I just scheduled what I'm hoping will be an excellent summer meetup: Duke's Upper Deck Cafe. We're going to check out the patio and try out yet another relative newcomer to the Pittsburgh beer scene.
Now for all those details...Duke's Upper Deck Cafe
Sunday, June 27,[masked]:00 PM
Blue Dust isn't the only surprising new Homestead upstart. Just around the corner, just over on 8th Ave, you'll find a place called Duke's. I get the feeling the space has existed in a restaurant/bar state for some time, but I suspect they're under new management (or in the middle of a revitalization effort). The focus: 'Burgh food along side good beer. I'll be the first to admit that hard core Burgh isn't my thing, but I'm more than happy with just a beer.
In terms of tap selection, it's certainly a different experience from Blue Dust, but well worth stopping by. After all, it's hard to compete with Blue Dust. I'd say Duke's fits into a very different niche, but a niche non-the-less. Oh yeah, and did I mention they have a patio? Plenty of outdoor seating, which makes for an exceptional summer meetup venue.
Some Reviews: FoodBurgh
/ Beer Candy Bacon
When I stopped by, they were serving up about 8-10 craft options--including Big Hop from East End
. Scott, from over at East End, tells me they sometimes even carry several of his brews. In terms of bottles, they presented a modest, but well-selected list. My favorite option: the Nut Brown from Sam Smith--listed along side 3 other "Smithian" brews (oh wait, that's a different Smith
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