Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Taproom and Many Eateries to Open

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Taproom and Many Eateries to Open

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Conventional wisdom and social norms generally frown upon the notion of quaffing beer at an 11 a.m. Friday happy hour, but if you're Scott Smith, you'll have real reason to celebrate at that time today.

That's when the cold gold of his beers will start flowing from a $7,000 state-of-the-art stainless steel 12-tap system at the grand opening of the new East End Brewing taproom on 19th Street in the Strip District's Pennsylvania Building.

"We just want to keep our wits about us and keep the beer flowing," Mr. Smith said of the taproom that has been months in the making, since the closure of the brewery's Pittsburgh Public Market location at the end of February.

Despite the region-wide ubiquity of East End beer, and it's geography-specific name, maintaining a presence in the Strip was of great importance.

"Pouring beer there for six years in two locations was a wonderful way to get a good handle on the regular trade in this neighborhood. The Strip District is an incredible, one-of-a-kind thing. At 9 a.m. on a Saturday, we'd have people in line to taste beer - only in Pittsburgh. Only in the Strip. It's truly a unique legacy as our city's food center."

Speaking of food, it'll be bring-your-own.

"We thought about doing food. But I know nothing about running a restaurant. My guys aren't chefs or cooks. We could put some half-[baked] food in a microwave, but why would we do that when some of the city's best food is steps from our door? Primanti's, Penn Mac, Asian food, tacos -where do you stop?"

To celebrate, Mr. Smith said they'll tap the first kegs of Green Giant, an IPA made with Citra hops.

"We've brewed it twice before, and it sold out immediately," Mr. Smith said. "This time, we made a whole bunch."

Elsewhere

* Pork & Beans, the Downtown collaboration between chefs Richard DeShantz and Keith Fuller - and among, if not the most anticipated, new restaurant of 2016 - is on track for a mid-July opening according to general manager Tolga Sevdik.

* In Lawrenceville, not every storefront on Butler Street is a restaurant, it just seems that way sometimes, and the city's Ninth Ward may soon add two more Asian destinations to the mix. …

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