Your options for outstanding craft beer selection and award-winning pizza in the South Hills of Pittsburgh is about to go off the charts.
Caliente Pizza & Draft House, one of the city’s premier craft beer destinations with two locations in Bloomfield and Hampton Township, is taking its talents south to the Mount Lebanon neighborhood to open a 3rd Caliente bar and restaurant. This new venue is a true representation of Caliente’s rapid rise in popularity across Pittsburgh and their dedication to quality beer, amazing food, and exceptional service has allowed them to expand to three destinations since taking over ownership of the brand in 2013.
The new Mount Lebanon Caliente will be located in what is presently The Pub & Pizza at 329 Castle Shannon Blvd. They are moving into an area where craft beer is currently experiencing tremendous growth. Hitchhiker Brewing is located just down the street, Spoonwood Brewing is only a few short miles away, and Insurrection Ale Works is in close proximity as well. The south of Pittsburgh has also seen a rise in the number of bars offering exceptional craft beer selection. Providing the best beer possible to their customers is a cornerstone that’s made Caliente one of Pittsburgh’s go-to hot spots and their new home in Mt. Lebo will be no exception.
If you’ve never been to either of the current Caliente spots, you’ve missed a world of craft beer selection and then some. Owners Nick and Angie Bogacz knew from the start that craft beer was the way to go and they haven’t looked back since. From bottles not seen anywhere else in town to special tappings of whales to consistent quality on tap at all times, Caliente has set a very high standard for craft beer availability. They’ve redefined what a destination should do for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, hosting upwards of 20 events at their flagship Bloomfield location last year and are on pace to do more of the same during 2016’s beer extravaganza.
In addition to the beer, their menu features some of Pittsburgh’s highest-quality pizza prepared with the freshest ingredients and patented Caliente cheese blend. Their mouth-watering gourmet pies include Buffalo Chicken, Chicken and Steak Ranchero, and my personal favorite, Spinach and Feta.
But don’t just take my word for it. They’ve won multiple awards for their pizzas, including a ranking of 3rd among 2,000 locations in Pittsburgh just a couple years ago. It’s no surprise. After all, when all this started, the only thing Nick wanted to do was “make great pizza.” In fact, Nick and his pizza crew are headed to Vegas to compete at the World Pizza Games and Bake Off in March.
Caliente was also recognized for their chicken wings at the inaugural King of the Wing in August 2015. Their Honey Sorachi offering took 2nd Place in the Exotic Category, getting nudged out by a Butter Mesquite wing from Nox’s Tavern and Grille.
Need more reasons to believe in the Caliente hype? OK. Submitted for your approval, Caliente was the first and only destination in Pittsburgh to be recognized by Rogue Brewing as an official Rogue Nation Embassy for the city of Pittsburgh. Rogue Nation President Big Al Jorgenson traveled cross-country in a sweet RV and anointed select establishments with the dubious title and, during his visit, spoke very highly of Caliente and what they are all about. In addition to that, Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur visited Pittsburgh for a special event when their brand broke into the market and said Caliente was one of the best stops he’s ever made.
Accolades like that don’t just happen. They’re earned. Caliente has created an incredibly loyal fan base that is destined to grow with their new home in Mount Lebanon.
“We are really thankful to have a very loyal following who loves great pizza and great beer,” Nick stated. “It’s what we love and we could not be any happier to take our passion to the South Hills.”
Coverage of Caliente’s accomplishments and success have been well-documented on Breaking Brews. Since first mentioning them in the first installment of ‘9 Extraordinary Craft Beer Destinations in Pittsburgh,’ I’m proud to say I’ve gotten to know Nick and Angie well and consider them both friends. I couldn’t be happier for how far they’ve come and, if you look back on the Craft Beer Spotlight I wrote about them, my prediction of many more Calientes opening across Pittsburgh makes me look incredibly smart. 🙂
On behalf of myself and craft beer enthusiasts all across the Pittsburgh region, congratulations to Nick, Angie, and their entire Caliente crews in Bloomfield and Hampton. Your unwavering mission to grow your brand is evident in every pint you pour and every slice you serve. We all anxiously await the next chapter in the Caliente story.
The new spot in Mt. Lebanon is scheduled to open in April. Details on the grand opening will be coming soon.
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