In this episode of The Slaw: Staying on top of Pittsburgh, we talk to Lauren Hughes, who is the assistant head brewer at Penn Brewery about beer, women in the Pittsburgh brewing industry and dive bars. For our collaboration of the week, we’re talking bagels and coffee and we’ve got details on a new event for the New Year.
Lauren Hughes, Assistant Head Brewer at Penn Brewery In this episode, we chat with Lauren Hughes about her career path to brewing. We catch up on some of the new things at Penn Brewery, as well as some of her other favorite places in Pittsburgh. We also talk about Pink Boots Pittsburgh, an organization that works to get more women involved in the brewing industry.
You can follow Lauren on Instagram @littlelopgh.
Lauren first started working at Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis when she was in college. Lauren moved to Pittsburgh to work for the Pittsburgh Symphony. After a few years, she decided to go back to the brewing industry. She has worked for Hop Farm, Hitchhiker as the taproom manager, Rock Bottom Brewery and is now the assistant head brewer at Penn Brewery. Lauren recently completed the Brewing and Malting Sciences Course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
New at Penn Brewery
>> In addition to the Penn Brewery classics like lagers, on their small-batch system, Penn Brewery experiments with some hazy IPAs and sours.
>> Penn Brewery now has a taproom Downtown
>> All of the beer that Penn Brewery sells, is produced on the North Side.
>> Penn Brewery is located in a building that has housed a brewery since 1856.
Lauren’s favorite for food & more beer
>> Big Jims in the Run - A Pittsburgh establishment that has been featured on the Food Network’s Diner, Drive-Ins & Dives. (The Run is a tiny neighborhood next to Greenfield).
>> Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty
>> Roundabout Brewery in Lawrenceville
>> Hitchhiker Brewing in Mt. Lebanon & Sharpsburg
>> Pittsburgh Sandwich Society
Pink Boots Society Pink Boots Society is a national organization that has chapters throughout the United States. Mission: The Pink Boots Society was created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. Pink Boots Society Pittsburgh holds monthly meetings where women who work in the brewing industry or who are interested in working in the brewing industry can share information. You can contact Pink Boots Society Pittsburgh here: email@example.com.