June Hazy IPA

The summer months are here and the forecast is officially hazy at Caliente Pizza & Draft House! All month long, we’ll be paying tribute to arguably the most polarizing beer style going today: the hazy IPA. These beers have changed the craft beer industry, bringing soft, juicy, hop-forward offerings to the forefront and introducing a new style of beer that many people have fallen in love with. Brewers across the country have worked hard to push the envelope and make their own takes on this style stand out, creating a plethora of options that IPA fans are going crazy for.

All June long, the hazy IPA takes center stage in Bloomfield, Hampton, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall. 10 taps at each location will be pouring offerings from a number of well-known, highly-respected breweries from across the country. No matter which location you visit, you’re going to find a juicy brew with your name all over it!

 

Over the River and Through The Woods…

There’s something special about the way Grandma makes her pizza. And to pay homage to her culinary excellence, we are rolling out six pizzas Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone else in your family are going to drool over. Cross a river. Go through a tunnel. Go through the woods if you have to, but get to one of our stores today and experience a Grandma Pie!

Celebrating 30 Incredible Years

Happy Anniversary, Great Lakes Brewing Company! Our friends from Cleveland, Ohio are turning 30 years old this year and we can’t wait to put on our party hats and help them toast to many more. Great Lakes is responsible for some staples in the craft world, with offerings including Eliot Ness, Edmund Fitzgerald, Dortmunder Gold, and Burning River. In addition, Great Lakes rolls out some exceptional seasonal releases every year, such as Lake Erie Monster, Chill Wave, Blackout Stout, and Nosferatu.

We were with them when they turned 25 and the 2018 celebration will be no different. On Friday, June 15th, all four of our locations will be home to a Great Lakes celebration! Enjoy Great Lakes beers in bottles and on tap, meet representatives of the brewery, get your hands on some swag, and show your support for one of craft beer’s trailblazing entities.

Three Rivers 1 Lake Rye IPA

We’ve done it again. Our crew joined forces with a big-time brewery to continue producing our line of Caliente collaboration beers. This time, we made the trek to beautiful Lakewood, New York and brewed with Southern Tier Brewing Company. Lakewood is approximately 30 minutes from Erie and the Southern Tier brewery is minutes away from gorgeous Lake Chautauqua, a tremendous summer time spot you need to put on your priority list.

The beauty of Lake Chautauqua combined with the stunning pride we feel for our three rivers here in Pittsburgh, it seemed only fitting to name our new collaboration Three Rivers 1 Lake. This offering is a Rye IPA and will be making its debut at all four of our Caliente locations on Friday, June 22nd. We can’t wait to roll out our latest collaboration for you to enjoy this month!

A big congratulations to Katie Henry! Her video submission last month won her the chance to travel to Lakewood with us to help brew Three Rivers 1 Lake. And thank you to the team at Southern Tier for hosting us!

Who’s ready to experience the Pizza of Champions

Who’s ready to experience the Pizza of Champions?!

May is going to be a hot month at Caliente Pizza & Draft House as we are loaded up with special events revolving around our two greatest passions: pizza and beer.

Back in March, our crew traveled to Las Vegas for the International Pizza Expo and came back to Pittsburgh with multiple honors. Among those honors were #1 and #2 Best Pizzas in the World spanning two separate categories, once again showcasing the talent of our pizza-making crew and proving there’s a phoenix rising from the City of Champions regarding handcrafted pies. And throughout May, we are giving you a chance to give both creations a try at all four of our Caliente locations throughout Pittsburgh!

Each full week of May will see the Wagyu Beef Truffle Fromage created by Regional Pizza Chef Eric Von Hansen and Oz Turcan’s Turkish-inspired pizza born from a 76-year old family recipe featuring delicious ricotta cheese hit our menu at each location. These limited edition pizzas will be for dine-in only. Here’s where you can experience these award-winning pizzas at your favorite Caliente spot:

Tuesday, May 8th thru Thursday, May 10th – Hampton Township
Tuesday, May 15th thru Thursday, May 17th – Aspinwall
Tuesday, May 22nd thru Thursday, May 24th – Mount Lebanon
Tuesday, May 29th thru Thursday, May 31st – Bloomfield

We also have a great month of beer-centric events on the calendar for you to enjoy, including a launch party for Cigar City as they hit the Pittsburgh market, an evening in Aspinwall with brewery representatives from one of our favorite breweries, and a formerly pub exclusive beer that found its way to our tap rotation.

On May 24th, we are doing our next collaboration beer with Southern Tier Brewing Company. But this time, we are adding a special bonus. We want to know why YOUshould brew with us! Submit a 60-second video pleading your case and one lucky entrant will get to participate in the creation of Caliente’s next collaboration. This contest coincides with a glass giveaway and contest kickoff party going down across all locations on Friday, May 11th.

Here’s the full schedule of beer events this month:

Bloomfield

Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm – Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale Draft Release and Glass Giveaway
Sunday, May 6th – Pittsburgh Marathon Special! All Day – $5 22oz. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Drafts
Friday, May 11th at 7:00pm – Southern Tier Glass Giveaway and Video Contest Kickoff Party
Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm – Cigar City Brewing Launch Party
Friday, May 25th at 7:00pm – SPECIAL TAPPING: Deschutes Fruit Boots NE IPA – a pub exclusive that made its way to Caliente! This special tapping will also include a Deschutes glass giveaway.

Hampton Township

Friday, May 4th at 6:00pm – Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale Draft Release and Glass Giveaway
Friday, May 11th at 6:00pm – Southern Tier Glass Giveaway and Video Contest Kickoff Party
Friday, May 18th at 6:00pm – Cigar City Brewing Launch Party
Friday, May 25th at 6:00pm – SPECIAL TAPPING: Deschutes Fruit Boots NE IPA – a pub exclusive that made its way to Caliente! This special tapping will also include a Deschutes glass giveaway.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm – Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale Draft Release and Glass Giveaway
Friday, May 11th at 7:00pm – Southern Tier Glass Giveaway and Video Contest Kickoff Party
Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm – Cigar City Brewing Launch Party
Friday, May 25th at 7:00pm – SPECIAL TAPPING: Deschutes Fruit Boots NE IPA – a pub exclusive that made its way to Caliente! This special tapping will also include a Deschutes glass giveaway.

Aspinwall

Friday, May 4th at 7:00pm – Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale Draft Release and Glass Giveaway
Friday, May 11th at 7:00pm – Southern Tier Glass Giveaway and Video Contest Kickoff Party
Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm – Meet the Brewery Rep from Hoppin’ Frog Draft Event
Friday, May 18th at 7:00pm – Cigar City Brewing Launch Party
Friday, May 25th at 7:00pm – SPECIAL TAPPING: Deschutes Fruit Boots NE IPA – a pub exclusive that made its way to Caliente! This special tapping will also include a Deschutes glass giveaway.

See you this May at Caliente!

Welcome to March

Welcome to March! This is always an exciting month in the ‘Burgh as it typically brings us a sneak preview of the good weather to come. Then, the ugly stuff comes back and makes us wonder whether all that global warming talk is fully legit.

But let’s take the good with the bad. As we enter the home stretch with Spring serving as the finish line, we are bringing some big things your way throughout the entire month of March.

First off, have you signed up for the Caliente VIP list? It’s what all the cool kids are doing and it gives you an opportunity to get a special gift along with connection to special offers, events, and more. Click here to sign up!

Now, a couple questions that we need you to answer very seriously:

  • Are you a March Madness bracket expert?
  • Would you like FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR?!

If you answered yes to either of these questions, March is going to be a great month for you! Submit your NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket picks at any of our four Caliente locations in Bloomfield, Mt. Lebanon, Hampton Township, or Aspinwall and the winning bracketeer will win FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR! PLUS, as an added bonus, the HOTTEST bracket at each location will win a Yuengling Outdoor Fire Pit.

 

For the past two years, our crew has participated and won multiple awards at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, including Best Pan Pizza in the World in 2016 thanks to the delicious Quack Attack created by our Executive Pizza Chef Eric Von Hansen. We are happy to report we’ll be returning to the Expo March 18th thru 23rd and our crew is bringing an extra suitcase to haul all the hardware they plan to win back to Pittsburgh! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and stay up to date on what unfolds as we add to our title of Pizza of Champions.

As always, we’ve got events lined up at all four locations to kick your weekends off in style throughout March. In addition, we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style with day-long celebrations AND a special breakfast at our Mount Lebanon location.

Here’s this month’s full lineup:

Bloomfield

Friday, March 2nd starting at 7:00pm
First Friday Firkin featuring Helltown Brewing – First Friday Firkins returns! Stop in and enjoy a special tapping from the Helltown crew.

Friday, March 9th starting at 7:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 7:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 11:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we bring you specials throughout the day and celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish in true Caliente style!
Friday, March 23rd starting at 7:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Bloomfield and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.

Hampton Township

Friday, March 2nd starting at 6:00pm
Stone Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from Stone Brewing and receive a pint glass to take home!

Friday, March 9th starting at 6:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 6:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 11:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we bring you specials throughout the day and celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish in true Caliente style!
Friday, March 23rd starting at 6:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Hampton Township and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 6:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.

Mount Lebanon

Friday, March 2nd starting at 7:00pm
First Friday Firkin featuring East End Brewing – First Friday Firkins returns! Stop in and enjoy a special tapping from the East End crew.

Friday, March 9th starting at 7:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 7:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 7:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and All-Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we kick things off with breakfast, then bring you specials throughout the day.
Friday, March 23rd starting at 7:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Bloomfield and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.

Aspinwall

Friday, March 2nd starting at 7:00pm
Stone Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from Stone Brewing and receive a pint glass to take home!

Friday, March 9th starting at 7:00pm
Ayinger Brewery Keep the Glass Night – Buy any Ayinger draft from the lineup and receive a complimentary glass to take home.
Friday, March 16th starting at 7:00pm 
Left Hand Brewing Keep the Glass Night – Buy any draft from our friends at Left Hand Brewing and go home with a complimentary glass from the brewery.
Saturday, March 17th starting at 8:00am 
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – It’s Parade Day in Pittsburgh…and one of the biggest parties of the year will be unfolding all over town. Join us as we bring you specials throughout the day and celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish in true Caliente style!
Friday, March 23rd starting at 7:00pm 
Hoppin’ Frog Rare Keg Tapping – Our friends at Hoppin’ Frog are always hooking us up with something rare and fun and tonight is no exception. What will we be tapping? Get to Hampton Township and find out.
Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00pm
Dogfish Head Keep the Glass Night – Purchase any draft from Dogfish Head that graces our menu for the night and receive a complimentary glass to add to your collection at home.
Jason M. Cercone