Photo courtesy of Strange Roots Experimental Ales
Breweries make me excited for so many reasons. They’re a way to connect, to enjoy something that so many of us love, and to support local during the craziest of years. As we head into 2021 and then uncertainty that it brings, one thing is for sure, I can grab and pint and support some amazing folks in Pittsburgh regardless almost anywhere I go.
I geek out over Strange Roots Experimental Ales for several different reasons. First off, I love the location in Millvale and the excellent art and quirky vibe. I love the beer as well! It’s one of the few places I can go in Pittsburgh and be surprised by the diversity of the options they offer. Also, I LOVE the can art. Have you seen what they’re putting out? Every entry looks like something out of a comic book. It’s unreal.
Why am I geeking out over Strange Roots this week, you ask? They’ve reopened both of their taprooms! Located in Millvale and Gibsonia, both locations have amazing tap lists right now that I’m salivating over. Here’s what I need to try ASAP.
Let’s start with Millvale. As mentioned prior, I have a huge soft for this location and everything it offers. The list right now is insane when it comes to variety. The first thing I need in my life is of course Moto Moto (10.4%). I’m an unabashed pastry boi, and this brew conditioned on almond joy candy bars and coconut sounds ridiculously up my alley. I’m also constantly attracted to anything pineapple, so Screaming Pineapple (5.7%), a wheat ale, sounds like just what I need to remember those lovely summer days when it’s under 20 degrees outside.
And then there’s Gibsonia. The tap list has some of the same beers, but there’s a nice variety present between the two locations. My eyes go to Monster’s Milk (10.3%), an imperial stout (yes, I know I’m predictable) with chocolate cookies and peanut butter. Sounds perfect for these colder days! I’m also curious to try Smoov Criminal (6.4%). This Dry Hopped IPA includes Idaho 7 hops and is conditioned on passionfruit and banana. Yum!
These are just a highlight of the amazing amount of beers both locations have on tap right now. Currently, only the Millvale location is open on Thursdays from 4-9pm. You can visit either location on Fridays from 4-9pm and Saturdays from 2-9pm. The onsite kitchen is open with a limited menu of a BBQ sandwich, hot dogs, soft pretzels and chips.
Visit Strange Roots to enjoy some amazing beers! Please note that if you visit in February the hours will change and they’ll be open from 5-9 on Thursdays and Fridays. Grab a pint of these amazing brews!