|Located inside the sampling area. No signs were visible outside of the brewery.|
This information was delivered by the lone bar keep working the 'bar' inside the brewery. It is a bar in the literal sense, with a small bar located directly past the entrance, which is also unusual in itself. This is because it is a microbrewery, and not a brewpub.
|Left: The building where the brewery resides. |
Right: The actual entrance to the brewery.
Upon entering the brewery, visitors are packed into a small tasting area. The bar is to the right when entering, and all of the taps are lined up on a refrigerated room behind the bar, where all of the kegs are kept inside. On the day we were there, eight different delicious varieties were available, along with a ginger ale and root beer for the kids.
|Left: The entrance to the refrigerated room for the kegs; the barkeep.|
Right: Taps showing the different varieties available.
Each of the remaining flavors were just as pleasurable as well. These included: Pedal Pale Ale, Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale, BlueberRye Ale and Chicoree Red. I could go on at lengths describing the flavors, but in no way would be able to do them justice. To really understand just how great each craft brew tasted, the experience must be made first hand. No second hand account is truly sufficient. Also, each visitor has the opportunity to take home a Growler of their favorite beer. A Growler holds 64 oz of beer -- a half gallon -- and is priced anywhere from $10 - $15, depending on the beer. Even after adding the surcharge of $3 for the actual glass bottle, it is still a great deal, and much cheaper than a beer at a bar. Next time a visitor comes back, the growler can be refilled, and the $3 charge is avoided.
|East End Growler filled with beer. The bottle is clear glass.|
|Various East End apparel located in the Gift Shop area|
|Vats in Brewing room|
|Central Area with Control Panel|
|Kegs ready to go!!|
What is your favorite???
For more information, visit the East End Brewery website. Descriptions of each beer are available on the website. And remember, it's a microbrewery, not a brewpub!
Opportunities to 'invest' in the brewery is also available on the East End website.
East End Brewery is also on Facebook and Twitter. For more pictures of our journey to the East End Brewery, check out PghBlastFurnace on Facebook.