THERE’S NO FRESHER BEER THAN LOCAL BEER

Our brewing approach is a little bit different.

WHAT’S ON TAP AT THE BIG SEWICKLEY CREEK BREWERY?

Our true passion is lager beer. We’ve dedicated our lives to brewing it. Not a beer lover? (Are there such people?) That’s okay. We also offer soft drinks along with wines and spirits from local small-volume wineries and distilleries. But our hope is that our expertly crafted lager will make some converts.

What you won’t find are gimmicky names and seasonal flavors. Instead, we’re dedicating our efforts to perfecting our core recipes. After all, great local beer is about what’s in the glass, not what’s on the label.

 

CURRENTLY SERVING

(Beer list subject to change.)

SMOKEY JOE

Our signature brew, 20 years in the making. It’s an amber lager close to Vienna style, malt-forward, and lightly smoked. A personal favorite.

i-BOCK

Malt is the new hops. I just made that up, but it’s the way I feel about it. Without going overboard on this, you can think of two main flavors in beer coming from malt and hops. Hops have had all the attention for a long time. Now, it’s malts turn in the spotlight. 6.5% abv

BRAD’S ALT

Our Alt beer is back. Brad is very happy about it and so are we. Richly malted with balanced hop bitterness to make for a smooth drinking brew.

BO DARK

A rich, dark, complex malty brew with tan-colored foam, balancing bitterness using Saaz hops adding a touch of spice. The name comes from the use of Bohemian-style yeast for the fermentation, or maybe you’ve heard of the Osage Orange tree? 5.5% abv.

BSCB PALE

Our version of the standard American lager. 20% of the grain in this recipe is corn. The corn lends a subtle sweetness to the finish, low hopping rate and neutral fermenting yeast, 4.8% abv for summer refreshment.

KÖLSCH

My original idea was to have Kölsch on tap for summer and Altbier in the winter. Well, that’s why plans are always tentative. At least for another batch, we have the pale back online. Lightly malted, spritzy brew, 5% abv. It may not be summer outside, but we can pretend inside.

DARK MATTER

This style always surprises me. It’s dark but light, substantive but not heavy, lots of dark malty flavor but not roasted, neither sweet nor bitter. A beer full of contrasts, it’s a dark lager, otherwise known as Schwarzbier. 5% abv.

ALL OCCASIONATOR

We’ve hit a milestone … our one year anniversary! A lot to reflect on for sure. There is no better way to reflect than over a legit double bock. Malty, balanced bitterness. It’s also our X-mas beer and New Year’s beer. It was named in honor of any and all occasions. 8.5% abv

HEFE-EL

Here is a golden Hefeweizen, 50/50 wheat malt to barley malt, fermented on the cooler end to bring out the clovey/spiciness. A spritzy summer palate pleaser for sure, coming in at 5% abv.

LA BOHEME

Fall = fest beer; at least that’s the way I’ve always seen it. Take a nice Bohemian Pilsner and give it some toast. Nicely grainy with just enough hop character to balance it out. Lingering malty aftertaste. 5.5% abv.

HEFE-EL

Here is a golden Hefeweizen. 50/50 wheat malt to barley malt, fermented on the cooler end to bring out clovy/spiciness. A spritzy summer palate pleaser for sure, coming in at 5% abv.

HALF-LIGHT

This one is another amber lager, but with Czechoslovakian roots. Dark golden color with toasty notes, nicely malted, and a finish with a touch of spicy noble Saaz hop character. Fermented with the same yeast as my Bo-Pils. abv 5.2%

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BREWHOUSE BACKSTORY

Fabled Brew Day Bock Again

I home brewed this beer once many years ago. It was sort of ad lib from leftover grains and a yeast strain I couldn’t recall. It wasn’t a complicated bill, but not carefully considered either.

Bock Again Beer with Coasters and Pretzels

BREWSERS PODCAST #131 March 14, 2024

Marc with Big Sewickley Creek Brewery

On this podcast, Brewsers speaks with the Big Sewickley Creek Brewery’s very own Marc Gignac about how we got started, the Pennsylvania beer scene, and so much more.

Check it out!

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WHAT MAKES A GREAT LOCAL BEER?

Brewing is a time-intensive process – particularly traditional lager brewing.

Despite all we have scientifically learned about brewing over the centuries, there is still magic in brewing. Every batch offers potential greatness. Who doesn’t mind going to work for a chance at achieving greatness each and every day?

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The history of beer styles reveals two main branches: namely, ales and lagers. Ale brewing is much older and generally less-complicated than brewing lager. However, newer lager brewing techniques require a little extra effort.

Lager brewing is really a story about color, malt color to be specific. In 1842, Josef Groll, a Bavarian Brewer, brewed the first-ever batch of pale-colored, bottom-fermented beer in the Czechoslovakian town of Pilsen. This beer was unique, being brewed with pale-colored malt dried in an indirectly fired malt kiln. The gentle heating leaves the malt lightly colored. As does the malt, so goes the beer. Other factors conspired on this brew, including very soft water natural to the area and spicy floral hops known as Saaz. Mr. Groll started a revolution that not only created a unique beer style, but also a type of beer that, even today, reigns as the most popular beer in the world. It is the quintessential lager beer known as pilsner. Some would argue that pilsner became the role model for all subsequent lager beers. Brew Master Groll is our hero! These days lager beer has broadened into many different colors and flavors. Thanks Joe.

Lager beer is the most popular beer in the world, by far. Of course, most of this is due to the mega breweries which are remarkable for the consistency. They have come very close to eliminating any risk in the brewing process. But, therein lies the beauty of small-scale brewing: with nano and micro brewing, risk rules the day. That means we can use the techniques we feel have significance. In fact, we specifically designed our brewing system to make traditional lager beers. Our kettles are optimized for special mashing techniques and our aging cellar is chock full of lagering tanks.

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Trivia Nights!!

Every Thursday, 7:00-9:00 PM

(Subject to last-minute cancellations.)

 

Tell us what you REALLY know! Test your wit and depth of useless information to win prizes with our own host, Mark Steffey!

Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for scheduling updates.

EVERY WEEKEND, WE HAVE FOOD TRUCKS & MUSIC

Alcoholic beverages from other establishments are prohibited.

CHECK OUR FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM PAGES FOR FOOD TRUCK INFO, AND FOLLOW US FOR UPDATES.

MUSIC & TRIVIA SCHEDULE

Trivia Night is now every Thursday until further notice. Schedule below is subject to change. Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for scheduling updates.

Alcoholic beverages from other establishments are prohibited.

JUNE SCHEDULE

Saturday 6/1
MUSIC: Jay Wiley

Thursday 6/6
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 6/7
MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 6/8
MUSIC: Kevin Ward (solo) 3-5pm, Reuben's Painted Mandolin 7-10pm

Thursday 6/13
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 6/14
MUSIC: Gary Prisby
Saturday 6/15
MUSIC: John Charney

Thursday 6/20
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 6/21

MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 6/22
MUSIC: River & Root

Thursday 6/27
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 6/28
MUSIC: Pappy Weingrad
Saturday 6/29
MUSIC: Bartlett Trio

JULY SCHEDULE

Thursday 7/4
CLOSED
Friday 7/5

MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 7/6
MUSIC: Jay Wiley
Sunday 7/7
MUSIC: Thunder in a Circle

Thursday 7/11
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 7/12

MUSIC: Samantha Sears
Saturday 7/13
MUSIC: Eclectic Acoustics

Thursday 7/18
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 7/19

MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 7/20
MUSIC: Elias Khouri 3-6, Davis Gray Band 7-10

Thursday 7/25
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 7/26

MUSIC: Noa Jordan Band
Saturday 7/27
MUSIC: Bartlett Trio

AUGUST SCHEDULE

Thursday 8/1
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 8/2
MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 8/3
MUSIC: River & Root/Charney & Company 2-5

Thursday 8/8
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 8/9
MUSIC: Straight Up
Saturday 8/10
MUSIC: Jay Wiley

Thursday 8/15
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 8/16
MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 8/17
MUSIC: Vento, Ziggy, Hawk, McCarthy

Thursday 8/22
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 8/23
MUSIC: Eclectic Acoustics
Saturday 8/24
MUSIC: DEADFEST: Bartlett Trio, The Cause

Thursday 8/29
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 8/30
MUSIC: John Charney
Saturday 8/31
MUSIC: Bobby Thompson & The Chosen Few (full band)

Extra parking is now available at the brewery!

Parking is available at 2040 for overflow only. Please do not to park at the convenience store.

GREAT LOCAL BEER IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

The Big Sewickley Creek Brewery is 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh located between Wexford and Ambridge. We have plenty of parking and hope to see you soon!

FIND US AT:

2030 BIG SEWICKLEY CREEK ROAD
SEWICKLEY, PA 15143

HOURS
Thursday: 4:00-9:00 PM
Friday: 4:00-10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00-10:30 PM
Sunday: 1:00-7:00 PM

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