Photo courtesy of Acrospire Brewing
2021 is already turning out to be a really interesting year. I feel like there’s been a whole perspective shift and we’re all looking forward to something greater and better. The brewery scene has been the epitome of resilient throughout the past year. We’ve battled opening, closing, opening with food, and staying afloat with the many mandates we have had to follow as residents of Pennsylvania. But guess what? We made it.
Acrospire Brewing is celebrating one year in operation! Located in Glenshaw, this brewery is a secret gem. This is such an incredible feat! Acrospire opened and started production in one of the most unpredictable years on record. Throughout 2020, they’ve expanded to being open multiple days a week, as well as started canning their tasty brews. Well done!
And the selection is so diverse, guys! Acrospire brews a vast amount of brews that cater to everyone. One of the brews I need to get my hands on is the Honeycomb Oat Honey Ale. First off, I love anything that’s honey forward. This is a light-bodied golden ale with sweet notes and a lovely orange aroma. Spicy Willamette hops round out this 6.1% brew. This is one of the brews they’ve had since their opening! Another one of these is the Caramel Porter. This 7.4% dark beer has a reddish hue and malty sweetness from the generous use of caramel malts in the mash. The result? A balanced porter with dark and nutty roasted flavors that is an easy drinker. I’ll take both of these, please!
But that’s not all, friends. Acrospire has been producing so many great brews amidst this chaotic year! Western Experiment is a golden amber winter lager. Smokey in flavor, the beer also has a caramelly backbone with Noble hops to round out the flavor. Don’t let the Smokey description scare you, this 7.2% brew is super unique and demands a try! Want to explore the Belgian side of things? Dubbel Secret Probation (7.8%) is a dark, Belgian style ale with a unique flavor from the Monastery yeast. Dark Belgian candi sugar provides the necessary sweetness with hints of raisin and dried stone fruits. I’m also too curious on the Lord Katie. This is a 5.3% Belgian style pale ale that glorifies my name and has a nice toasty malt flavor. So many excellent choices!
Want to visit Acrospire? They are open on Fridays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 1-9pm. The brewery is doing a phenomenal job on social distancing and only allowing 2 people in at a time. At this time, they are to-go only. Many beers are available in cans, but outside growler fills are also allowed if you prefer that option. Cheers to one year and many more, Acrospire!