2014 Collaboration Beers


Every year one of the highlights of Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week are the Collaboration Beers. Originally started as a way to have beer unique and special for PCBW, these beers now represent the collaboration and teamwork that is inherent in all craft brewers.

Each beer is brewed as a collaboration between two breweries, with brewers from both teaming up and making a one of a kind beer that you’ll only find during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 2014. For 2014 our local brewers decided that 4 or 5 Collaboration Beers weren’t enough as they were in previous years, so they went all out and created all the beers tyou see listed below.

Look for these beers all over the city, not only at the breweries that are making the beer, but get them while you can, as once they’re gone, you’ll never see them again.

Alpha Mandarin

  • Collaborating Breweries: Penn Brewery & Fat Heads
  • Brewed At: Penn Brewery
  • Style: Strong Pale Ale
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Notes: A strong pale ale brewed with Mandarin oranges.

Dark Angel

  • Collaborating Breweries: All Saints & Helltown
  • Brewed At: All Saints Brewing
  • Style: Dunkelweizen
  • ABV: 4.1%
  • Notes: Dark Angel is the dark version of the German Wheat Beers. It is unfiltered and deep amber to brown in color with the characteristic aromas of banana and fruit, clove and spice. Its body is light but its maltiness is quite complex. Light and dark, clean and complex, brewed for you by Helltown and All Saints, for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week April 26-May 5.
    • Grains: German Pils, German Wheat, Chocolate
    • Hops: Hallertauer
    • O.G.: 12.5* P
    • IBU: 13 units

Burton Upon Brett

  • Collaborating Breweries: Full Pint & Lavery
  • Brewed At: Full Pint Brewing
  • Style: English IPA with Brettanomyces
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Notes: We wanted to recreate a traditional old world IPA, back then sanitation was not what it was today and a lot of the time beers would have Brettanomyces in them. We just wondered what they might have tasted like…

No. 8  Wire

  • Collaborating Breweries: Roundabout & Rivertowne
  • Brewed At: Roundabout & Rivertowne
  • Style: Belgo-NZ IPA
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • Notes: One batch was brewed out at the Rivertowne Monroeville brewpub and the other batch was brewed at Roundabout. There will be a slight difference between the two due to using an open fermenter at Roundabout. Chris from Rivertowne chose the name for this beer because of Roundabout’s use of New Zealand hops (one of the owners is a New Zealander). No. 8 wire was a popular gauge of wire used in NZ and kind of became the go-to wire for everything. No. 8 wire now stands as a symbolism of Kiwi ingenuity and adaptability. I think Chris chose this name because brewing requires ingenuity and adaptability at all levels. You’ll have to ask Chris.


  • Collaborating Breweries: Rivertowne & Church Brew Works
  • Brewed At: Rivertowne
  • StyleDouble IPA
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Notes: None at this time.

Non-Timber Forest Product

  • Collaborating Breweries: Brew Gentlemen & Sprague Farms
  • Brewed At: Brew Gentlemen Beer Company
  • Style: Spring Ale with Maple
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Notes: Non-Timber Forest Product is an amber-colored non-timber forest product made with maple syrup, as well as 6-row malt and Nugget hops grown 100 miles north of Pittsburgh at Sprague Farm in Venango, PA. This beer is both a first and a last: it is Brew Gentlemen’s head brewer Brandon Capps’ first collaboration beer, as well as Sprague Farms head brewer Luke Steadman’s last beer brewed in PA before moving to Minnesota to take a position with the newly-founded Gull Dam Brewing.  Non-Timber Forest Product is an amber-colored Springtime ale designed from the ground up with no expectations for style or otherwise. Luke and Brandon compiled their favorite ingredients with fresh malt and hops from Sprague Farm as well as Pennsylvania maple syrup.

Teabagger Saison

  • Collaborating Breweries: North Country & Voodoo Brewing
  • Brewed At: North Country Brewing Company
  • StyleChai Tea Saison
  • ABV: 7.1%
  • Notes: Tea Bagger Saison is brewed with Rye malt and Flaked Oats, El Dorado and Sorachi Ace hops, and has additions of Coconut Chai Tea and Lemongrass. I’d love to say the brewers came up with the idea drinking tea during the winter but it was more likely they were drinking beer and wanting to brew a saison and finding a way to make it more than just a saison.

Rojo Ahumado

  • Collaborating Breweries: East End Brewing & Lavery Brewing
  • Brewed At: East End Brewing Company
  • Style: Smoked Red Ale with Chilies
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Notes: Lavery and East end had been talking about collaborating for a few years and PCBW was the impetus to get us all together finally. We narrowed beer style possibilities down to a couple choices. One in the saison/belgian category, which was brewed at Lavery brewing, and the other in the smoked ale category. This latter brew, named above in spanish as ‘RED SMOKE‘ took the lightly smoked ale category and put a little chili spice twist into it using four different varieties of dried chilies. We used Lavery’s house California style ale yeast to ferment this brew and hopped it moderately with cascade and simcoe. We hope PCBW patrons find this ale to be balanced all around between the ingredients used and flavors projected. This beer will be distributed through Vecenie distribution company in half kegs and sixtels. Cheers!

Steel Valley Saison

  • Collaborating Breweries: East End Brewing & Lavery Brewing
  • Brewed At: Lavery Brewing
  • Style: Styrian Saison
  • ABV: 6.7%
  • Notes: None at this time.

Honey, I Spiced the Wit

  • Collaborating Breweries: Apis Meadery & Church Brew Works
  • Brewed At: Church Brew Works
  • StyleWit Infused with Braggot
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • Notes:
    • Malt: 2-Row, Flaked Wheat, Torrefied Wheat, CaraFoam
    • Hops: Spalter Select
    • Other Awesome Things: Local Wildflower Honey, Lavender, Cardamom, and Love
    • OG: 1.056/14.0°P
    • IBU: 15

Stilltahn Brahn

  • Collaborating Breweries: Hop Farm & CoStar & ShuBrew
  • Brewed At: Hop Farm
  • Style: Texas Brown Ale
  • ABV:6.5%
  • Notes: All three of our breweries feature a Brown Ale as a part of our lineup, but we all like doing big hoppy ales, too. We combined different aspects of our Brown Ale grain bills and bumped up the gravity to create an ABV that would properly counterbalance the increased amount of hops used in this Texas Brown version. This beer has plenty of hops used throughout the boil as well as a hefty dose of dry hops added post-fermentation.

Other PCBW-Only Beers and Beverages

These beers and other beverages don’t fit into the idea of the Collaboration Beer category quite perfectly, but they each offer something special to Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.


  • Collaborating Parties: Hop Farm & Atlas Cinema & Rowhouse Bottle Shoppe
  • Brewed At: Hop Farm Brewing
  • Style: Berliner Weisse
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Notes: Margot is an imperial Berliner Weisse, weighing in at 7.5% abv.  It was made via sour mash and will be available in 500 wax dipped hand numbered bottles and growlers at the brewery on May 1st at 6:30 PM 

Arsenal Cider House & Great Lakes Brewing Company

These are blends of existing ciders from our very own Arsenal Cider House and Great Lakes Brewing Company, located in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • The Fighting Fitz – Edmund Fitzgerald Porter & Fighting Elleck
  • The Fighting Ness – Eliot Ness Amber Lager & Fighting Elleck
  • The Fighting Dort – Dortmunder Gold & Fighting Elleck
  • Eliot & Archie – Eliot Ness Amber Lager & Archibald’s

Hop Confession

  • Collaborating Parties: Church Brew Works and Caliente Pizza
  • Brewed At: Church Brew Works
  • Style: Belgian-style Double IPA
  • ABV: 8.8%
  • Notes: Our good friends at Caliente and we have been working together for a year or so now. The first Friday of every month, we go up to their place and party… er, work. We have been supplying them with a unique firkin to tap on said Fridays, and a good time is had by all who attend. This has built a very strong relationship between our two businesses – one that has manifested itself in a very singular collaboration for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.

In the spirit of camaraderie and the betterment of local craft beer, we built a recipe from the ground up with Nick, Angie and the crew of Caliente – which, if you haven’t noticed, has one of the most amazing selections of craft beer in our fair city. Angie loves big beers and hops. Nick always has a ton of Belgian-style beers on tap. We’re… well… we’re usually up for anything – so… let us introduce you to the Hop Confession! Hop Confession is the first collaboration between a brewery and restaurant under the Craft Beer Week umbrella – and basically, so far as anyone knows or remembers, the first one of this magnitude in our city’s history.

The Caliente Crew paid us a visit a few Mondays ago to help us get this beer designed, brewed and into a fermenter. We had a blast brewing, drinking, designing, etc. But, that’s enough about us…

Hop Confession pours a pale amber with a big head. The hop aroma pretty much punches you in the face. It also smells a little boozy. We used our favorite hops in the boil – Amarillo and Galaxy – to blend those fruity and citrusy and grassy flavors and aromas. Then, just because it wasn’t stupid hoppy enough, we dry-hopped it with Bravo and more Amarillo. The Bravo has an almost orangey quality that really ties all the other components together – just the like The Dude’s rug. The body of this is very much like a West Coast IPA, kinda. While we didn’t use much caramel malt, the Belgian yeast strain provides a perceived mouthfeel that makes the beer feel fuller than it actually is. It also adds a level of peppery spice and earthy phenols that give it the characteristic Belgian flavor. All in all this beer is pretty easy to drink, but beware, it’s also pretty high in alcohol.

We will be featuring this beer only at Caliente and the Church Brew Works. We will also be doing events at both places to promote the beer and cross-promote each other. Cheers to an awesome collaboration and another awesome Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week!

Cheers and High-fives!

-CBW Brewers and Caliente Crew

    • Malt: Pilsner, Caramel 77L
    • Hops: Bravo, Amarillo, Galaxy, Amarillo, Galaxy, Amarillo, Bravo
    • OG: 1.074/18.5°P
    • ABV: 8.8%
    • IBU: 85



  1. […] Craft Beer Week not only brings popular craft brewers and their wares in from all over the country but  it also pairs up local breweries to produce collaboration beers. Highlighting this year’s collaborations are a Belgian-New Zealand hybrid IPA from Rivertowne and Roundabout Breweries, the pithy matching of Helltown and All Saints to create a dunkel-weizen and the long-anticipated offering from The Brew Gentlemen and Sprague Farms, a spring ale with maple syrup called Non-Timber Forest Product. We’re also eager to try the chai tea saison that North Country and Voodoo have worked up. The PCBW has a complete list of collaborations. […]