Friday, October 30, 2009


Notwithstanding our glorious sports teams and our one embarrassing one, the first thing that comes to mind when you think Pittsburgh is beer. A working class city with a football problem like the 'Burgh has always had a good, dedicated booze-swilling following for local brews like Rolling Rock (RIP), Penn Pilsner and "Ahrn" City.

Alongside and usually hand-in-hand with beer is another thing that Pittsburgh loves - its music. There is a profoundly dedicated following for local acts like the Clarks, Joe Grushecky and the crown jewel of Pittsburgh rock, Donnie Iris.

The thick-framed glasses-wearing Beaver native has been rocking for decades. Donnie is to Pittsburgh rock and roll what Reggie Jackson's home run against the light tower in the '71 All-Star game is to baseball: monumental. Even Donnie's name is Pittsburgh.

So when you combine the two, you get probably the most Pittsburgh thing known to man.

And, according to the Trib, it is going to be on sale soon.

I am physically preparing my body to be ready to take cases of this at a time upon its release. King Cool beer from the King of Cool himself. This is epic.

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