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.
Bottle Release – Hidden Hand – 2/2/19
New bottle available at both locations on Saturday, February 2, 2019! Hidden Hand (6.2%abv) is a Pennsylvania farmhouse ale brewed with pilsner malt, wheat and oats, then fermented with local wild yeast and bacteria. The beer was brewed on June 20th of 2017, 100% french oak puncheon fermented and aged until February 2nd of 2018, when it was bottled. After a year of maturing in bottles, the expression of our local terroir is evident. Golden-Orange in color, this farmhouse ale boasts copious amounts of marshmallow citrus funk, combining elements of clementine, light lime, lemon grass and soft peach. Complex flavors of funk, earth and hay attributed by our local wild yeast and bacteria, accents the intertwining light barrel notes, finishing dry and light with a mild, soft acidity. Hidden Hand is packaged in a 750ml bottle and bottles are priced at $11.75 each. Bottles will be available at both locations tomorrow starting at 2pm. We hope you enjoy this beer!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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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