Beer: What is it?

What is beer? The dictionary defines it as "an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt and flavored with hops," but what does that mean? Let's get back to the basics. There are so many styles of beer out there now, it can be difficult to understand the differences in the main few types, let alone… Continue reading Beer: What is it?

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Allegheny City Brewing

Allegheny City Brewing is located in the heart of the North Side of Pittsburgh. It’s not far from the major stadiums, but is still tucked away enough to feel cozy yet welcoming. Last month, I sat down with Al Grasso, one of the owners and head brewers at Allegheny City Brewing. He owns and runs… Continue reading Allegheny City Brewing

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Leaning Cask Brewing

     This month I sat down with Leaning Cask brewer, Joshua Lipke, and his co-owner and wife, Stefanie Lipke, in Springdale, PA. The brewery has been open for a little over a year, but Joshua has been brewing a lot longer than that. He, like many others, started with homebrewing and eventually expanded upon… Continue reading Leaning Cask Brewing

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An Interview With Jeff Bloom of Bloom Brew

I was able to sit down with Jeff Bloom, the owner of Bloom Brew in West Newton, PA, one Friday night when the weather was being unpredictable. When I pulled up I saw a small garage, filled with wooden kegs and casks of aging beer, as well customers, most of which appeared to be regulars… Continue reading An Interview With Jeff Bloom of Bloom Brew


Weekend Beer Hopping

So this weekend we decided to see how many breweries we could hit in one day. Well, not that exactly, we planned to go to three breweries, but that ended up being expanded to 6. Oops. What am I expected to do, though, when they have such good tap lists? I couldn't help it. Honestly.… Continue reading Weekend Beer Hopping


Couch Brewery

This article first appeared in the June 2018 edition of Pennsylvania Bridges Magazine ( For this new column series, I am going to break away from the paranormal and introduce you to the local breweries in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Each issue I will sit down with a new brewmaster and/or owner of a small craft or… Continue reading Couch Brewery