Caliente Brand to Aspinwall and Fox Chapel Communities

It’s been a wild ride over the past couple of months, but it’s all been worth it. We are happy to report our 4th location in Aspinwall is officially up and running! We couldn’t have done it without you. Your support and loyalty to Caliente has allowed us to bring our award-winning pizza and stellar tap lineup to four exceptional corners of Pittsburgh. We are truly excited to bring the Caliente brand to the Aspinwall and Fox Chapel communities and share our love of great food, great beer, and great times with everyone.

Now that our 4th spot is officially open, the question looms: Where do we open #5? Stay tuned…

As is our M.O., we are kicking things off in Aspinwall this month with a special craft beer tapping. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Sly Fox to bring the first of their new Lemonade Wheat offering to Pittsburgh. Our Aspinwall store is getting the only barrel of this beer in the city until May and we are tapping it on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00pm for your enjoyment. Representatives from Sly Fox will be in the house as well with swag and giveaways. Join us and be the first in town to taste this beauty.

We’ve also partnered up with three other great breweries to bring you some Friday night fun throughout the month. Kick off your weekends in style by enjoying a smattering of options from New Belgium, Founders, and our Brewery of the Month: Evil Twin!

Here’s this month’s event schedule:

Friday, February 9th at all four Caliente locations – A Night with New Belgium Brewing
6:00pm start time in Hampton Township
7:00pm start times in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall

Friday, February 16th at all four Caliente locations – A Night with Founders Brewing
6:00pm start time in Hampton Township
7:00pm start times in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall

Thursday, February 22nd – Sly Fox Lemonade Wheat Tapping
7:00pm start time in Aspinwall

Friday, February 23rd at all four Caliente locations – A Night with Evil Twin Brewing
6:00pm start time in Hampton Township
7:00pm start times in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall

We look forward to your visit!

Holiday mode at Caliente Pizza & Draft House

It’s December and we’ve switched into full holiday mode here at Caliente Pizza & Draft House! All three of our locations in Bloomfield, Mount Lebanon, and Hampton Township will be bringing you a month’s worth of events that not only showcase our joy for the season, but bring you an opportunity to grab some swag, meet a pretty big beer personality, and, as always, wrap your hands around some of the best beers available.

As the final month of 2017 winds down and we get ready to wipe the slate clean, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for visiting Caliente throughout the year. We strive to deliver the best pizza, best beer, and best experience to you 365 days a year and without you, following through on that mission wouldn’t be worth it. We look forward to seeing you more in 2018 and sharing some incredible pies and adult beverages with you.

But before we get to 2018, let’s have some fun in December! Here’s what we have on tap at all three locations this month:

Bloomfield

Monday, December 4th | 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Happy Hour Meet and Greet with Heavy Seas Owner & Founder Hugh Sisson – Come chat with Hugh and discover his takes on the craft beer industry while enjoying our awesome Happy Hour featuring 1/2 price craft drafts and $5 personal pan pizzas with one topping!

Friday, December 8th | 7:00pm
Founders Brewing $5 22oz Drafts – Thanks to the recent release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders has been in the spotlight big time and we plan to continue showing them the love with $5 22oz. drafts of some of your Founders favorites throughout the evening.

Saturday, December 9th | Special Tapping Time of 11:00am 
Founders CBS Tapping – We mentioned the world-famous CBS release a second ago. Now, it’s time for you to get your lips on some! On Saturday morning at 11:00am, join us as we redefine ‘breakfast of champions’ and tap our keg of CBS. If you’ve ever attended one of our Founders KBS tappings, you know this is going to be one memorable party and, without question, the beer won’t last long. Canadian Breakfast Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of coffees and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup.

Friday, December 15th | 7:00pm
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Christmas Flight Night – We’ve always been your #1 spot to grab Lost Abbey and Port beers in Pittsburgh and we are breaking out some special Christmas offerings on the 15th…beers you won’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! We’ll have a smattering of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap at all three of our locations.

Friday, December 22nd | 7:00pm
Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb Tapping – By now, the Christmas spirit bug has to have bit you in some way, shape, or form. But, if you need a little boost, how about checking us out right before Santa makes his appearance for a tapping of Prairie Christmas Bomb! It’s an American Double Imperial Stout with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. All the makings of a great holiday wrapped up in one big 13% offering.

Friday, December 29th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cascade Brewing Sour Hours – Get your sour on with Cascade Brewing from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. In those two little hours, we will have several sour selections from Cascade flowing for your enjoyment. Don’t let the cold weather make you sour…let the beers do it!

Sunday, December 31st | 9:00pm
New Years Eve Bash with a special beer tapping – Hello, 2018! It’s time to ring in the new year and we’ll be doing it the only way we know how: with flair! Join us at any of our three locations for the final celebration of 2017 and enjoy a very special beer tapping, too.

Hampton Township

Friday, December 8th | 6:00pm
Founders Brewing $5 22oz Drafts – Thanks to the recent release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders has been in the spotlight big time and we plan to continue showing them the love with $5 22oz. drafts of some of your Founders favorites throughout the evening.

Friday, December 15th | 6:00pm
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Christmas Flight Night – We’ve always been your #1 spot to grab Lost Abbey and Port beers in Pittsburgh and we are breaking out some special Christmas offerings on the 15th…beers you won’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! We’ll have a smattering of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap at all three of our locations.

Friday, December 22nd | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Happy Holidays Happy Hour Featuring FREE SWAG for Everyone – It’s the Happy Hour that keeps on giving the whoooole year! With 1/2 price drafts and $5 personal one-topping pizzas, we like to believe our Happy Hour is pretty bangin’. But tonight, we’re upping the ante and hooking you up with some free swag from 4:30 to 6:30pm!

Friday, December 29th | 6:00pm
Local Brewery Night featuring Draai Laag Brewing – If local beer is your flavor of choice, come check out what Millvale’s Draai Laag Brewing has in store for you. These guys have carved out an incredible niche for themselves, arguably bringing some of the best sour and wild ales Pittsburgh has seen to the area. We’ve been proud to partner with them to collaborate on The Plague in the past and will have a smattering of their beers on tap for you to experience tonight.

Sunday, December 31st | 9:00pm
New Years Eve Bash with a special beer tapping – Hello, 2018! It’s time to ring in the new year and we’ll be doing it the only way we know how: with flair! Join us at any of our three locations for the final celebration of 2017 and enjoy a very special beer tapping, too.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, December 8th | 7:00pm
Founders Brewing Flight Night – Thanks to the recent release of Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Founders has been in the spotlight big time and we plan to continue showing them the love with a wide selection of Founders available in flights throughout the evening.

Friday, December 15th | 7:00pm
Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Christmas Flight Night – We’ve always been your #1 spot to grab Lost Abbey and Port beers in Pittsburgh and we are breaking out some special Christmas offerings on the 15th…beers you won’t find anywhere else in Pittsburgh! We’ll have a smattering of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap at all three of our locations.

Friday, December 22nd | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Happy Holidays Happy Hour Featuring FREE SWAG for Everyone – It’s the Happy Hour that keeps on giving the whoooole year! With 1/2 price drafts and $5 personal one-topping pizzas, we like to believe our Happy Hour is pretty bangin’. But tonight, we’re upping the ante and hooking you up with some free swag from 4:30 to 6:30pm!

Friday, December 29th | 7:00pm
Stone Brewing Bottle Pour Night – We’ve always had a special place in our hearts for Stone Brewing and tonight, we are bringing you something special. We were able to secure some bottles direct from their Berlin brewery and will be cracking those babies and more open for your enjoyment!

Sunday, December 31st | 9:00pm
New Years Eve Bash with a special beer tapping – Hello, 2018! It’s time to ring in the new year and we’ll be doing it the only way we know how: with flair! Join us at any of our three locations for the final celebration of 2017 and enjoy a very special beer tapping, too.

Respectfully,

Jason M. Cercone
Founder/Operator | Marketing & Media Specialist
Breaking Brews Marketing & Media 

Great events each Friday of the month

November is always a crazy month with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the inevitable start of the holiday rush just around the corner. To help you get ready for the whirlwind of activity about to be upon us, we’ve lined up some great events each Friday of the month at all three of our locations in Bloomfield, Hampton Township, and Mount Lebanon. And, as an added bonus, our Black Friday Beer Extravaganza at our Bloomfield location will feature one of the most insane tap lineups we’ve ever had.

If you’ve had a beer with us at any point before, you know that’s saying A LOT.

Here’s what we’ve lined up for the month of November:

Bloomfield

Friday, November 3rd starting at 7:00pm
Evil Twin Draft Night – We’ll be tapping several offerings from Evil Twin Brewing, featuring I Think, Therefore I Am IPA & If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain IPA – two hop-forward beers you don’t see tapped too often anywhere in Pittsburgh.

Friday, November 10th starting at 7:00pm
Deschutes Draft Night – We are putting our friends at Deschutes center stage tonight and will be tapping three special beers for your enjoyment: Black Butte Stout 28th AND 29th Anniversary Stout and Chasin’ Freshies!

Friday, November 17th starting at 7:00pm
Boulevard Draft Night – It’s a smattering of delicious beers from Boulevard Brewing with Boulevard/Firestone Walker Collab #6 and Boulevard Jamband hitting the taps.

Friday, November 24th starting at 8:00am
Black Friday Draft Extravaganza – Forget that shopping nonsense. Get to Bloomfield early and get ready for a full day of beer excellence as we pull out all the stops and deliver an absolutely crazy lineup of good beers. Plus, get your hands on the 2017 BCBS release. Take a look at what’s lined up for the day:

PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be open from 5:00pm to close on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24th.

Hampton Township

Friday, November 3rd starting at 6:00pm
Evil Twin Draft Night – Evil Twin is taking the stage at all three of our locations tonight! Featured beers in Hampton Township include Even More Jesus Imperial Stout and If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain IPA.

Friday, November 10th starting at 6:00pm
AleSmith Brewing Draft Night – We love AleSmith and we know you do, too. Come share your love of all things AleSmith as we tap a series of delicious beers from the California brewery this evening.

Friday, November 17th starting at 6:00pm
Local Cider Night – If you haven’t indulged on the incredible ciders we have available in Pittsburgh, you’re truly missing out. Tonight, we are going to feature some great local offerings including some classics from our friends at Arsenal Cider. We’ll be doing the same at our Mount Lebanon location as well.

Friday, November 24th starting at 6:00pm
Black Friday Christmas Beer Tapping – ‘Tis the season for Christmas beers! Come deck the halls after your shopping concludes as we put a strong lineup of Christmas favorites on tap to get the season kicked off in style.

NOTE: We’ll be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, November 3rd starting at 7:00pm
Evil Twin Night – We complete the hat trick of Evil Twin props with another lineup of their beers on tap in Mount Lebanon, including the Evil Twin/Westbrook collaboration Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break and If You Want the Rainbow, You’ve Got to Put Up With the Rain IPA.

Friday, November 10th starting at 7:00pm
Stone Brewing Draft Night – We love our Stone beers at Caliente and do our best to feature some of the very best their brewery releases. Tonight, get your lips on some of those offerings as we feature several Stone beers on draft for your enjoyment.

Friday, November 17th starting at 7:00pm 
Local Cider Night – If you haven’t indulged on the incredible ciders we have available in Pittsburgh, you’re truly missing out. Tonight, we are going to feature some great local offerings including some classics from our friends at Arsenal Cider. We’ll be doing the same at our Hampton location as well.

Friday, November 24th starting at 6:00pm
Black Friday Christmas Beer Tapping – ‘Tis the season for Christmas beers! Come deck the halls after your shopping concludes as we put a strong lineup of Christmas favorites on tap to get the season kicked off in style.

NOTE: We’ll be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th.

by Jason M. Cercone 

Founder | Libations Marketing Specialist
Breaking Brews Marketing Company 

Caliente Pizza takes trio of prizes at worldwide pizza event

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Nick Bogacz

Caliente Pizza & Draft House

4624 Liberty Ave.

Pittsburgh, Pa 15224

Pizzadrafthouse.com

Phone: (412) 818-3402

3rd April 2017 

Caliente Pizza takes trio of prizes at worldwide pizza event

Three chefs win big at 2017 International Pizza Expo; chef Matt Hickey wins skills competition, now the 2017 World Champion for largest dough stretch

Las Vegas, April 1, 2017:

Caliente Pizza and Draft House, with three Pittsburgh area locations at 4624 Liberty Ave in Bloomfield, and 4706 William Flynn Hwy in Allison Park, and 329 Castle Shannon Blvd in Mount Lebanon, had three pizza chefs win prizes at the 2017 International Pizza Expo.

Chefs Eric Von Hansen and Nick Fink earned first place in the Northeast division for pizza making, while chef Matt Hickey bested 30 international competitors to claim the World Pizza Games Gold Medal for “largest dough stretch.”

“I knew I had it in the prelim,” Hickey, 29, said after he watched 28 of 30 competitors stretch dough before his preliminary round attempt. “In the final, [my stretch] was not quite as long so it was a little bit more tense because I saw the competitor, and I thought he had it. It was a nail-biter.”

The best five advanced to the finals where they had five minutes to stretch an 18 ounce dough ball on stage before it was measured. Hickey’s winning stretch measured approximately 103 centimeters.

“He uses his arms, shoulders, anything he can to stretch it,” said Caliente Pizza owner, Nick Bogacz. “It looks like a big blanket when he’s done.”

Bogacz said Hickey practiced everyday for the six months on a competition dough ball he made himself, dough that uses honey instead of sugar for elasticity. Along with the gold medal, Hickey won $1,000.

“Matt worked hard all year long. He made the dough from scratch each time, and he put his heart and soul into that competition,” said Caliente regional chef Von Hansen, who’s no stranger to taking top prizes from the expo. Von Hansen’s “Quack Attack” pizza won 2016’s Best Pan Pizza in the world.

Von Hansen didn’t enter “Quack Attack” into this year’s competition even though he could have, saying his motivations are more about building Caliente’s menu range. He did win the Northeast division for Best Non-traditional with his “Hanger 18” featuring hanger steak roasted in garlic and honey chive butter, caramelized onion broccolini and topped with Boursin and parmesan cheese.

Von Hansen’s protege, Fink, won first place in the Northeast division for Best Traditional category for his “Classico” creation. The traditional category allows use of only two ingredients. Fink used 10 different kind of peppers that he charcoal roasted and three kinds of sausage.

Fink’s pie was voted best of 60 entries in the Northeast division and each entry is graded on taste and visual appearance. For Fink, 21 and an Army reservist, the win capped a 3-year ascension at Caliente and working under Von Hansen.

“It was a huge deal for us. I know [Bogacz] was really excited and he was really excited for what we did.” Fink said he only learned of the win the day after the competition when it was posted at the expo’s main hall.

The other divisions include Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Midwest and international.

About Caliente

Caliente Pizza and Draft House is Pittsburgh’s premier spot for award winning pizza, drafts and wings. Caliente is proud to support the craft beer revolution in Pittsburgh and features local and hard to find beer from around the world. Caliente prides itself on using fresh and locally sourced ingredients “Fresh From Pittsburgh’s Little Italy.” Caliente’s pizza dough and sauce is prepared daily from scratch. All meats and vegetables are hand-sliced. More information about Caliente Pizza and Draft House can be found by visiting PizzaDraftHouse.com.

About the 2017 International Pizza Expo

The expo started in 1985 and has grown to welcome more nearly 7,400 attendees representing nearly 500 companies from around the world. 2017 was the largest validated attendance to date. Features business-to-business trade show that puts buyers who are owners and managers of independent and chain pizza restaurants in touch with manufacturers and service providers to the industry. Annual competitions at Pizza Expo include: International Pizza Challenge (bake-offs before judges in five divisions, with Pizza Maker of the Year finals); World Pizza Games (skills competition in five divisions). Approximately 90 keynote addresses, seminars, panel discussions and pizzeria menu demonstrations take place during the event. More information: PizzaExpo.com.

For Immediate Release