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.
Millvale – Taproom
501 E. Ohio St.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. We prefer not to use this method and rely on a more natural approach.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We currently can only ship beer to residents of Pennsylvania. To order, visit our online store at https://store.strangerootsbeer.com/.
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 email@example.com.
Yes! Well behaved dogs are welcome to come and hang out in our outdoor beer garden area (but not inside).
Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Tees, glassware, empty growlers and stickers are available for purchase at both of our locations.
Yes. We will fill 64oz and 32oz growlers of select beers. We also sell empty 64oz growlers for $5.
Yes! Our beer is brewed at our production facility located in Gibsonia, PA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Same as our regular hours, weather permitting!
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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