A new year calls for a new beer, and the folks at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh are more than happy to oblige.
At 7 p.m. tonight, the SouthSide Works restaurant will tap 2013's first keg of Bergbock, a rich and flavorful bock beer that tastes similar to maibock but with a more powerful hop flavor. It has an alcoholic content of 6.8 percent by volume, and pairs perfectly with the Braumeister Steak (sauteed pork steak) and mashed potatoes pictured above.
Since it opened here in early 2009, the German-style beer hall has held an extravagant beer-tapping ceremony for seasonal beers the first Wednesday of every month. The celebration always starts with a parade, and includes live music by the Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh house band, Alpen Glow. Tonight is no exception.
Of course, you also can enjoy the brewery's four year-round brews, all made from original Hofbrauhaus German recipes with German malt and hops on a German brewing system overseen by a German brewmaster: Premium Lager, Hofbrau Light, Dunkel (dark) and my personal favorite, Hefe Weizen, a top-fermented wheat beer that back in the early 1600s could only be brewed by ducal privilege.
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