Yep, you read that right…the end of Prohibition. It only ended in Bellevue in 2015! And having a drink at Lincoln Avenue Brewery is the best way we can think of to celebrate.
Lincoln Avenue Brewery officially opened on July 27 after a soft opening. They’ve already seen such overwhelming support that they’re working hard to keep up with the demand for their beers. They currently have two on tap – they were the I Don’t Get It Cream Ale and Just a Porter when we went. But, don’t worry, they have plenty of beer thanks to a few other local breweries! And they’re expecting to have more of their beers on tap by the end of next week.
Most of their beers are brewed very traditionally, with the exception of the I Don’t Get It Cream Ale. It tastes like a lager because they’re using a lager and ale yeast blend, but they’re brewing it at an ale temperature – which gives it a very unique flavor. People either absolutely love it or just don’t get it…hence the name (ha!)
Lincoln Avenue Brewery has 12 taps, and 9 of them will be pouring their own beers. One is for an Arsenal Cider, and the other two will be dedicated to a community brew collaboration. The full details are still in the works, but we got an inside tip that they’ll have a competition for home brewers who are using their own recipes. The winners will work with Lincoln Avenue Brewery to scale their recipes for their two barrel system so their beer can be served at the brewery. So, home brewers, start perfecting your recipes and keep an eye out for more details!
It’s a great brewery to visit if you have some non-beer-drinkers in your group. Lincoln Avenue Brewery offers an Arsenal cider, a handful of local wines, and three regular cocktails, in addition to cocktail specials on the weekends. They also have cans of Aurochs if you need a gluten free option. And, of course, they have some nonalcoholic choices, as well.
And, let’s be honest, half of the reason we pick which brewery to visit is based on the menu. Lincoln Avenue Brewery does not disappoint when it comes to food. Their giant soft pretzel is from Mediterra, as are their breads. Most of the other menu choices are made in-house, from the pickled veggies and dressings, to the sandwiches meats that they’re roasting. All of their dishes are nut-free – even the pesto is made with sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts. They did admit that they don’t make the potato chips or cut the bones out of their boneless wings, but we think we can forgive that 😉
We can see why Lincoln Avenue Brewery already has regulars even though they’ve only been open for two weeks. They’re focused on creating a community atmosphere, which makes it a fun place to spend an afternoon. So…we’ll meet you there?This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.