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Though sweater weather has been limited around these parts recently, we are officially in fall. The calendar tells us that - and the draft lists at local breweries confirm it.
This is the time of year when cinnamon and spice seem to make everything nice, particularly a number of Pittsburgh-brewed beers. Try the Jacked Up O’Lantern Stout from Roundabout - a coffee stout with notes of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Pro-tip: Order this easy sipper while eyeing up colorful leaves and watching the tugboats churn up the Ohio River at the Roundabout Pop Up beer garden on Oxline Street near the North Shore.
Truss Brewing, a new entrant to the Pittsburgh brewery scene located in Pleasant Hills, features Neopolitan pizzas and beers to go. It’s Bock Bock, a take on the classic malty German style, fits well on a fall day.
If gluten-free beers are what you seek, Auroch’s Brewing has you covered. The Pumpkin Ale will warm the fall evening chill with waves of cinnamon, honey, vanilla and molasses.
In November you can get your hands on Ginger Bell Rock from Verona’s Inner Groove Brewing. It’s a seasonal collaboration the brewery does regularly with the very popular Oakmont Bakery.
Not all fall beers are spicy or malty, though. Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park offers the “terrifyingly tart” Creepy Hollow Autumfest Sour, a 5.8 percent ABV sour ale with apple puree and Pennsylvania maple syrup.
You may also still be able to find a few wet-hopped beers at breweries around town. The hops for these fall staples are added to the brew kettle shortly after being pulled fresh from the bines during the August and September hop harvest season. Big Hop Harvest from East End Brewing and Incredible Sky: 2021 Cascade from Cinderlands are great examples, but both are going fast.
Keep an eye out for new (and reopened) spaces this fall. Dancing Gnome Beer is on the verge of opening the taproom at its new space in Sharpsburg (around the bend from its current space). And Brew Gentlemen plans to reopen its Braddock taproom soon.
Finally, who doesn’t love a little fall golf? Well, fortunately for the hackers out there Links Brewing does. Links IPA and its other offerings can only be found at select area golf courses.
For more information on these and other Pittsburgh breweries visit pittsburghbreweries.com. While you’re there check out the store to pick up some cool Three Rivers Beer Week merch and a Pittsburgh Brewery Guide, the passport to Pittsburgh beer.
Mike Tysarczyk is executive director of the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, a group of 35 breweries that call Allegheny County home. In addition to his role with the PBG, Mike works the packaging line at Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg. A Pittsburgh native, Mike graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and worked at PNC and Citizens for 23 years before trading banking for beer.