Ice cream sandwiches from pastry-chef @dianne_de and chocolate-strawberry lambic from @hoftendormaal. So, that’s a thing....
It was a whirlwind of a month, as we worked to get our new bistro and beer hall, @loreleipgh, open to the public. But, despite that, the Independent has remained steady and strong. That's largely a result of the steady hand behind the bar -- our new Head Bartender -- @drewcranisky . Drew has been with our family at the Independent for almost two-and-a-half years. He's as warm and kind as anyone that I've ever known, and he matches those qualities with an intellect and natural curiosity that is just as strong. Drew's talents are seemingly endless -- his knowledge of cocktails and beers is just a start. He's a writer; he works at Churchview Farm; he collects vinyl records; he runs two trivia nights a week; he's got a phenomenal beard; and, as we discovered when we were building our bar at Lorelei, working for Habitat for Humanity after college left him as one hell of a carpenter.
The heart and soul of any good bar are the people in it. The bartender's role is so much more than making recommendations, taking orders and filling glasses. It's the other roles -- companion, confidant, comedian, cupid, comforter and counselor -- that really matter. It's the people who play those roles that make you fall in love with a place and make it "yours." .-.
Nobody plays those roles better than Drew. That's why we asked him to be our head bartender; and that's why we're so honored to work with him day-in and day-out; and that's why the Independent is such a special place. .-.
And on that note, Drew is here for you tonight and through the weekend. Come see him for a pint, a 'tail, and some amazing food. But mostly come hang out and get a drink with a great human being.
All Sancerre and sunshine around here, tonight.
Our friends @roundaboutbrew are doing a weekend-only beer garden pop-up on the Ohio River in the North Side. When someone asks “what makes Pittsburgh great?” This is the answer.
Gettin’ to be round ‘bout Beer O’Clock... IBC Happy hour until 6 pm, friends