My Dream Laurel Highlands Beer Crawl

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Photo courtesy of Fury Brewing

I’ll be real with yinz. I’ve spent the past week with two sprained ankles unable to drive very far (dog and stairs 1, Katie 0). This has really stunk when it comes to beer releases! Looking out on a gorgeous Saturday where I can’t really bike, hike or walk, I’m dreaming of my favorite outdoor space close to Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands. 

One of my favorite things to do is head out there on a Saturday to spend time in nature and spend time in breweries! The Laurel Highlands Pour Tour has made it easier with the suggested routes and stamps you can gain for rewards! Without further ado, I present to you my dream brewery crawl for after a day of hiking in Ohiopyle. 

First up, Fury Brewing. I have LOVED their brews at beerfests but never have been to the proper location! They make one of my favorite browns of all time (Dad’s Nuts). This week the can releases look AMAZING. Milkshake, Rattle and Roll (6.2%) is a boysenberry milkshake IPA with mosaic, el dorado and calypso hops. With lactose, vanilla and boysenberry puree, this sounds like a great mix of sweet and tart. I’m also a sucker for a good breakfast-flavored beer, and Flapjacks of Fury (7.2%) is the second release for the weekend. A brown ale (loooove) conditioned with maple syrup, this checks all the boxes for a beer that I am definitely going to enjoy. 

Next, there are several other places you can swing by in the Irwin area on your way back to the ‘Burgh! After Fury, there’s two other great breweries nearby to make a mini-crawl to end my ideal Saturday! Next, I’d head six minutes down the road to Quinn Brewing Company. Their Hefeweizen, the Yinzensteiner (love this name) was released in bottles this weekend! A sessionable brew at 4.8%, this sounds like a great post-hike beverage! With lots of other clean, traditional styles, these brews will go down easy! 

The last stop on my mini-crawl is over to New Crescent Brewing. They’ve got a great selection of beers on draft or to take home! I’m interested in the Laurel Highlander Scottish Ale (6.3%). A malty, full brew, it sounds like the perfect way to end my day as these nights get colder. There’s also Polaris. A New England Pale Ale, this beer has a killer citrusy hop profile and a nice bitter finish. 

Friends, this concludes my dream beer crawl after a day of hiking. I’m hoping I can live out this plan in a few weeks! Is there a stop that I forgot or a brew that I need to have? Let me know in the comments below! 

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