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Brew Gents in Braddock, Pa: Pils and Progress

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Braddock Beer scene is moving it up.

Not that it all started with Craft Beer, or even the iconic Mayor Fetterman, but the Pittsburgh Steel Town of Braddock is getting all kinds of uplift from the Craft Beer scene in Pittsburgh. The genuine desire of Braddock citizens to see their challenged town make a comeback, is the Origin. But Craft Beer is doing all it can, too.

The Brew Gentlemen on the main drag not far from the famous Welcome Sign and its mosaic Pit Bull is the nexus point of top flight hop based beers that is pulling in a powerful mix of locals – including The Community – Pittsburgh Craft Beer aficionados, and Beer Tourists from all over.

Now that Pittsburgh Celeb Chef Kevin Sousa has opened his Alpha restaurant: Superior Motors one floor below Hiz Honor’s family home, and across the street from the active US Steel Edgar Thompson Works, Braddock has another place that offers superior Craft Brews.

The brew to choose at The Gents is their own Pilsner lager, BG Pils. I am always going to get a Craft Brewery Pilsner to see if they can handle the demands of temperature, cleanliness and water refinement that lagers demand.

BG Pils is a traditional Pilsner that has been dialed back on the Hop profile to get to the lighter and more effervescent finish of the refreshing American lagers. If you think about it that is a nifty way to have the best of both World’s

Great for enjoying there, the BG Pils is best taken away from The Gents and enjoyed deep cooled at a picnic, backyard barbecue, or chaise lounging on a warm Pittsburgh afternoon, with the device binging away.

I am Linda Reedy, a McKeesport gal, & yes I think BIFC.

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Hi everybody. This will have to kinda quick because Val will be home soon, and he is picking up Island at VBS. That is why I have to be so very careful doing these blogs on BFC because, well you know they have that bad word in the bloggy name. But I just can’t help it, because even Valentine thinks beer is, you know. That.

Well anyway just want to let you know that I will be chirping in every now and then on what is happening in the Craft Beer thing here in God’s Country and some other places in an around, such as Cleveland and Detroit. Yes, Val and I are beer tourists, too. Little Island comes along, but we are careful not to get into trouble, as so many of the nicer places are kind of fun for kids, too. They even have board games over at The Gents in Braddock that are fun for us to play.

Because Val and I never drink to excess, and as much as possible we want to share the good food so many of the Craft Breweries offer that well, all-in-all it is just a good time for a family. That can’t be wrong, can it? And we are always very, very careful not to drink and drive. No one drives until the alcohol has been eliminated, if you know what I mean.

And of course going to these wonderful Craft Breweries and Gastro Pubs (really I wish there was a better term, it sounds like everyone gets gas at those places) it gives me a chance to say Hi to the Matts. You know those charming young men who brew beer here in the Pittsburgh area. There are so many of them named Matt I just call them The Matts. They are pleasant young men. So very pleasant. And they seem to like a more experienced woman who is centered yet knows what she wants. That sort of thing.

Oh, I think I hear Val and Isle pulling up in the driveway. So I got to go, but I will be back soon with some thoughts on what is brewing in Pittsburgh. Get it? Brewing in. . . oh, just being silly.

Linda Reedy.
PS check out my online Daily on McKeesport..http://paper.li/e-1449270396#/

Spent Grain! Your Newest Baking Buddy

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What’s spent grain?! Why, you silly little thing, it’s grain that’s already been used for brewing! Let’s say you’re a home brewer and this is your thought process; “I’ve just made a delicious batch of stout, now I have all this grain left over WHAT AM I TO DO?!

Stop worrying your pretty little head, dear reader. The answer is Spent Grain Flour. Take all those yummy grains you just used for your beer, spread those suckers out in a single layer on a couple of sheet pans, set your oven to the lowest setting, and let them dry out over the course of a few hours. Once you’ve dried out your grains, just run them through a grain mill, milling them down as small as you can and VOILA! You’ve got yourself some Spent Grain Flour.

And because I am oh-so-wonderful, I’ve included here a recipe for delicious Spent Grain Brownies

spent grain brownies pic

  • 5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 & ½ sticks of butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup spent grain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz walnuts, chopped

 

  1. Heat oven to 375°
  2. Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Gradually stir in eggs to, making sure not to burn them in the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Gradually add into chocolate/butter/egg mixture.
  5. Gradually fold in walnuts.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 375°, lower to 325° and bake for another 25 minutes.

The key to making this a successful batch of brownies is LOVE. So, don’t skimp on that shit at all because your brownies will never forgive you. Neither will the people you serve them to. Brownie Love is Important Love.

Jealous that you don’t have any spent grain to make into these delicious brownies? Totally understandable. Just hook yourself up with any of your sure-to-be-charming home brewing friends and ask for some grain. Or brew your own small batch!

Starting Off

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Well hello there, you magnificent being who so brilliantly chose to read about beer!

As the name of this website suggests, I think beer is fucking cool. I just absolutely love beer. Everything about it. I drink it, I brew it, I talk about it endlessly because I have that crazy-child-chess-prodigy-like obsession with it. Okay, maybe not that extreme an obsession with it, but beer is my passion. So, nothing makes me want to smack someone across the head with a finely crafted wooden tap handle more than when they say they “don’t like beer.” Excuse me? Alright, granted, physical violence may be taking it a bit far, but what a ridiculous statement! You don’t like beer? No, no, my friend; You just haven’t had a beer that you’ve liked.

I suppose you could say my aim here with this site is to help you on your journey of finding a delicious enough beer to make you stop uttering that phrase I despise so much. Or maybe I’m just writing whatever the fuck I feel like about beer and posting it for the world to see. The latter is probably the more likely of the two, if I’m being completely honest. You’ll have to work with me here; I’m not too sure yet what this beast will be. I promise you, this will not be some weird personal blog where I tell you how a squirrel came up to me in my dream and told me to lose 10 lbs. (what a dick, that squirrel). This site will be completely about beer, anything and everything to do with it. A crazy new concoction that’s come out? Done. A cool new brewery someone’s heard about? On here. Seasonal beer choice? Posted. Funny beer pictures or ridiculous stories of drunkenness involving beer? You bet your ass!

This is going to be the first of (hopefully) many posts on this site. Beer Is Fucking Cool is still very much a work in progress, so I hope whomever is doing me the honor of reading this right now will also just stick with me, and keep coming back to see what else is in store.

Awesomeness awaits, my friends!

Cheers!

Emily