Brewing ‘Burgh is an inside look at craft beers created, consumed, and celebrated right here in the heart of the Steel City. With the rise of the craft beer scene in Pittsburgh, these beers bring brand new meaning to the term “City of Champions.”
If you haven’t come across a craft beer from the one and only Full Pint Brewing in North Versailles, PA, you simply aren’t trying hard enough. You can find Full Pint tap markers in bars all over the Pittsburgh region, pouring a wide variety of their unique offerings and bringing smiles to the faces of Pittsburgh’s beer brethren with every frothy sip.
Full Pint was born in 2009 when Barrett Goddard, Andrew Maxwell, Sean Hallisey, Sean McIntyre, and Mark Kegg came together and combined the brands of Rivertowne, which has locations in various locations in Pittsburgh including the North Shore and Monroeville, and North Country Brewing Co. in Slippery Rock, PA. They purchased a 5000 square-foot warehouse in North Versailles and began brewing using equipment purchased through the bankruptcy of the John Harvard Brew House in 2008.
In a short period of time, Full Pint experienced tremendous growth and widespread popularity as their beers have been tapped in an incredible amount of locales across Pittsburgh. If you don’t believe me, here’s just a small sampling, pulled directly from Full Pint’s website:
The availability of Full Pint’s creations at all these hotspots and more caused a decline in visitation to the actual brewery. So the Full Pint crew put together a food menu to pair with any of the 11 tap offerings in their pub’s tasting room. Perhaps the coolest element of this menu is the gourmet pizzas, and anyone who’s paid attention to this blog knows my affection for the pairing of craft beer and gourmet pizza. Chef David Didden put a special spin on his creations by using the malts and grains from the brewing process, as well as Full Pint’s White Lightning Belgian ale, a beer that won a Bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013, instead of water to make the dough.
To get the full scoop on the food served at Full Pint, check out this installment of Munch Goes to Full Pint Brewing, featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in early June 2014.
I put together a list of my top five favorite craft beers born in Pittsburgh recently. I didn’t make this list public, but I will say that two of Full Pint’s brews made the rankings. I don’t think I’ve ever stood toe-to-toe with an Imperial IPA that didn’t hit me in the feels with reckless abandon, and the Full Pint Tri-PA is no exception. This Imperial features five varieties of hops and is hopped seven times, creating a tremendous punch at 10% ABV in an extremely drinkable beer.
The other comes from Full Pint’s seasonal lineup, also carries the Imperial distinction, and cheers me up when I’m feeling blue. Full Pint’s Rye Rebellion is an Imperial Stout featuring 11% ABV, brewed with four different types of rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels. In a world of unique, flavor-packed Imperial Stouts, I would put Rye Rebellion up against any of them in terms of appearance and drinkability. When you see Rye Rebellion hit the tap lineup at your favorite watering hole, be sure to partake.
Full Pint also boasts an extensive list of popular beers, including the aforementioned award-winning White Lightning Belgian White Ale, Chinookie IPA, All-In Amber Ale, Gus IPA, and Hobnobber, which is a low-ABV session ale. In addition, their lineup boasts specialty beers like the Nerds Reserve (Full Pint’s one-off series which is brewed when time allots) and a partnership with the infamous Pittsburgh Dad that made “3-2-1 Win” not just something us Steel City sports fanatics coo at the end of a game, but an adult beverage as well.
With craft beer continuing to boom in Pittsburgh, mainstays like Full Pint Brewing have helped create a solid foundation that’s opened the door for many new breweries to succeed. The next time you peruse a beer menu and you see something from Full Pint, give them a chance to win you over.
Full Pint Brewing Company is located at 1963 Lincoln Highway in North Versailles. Their pub/tasting room is open from 5pm-9pm Tuesday thru Thursday, 5pm-midnight Friday, and 12pm-midnight on Saturday.