The brewer behind 11th Hour Brewing is always up for a challenge. Jalapeno beer? Did it. Oyster beer? Challenge accepted. In collaboration with Merchant Oyster Co., the Lawrenceville brewery whipped up an oyster stout it calls "Things Remote." So what's it taste like? In Four One Brew, our brave beer columnist put it to the test and dove into all the details about the brewing process.
The Steelers are underdogs at home to the Patriots who lost on the road at Miami on Monday. This doesn't make any sense. Unless you remember that Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Pats totally own the Steelers. Can Pittsburgh win today's huge home game to take one step toward securing home field advantage in the playoffs? Or will Brady get the best of Ben and the Black and Gold again? DJ Gallo asks (himself) those questions. His answers don't disappoint.
How do you know today's Steelers-Patriots game is a big deal? ESPN's Sunday Countdown is in town and the network doesn't even have the game! We had a chance to speak with ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck and asked the longtime NFL veteran about the two quarterbacks in this week's game. Does Brady get enough credit? Does Roethlisberger get too much? And if the Steelers beat the Pats, who's the league's MVP? You're going to like what he has to say about AB, and want to see what he thinks about how each defense can hang with these two offenses. It's a big one today, so get ready by first reading Hasselbeck's in-depth analysis.
On the Calendar
Fuel up with brunch, then finish your last-minute holiday shopping with this Boheme Pittsburgh holiday extravaganza. Score some one-of-a-kind vintage, artisan and handmade goods from regional vendors.
Where: Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)
When: December 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Hear from Sam Wholey and WQED-TV personality Chris Fennimore about the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes, ahead of Christmas Eve. Try some samples and learn how to create the feast yourself. What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? We learned about its history and its popularity in Pittsburgh with expertise from Heinz History Center.
Where: Wholey's Fish Market at 1171 Penn Ave. (Strip District)
When: December 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
How much: Free
The Vandal's Chef Csilla Thackray will kick off a dinner series called "At Her Table," an initiative with fellow female chefs in Pittsburgh benefitting Planned Parenthood of Western PA. The launch party will include small bites from The Vandal's kitchen, signature drinks from The Allegheny Wine Mixer and a presentation from the chef about the vision for the series.
Where: The Vandal at 4306 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: December 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $20
At Soup for Change, enjoy a free bowl of hot soup, along with important conversation. The event provides Pittsburghers with an opportunity to begin a dialogue about homelessness and poverty in our region. Up to 80 participants can attend, and each will be paired up with a stranger to discuss these issues.
Where: Market Square holiday market at 2 Market Square (Downtown)
When: December 19, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Dress up as your favorite holiday — any holiday, even Old Rock Day, May Ray Day, or Bicarbonate of Soda Day (all real things) — for this festive gathering called "Happy Everything." Play pub games, snap selfies in a photobooth and enjoy food and drink specials.
Where: Hambone's at 4207 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
When: December 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $10 suggested donation
In recognition of the winter solstice, a Downtown yoga studio will host a candlelight yoga practice set to live music. Held on the longest night of the year, this class will be an intention-setting practice for an abundant 2018.
Where: Inhale Yoga at 100 7th St. (Downtown)
When: December 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $17 drop-in rate
You'll feel like you're back in high school with this show featuring the music of Blink 182, Dashboard Confessional, Starting Line and New Found Glory. Half Past Late, Look out Loretta, Two Birds, and Eternal Boy (featuring Who's Nexter Rishi Raj Bahl) will be playing all night, each devoting half of their sets to covers.
Where: The Smiling Moose at 1306 E Carson St. (South Side)
When: December 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $12 in advance / $14 at the door