Ahhh the essence of daylight savings so I am coming in hot on today’s post. I always wonder how relevant this is in the year 2021. Some would argue that New England should truly be in the Atlantic time zone. In other words, another hour ahead. Regardless of time zone, it’s always beer-30 somewhere. Right?
Will, aka @pittsburghbrewguy is today’s Seven Question Beer Sunday guest. Will and I have been trading beers for about 3, maybe 4 years. Being from Pittsburg, he has access to a great variety of breweries that I heavily ISO. Brew Gentleman, Grist House, and Dancing Gnome to name a few. Will is also a homebrewer so if that’s your jam, make sure to give him a follow.
We often talk about meeting at Tired Hands, in Ardmore, PA. I know what you’re thinking, that can’t possibly be a halfway point. It’s not exactly halfway but it’s damn near close to the same travel time, which is about 5 hours, and it’s Tired Hands so why not! If you have never driven across Pennsylvania, it’s a very long state!
I hope you enjoy today’s read as much as I did and thank you, Will, for your participation!
Cheers, beer peeps!
- What is your name and location? (town or area of state)
William from the City of Champions, AKA Pittsburgh, PA.
- What is your day job?
Currently out of work, thanks Covid. In the before times I was working at the Westin Convention Center downtown.
- Where can we find you on the socials including Untapp’d?
Untappd: Turnwi01 Insta: @PittsburghBrewGuy
1. What is your opinion of a session IPA?
Haven’t had too many session IPAs. But they, along with other low abv beers, are great for when you wanna hang out and have some brews for a few hours and not get too drunk. I usually keep at least a few in the fridge, Founder All Day is my go-to.
2. Yea or nae on beer festivals and why?
Love a good beer festival. Great way to get to try new breweries and new styles. And it’s great to meet up with some of the beer friends you make online. Also, they’re a great place to try and get your friends who might not be too familiar with the world of craft beer a good introduction to it, help them find new kinds of beers they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to try.
3. How long will the haze craze last?
I don’t see it ending anytime soon, that’s for sure. You see entire breweries where that’s all they’re really known for is making great hazies and not much else. On the flip side, there still seem to be some places that just, for whatever reason don’t make any or very few of them. I love a good hazy boi, but you gotta mix it up with some other styles. I’ve loved seeing Dancing Gnome do just that recently, great to see them not just putting out hazies constantly and getting into some different styles this last year.
4. Your go-to snack while having a beer and why?
That’s definitely changed since this pandemic started. Used to absolutely be soft pretzels and beer cheese when I was out at a brewery or pub, especially if it was house-made with one of their beers, there’s really nothing better than to pair with a nice pint of cold beer than a big soft pretzel and cheese. But since virtually all of my beer snacking is at home now, I’m not sure I really have a “go-to” one, really just whatever I can find around the house or delivery.
5. Name a beer, which is widely available, but in your opinion is underrated and overlooked?
That’s a tough one, but at least widely available down here I’d have to go with Troegs Perpetual IPA. IMO it’s one of the best IPA’s coming out of PA, and at 7.5% it’s not overly strong, really smooth and easy drinking and it’s in literally any beer distributor you can find. But, since it’s not hazy or filled with lactose or other adjuncts, nobody is talking about it, and if you brought it to a bottle share, you’d probably get laughed out and not invited back to the next one.
6. What was the reason you created a beer-related social media account?
Honesty, at first I made the switch because I realized that all I was really posting were pictures of beers or going out to breweries with friends. So in that sense, it just kinda happened by accident. Then I started following other beer-related accounts and started really finding a lot of new breweries I wanted to visit, and meeting other people who were just as into craft beer as me and my friends. It’s been great making a bunch of new friends through that, and getting to share beers with them, as well as all the great nights with the live trivia and other streams.
7. The beer you haven’t had yet but would go thru extra measures to get?
This one is really hard and I’ve been thinking about it all day, trying to come up with an answer. The only one that is really coming to mind is King Julius (wink wink, nudge nudge). Had a few on my bucket list get crossed off the last few years, Pliny the Elder, most notably. I guess Pliny the Younger could be in this conversation as well. But honestly, it’s really hard to complain about the quality of beers I can get from the local breweries here. Really thankful to live in such a great city for delicious craft beer as Pittsburgh has become over the past few years.
(editor note: I hope you enjoyed that KJ 😎)
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Part 33 – Could be you?
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