It’s no secret that Pittsburgh is a city that prides itself on hard work, ingenuity and quality. So it should come as no surprise that Dancing Gnome Beer showcases all of these attributes and more the moment you walk in the door.
Dancing Gnome sits in the neighborhood of Sharpsburg, which is about 5 miles northeast of Downtown Pittsburgh. This community has an historic architectual feel and is bustling with youth and energy. Accompanied by absolutely gorgeous weather, we arrived for our shoot midday, eager to check out what Dancing Gnome had to offer. I will say that I was extra in need of a beer because Sheila (my gps), decided to take us on an adventurous hour long detour that included parts of Pennsylvania no one ever needs to see. Sheila is a sweet woman but she can be stubborn and has a mind of her own.
Walking in, it’s easy to see why Dancing Gnome fits in this neighborhood. It’s a small and intimate taproom that was filled with people of all ages (over 21 of course). Behind the bar, was the owner and head brewer, Andrew. It’s easy to see that Andrew takes pride in his beer as he was enthusiastically talking to a group of locals about what they were trying. While he is young and laid back, simply put, Andrew knows his stuff. Our tour included explanations of Dancing Gnome’s origin story, inspiration for beer names, keeping things fresh and creative and putting his stamp on the Pittsburgh beer scene. They are unapologetic in their brew style and for good reason. Everything we tried seemed meticulously detailed and complex. My personal favorites were the O.B.B Special Pale Ale and the Spy Dolphin Double I.P.A. The Spy Dolphin was light, refreshing and had that wonderful finish that you ask for in a double ipa. Also, the Lustra American Pale is one of the more unique beers that I’ve ever tried. You get the citrusy notes of orange peel and grapefruit and this thing is packed with flavor for being a pale ale. It’s impressive.
As for our comedy show, it was a major major success! About 70 people filled the small space to come and check out their Pittsburgh comedy scene and drink some delicious beer. I personally believe that comedy can be the most fun in these intimate DIY settings and the show at Dancing Gnome certainly helps that case. Also, it doesn’t hurt when the comics are supremely talented and funny. Special thanks to Peter Heinz, Amanda Averell, Derek Minto, Gregory Joseph & Gab Bonesso. Because of you, the audience had no reprieve from being taken to crush city.
All of our fun interviews with Andrew, staff, comics and locals will be included in our Dancing Gnome episode, April 10th.
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In the meantime, CHEERS!