My favorite new brewery of 2020: Union Brothers Brewing

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I met Zach Waltz, the owner of Union Brothers Brewing based in Harmony, PA, while we were originally planning FueledFest412. This was probably way back in early 2020 (at least it feels like a long time ago).

Union Brothers was a name that I had never heard of at that point, but it was recommended to me that we have Union Brothers at the festival because, as one of our Facebook group members told me, “Zach’s a great brewer and he’s currently building out an awesome taproom.”

Like I said, I had never heard of Zach before, and never even tried his beer, but based on the recommendation, I asked him to come out to FueledFest412, which was scheduled to happen on March 14, 2020 (it was later postponed).

Zach and I chatted a lot before the festival and we even arranged an awesome collaboration between him and Abjuration Brewing in McKees Rocks, PA. (I believe it was a pretty tasty pastry stout)

Unfortunately, just shortly before the event, Zach had to pull out of the event, as his taproom buildout was putting him behind on brewing. Zach told me then that he didn’t have enough time to produce a beer that met his high standards, and he didn’t want to serve anything less than that.

He immediately earned my respect right there.

Fast forward to June 2020, and Zach’s taproom (featuring an amazing mural done by a local PGH artist) was open. He graciously invited us to come out for a “friends and family” event so we finally able to try the food AND the beer.

The first beer I tried was the first variation of his Bumper Cars IPA series. After the first sip, I remember looking at my friend Josh, who was with me that day, and saying to him, “Union Brothers is going to make a BIG splash on the scene.” I was correct.

Since June 2020, Union Brothers has been pumping out some of the best food and beer in Western Pennsylvania.

Don’t let the short drive from Pittsburgh scare you off; Union Brothers is certainly worth the trip. In fact, it’s so good, you might find yourself venturing there quite often (I stop in every time we head to see family in Erie.)

You’ll find a diverse tap list that covers all bases, but you wont find a bad beer. From their signature sour series called Sauced, to their Bumper Cars IPA series, to their Puffs stout series, Union Brothers always has a beer to satisfy every drinker’s tastes… and they’re all impressive.

I personally am still going crazy over their Bumper Cars series, but I must admit, the Sauced lineup is bonkers (yes, I used the word bonkers to describe a beer… this is my blog, right?)

The Sauced: Tangerine cans (This series constantly rotates flavors). Photo courtesy of Union Brothers Brewing (Facebook)

Anyway, the beer is delicious, but the food is just as impressive, if not MORE impressive than the beer (and the beer is pretty tough to beat).

If it’s your first time coming to Union Brothers, I’d recommend starting with a burger, as that seems to be the crowd favorite with Fueled By Hops fans. I can attest that the burgers are delicious and quite possibly some of the biggest burgers I’ve ever eaten.

One of the burgers from Union Brothers. Photo courtesy Union Brothers Brewing (Facebook)

However, if you want to step things up a notch, the Firecracker Brisket Sandwich is a MUST TRY.

Don’t just stop at the sandwiches. Union Brothers has an amazing selection of wings, salads and appetizers. If you go down the appetizer route, I’d highly recommend the Poutine fries (you might need a nap after eating them though.)

Can’t make it to the brewery? Well, a little birdie (i.e. Josh) told me that you can grab some Union Brothers beer on tap at Marino’s American Eatery in Greensburg.

Also, rumor has it that their *might* be some distro cans coming from these guys in the future…. but we’ll leave you guessing on that one.

In the meantime, you can check out me and Josh, sitting casually at the bar (pre-COVID bar restrictions) on the main page of Union Brothers’ website.

Cheers, yinz!

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