East End Brewing Company

On Super Bowl Sunday, Lil Man, the Daddy Burgher, and I ventured out in the cold for our first trip to the Strip District. Our main goal was to browse Steelers merchandise and to check out the Pittsburgh Public Market (hello, indoors!). While we were there, I just couldn’t resist “warming up” by sampling a few of the local brews presented by East End Brewing. While I loved the Chocolate Cherry Stout, the winner for game time was a GOLD cider (perfect for cheering on our Steelers!).

Following the delicious samples, we asked to take home a 1/2 gallon glass jug (called a growler) full of the yummy cider. Yes, the growler cost about 2 dollars more than a few tap specials of Bud would’ve cost at the local dive; however, I can’t stress enough how different and overwhelmingly delicious a local brew is! Well worth the spend (which frankly seemed low to me)! After cashing out, we noticed what looked like an over-sized coozie to carry the growler in. Of course I had to purchase the carrier, too!

During the game, we enjoyed the cider (It was called “…and sat down be CIDER”). It definitely was overly fresh and crisp, the way I like a brew to be.

Here is a shot of the growler in the carrier (with snaps for Billy Hill, a great Columbus Tattoo Artist, via the coozie holding my cherry Faygo):

Goodies!

When my husband’s sister and our friend Ash came in for a visit, I had to take them to the Robinson Market District for lunch and goodies.

For lunch, Hubs and SIL had some of the brick oven pizzas. Lil girl had chicken fingers, “little trees” (broccoli), and fruit from the hot/cold bar. Ash and I enjoyed some delights from the bbq/rotisserie station—ribs for her, pulled pork for me. I always enjoy a meal from there when trekking to the airport. It is great pricing and always tasty.

After lunch, we roamed the store and picked up some delicious items throughout our journey (it’s a journey because the store is so huge and takes you on quite the taste tour!). I am a huge fan of the bulk section and grabbed some cous cous and some granola/chocolate chips to make my own mix. Our downfall, if you would call it that, was the bakery and candy sections. In the bakery, we all picked out sweet treats. Lil Girl LOVES the thumbprints and picked out a Valentine themed one (why she chose pink over Steelers was beyond me). Ash, SIL, and I all choose cake slices—see my mint chocolate choice below. Then in the candy section I went crazy over chocolate dipped goodies—oreos and licorice.

And finally, the gelato station. Pittsburgh Steelers themed gelato. No words needed.