There's a fetish in the beer world - unfortunate, in this brewer's humble opinion - for novelty. We all probably indulge in it, to some greater or lesser degree. Rather than ordering a great beer that we know, we scan the tap list for that oddball that we haven't tried yet. It takes a disciplined beer enthusiast to order the Pilsner that we drank all that one summer at the beach, the stout that we sipped by the fire last winter, or the IPA that turned us on to craft beer in the first place.
As a result, many breweries churn out a nonstop buffet of the new and the experimental, satisfying the incessant demand of the madding crowd for new new new beers. If you want a second pint of that one beer you had just a few days back, move on, jabroni - we're not living in the past in here! #YODO (You Only Drink Once)!
I know I speak for Seth as well as myself when I say that we do not plan on following that particular well-intentioned path to insanity.
Instead, Steel City will rotate our three taps at a measured, calm, downright stately pace (by modern standards). You should be able to count on each recipe being available for three months. At the start of each new month, one of our three taps will turn. This means that if you love that beer, you'll be able to find it on tap again the next time you come back (within reason) while also looking forward to the next new beer at the top of the next month. Moreover, we plan on generally serving one pale beer (blonde, American Pale Ale, cream ale, etc.), one dark beer (a stout, porter, Schwarzbier, etc.), and something in between (American amber, German Altbier, Oktoberfest) at all times. One of those beers will always incorporate coffee, too (though not necessarily the dark beer - won't that blow your mind the first time it's the pale???).
Over the course of the year you'll get to try out a wide range of enjoyable styles from all over the world - and maybe even order some of them two, three, five times. What a novelty, eh?
[PS: Feel free to e-mail your suggestions to josh@steelcitycoffeehouse or seth@steelcitycoffeehouse! Always glad to hear what y'all would like to see on tap!]
Author: Josh Weikert
CONSULTING BREWER & CERTIFIED CICERONE