion of a taster rack. The weather was rough but we survived, complete with our shelter-in-place plan of squeezing everyone into the women’s room. It’s a shame we couldn’t enjoy nice weather on the patio, but we had fun in the dining room all the same. Thanks to Frank for jumping in and turning the tables on me for Half Time. It was kind of nice being on the other side of the interview for a change. And a shout out to Ilene and the girls for coming for the first time. Remember ladies, what happens at the beer tasting stays at the beer tasting … unless it’s reported here. Sorry I didn’t get many pictures this time. I was slacking.
Harpoon/UFO Georgia Peach
Destihl Flanders Red
Lancaster Blue Trail
Foreign Objects Wet Gravity
New Belgium Fat Tire
Southern Tier Samoa This
It was a bittersweet tasting as we had a lot of fun but learned that two of us will be taking new jobs out of town. Best wishes to Jason and Matt as they begin their new journeys. Separately. They’re not a couple. Jason’s heading to Oregon and Matt to St. Louis, if I remember correctly. Matt dumped this sad news on us during halftime entertainment. :( We also learned he served in the Marines so he’s forgiven. As always, thanks for joining us! Couldn’t do this without you!
Marathon 26.2 Brew
Cigar City Maduro
Long Trail Vermont IPA
Rivertowne Hazy Morning
It was only a few days after St. Patrick’s Day, but you crazy people still came out for our little beer tasting! Maureen totally cracked me up with her story about meeting Punxsutawney Phil at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I’m still giggling. Thanks to Jason for providing the halftime entertainment. And thanks to Adam and Steve for bringing the very interesting home brew samples. We love sample home brews! You all kept Brittany on her toes. She was quite a blur running around to serve you. Thanks for the great job, Brit!
Sam Adams Cold Snap
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Spring House Lil Gruesome
Breckenridge Irish Nitro Stout
North Coast Old Rasputin Stout
Dogfish Head The Perfect Disguise
Adam and Steve’s Starcrunch White Stout - with 6 Starcrunch (BONUS)
Adam and Steve’s Starcrunch White Stout - with 12 Starcrunch (BONUS)
February 19, 2019 marked the 51st anniversary of the first Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television show. We celebrated with some Fred Rogers trivia sprinkled in between beer samples. We also celebrated the start of the fifth year of A Little Beer Tasting Group! What a fantastic four years! Thanks to you all for making our little group so special. It was nice getting to know Katie a little better during halftime. And thanks for allowing our impromptu guests talk about the upcoming Brewhaha, a fund raiser for Hollow Oak Land Trust. The event features 10 local craft breweries, locally sourced food and prizes. My apologies … I think I missed some of you in the photos.
Rivertowne Hali Kahiki Pineapple Ale
East End Snow Melt Winter Ale Nitro
North Country Jack Frost Winter Warmer
Anchor Our Special Ale (aka Christmas Ale 2018)
Erie Railbender Scottish Ale
Victory Hop Wallop IPA
We closed out our fourth year of monthly beer tastings with the interesting line up below. “I’m not a hophead” Ian found a couple of beers he liked tonight. ';) Thanks to Tom for sending the bonus beer even though he wasn’t able to attend! If I’m not mistaken, this was one of the beers that made him a three-time Home Brew Challenge winner … except this time he used honey in the recipe. Thanks also to Chris for being the halftime entertainment. It was Eric’s birthday, so I hope we didn’t embarrass him too much by announcing it. Rob’s birthday was a couple of days later, followed by Hailey’s. Sorry for being in all the photos. The hubby is a little biased with the lens. Thanks always to you all for attending, and to Patrick’s and Brittany for the good service! See ya next month!
UFO Winter Blonde
Rogue Dead Guy
Penn St. Nikolaus Bock
Ellicottville Fog Lifter
Stone Woot Stout
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Tom’s Apple Pie Cream Ale (bonus)
We took the show on the road to Cobblehaus Brewing in Coraopolis and tasted a bunch of awesome beers! And our favorite Patrick’s waitress, Brittany, joined us as a guest! She even provided the halftime entertainment. Thanks to Scott and the crew from Cobblehaus for the hospitality and for running the show, and to Patrick’s for catering our event. Thanks also to Steve and Tom for bringing some bonus beers. Look for Tom’s beers on the Untappd app under Wrenchworks Brewing. And if you’re interested in learning more about First Sip Brew Box, visit firstsipbrewbox.com.
Cobblehaus Sammy B
Cobblehaus Berry Abyss
Cobblehaus Olde Towne Alt
Cobblehaus The Viking
Cobblehaus Wicked Denny
Cobblehaus Chasing Charlie
Cobblehaus Lucky Me
Cobblehaus Black Bear
Tom’s Wrenchworks Wheat Apiary (bonus)
Steve’s Christmas Ale (bonus)
I seem to remember having a good time at this tasting, but honestly it’s been over a week ago since this event and so much has happened personally and professionally that I can’t recall much of it. I do remember Rob telling a story about how he messed with a telemarketer by faking a car crash and getting the person to hang up. Hope you liked the beers!
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee Porter
New Holland El Mole Ocho
Boulder Cold Hop
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support our fundraiser to benefit The Paws Squad animal rescue! Thanks to your generosity, our little group raised over $600 for this small, no-kill rescue in West Virginia. Thanks also to Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale for donating the beer so the entire ticket price could go to the charity. We tasted some really great beers and gave away a lot of prizes. And Tom even brought us a bonus beer! What a fantastic night!
Rhinegeist Cheetah Lager
Rhinegeist Wowie Fruited Ale
Southern Tier Cherry Cordial Imperial Stout
Southern Tier Nu Skool IPA
Neshaminy Creek Keep It on the DL IPA
Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA
Flying Dog Bloodline Imperial IPA
Flying Dog The Truth Imperial IPA
Tom’s Black Cherry Chocolate Ghost Pepper Smoked Porter (spicy & not spicy versions)
So, hey. Thanks for coming to our September tasting! It turned out to be a nice, warm night. We actually tasted more beers than what’s shown below as the tap gave us three different mixtures … Shmaltz Death, Shmaltz Slingshot and something in between. Thanks to Maureen for informing us about vote411.org, where you can learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. Be sure to check it out and don’t forget to register to vote, if you’re not already. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 9. Sorry about the pictures. This is what happens when I let my husband control the camera … lots of photos of me. ;)
Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale
Sam Adams Octoberfest
Shmaltz Slingshot Lager
Victory Home Grown Lager
Otter Creek Hoppy Lager
Dogfish Head Punkin
Holy cow! Our fourth annual Home Brew Challenge was quite a smash! Thanks to all the brave home brewers who participated! Whether you finished in first or tenth place, we applaud you for your willingness to share your creations. No one is a loser. You all had the courage to open yourself to criticism. That said, whose money was on Tom making it a three-peat? Tom pulled off the nearly impossible and won this friendly competition with an IPA. He was bold. He was confident. And he is king. But it was his birthday, so you have to wonder if people ranked his beer higher because of that. ;) No, seriously, Tom brewed an awesome beer. We're wondering when he'll be talking to investors.
Thanks to Dennis and Sammy for sharing their First Sip Brew Box goodies with us. Be sure to visit their site for more information about their beer related items. And a shout out to Jamal who told us about his business 412 BBQ that offers "sauces, rubs N'at"! Thanks to Patrick's Pub for the prizes and the great food and friendly staff! Oh, and speaking of prizes, a special thank you to Frank for donating a basket of his homemade lemon cello, salsa and jerky for one of the first place prizes. Finally, thank you to everyone who donated to the Marines vs. Air Force basketball game fund raiser and also to the Beaver County Humane Society.
First Place - Tom's Pina Colada IPA - 4.04
Second Place - (tie) Matt's Breakfast Oatmeal Stout - 3.43
Second Place - (tie) Nikki and Erick's Milk & Honey IPA - 3.43
Fourth Place - (tie) Bubba's Lola Bunny Hoppy Blonde - 3.41
Fourth Place - (tie) Haley's Pineapple Honey Hefeweizen - 3.41
Sixth Place - Adam's Milkshake Pineapple IPA - 3.39
Seventh Place - Jack's Peanut Butter Brown Ale - 3.34
Eighth Place - Dennis's Black IPA - 3.26
Ninth Place - Steve's Marshmallow Cream Ale - 3.19
Tenth Place - Karly's Cherry Earl Grey Red - 2.52
What a fun night! You guys always have a way of making a girl feel special. Thanks for the birthday wishes! Bubba and Haley couldn't make it tonight ... but we congratulated them on their engagement anyway. Thanks to John for getting up and telling us all about himself, even though it was his first time joining our little group. He's Canadian, eh?
Brooklyn Summer Ale
Straub American Amber
Stone Ripper IPA
Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA
Tonight we held an advance screening of Adam and Steve's new TV show called Yinz Brewin'?, which airs on the Moon Township community access television station MCA-TV. How exciting! (If you remember, they also host a weekly podcast called Hop Nation USA.) We also filmed a few segments for a future episode. Thanks to Dennis for providing the halftime entertainment and telling us all about his company, First Sip Brew Box. Thanks to Shawn for throwing in the Chimay! Yum!
Rhinegeist Press Tart Berliner
Saranac Tropical Storm IPA
Sixpoint Resin IPA
Lancaster Milk Stout
Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro
Chimay Peres Trappistes Grand Reserve
It was a great night on the patio! And well worth the wait. Wasn't it great to be outside? I'd mentioned the rain reminded me of the time our old Pittsburgh Brewmasters tasting group had to run for our lives during a thunderstorm. Click here to watch the video. Thank you for being so patient as we "winged it" with seating arrangements. Thanks to Alex for being a sport and letting me interview him for halftime. And a shout out to Brittany for working her butt off. We had her running, that's for sure.
Saugatuck Paled It
Abita Strawberry Harvest
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
Straub Wild Boy
Oskar Blues Old Chubb
Hop Farm Nitro IPA
What a crazy April day! Who would have thought we'd have that cold weather and snow? Thank goodness we decided NOT to be on Patrick's patio! Regardless of the weather, we had a great time. Thanks to Dave for being the halftime entertainment. If you'd like to learn more about his campaign for the PA House of Representatives 44th District, visit his website. And don't forget to vote in the primary on May 15. I hope Ray forgives me for calling him out for talking over me. ;) I tease you because I like you.
Church Brew Works Irish Red
Flying Dog Lucky SOB
New Belgium Fat Tire
Atwater Java Porter
Victory Storm King
Well that was fun! Another full house at our monthly beer tasting, and even though he couldn't join us, we really enjoyed the bonus beer Tom sent for us to enjoy. Thanks to Jack for the great introduction. See the videos below. Thanks also to Debbie for being the halftime entertainment. If you'd like to learn more about her new business, Creatively Healthy Living, please visit her website. Seems like I'm in a lot of the photos this month. Sorry. Thanks for coming out in the snowy weather! See you next month!
Founders Solid Gold
Pabst American Pale Ale
Boulder Irish Blessing
21st Amendment Fireside Chat
Oskar Blues IPA
Tom's Joosus 6 New England IPA (BONUS)
It was so nice to see you all at our 3rd anniversary celebration! Thanks to Tim and Bob from 180 and Tapped for sharing their story and three of their beers with us. Please be sure to visit their website and follow their Facebook page. Bubba and Tom helped raise the festivities by bringing their home brews to share, and we ALWAYS love bonus beers! Steve and Adam told us about the new project they're working on ... a beer-themed television program at MCA-TV, Moon Township's community access channel. I had the honor and pleasure of being a guest on their podcast called Hop Nation USA (episode #47). Listen here. And, if you haven't been to Patrick's Pub since the addition opened, hurry over to see it! You won't be disappointed!
180 and Tapped Bunny Muscles Lager
180 and Tapped Citrus Circus Orange Cream Ale
180 and Tapped Overtime Irish Ale
New Holland Space Machine
Victory Prima Pils
Shmaltz Vulcan Ale
Bubba's Chocolate Cinnamon Stout (BONUS)
Tom's Golden Coffee Stout (BONUS)
Happy New Year! Thanks for coming out on a freezing cold night to our Winter Into Spring themed tasting. I hope you enjoyed the beer selection. Sorry I scared you with the "last tasting" joke. Thanks to Ian for letting us ask him a few questions at halftime.
Devils Backbone Cran-Gose
Lexington Barrel Aged Peach Wheat
Sam Adams Winter Lager
Great Lakes Nosferatu
New Holland Hop Tronix
Avery The Maharaja
As we close out another year, I want to be sure to thank you all again for your support and friendship. It wouldn't be much of a group if you didn't attend our events. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to what 2018 holds for all of us. Sorry there aren't a lot of photos from this tasting. I was having too good a time and totally forgot to snap some. Rob was proud to share the ones he took though. I just wish he had more variety. Thanks to Steve and Adam for telling us about themselves and their podcast, Hop Nation. Be sure to check it out at www.hopnationusa.com. Thanks also to the folks at Patrick's Pub for hosting our little group and for the excellent service. Lastly, I'll leave you with one final word ... VENEER!
Rusty Rail Wanderlust
Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter
Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout
Magic Hat Jinx Scotch Ale
Red Hook Long Hammer IPA
It was so great to welcome Jocelyn from Yards Brewing to our little group this month! She brought some great beers and raffle prizes. And everyone went home with a Yards glass! I didn't know much about Yards beer before this. Pleased to say I enjoyed every one of them, but the Spruce was a little different. ;) Thanks to Bryan for the halftime entertainment. Funny, he came by himself but ran into someone he knows (Nancy). Nikki and Eric brought us some of their homemade mead to try as a bonus.
Yards Brawler English Mild Ale
Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
Yards Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce
Yards Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
Yards Rival IPA
Yards General Washington's Tavern Porter
Nicole and Eric's Mead (BONUS)
It was another fun time at Patrick's! What a great dynamic happening with this little group of ours! I love, as I'm sure everyone else does, that our home brewers want to share their creations with us. Thanks to Tom, Adam and Steve for bringing the bonus beers for us to sample. Well done, gentlemen! Jeff and Jason, our out-of-state visitors from FedEx, seemed to enjoy our company. Thanks to Jason for being a sport and allowing me to ask him a few questions during halftime. We were also happy to have Mark in the house! Mark is a sales rep for Vecenie Distributing who's acquired the Patrick's account since our friend Tony Knipling passed away. Mark's got some shoes to fill, but he's a great guy and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him. And thanks to all of you for joining us every month. It wouldn't be possible without your continued interest and support. Hope to see you in November when we'll be joined by Jocelyn from Yards Brewing.
Jack's Hard Cider Nitro
Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout
Straub Oktoberfest Lager
Green Flash Soul Style IPA
New Belgium Voodoo Ranger
Tom's Marzan Style Oktoberfest (BONUS)
Adam and Steve's Berry Pepper Stout - Regular Version (BONUS)
Adam and Steve's Berry Pepper Stout - Hot Version (BONUS)
We had a bit of a light crowd, but that didn't stop the fun! Thanks to Peg and Al for bringing your family and friends! Those of you who couldn't join us missed an interesting lineup of beers. Thanks to Tom for educating us on hops and for sharing his homegrown hops. Rob's still very excited about that. I hope Pam wasn't too sick after she actually ate one. She's pretty daring.
Southern Tier Three Citrus Peel Out Imperial Wheat
Rusty Rail Fool's Gold Imperial Peanut Butter Hefeweizen
Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
Erie Johnny Rails Pumpkin Ale
Butternuts Snapperhead IPA
Wow! What a fun night! Our third annual Home Brew Challenge was a smashing success, if I do say so myself. Seven brewers submitted their finest recipes for the competition. And what a great variety of flavors! Although this is a friendly, non-scientific contest based on the tastes of the people in attendance, rivalries were strong. Jack worked hard to de-throne Tom as reigning 2016 champion. Last year, Jack placed second to Tom after inviting Tom to join the competition at the last minute. No good deed goes unpunished. And Nikki's sole desire was to rank higher than Eric. As I've said before, there are no losers in this challenge. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there like these folks did. And they all did great! Only 1.23 points separated first and last place. Check out the results below. And thanks to Dawn for providing the halftime entertainment, even though she didn't name me as her favorite co-worker. ;( I'll have to get on her about that. Also thanks to Jack and Tom for bringing bonus beers for us to sample! We always love that!
Tasting List (on a scale of 1 - 5)
First Place - Apple Pie Cream Ale (Tom) - 4.25
Runner Up - Bourbon Vanilla Stout (Nikki) - 4.02
Third - Burnt Honey Rum Raisin Stout (Eric) - 3.97
Fourth - Red Ale (Matt) - 3.58
Fifth - American Pale Ale (John) - 3.52
Sixth - Coffee Cream Ale (Adam) - 3.27
Seventh - Chocolate Chili Stout (Jack) - 3.02
BONUS BEER - Strawberry Ale (Jack)
BONUS BEER - Black Berry Cream Ale (Tom)
It was so good to see so many new faces! Thanks for spreading the word about our little group. I hope you enjoyed lifting a few pints to celebrate the first Oscar Meyer wiener mobile rolling off the assembly line (1936). Thanks to Amy for providing the halftime entertainment. And, a special shout out to Rob for always helping to pour the beer. It was great seeing you all!
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat
New Holland White Hatter
Dark Horse Smells Like a Double Michigan Safety Meeting
Weyerbacher Merry Monks
Thirsty Dog Old Leg Humper
Wow! That was fun! Rob and I needed a fun time with good friends and you all met the challenge! Thanks for giving first-timers Cookie and Linn a warm welcome. Moe found them in the bar and invited them to join us (way to go Moe!). They seemed to have a good time, even though I pressured them into providing our halftime entertainment. ;) I must have been distracted by the great conversation. Seems I hardly took any pictures. WTH?
Victory Cage Radler
Saranac Citra Pils
Voodoo Wynona's Big Brown Ale
Saugatuck Serrano Pepper Ale
Stone RuinTen with Orange Peel and Vanilla Bean
I look back on this tasting and smile. You all know how to have a good time. Thanks to Nancy for sharing her story about her son Zac's bachelor party during halftime. Seven breweries in seven hours! And yes, they had a designated driver. A big welcome to first-timers Shelley, David and John! And how awesome is it that Tom brought us yet another bonus beer?!! He's spoiling us for sure!
Penn Brewery Tangerine Swirl
Shorts Bellaire Brown Ale
Troegs Crimson Pistil Hibiscus IPA
Helltown Idle Hands IPA
Thirsty Dog Scarlet O'Hoppy
Tom's Sweet Baby Juicus IPA
You guys rock! What a fun night! We had a bunch of first-timers ... Lisa, Frank, Darcy and Dwight. I hope you'll be back. Thanks to Darcy for being our halftime guest. We had a great lineup of beers, but I think the highlight was Tom bringing us not one, but TWO bonus beers! Thanks for your generosity, Tom! And one more plug for our friend Scott who opened Cobblehaus Brewing in Coraopolis a few weeks ago. I guess he won't be allowed to enter our home brew challenge anymore now that he's a professional. ;) If you haven't visited yet, be sure to do so soon.
Blue Point Blueberry Ale
Spoetzl Shiner Bock
Erie Ol' Red Cease and Desist
Harpoon The Craic
Rusty Rail Rail Spike IPA
Tom's Heath Bar Brown Ale (bonus beer)
Tom's Maple Bacon Brown Ale (bonus beer)
I'm sure it was rough attending this tasting after the St. Patrick's Day hooligans. But didn't we have fun? A special thanks to Peg and Al for joining us at the last minute (and to Sean for dragging them in)! I hope you enjoyed hearing about Dayton and Dana's efforts to train George, a service dog, for a local military member with PTSD. Their goal is to eventually establish a nonprofit organization. If you'd like to help with the expenses, they've set up a Go Fund Me page. Also, you can follow George's progress on Facebook.
Fuller's London Pride
New Belgium Blue Paddle Pilsener
Wyndridge Farm Imperial Night Owl Stout
Erie Brewing Railbender Ale
Rivertowne Patrick's Poison
Victory Hop Devil Nitro
Thanks for coming out to celebrate our 2nd anniversary! I hope you enjoyed visiting with Zach from Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale. The prizes were awesome and we appreciate their support. Thanks also to the guys from Twisted Spoon Ale House for sharing their Mocktoberfest Harvest Rye Ale with us. It was an interesting twist on the more bitter ryes I'm used to. We can't wait until you find a location! And, thanks to Tom for the second bonus beer! That spicy goodness surprisingly tickled the taste buds. Cheers to two great years! Looking forward to sharing more fun times with you in year #3!
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager
Great Lakes Eliot Ness Amber Lager
Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA
Twisted Spoon Mocktoberfest Harvest Rye Ale (bonus beer)
Tom's Chocolate Habanero Smoked Porter (bonus beer)
What a difference a few days makes. Last month I wrote how I was looking forward to a long vacation and this month I'm unemployed. Be careful what you wish for. I really enjoyed seeing you all. Being alone all day is tough sometimes and you helped me feel better. :) Thanks, and happy 30th birthday, to Eric who Nicole made me ambush for the halftime entertainment. Thanks also to Maria and Chris, George and David who joined us for the first time! Welcome! Don't forget that Cobblehaus Brewing Company will be opening very soon in Coraopolis. Thanks to founder/brewer Scott Mills for giving us the update. You'll notice there are no photos below. I'm not sure how my camera was on the "live" setting, but they all turned out to be 2-3 second videos. I wasn't able to post them here, but you can view them on the Facebook page.
Morland Old Speckled Hen
Church Brew Works Christmas Ale
Anchor Brewing Merry Christmas 2016
Boulevard Brewing The Calling IPA
Sly Fox 360 IPA
Lexington Brewing Rye Barrel IPA