Photos courtesy of Trace Brewing
As we head into 2021 with cautious optimism, I’m genuinely looking forward to what this year will bring. Just before the holidays, Trace Brewing opened up in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a quick tour of Trace and speak with Katie Rado, the general manager. Guys, they’re gonna be big! Promise.
First off, and most importantly, the beer! Fun fact – Trace is not going to have any flagship beers. Instead, they’re going to keep certain styles on tap most of the time for those who favor IPAs or lagers, for example. I was fortunate to get my hands on four of their first beers to hit the canning line. Here’s the rundown!
Beer 1- Sun Shadows (6.2%, Lager). This one was my favorite of the brews I was able to try so far. I love a good, easy, clean beer and this fits that description to a T. Made with Mexican lager yeast and Grungeist hops, it tastes like a summer afternoon day drinking on the porch. Seriously.
Beer 2 – Guavagool (5.4%, Fruited Sour). Take heed, my sour loving folks, this one is lovely. Tart and fruity, this beer is packed with guava, strawberry, lime and vanilla notes. Not too sour, with a burst of fruity flavor in the best way.
Beer 3 – Brass and Bronze (7.3% – New England IPA). Hopheads, take note. This one is well balanced and delicious. Brewed with Columbus hops and dry hopped with Citra and Southern Passion hops, this beer is dank and soft in flavor.
Beer 4 – Penny Auction (5% – Pale Ale). Another clean, easy one, friends! This is a fresh session ale brewed and dry hopped with Cashmere hops. Expect notes of melon and soft citrus.
Now, this is just canning run one, but color me excited and impressed! Each of these beers knocked it out of the park! Now, on to Trace’s space. It is going to be SO AWESOME when fully opened and running as things were pre-COVID. With foeders for aging beers and a plan for some wild aging options, expect amazing things to come! One of my favorite parts about the place is it caters to coffee lovers and there will be a full espresso and coffee bar on the premises to enjoy.
Want to get your hands on some of these beers? Great news, there’s another canning run occurring next week – stay tuned on their social media for more! Needless to say, this first taste of Trace has me so excited to come back for more!