When last we left our intrepid anti-hero, he was living it up with a trip to Queens, NY. From there I went straight on to Pittsburgh. I don’t mean that I went home and then flew up to Pittsburgh the next week. I mean that I had an interesting conversation with the travel agent in which I booked a flight from Orlando to Queens, then from Queens to Pittsburgh and no flight back to Orlando because I wasn’t sure when I would be done working in Pittsburgh. I’m sure I’m on some sort of government watch list for booking that set of flights.
Anywho… I get to Pittsburgh, I’m tired, and I need dinner. I want to stay close to the hotel, but I have a rental car (for the first day only) and can’t resist finding a brewery a bit further out. My research said that my best bet was to go to Heidelberg, PA and check out Insurrection AleWorks.
Despite a long walk down a hallway, the actual tap room area is not all that large.
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But, as I’ve mentioned before, the size of a brewery is never indicative of how good they are. The food at Insurrection was exactly what I typically look for. A menu full of odd things that I just won’t find anywhere else such as Jamaican Hot Chocolate Habanero wings and a list of cheeses with such oddities as Rattlesnake. As I would soon find out, the Pittsburgh area was going to be a mecca of interesting foods everywhere I turned. I was even able to find bizarre and delicious food at an airport sports bar. I’m sure I gained about 10 lbs on this trip.
But, I’m sure you’re asking in your head (because you’re like that, don’t try to tell me you’re not), what about the beer? Isn’t this a beer blog? Well, hold your horses, I’m getting there. The beer menu had a wide variety of styles and I was able to put together an eclectic flight that I’m sure would make some purists somewhere cry. But, what caught my eye for my collection was a beer called восстание. A challenge I often face in collecting is tracking all of the beers in the collection. In this case, I was wondering how my poor spreadsheet that I’m hoping to turn into a full blown database is going to handle Cyrillic. Just in case, I ask the server what восстание means in English so that I can enter a backup name. Turns out it means “insurrection”… you know, the name of the brewery. Crazy.
So, the collection is one growler stronger, I have beer to drink in the hotel after long shifts of work, and I’ve started a trend of fantastic food. The trip is definitely off to a good start.
My goodness the thoughts in your head right now. You know I can hear you bitching already, right? “But were you able to enter Cyrillic into Excel?” Yes, crybabies. I was able to put Cyrillic into Excel. Now go have a beer and calm down.