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-PILS H

Another Bohemian-style Pilsner and special because I used authentic Bohemian yeast. It is not for certain, but purportedly, the H strain is the original yeast used for Josef Groll’s original pilsner. I’m happy to offer this brew up to our patrons, prosit!

BALTIC PORTER

This one represents a lesser-known style of beer called Baltic Porter. Although similar to it’s ale namesake by being toasty, the cold fermentation allows the dark malt subtleties to show up. Think raisin and dark stone fruit, some smoke too, backed up by 7+% abv.

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

BSCB PALE

This is a beer style you’d have found in many places across our great country prior to the Volstead Act of 1919. Expect full flavor with medium body and mellow sweetness due to 30% corn in the grist.

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.

PAM’S DUNKEL

I brewed this beer in honor of our super-friends and jam specialists, Bianca and Nate. The enthusiasm and energy they bring lifts us all. Jam on my great friends! This one is in a category by itself. Colorful and toasty.

AUGSBURG GOLD

Glittering gold is not the only golden stuff from Augsburg. This brew is nicely malted, golden-colored, balancing bitterness and noble hop aroma. This gold is richness without heaviness. It’s a Helles style. 5% abv

Unclosed tabs will be charged a 20% gratuity. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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!!

Random Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 PM

(Sorry, that’s the best we can do for a schedule.)

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 the next trivia night.

EVERY WEEKEND, WE HAVE FOOD TRUCKS & MUSIC

GENERAL FOOD TRUCK HOURS: Thursdays & Fridays: 4-9 PM, Saturdays: 3-8 PM, Sundays: 1:30-6 PM

GENERAL MUSIC HOURS: Fridays: 7-9 PM, Saturdays: 7-10 PM

No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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

MUSIC & TRVIA SCHEDULE

Schedule below is subject to change without notice. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

APRIL SCHEDULE

Friday 4/5
MUSIC: Come September
Saturday 4/6
MUSIC: Eclectic Acoustics

Thursday 4/11
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 4/12
MUSIC: John Gall
Saturday 4/13
MUSIC: Samantha Sears

Friday 4/19
MUSIC: Johnny Litt
Saturday 4/20
MUSIC: Jay Wiley

Thursday 4/25
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 4/26
MUSIC: Gary Prisby
Saturday 4/27
MUSIC: Pappy Weingrad

MAY SCHEDULE

Friday 5/3
MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 5/4
MUSIC: Davis Gray Band

Thursday 5/9
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 5/10
MUSIC: Samantha Sears
Saturday 5/11
MUSIC: Rust Valley Revival

Friday 5/17
MUSIC: Delta Struts
Saturday 5/18
MUSIC: Pierce Dipner Band

Thursday 5/23
TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday 5/24
MUSIC: Soulful Femme
Saturday 5/25
MUSIC: Bartlett Trio

Friday 5/31
MUSIC: Jim & Debbie Tobin

JUNE SCHEDULE

Saturday 6/1
MUSIC: Jay Wiley

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

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

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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