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Abjuration Brewing Sampling Party & Indiegogo Launch
Tucked away in the neighborhood of McKees Rocks, two businesses are teaming up to form a unique craft beer experience. Parkway Theater is joining with the up-and-coming brewers at Abjuration Brewing, ushering in a fun collaboration that is sure to please many. The location itself is not open for business just yet, though owners Dave Hallam and Tom Glover have been pouring their beers at several events, including Beers of the Burgh.
This past Saturday, they hosted a sampling party at their new venue at the Parkway Theater, where they had more than eight beers up for tasting. Unfortunately, I did not get to try all of them, but regardless, my sampling cup runneth over with good beers.
Of the eight advertised beers, three were session dry-hopped blonde ales, each with a different kind of hops. I was able to try the blonde ale with Mosaic hops, which was very floral and crisp: excellent for porch drinking. They also had a red IPA, which was a pleasant mix of malty and hoppy.
On the stronger side, they had a vanilla oak Belgian, which tasted almost like Christmas: the oak offered a nutmeg taste, rounded out with the aforementioned vanilla. The final, and my favorite beer, was the peanut porter. Being that it was very boozy, it’s an excellent beer to savor, and reminded me of an actual roasted peanut. The variation of the beers they had indicates that they’re not afraid to branch out and that they’re capable of making something for every kind of beer lover.
Abjuration Brewing and the owner of Parkway Theater, Aaron Stubna, are planning renovations to make space for a tap room, among other things. The just-launched Indiegogo campaign hopes to bring in the needed funds to cover both the renovations and other start-up costs, and they hope to raise $25,000. The fundraising will determine the time frame for their official opening, and with any luck, that will be sooner rather than later.