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Sharpsburg’s Very Own DG is Now Available at Creekside Beer for the Very First Time!

You asked and they delivered! One of the top breweries in Pennsylvania, Dancing Gnome, who is renowned in the Pittsburgh area and beyond for their top tier hazies, big barrel-aged stouts, and old school lagers and pilsners, is now available at Creekside Beer! Opened in the Fall of 2016 by brewer Andrew Witchey, DG has been at the forefront of western PA’s emerging craft beer scene ever since. We’re extremely excited to be able to carry their brews, so I figured it was only right to highlight a couple of the styles you can grab in our coolers right now!

Lustra Pale Ale

DG’s flagship New England-style pale ale, Lustra Pale Ale, makes a serious case for being Pittsburgh’s most popular brew, as evidenced by its nearly 15,000 Untappd check-ins. What makes it so popular? Its supreme drinkability, for one thing. This is the kind of beer you can come back to again and again when you need a break from the heavy stuff and just want a crusher. According to the brewery, Lustra is “an ode to the unity of malted barley, hops, yeast, water, and the brewer who prudently blends them. Intense tropical and citrus fruit aromas and a clean fruity bitterness work in harmony with the lightly toasted wheat bread flavors derived from the malt.” Lustra clocks in at 5.8% ABV and currently holds a 4.05/5 on Untappd.

Bants English Bitter

Back in cans this week for the first time in two years is Bants English Bitter, an English Bitter Ale. If you’re a listener of Andrew’s podcast, Good, but not the best…, you’re likely already aware of his passion for brewing English-style beers. About Bants, he was quoted as saying, “a beautiful bright copper color and fluffy head satisfy your eye holes while the fresh biscuity flavor of the English select specialty malts and Golden Promise base balance perfectly with the crisp approachable bitter finish of the Target and EKG hops. Despite its name, bitters are incredibly balanced and drinkable beers that beg to be sessioned.” Bants clocks in at an easy-drinking 4.6% ABV and currently holds a 3.7/5 on Untappd.

Exquisite Beast Double IPA

And now, the main attraction! Hazy DIPAs are what Dancing Gnome is known for, first and foremost. And Exquisite Beast DIPA is one that’s certainly worthy of the praise it receives! From the brewery, “this DG OG hazy hop bomb is hopped numerous times with Sultana, Mosaic, Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus for layers of bursting pineapple, tangerine, dank berry, and sticky resin. A DIPA that elevates the soul.” Exquisite Beast is 8.5% ABV and, at time of writing, has a 4.18/5 average on Untappd.

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

Lustra Pale Ale

  • Look: Lustra pours a nice, light orange color with a frothy, lingering head. It’s definitely hazy, but the camera flash is what makes it look as ridiculously thick as it does here.

  • Smell: Citrusy on the nose. A bit of resin is also definitely present, though not too much. Very pleasant and floral.

  • Taste: There’s a reason 15,000 people have checked this baby in! Super drinkable and refreshing. Medium-bodied and featuring tropical fruit flavors, this is a “drink one every night” kind of beer.

  • Thoughts: This was one of the first DG beers I ever had when I moved to Pittsburgh. And I keep coming back to it for a reason. And though it’s not as earth-shattering as its Double and Triple siblings, this is still a top-notch brew.

Tyler’s Rating: 4.25/5

Bants English Bitter

  • Look: As you may have noticed, I tried this brew on draft Thursday night at Gnome’s outdoor Beer Garden (definitely worth visiting before the weather turns bad BTW). It poured a rich, burnt orange color with a moderate head.

  • Smell: This one didn’t have any intense aromas to it. A bit of malt, a bit of wheat, but nothing crazy on the nose.

  • Taste: A very tasty change of pace brew! It was relatively light (to be expected at 4.6% ABV) and featured a pleasant malty flavor and just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Super refreshing on a surprisingly comfortable November night outside.

  • Thoughts: I’m not nearly familiar enough with English Bitters, but I look forward to trying more after having a glass of Bants!

Tyler's Rating: 4.0/5

Exquisite Beast Double IPA

  • Look: This one is super thick! It pours a dark orange color and had a creamy white head that lingered. Also, as an aside, this is one of the cooler looking cans I’ve ever seen!

  • Smell: Big resin and tropical fruit aromas are what I picked up on. Some mango and maybe pineapple?

  • Taste: Woah! This is everything that a hazy DIPA should be. It’s full-bodied but not TOO heavy. It’s hoppy but not TOO bitter. It’s got tons of citrus and other fruit notes but not TOO juicy. At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, this beer is juuuuuuust right!

  • Thoughts: Your only regret will be that you didn’t buy more of Exquisite Beast. Cheers!

Tyler’s Rating: 4.5/5

If you’d like to try any of these beers, they can all be found in our virtual store for curbside pickup or home delivery. Or, add them to an on-line order and we will hold them until you can visit us in person for in-store shopping of these and some of the finest local brews available in the #DrinkPGH section of our store.

Sampled and enjoyed by Tyler M. Azar

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