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Grist House Brewing opening in Millvale this weekend

Kyle Mientkiewicz, left, and Brian Eaton will open Grist House Brewing in Millvale this weekend.

Kyle Mientkiewicz, left, and Brian Eaton will open Grist House Brewing in Millvale this weekend.

Grist House Brewing, the brewery and pub from childhood friends Brian Eaton and Kyle Mientkiewicz, will hold a weekend-long grand opening at their Millvale location, taking advantage of the long weekend to offer full slates of events Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Saturday, the brewery and pub will be open from 2 to 10 p.m., offering pint and growler service. The Steer and Wheel food truck will be on hand serving up its signature burgers from 2 to 6 p.m., and Burgh Bites will take over food service from 6 to 10 p.m.

The brewery will be open the same hours on Sunday, this time with Pittsburgh Smokehouse serving barbecued brisket and pulled pork sandwiches all day. Hermitage-based folk-rock band Juvenile Characteristics will perform in the brewery from 5 to 9 p.m.

Grist House will reopen for pint and growler service on Monday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eaton and Mientkiewicz have yet to determine the brewery’s regular hours as both still work conventional day jobs.

“We know we’re going to be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but the hours are to be determined,” Eaton says. “We’re going to see what works best for the customers and for us before we make them official.”

Grist House’s initial lineup will include a pale ale, a red ale, an American wheat beer and a brown ale which will be available on both regular draft and nitro. Its pub menu will include chili dogs, pickled peppers served with Italian bread and eventually, a popcorn machine.

maggie's farm spiced rum

Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum goes on sale at its Strip District Distillery today.

Maggie’s Farm releasing first spiced rum
Maggie’s Farm, the Strip District rum distillery which since last year has been producing white rum from real Turbinado cane sugar, is releasing its first spiced version today.

Maggie’s Farm Spiced Rum contains Tahitian vanilla, fresh orange zest, cardamom, star anise, allspice, cloves, ground nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

“We did it so that it’s more citrus-forward and vanilla-forward, so those are the more dominant flavors,” says Maggie’s Farm co-owner Moss Clark. “You get more of the traditional spices at the back end.”

In addition to being ready for bottle sales, Maggie’s Farm has already worked up a few new cocktails to serve at its distillery bar. The Maggie Palmer adds a kick of spiced rum to traditional Arnold Palmer mix of lemonade and iced tea. Maggie’s Spiced Mojito mixes the new spirit with lime, orange, sugar and fresh mint, and the Spicy Pear combines the rum with pear juice, lime juice and Turbinado simple syrup.

The distillery does bottle sales Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Its cocktail bar is open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Hitchhiker Brewing now open
Hitchhiker Brewing, which we previewed in this space last month, opened in Mt. Lebanon last week ahead of its scheduled June 1 target date.

Its lineup includes a German-style Kolsch, a Belgian-style wheat beer, an IPA, a black IPA and a porter, as well as its own home-brewed ginger ale. Hitchhiker also carries Arsenal Cider on what will be a rotating guest tap.

The pub has a nice line of bar snacks, ranging from hot dogs to charcuterie to hummus with pita and olives, all designed to pair well with the beer. Hitchhiker’s back deck is primed to become one of Pittsburgh’s great spots for outdoor drinking.

Hitchhiker is open from noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.