Photos courtesy of Union Brothers Brewing
I’ve been so impressed with the tenacity of the brewing industry in 2020. We are strong, resilient, and have made it through the unthinkable! Many breweries chose to be bold and open, or adopt a canning line, or start serving food.
Union Brothers Brewing has done all three in the past YEAR! This brewery has done the unthinkable and created a place with amazing food, canned beer to go, and a steady reputation for being an excellent brewery in its first year. Recently, they made a splash and a half in Breweries in PA’s 2020 reader’s choice awards, winning the best food category! They also took home the honor of being our founder Ryan’s favorite new brewery of the year! Cheers to that!
Located north of the city near Zelienople in Harmony, PA, it’s an easy drive and you’ll find a large socially-distanced space complete with an outdoor tent that was rebuilt recently! Throughout the pandemic, they’ve been creating more and more amazing brews and meals for us to enjoy. Looking at the menu, here’s what I’ll be ordering next time I go.
First off, there’s a poutine on the menu! Holy moly, this is an all time favorite appetizer of mine. Fries, gravy, and bacon? Sounds like some amazing Canadian-inspired comfort food after a hike at nearby McConnell’s Mill. There’s also a diverse grilled cheese menu! I need to try the buffalo chicken and the grilled Mac and cheese ASAP. YUMM! Recently, they’ve also started offering party platters to cater to those limited socially-distanced gatherings with the folks in your quarantine bubble.
Next, the beer! The most recent addition to their can supply is Union Break, a New England IPA. At 7%, this brew is hazy, citrusy, and juicy in all of the right ways. This was a small canning run, but they’ve been posting that their beer should be reaching beyond the taproom soon! How exciting! As for beers on tap, I’m interested in anything in the SAUCED series. This sour series has been a fan favorite and many are raving about it online! I’d love to get my hands on the Double Sauced Cherry Cheesecake, a 8% fruited sour that balances wonderful tart cherry taste with a graham cracker finish. Dessert in a cup? Absolutely.
Union Brothers is set to continue to blow up in 2021, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store. Make the drive out to Harmony next week and enjoy all they have to offer!