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Ultimate 6er | Pittsburgh Craft Beer

Ultimate 6er | Pittsburgh Craft Beer
Gregory Acero

The Pittsburgh craft beer scene has been making serious waves, or I should say serious brews, in the craft beer industry. Pittsburgh breweries have been brewing an assortment of different beer, from pale ales to hazy IPAs and wild ales to delicious barrel aged stouts – Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene has truly grown and, as a result, is starting to receive national recognition.

I am currently pursuing fitness goals, so I have not enjoyed a beer since January 1, 2018. Trust me… I miss it dearly!¬†This list will consist of the beers I have consumed in 2017 and by the time I write another Ultimate 6er, I hope to have tasted some new beer in 2018. Let’s dive right in and get this started!

Beyond Infinity | Dancing Gnome

ABV: 8.2%

Dancing Gnome’s Beyond Infinity #bosspour

Starting off the list is DG’s Beyond Infinity DIPA. The brewery has been really nailing the highly popular NEIPA style. This wonderfully collaborated hazy DIPA is generously hopped with Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy, Denali and Mosaic. Delicious tropical flavors: pineapple and mango, along with hints of peach and dankness throughout, which makes for one delicious beer! Dancing Gnome has been brewing terrific beers — I always look forward to their beer and can releases. Beyond Infinity… Beyond Amazing.

Black Magick Aged In Bourbon Barrels | Voodoo Brewery

ABV: 13%

Voodoo Brewery’s Black Magick (blue wax)¬† Gotta love that bottle opener from bullets2bandages

I was lucky to grab a Barrel Room Collection from Voodoo last year. When Voodoo informs the public about releases of its highly sought stouts, it results in long lines on release day before one can buy an allotment. This beer was the first of the few bottles I opened in my barrel room collection and damn, was this a delicious stout. Buffalo Trace Black Magick ages for 24 months in American oak bourbon barrels. I was under its spell with its dark black hue and enticing aroma; the flavors of coconut, coffee, chocolate and vanilla blended smoothly with the bourbon characteristics. Voodoo knows how to brew spectacular barrel aged stouts!

Hazedelic Juice Grenade | Grist House

ABV: 6.2%

Grist House Hazedelic Juice Grenade

Grist House’s Hazedelic Juice Grenade is a pretty chill American style IPA. What I love about this beer is that it comes in a six pack and it is an easy drinking beer to enjoy during the warm weather. A faint tropical aroma with a nice mellow grapefruit, citrus and mango taste. Pull the pin and taste the Hazedelic Juice Grenade.

Bocctahne | Insurrection AleWorks

ABV: 9%

Insurrection AleWorks Bocctahne Bottle opener courtesy of bullets2bandages

When I think of Black Friday, I think of barrel aged stouts like Insurrection Alework’s Bocctahne. The BA pours a beautiful dark mocha color with the maple bourbon aroma that tingles the senses. Creamy, coffee with a nice mixture of maple and bourbon with a smooth finish. I absolutely enjoyed this beer in November and was a good ending to a long day of shopping and waiting in line for beer.

Neo Relic | Draai Laag

ABV: 6.3%

Draai Laag Neo Relic

As I have expanded my palate, wild ales have gotten my attention. Neo Relic poured a straw golden color accompanied by an aroma consisting of lemon, citrus and a bit of malt or cracker. I absolutely enjoyed this beer, acidic up front but then calms down a bit and maintains its acidic, tart body and flavor as you swallow it. There’s a healthy dose of earthiness and spice, along with the citrus and lemon flavors. It definitely does not feel like a 9.3% ABV beer, but you will feel it once you finish it. Loving the wild ales, Draai Laag!

Albatross | Brew Gentlemen

ABV: 8%

Brew Gentlemen’s Albatross

Finally we reach the last beer on the list: Brew Gentlemen’s Albatross DIPA. Another delicious hazy DIPA that overflows with hops that offer plenty of tropical fruit aroma and flavor. Available in the spring, Albatross successfully offers bountiful notes of tropical fruit, orange peel, melon and stone fruit. As some craft beer drinkers may say “It’s super juicy!” As you can see in the picture, I couldn’t just leave with only one growler – yes it is that good.

Final Thoughts

Now, don’t get all your hop vines in a bunch. Of course I know there are more than these six beers and breweries that I listed. The six chosen are from breweries I visited and beer I drank in 2017. The next Ultimate 6er I will continue my list of other Pittsburgh craft beer breweries. You may see the same breweries on here, but with different styles… who knows? You will just have to stay tuned. I hope you enjoyed this Ultimate 6er and hope you can visit these wonderful Pittsburgh breweries one day. Let me know if anyone would like to acquire these delicious beers, I will definitely do my best to obtain them for you! Cheers!

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