Spring has sprung in western Pennsylvania, and baseball fans are ready for the day they’ve been waiting all winter for. The Pirate’s home opener is a day full of celebration and hope for a winning season. Optimism radiates throughout the city as fans and businesses gear up for the Federal St. block party located right outside of Beerhead. With a winning season in 2015, there are high hopes for the Bucs this year and fans eagerly await the celebrations following a home opener win.
Come down and enjoy the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener at Beerhead and show your support as they take on the Braves just after 1PM on Friday! We open at 9AM and every staff member will be here!
Read more about the block party and the Pittsburgh Pirates home opener here.
If you had only three working taps, what beers would you serve and why?
I found this to be a particularly challenging question, not only because it is difficult to pick only three with all of the amazing beers available today, but also because it really depends on objectives of the purveyor. At The Beer Market (soon to be known as “Beerhead Bar”) on the North Shore we pride ourselves on introducing our guests to something new each visit, and making learning about beer a fun and tasty adventure. If I could only offer 3 beers, the below would be my choices based on our mantra…. “Drink Good Beer. Be Happy”:
- Stout- Victory Brewing Donnybrook Nitro Stout
- Light Lager/ Pilsner- Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
- IPA- Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
When choosing the above I wanted to have an option for light beer drinkers, hop heads and, of course, those that love a traditional malty, roasty smooth beers.
I picked Victory Donnybrook because it’s a traditional style beer reminiscent of an old world beer and culture, but with modern day panache. Everyone can think back to when they had their first Guiness, for example, and it always brings back fond memories. The Donnybrook is a step up — reminding you of a classic but enticing you to stay current.
Because of the wide availability of the macro-beers, you will always encounter those that won’t deviate from the light, crisp beer they have come to know. I chose Mama’s Little Yella Pils because it is a very approachable Pilsner and still has what we call, “craft-cred.” It’s not overly hopped. Just light, crisp, refreshing and to the point. I have used this beer to convert several of my friends and family members into the craft world and since then they have branched out even further.
Finally, it is undeniable that Americans have developed a taste for hops and that nice bitterness in beer. Currently, the sales of this style still trumps any other. To represent IPAs, I would offer Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. It has very nice hop flavor and aroma but does not overdo it yet it has enough to satisfy the “hop head.” Whether you prefer east or west coast IPAs, everyone can agree on Bell’s Two Hearted.
-Cassie Cormack, The Beer Market/Beerhead Bar Pittsburgh, Beer Pro
Name: Travis Ricker
Date Started with TBM (roughly): February, 2014
What got you interested in Beer: I started homebrewing out of curiosity, ended up switching to brewing Mead, but when I saw The Beer Market opening across the street from me, advertising 500+ beers, I had to check it out. I made it a project to drink 3 different beers every time I went. After drinking here for 6 months, I figured it would just be easier if I worked here.
What is your (latest) favorite beer: New Holland’s Dragons Milk is an awesome heavy and smooth milk stout aged in bourbon barrels to give it that little boozy nip at the end.
What makes TBM special: An amazing selection of beers coupled with passionate, educated, and friendly staff makes this the best bar to hang out, enjoy something you’ve never heard of and never would have tried otherwise while learning about beer, brewing, and breweries, all while surrounded by others with the same passion and interest.
What would you like the world to know about TBM: We don’t carry Bud, Miller, Coors, or other Macro Domestic Brews. Yes really. No, no Michelob Ultra either, but we do have some really awesome lighter beers, some of which are original Pilsners, Kolsch, and Pale Lagers which started American brewers on the path to brewing those famous and easy-to-drink beers everyone knows.
Anything else? Quirky and fun: I used to be a pirate. I still let slip a “Yarr” here and there when hauling kegs and cases.
Favorite Food to eat with beer: Curry. It comes in hot or sweet, all kinds of meat, thick or thin, and can be paired with almost any beer style. Give it a try! I recommend Hefeweizens if you want to quench the heat, or IPAs if you want to boost it!
We were thrilled to find out that our Pittsburgh location (currently called “The Beer Market” was named one of the 13 best beer bars in Pittsburgh, by Thrillist! Thanks for the shout out! Check out the article here.