Someone saved my life tonight

Wow!  I just realized how far behind I am with some of the visits I’ve made.  In case anyone hasn’t noticed, I travel A LOT.  So I have a lot of breweries to write about.  Still to come are trips I’ve made to Portland, Baltimore, and New Mexico.  On top of that, I have a lot of local-ish breweries to get to.  There is a lot on my plate (42 breweries to write about at last count).  So, hopefully, I’ll start churning out a reasonable amount of new content to keep up with the pace.  I recently spent a significant amount of time organizing all of the pictures and videos I’ve accumulated (which reduced the amount of time I had to write, see how that works).  Seems I have a few visits that slipped through the cracks.  Let’s make sure they get the attention they deserve.

Remember when I went to Pittsburgh and wrote about The Church Brew Works and Insurrection?  Well, that was not all there was to that trip.  Somehow I got pulled onto other stories.  But there are some Pittsburgh stops we still need to look at.

The story so far.  We had a rental car for the first day of the trip (which got me to The Church Brew Works, Insurrection, and Penn Brewing), but then we were on our own.  We were staying at a hotel with a shuttle to the airport and we were working at the airport.  No need for a rental car for most of the week long trip.  The down side of that situation was that we were limited to eating within walking distance of the hotel.  On top of that, we were working crazy hours at the airport and we were exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel every night.  I was sure I would never find enough breweries, brew pubs, or even good craft beer bars in the area to keep me satisfied during the week and I just didn’t have the energy to go exploring.  However, on the way back to the hotel on the first night, we saw a sign within walking distance that said “Industry Public House“.  Seemed worth checking out.

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Holy crap!  What a cool place.

Industry Public House beer list

They did have “Industry” beers listed on tap.  I asked if they brewed on site (as I couldn’t tell if the equipment behind the glass was brewing or distilling equipment) and they were very up front about letting me know that their beers are brewed by Full Pint Brewing.  I definitely appreciated the honesty, and Full pint is a great brewer.  So, no complaints on my end and certainly nothing to be ashamed of on their end.  I was also impressed with their drink listing which included an indication of how full the keg was and a link to Untapped so that you could see what people were writing about.

Link to Untapped

I am a 5 year old at heart, so I got a kick out of seeing my name pop up on the board when I tracked my beer.  Obviously, I got the Hot Blast Habanero Pale Ale, because I like things hot, hot, hot.  Before you get all bent out of shape because these systems are showing up all over the place, keep in mind (as I stated at the beginning of the post) that this happened a while back.  It was new to me at the very least.

Normally, I’m all about the beer. But, this place had so much more going for it.  They also had a list of whiskys and bourbons about as long as my arm and smoke infusers on site.  You picked your whisky/bourbon and your flavor of smoke (e.g., apple wood) and they smoked your whisky/bourbon right before bringing it out to your table.  I’m not normally a whisky kind of guy (or a heavy smoke flavoring kind of guy for that matter).  But I had to try it anyway. I got a Southern Comfort with a cherry wood smoke added.  It really was pretty good.

And to top it all off, they had some of the most unique food options I’ve seen in quite some time.  That lead to Industry becoming out nightly stop all week long.  The first night, I got some wild boar bacon.  The second night,  I got sausage croquettes with a whiskey sauce and butternut crisps.  The next night, I got the roasted duck pot pie.  On the last night there, I got the kimchi shortrib burger and the bourbon bread pudding.  The saddest part is that I only scratched the surface of what they had available.

I once had a similar week-long work trip where the only place to eat near the hotel was a Waffle House.  I can absolutely say that having Industry so close at hand was a far, far better experience.  And I did mange to get a “growler” of that Hot Blast Habanero Pale Ale.  Although “growler” is a strong term considering what they gave me was really a 12 oz mason jar.

Industry Public House “growler” that is really a mason jar

Even that worked out well for me, as it’s easier to transport and to display than a 32 oz or 64 oz growler.  And space is definitely tight for display right now.

Author: UsedHair

I am a labeorphilist (one who collects beer bottles) looking to discuss the adventures often involved in obtaining the bottles and the challenges that accompany the hobby.

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