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Strange Roots exists at the intersection of farmhouse brewing tradition and creative, locally-driven experimentation. We’re passionate about celebrating our environment through the use of local ingredients, varying fermentation methods and micro flora, and strive to create unique artisan ales inspired by our surroundings here in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.

Gibsonia – Brewery

4399 Gibsonia Rd.
Gibsonia, PA

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 5-10:00pm
Fri 5-10:00pm
Sat 2-10:00pm
Sun 2-8:00pm

Millvale – Taproom

501 E. Ohio St.
Millvale, PA

Mon Closed
Tue 5-10:00pm
Wed 5-10:00pm
Thu 5-10:00pm
Fri 5-10:00pm
Sat 2-10:00pm
Sun 2-8:00pm

Bottle Release – Grand Blu – 5/19/19

Grand Blu (8.1%abv) is an American wild ale fermented with our Relic strain, resident airborne micro flora, then cask matured with Penicilium roqueforti (the organism used to make cave aged blue cheese) and lastly refermented with peaches. This year’s vintage was blended using a solera method from old and young Grand Blu casks, which heightens the funk and softens the sourness a bit. Aromas reminiscent of fresh pressed peaches, creamy tropical gelato and funk with light blue cheese accents. The flavors jump between tart peaches and tropical fruit, with undertones of hay, barnyard must and oak. The finish is dry, funky and crisp with very faint mossy tones.

Grand Blu is an annual release that holds a special place in our hearts, here at the brewery. The 2019 Grand Blu was blended by our blender and “cask overlord”, Max Morrow. Max has been with the brewery since 2016 and took over as our blend master in 2018. He is currently working through the sommelier certification program and is our “go too” guy to ask about pin pointing undescribed aromas and/or flavors.

Lastly, a special thanks to Ryan Steagall and the Milk The Funk crew for their interest in our Blue Cheese inspired beer. If you want to read more about the process, please check out the link to the MTF wiki page (http://www.milkthefunk.com/wiki/Strange_Roots_Experimental_Ales)

Grand Blu will be available at both of our locations in bottles and on draft on Sunday at 2pm. This years batch was packaged in 500ml bottles and are priced at $8.50 per bottle.

Frequently Asked Questions

‌ What is wild beer?

Wild beer is a type of beer that is typically fermented with yeast, wild yeast (brettanomyces) and bacteria. The bacteria, often found in other foods like cheese, bread, and yogurt, produces acids that give the beer a tart and refreshing flavor profile. Most of our sour beers are aged in oak barrels for an average time of 9-12 months.

What is a coolship (koelschip)?

A coolship (koelschip) is a low lying, open, flat vessel in which beer naturally cools overnight (24-48 hours). During cooling, resident microorganisms (part of our terroir) inoculate the beer to initiate the fermentation. So, when we use our coolship, we don’t add yeast…it all comes from nature.

What is terroir?

Terroir is a term typically used in the wine industry to explain the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. The specific conditions create characteristic tastes and flavors imparted by the environment in which it is produced. In the sour beer community, terroir is very important because the process is very much like wine making.

Are all of your beers aged in oak barrels?

No, but most of them are. We believe that barrel aging is necessary for some beers, but other benefit from extended bottle maturation instead. Any beer aged in barrels is clearly identified on the label and explained in the description. Our barrel aged beers typically age approximately between 9-12 months. That being said, we do have a various barrels beyond 12 months but we don’t begin to taste them until 18 months. We have barrels aging from 18 months up to 4 years.

Do you make kettle sours or quick sours?

No. We prefer not to use this method and rely on a more natural approach.

Are you willing to donate beer to a special event?

We love supporting and participating in local events, however like we mentioned before, we’re a small brewery and our ability to donate beer is very limited. Additionally, PA laws are strict on donation of alcoholic beverages. If you have an event that you think would be a particularly good fit, feel free to reach out to Mark at mark@strangerootsbeer.com.

Where can I find your beer outside of Pittsburgh?

We’re a small local brewery and the Pittsburgh market is our priority. When we’re able, we distribute our products in limited quantities throughout the US through Shelton Brothers Importers and in Philadephia through Shangy’s Beer Distributor.

Can you ship me beer?

We currently can only ship beer to residents of Pennsylvania. To order, visit our online store at https://store.strangerootsbeer.com/.

Is your beer available outside the taproom?

A small percentage of our beer is available in bars, restaurants, and retailers in the Pittsburgh area. If you are a local establishment interested in carrying Strange Roots beer or a customer looking for a place to buy it, please contact Dennis Hock at dennis@strangerootsbeer.com.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Well behaved dogs are welcome to come and hang out in our outdoor beer garden area (but not inside).

Can I bring my child?

Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Do you have merch?

Tees, glassware, empty growlers and stickers are available for purchase at both of our locations.

Do you fill growlers?

Yes. We will fill 64oz and 32oz growlers of select beers. We also sell empty 64oz growlers for $5.

Do you brew your beer on site?

Yes! Our beer is brewed at our production facility located in Gibsonia, PA.

What about for private events?

We do not host private events during our normal business hours. If you are interested in having a private event at either our Gibsonia brewery or Millvale taproom during days that we are normally closed, please contact Jaclyn at jaclyn@strangerootsbeer.com.

When is the Beer Garden open?

Same as our regular hours, weather permitting!

Do you serve food?

Yes! Our Millvale taproom has a full kitchen that specializes in smoked meat sandwiches and tacos. We also have several vegetarian friendly items on our menu.

Our Gibsonia location features a rotating line-up of food trucks.

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