Mix Your Own Six Pack at Creekside

There’s a Beer for Everyone in Our Brand New Mix and Match Section!

Customers at Creekside tell us all the time, “You guys have such a great selection! There are too many choices!” While it certainly beats the alternative, we understand that there’s simply too much good beer available at the store to make buying a 6 pack of everything feasible. That’s why we put our heads together and established a Mix & Match section in our front cooler! Now you can have one of everything and find the brew that’s right for you! It’s like speed dating, but way more fun. The selection is always rotating, but here are just a few of the things you can grab right now!

Sloop Juice Bomb IPA

This hazy IPA from Sloop Brewing in Upstate New York has been a staple on our shelves for the past few months. From the brewery itself, “The low bitterness and late hopping showcase the citrusy, juicy notes of American hops. A blast of tropical aroma is followed by a resiny and balanced flavor. Juice Bomb features all the aspects and nuances of full hop flavor, not just bitterness — providing an upfront but easy drinking beer.” Juice Bomb is 6.5% ABV and currently holds a 4.0/5 rating on Untappd.

North Country Buck Snort Stout

North Country is one of the OG breweries in western PA, hailing from Slippery Rock. Buck Snort Stout is one of their year-round flagship brews – you can’t beat the classics! According to the brewery, “this West Coast-style stout features bold dark and roasted malt character that is heavily aromatic with abundant American hops, and tastes of molasses, and a well-balanced finish.” Buck Snort Stout clocks in at 7.0% ABV and sits at a 3.6/5 on Untappd.

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

Now you’re speaking my language! Great Divide Yeti is a big, bold imperial stout – my personal favorite style of beer. From the brewers, “Yeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses. An almost viscous, inky-black brew, Yeti opens with a massive, roasty, chocolate, coffee malt flavor that eventually gives way to rich toffee and burnt caramel notes. Packed with an enormous quantity of American hops, Yeti's hop profile reveals a slightly citrusy, piney, and wonderfully dry hoppy finish.” This beast is 9.5% ABV and has a 3.91/5 average rating on Untappd.

Now that you’ve heard a little bit about each of these brews, what do I think?

Sloop Juice Bomb IPA

  • Look: This beer is pretty thick and hazy. It pours a beautiful light orange color with minimal head.

  • Smell: Aromas of pine hit me first and foremost. Like a college dorm room in a can.

  • Taste: This is a pretty tasty brew! It’s got big citrus notes and a ton of the pine I noticed on the nose as well. It’s definitely juicy, though I would say that there’s more worthy “juice bombs” out there.

  • Thoughts: A very solid hazy. We’re pretty spoiled in Pittsburgh to have so many great breweries putting out A1 haze on a weekly basis, but this beer holds its own.

Tyler’s Rating: 4.0/5

North Country Buck Snort Stout

  • Look: Pours relatively light for a stout. It features a thick, light-colored head that lingers for a bit.

  • Smell: Smells kind of like a cup of black coffee. Definite roasty notes, but a touch of hops as well.

  • Taste: A very drinkable stout. It’s not very heavy, so I could see myself drinking a couple of these in a row at the taproom! I’m not getting much molasses as advertised, but it’s got some roasty notes and a touch of bitterness on the finish that’s very pleasant.

  • Thoughts: I would definitely drink this one again if it was on the menu at a bar! Might not be the most groundbreaking stout, but it’s tasty and easy-drinking.

Tyler’s Rating: 3.75/5

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

  • Look: It pours that amazing, pitch black color that I love to see coming out of a can. A thick, dark brown head sits on top and never really dissipated.

  • Smell: It smells heavily of chocolate and there’s a touch of coffee in there as well. I like where this is headed.

  • Taste: A little bitter but it’s well-balanced by the sweetness of the chocolate and malty notes. It’s relatively thick and full-bodied, which is a definite shift from the moderately thin Buck Snort.

  • Thoughts: I really liked this beer! It’s not barrel-aged or filled with adjuncts (which I love by the way), but it stands on its own as a very enjoyable imperial stout! I’ll definitely be throwing one of these in my next mix and match 6 pack at Creekside!

Tyler’s Rating: 4.5/5

Indulgently sampled and decadently savored by Tyler M. Azar

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