With the rise of craft beer in Pittsburgh has come the rise of its culinary scene as well. As you may recall, Pittsburgh was voted America’s #1 food city by Zagat at the end of 2015. And while pierogies and french fries on everything is still acceptable and still delicious, chefs across the city are redefining elegant cuisine in the Steel City and putting it on the map for much, much more.
Since craft beer and elevated food are both spiking, it’s only natural to combine the two. After all, we are people. Real human people. As much as we love a challenging craft beer, robust wine, or well-balanced cocktail, we love an exceptional meal in lockstep with our favorite libations. In that spirit, breweries and restaurants across the city have been joining forces to offer customers the ultimate evening of unique, creative cuisine combined perfectly with just the right IPA, Stout, or other beer style chosen from a diverse lineup of options.
This past Tuesday, Breakneck Tavern teamed up with Lawrenceville’s Roundabout Brewery to host a 5-course Beer and Food pairing at their establishment in Mars. Breakneck features 40 craft beers on tap as well as approachable, elevated fare served in a comfortable dining room. Sports fans will find the bar area inviting, with big screen TVs surrounding the U-shaped bar so you never miss a second of your favorite game.
Roundabout Brewery’s name speaks for itself and Steve and Dyana Sloan’s beers have been received with tremendous popularity. Steve’s brewing resume contains names of reputable breweries across the globe from Florida to Hawaii to California to New Zealand to St. Louis. Thankfully, they landed in Pittsburgh and we get to experience these masterpieces year-round. In fact, one of those masterpieces, Heini’s Good Cheer, captured a silver medal at the 2016 World Beer Cup at the beginning of May.
Breakneck’s Executive Chef Martin Lamarche met with Steve and Dyana Sloan and designed a delectable menu that knocked the socks off everyone in attendance. Because words just won’t do it justice, below are pictures of each beer and menu item. If these aren’t enough to entice you to join Breakneck Tavern at their next dinner, please look at them twice.
Breakneck Tavern will be featured in June’s Craft Beer Spotlight, dropped on June 1st on Breaking Brews. In addition, Roundabout’s Ginga Wheat will be the Pittsburgh Beer of the Month for June. That article will be posted June 2nd.