This weekend of May 15, 2015 at the Independent

The Worst Kept Secret In Town

It's tough to keep a secret under wraps when you're excited about it.  It's even tougher when a licensing body requires you to post a 3'x2' neon-orange sign in the window to invite public comment on said secret.  And to the extent that you had any chance of sliding under the radar with the neon-orange placard hanging in your window, that chance evaporates when a CMU-Set-Design-Student-cum-IBC-Bartender paints your facade using chartreuse as the accent color. 

Accordingly, it seems that the time has finally come to address the expansion of the Independent Brewing Company in a highly official and absurdly ambiguous press release.



The Independent Brewing Company is happy to announce that it is expanding into the space next door at some point, probably in the fall, but you know how these things go.  Initially, the Independent had considered meeting the unserved needs of the Squirrel Hill community, first contemplating an Asian restaurant, then a bank or a coffee shop.  But, after a hasty and unscientific market study, the Independent decided it best to open just one more of what Squirrel Hill already has in spades:  another cocktail bar (groan).  

Details on the cocktail room, which hasn't been named yet, won't be released until the ownership and management know what they are, but you should expect the same neighborhood bar feel as the Independent currently offers, but with an emphasis on cocktails, comfy lounging, and snacking in the new space.  The current space will remain largely the same and will continue to emphasize (exclusively) local beer and refined, comfort food.  

In the meantime, if you've got the cocktail bug and are in the neighborhood, the Independent will continue to serve not only its everyday cocktail menu, but also a special menu of creative and tasty cocktails on Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, including Adam's Non-Traditional Tiki Night, this Saturday from 5-11 p.m. and our two weekly cocktail nights with Lucky (Whiskey drinks on Wednesday; and Tiki drinks on Thursdays).

Beer.  Remember Beer?

Folks, I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of our tap list family, Blue Canoe.  Blue Canoe is hardly "new," in fact they've been making great beer in Titusville (North West, PA) since 2008.  As a small brewery with great in-house sales, they don't distribute much.  But, in a tragic series of events, they were hit with a fire on March 18, 2015, which destroyed their tap room.  While they're in the process of rebuilding, we're honored to do what little we can to help, by buying and serving as much as their beer as we can.  You'll see quite a few Blue Canoe kegs on tap in the coming weeks and months, and were honored to serve as one of their tap rooms until they get back up on their feet.

This Sunday's Hours

This Sunday, we will open at 1 p.m. and close at 5 p.m., as we have a staff BBQ Sunday evening. As always, crowlers will be 25% off, and we'll sell dips, pints, and cocktails.  Our normal Sunday (3pm to 8pm) hours will resume next week.

See you at the Independent folks. 

Pete K.