dance with us.

Dancing Gnome is hiring!

We’re looking to add a friendly, passionate, hard-working, and super weird individual to our small crew of talented humans on the packaging team. This job is PART-TIME and relatively specific, though no previous experience in a brewery is explicitly required. If you're interested in joining our family, read below for the details!

Before you decide to throw your hat in the ring, here are a few things you need to know. We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is available Monday mornings, Thursday mornings, and Friday mornings/early afternoons. This position will be anywhere between 8-20 hours weekly.
  • Is able to stand for long periods of time without breaks.
  • Has incomparable attention to detail.
  • Works well in a fast-paced, team oriented environment. 

If you think you embody the above, then here’s some details on what exactly the role entails. This happens with a crew of 3-4 people depending on the day, but within that day you can expect to be:

  • Prepping each morning for the days canning run
  • Prepping cans for filling
  • Filling cans
  • Seaming cans
  • Weighing and packing out cans
  • Cleaning up after packaging is completed

Compensation will be an extremely reasonable hourly wage, and, of course, beer! There will most likely be opportunities for increased hours and upward mobility within DG as we continue to grow and find need for more talented humans behind the scenes.

If you’ve made it this far and are definitely qualified, please send a resume and, more importantly, why you think you’d be a great fit for the position in an email to info@dancinggnomebeer.com with the subject line ‘Because you can't shotgun a bottle...’. 

Thanks!

dance with us.

Dancing Gnome is hiring!

We’re looking to add a friendly, passionate, hard-working, and super weird individual to our small crew of talented humans serving up the fine folks of Pittsburgh and beyond in the Taproom. This job is PART-TIME and though no previous experience in a brewery is explicitly required, service industry experience is a HUGE bonus. If your interested in joining our family, read below for the details!

Before you decide to throw your hat in the ring, here are a few things you need to know. We’re looking for someonewho:

  • Has evening and weekend availability.
  • Has exceptional social skills.
  • Is able to stand for long periods of time without breaks.
  • Has incomparable attention to detail.
  • Works well in a fast-paced, team oriented environment. 
  • Is able to maintain a smile and friendly demeanor, especially under stress.
  • Absolutely loves hop forward beer.

This role requires dealing with the public on a regular basis, so I can not stress enough the importance of an insanely positive, well managed attitude. Egos need not apply, but quirks are always welcome!

Compensation will be an extremely reasonable hourly wage, and, of course, beer! There will most likely be opportunities for increased hours and upward mobility within DG as we continue to grow and find need for more talented humans.

If you’ve made it this far and are definitely qualified, please send a resume and, more importantly, why you think you’d be a great fit for the position in an email to info@dancinggnomebeer.com with the subject line ‘Why is there a lava lamp?’. 

Thanks!

The future of flight.

We love our beer, and most certainly encourage everyone to try each brand that we have tapped on any given day. We also pride ourselves on having a great taproom experience, with friendly and knowledgable staff to help guide you through your selections and tastings. In order to keep the tasting and service experiences at their best, we've decided to amend our policy on 4oz tasters.

Moving forward, 4oz pours will be a 2 pour limit per person, per transaction. 

We made this call for a few reasons. First and foremost, quality beer is at the center of everything we do. Every step in each beer is incredibly thoughtful with the utmost consideration for the final product. This seems obvious, but when you have 8 different beers in front of you, it gets overwhelming quickly, and flavors, aromas, and nuances can get lost and muddled between the beers. 

As stated before, it's certainly encouraged to try and enjoy each beer, which is why we're keeping the 4oz size, but we firmly believe the best way to do this is to enjoy one beer, in it's entirety, at a time. 

The other main reason is so that we can continue to focus on each customer with the same care as the next. It's much easier for us to guide you through a tasting and help you keep track of the beers you've had when it's one or two at a time. That's not to say our input is necessary, but we're often asked questions about each beer and it's important to us that we give each customer (and each beer) the time they deserve. 

If there are any questions or comments on this, please direct them to me personally at andrew@dancinggnomebeer.com. 

We greatly appreciate your support and understanding, and know that this will elevate everyone's experience, whether first time or returning, at Dancing Gnome. 

See you in the taproom.

-Andrew

Take Your Mark

Saturday is quickly approaching.

At the time of posting this we're only 45 easy hours away from turning that lock and letting you all flood into the space that we've been working on for the past 10 months. I'm here to give you a quick rundown on Saturday, as well as share some tough news, and all around great brewing lesson.

So first, the bad. After a great deal of very careful consideration, I've made the very tough to decision to not sell Young Archaic. It's a beer that I believe so strongly in, and really know what it's potential is, that I determined it unfit for sale in it's current state. As I've said before, scaling can be difficult and somewhat unpredictable. I did my best to minimize this, but things happen. I'm an IPA guy through and through, which is why the decision was difficult to make, and also the right thing to do.

I'm extremely proud of the four beers that we'll be opening up with on Saturday, and Young Archaic is back on the brew schedule so that I can get it in your glass as soon as possible. When that time comes, I promise that you won't feel slighted for having to wait. Believe me, I'm bummed, but I know what YA is/can/should be, and this first time through just wasn't it. 

Thanks for understanding.

On to the main event.

We'll be opening the doors at 12 noon sharp. Driftwood Oven will be on hand serving up their stellar pizzas that we all know and love. Their service will start at TWO and go until they rip through their dough supply, which is bound to happen, cause I'll probably eat 4 throughout the day. 

Parking in Sharpsburg is street parking. Some are metered, some are not, but meters are free all weekend long and anytime after 4pm on the weekdays. There is usually plenty of parking throughout the borough, but as always, please be respectful. 

We'll have four beers on tap for your enjoyment that are re-outlined below. Those beers will be served in your choice of 4oz sampler, 8oz, or 16oz glass and we'll be selling 750mL and 64oz growlers for any beers that you'd like to with you on the way out. 

I have no idea what to expect. What I do know is that I promise that we'll be doing our best to take care of everyone in the service manner we believe in, which is quickly and friendly. 

So make sure to get some rest Friday night, Saturday's going to be fun. 

LUSTRA - PALE ALE - 5.8%

The tried and true. The original DG beer. If you haven't had it, now is the time, and if you have, now is still the time. Only ever getting better, this is my perfect pale ale. Explodes in your nose with all the sticky green goodness you know and love. Tangerine dominates, with an array of citrus fruits and a wheat cracker malt character. I love this beer.

AEVUM - SESSION ALE - 4.2%

Low on alcohol, high on flavor. Super hazy, Aevum has a blend of northern and southern hemisphere hops imparting super tropical flavors and pleasantly floral aromas while creating a super earthy bitterness. 

PHARMAKON - PALE ALE - 5.3%

The first beer brewed on the 10bbl system. This American Pale Ale hits your nose before you raise the glass. Dank pine, citrus fruits, blueberry, and fresh greens. Pharmakon has a super pleasant lingering bitterness. I'm biased, but it's really good. 

WONKA - DRY STOUT - 6.5%

Intense aromas of chocolate and highly roasted coffee, this beer was brewed to illustrate my love of dry beers. Super chewy, despite being dry, the unsweetened dark chocolate envelopes your palette and gives way to a bold, roasted, black coffee aftertaste. Pleasant dark berry character in the strong bitterness bring this beer together. 

 

-Andrew

Officially Official

Dancing Gnome is opening Saturday, October 1st.

After many months of hard work and wondering if I'd ever be able to actually open, DG has had it's final inspections and is approved for business. Next Saturday, October 1st, we'll open the doors at twelve o'clock for the first time to the public, and I could not be more amped. 

Below is a list of the 5 beers that we'll be opening up with. Sometime next week I'll post the rest of the pertinents, but for now, just mark your calendars.

Lustra - Pale Ale - 5.8%

The tried and true. The original DG beer. If you haven't had it, now is the time, and if you have, now is still the time. Only ever getting better, this is my perfect pale ale. Explodes in your nose with all the sticky green goodness you know and love. Tangerine dominates, with an array of citrus fruits and a wheat cracker malt character. I love this beer.

Aevum - Session Ale - 4.2%

Low on alcohol, high on flavor. Super hazy, Aevum has a blend of northern and southern hemisphere hops imparting super tropical flavors and pleasantly floral aromas while creating a super earthy bitterness. 

Pharmakon - Pale Ale - 5.3%

The first beer brewed on the 10bbl system. This American Pale Ale hits your nose before you raise the glass. Dank pine, citrus fruits, blueberry, and fresh greens. Pharmakon has a super pleasant lingering bitterness. I'm biased, but it's really good. 

Young Archaic - IPA - 6.2%

A dry, hazy IPA with a full, juicy body. Grapefruit, pine, fresh grass, and dank dominate this throw back IPA. Old hops, new style. Really can't go wrong.

Wonka - Dry Stout - 6.5%

Intense aromas of chocolate and highly roasted coffee, this beer was brewed to illustrate my love of dry beers. Super chewy, despite being dry, the unsweetened dark chocolate envelopes your palette and gives way to a bold, roasted, black coffee aftertaste. Pleasant dark berry character in the strong bitterness bring this beer together. 

 

See you soon.

-Andrew

 

 

Dog Daze.

August. A seemingly mundane month.

With it's high heat, afternoon haze, and evening buzz of late summer insects, August is routinely in the shadow of mid-summer fun July and the early fall bliss of September. It's called the dog days for a reason. Despite this, August has been, and will be, a pretty great month for Dancing Gnome. 

To start things off, I want to give a quick shoutout to the entire Western PA brewing community. Opening any business is incredibly time consuming, incredibly frustrating, incredibly exhausting, and at the end of each day, incredibly rewarding. We have all hit roadblocks, and I've certainly had my fair share. I wrote last time about our plumbing woes, and the most recent halt in progress was due to the installation of our steam boiler. More on that later, but back to the point. All of the ladies and gents in the local brewing industry have lent me their ear and metaphorical hand recently, and it's beyond appreciated. Remember to go out and support all the local breweries. Not that you needed a reminder, but just saying, they are all fantastic humans and brewers.

Back to the fun stuff.

So the plumbing is done, the cement has been poured, the equipment has been placed, cold room constructed, draft lines and bar top installed, and the taproom is nearly completed. Not to mention the stellar outside sign work. Only two things stand in my way from firing up the system. The steam boiler and the glycol chiller. The boiler is what powers the brewhouse and allows me to make that sweet, sweet wort and boil it with those incredible hops you all know and love, which will then ferment out and become beer. It's a monstrous piece of machinery that requires a lot of understanding and care to install properly. To keep this short, I'll just say it took more time than I had wanted in order to nail down the specifics of the install, but it's currently underway, as is the install of the chiller. 

The last of the major work should be finished up by next week, which means maybe I'll get to fire up the system and begin to work out the kinks as early as the 22nd of this month. Here's to hoping. If that's successful, then only a few more things to take care of in the taproom, a health inspection, and we can set an opening date. 

Few more notes of interest.

I've had some inquiries about it recently, so I thought I'd let you all know that I will not be pouring at this year's Big Pour. I'm a huge fan of the event, and support construction junction immensely, but with everything that's been happening, I thought it best for my focus to remain set on the completion of the brewhouse and the taproom. I'm hoping to be apart of at least one more festival sometime throughout the fall/winter, but hope to see you all in the taproom before then. 

I've also been getting a lot of questions about canning. I'm ready to roll on the canning front. My labels are approved, the canning line is in, and really all I need is the beer to fill it with, but I'm going to hold off for a few months. Changing systems, no matter the scale, is somewhat unpredictable. I've done my best in the scaling of my recipes and processes, but there will be efficiency differences, as well as small eccentricities of the system that I'll need to get used to. I want to make sure the beer is where I want and expect it to be from a quality standpoint before I start to package, especially into cans, as that brings a whole new challenge to quality control. 

Finally, I want to say congrats to the whole Brew Gentlemen crew on the placement of General Braddock's IPA at #2 on a blind tasting of 247 of the best American IPAs by Paste Magazine. Check out the whole article here. It's pretty awesome to see them beat out some really heavy hitters, and they most certainly deserve it. So if you've never been, or haven't in a while, go hit up Brew Gentlemen. Right now. 

So with August nearly halfway down, I'm eagerly hoping to be able to say that it's the month I was able to first brew on the 10bbl system.

In the coming weeks I'll try to update with some photos and information about any potential opening dates as things draw closer. Thanks to everyone for your continued interest in Dancing Gnome, and I really look forward to having everyone into the taproom to share in what I've been building over the past two years. See you all soon.

-Andrew

Come and Gone

Well so much for regular updates!

Six months later I'm finally checking in to share some progress with all you fine folks who have been interested in the process.

When I announced the building acquisition in December, I was pretty confident that June 1st was a reasonable time to suggest an opening. Needless to say, I was wrong. Despite my best efforts to cross all T's and dot all I's, some things just can't be accounted for. Specifically in my case, poor plumbing that we never would've been able to catch without tearing up the original floor. I'll save the details, but it meant meetings with inspectors and engineers that weren't planned, which ultimately had us at a standstill in the space for about 6 weeks. 

I'm happy to say that as of today, we've been approved to continue with our proposed plumbing plan and can get back to work to finish out the space.  

Things haven't been totally stagnant during the time off for the construction crew, though. The collaboration beer I brewed with Helltown, Spoonwood, and Helicon was released during craft beer week and I recently poured at Beers of the Burgh. We've taken delivery of the chiller, steam boiler, keg fleet, cold room panels, bulk co2 tank, and just this morning, the Wild Goose Canning line. As for the brewhouse and additional tanks, they are currently sitting cozy in Lincoln, NE ready to ship out as soon as the concrete is cured and sealed, hopefully in the next few weeks. 

With all that said, I'm certainly not going to quote an opening time, but I'm really pushing to be open before summer is out. Realistically, the earliest that could be in sometime in August, but it wouldn't be absurd for that to become September. I can promise I'm working as quickly and efficiently as I can. It's been my full-time job since mid-March when I said goodbye to the corporate world. I'm bummed about the delay, but it's the unfortunate reality about opening a business, especially a manufacturing business that includes the watchful eye of the government. 

One final piece of information I'd like to share is Sharpsburg Open Streets happening on Saturday, June 25th.

There will be a lot of really cool things happening, and it'll be a great time to come out and see what Sharpsburg has to offer. I MAY have the space open up for the public to come have a look of things to come, but there will definitely not be any beer available at that time. 

Keep an eye out on the DG social media accounts for more regular information on things happening at the space. I'm eager and excited to get things finished up so I can finally share and enjoy a beer with all of you. It's close!

-Andrew

 

Home, Sweet Gnome

Opening a business is no easy task.

Opening a brewery is an even more difficult one. With the amount of new breweries popping up in the Pittsburgh area, you might perceive otherwise, but I promise you, we’ve all worked incredibly hard to get to the point of being able to bring you fresh beer.

It seems mundane, but getting production space is an important part of that hard work, and I’m beyond excited to announce that we’ve finally landed a home for Dancing Gnome. Right smack dab in the middle of the sleepy town of Sharpsburg at 925 Main Street. The past six months has been spent tirelessly scouring the region for the perfect spot to have a production space, as well as a welcoming tap room to come enjoy some quality, fresh local beer. We’re only minutes from downtown, and a skip across the river from Lawrenceville and Highland Park. It doesn’t get much more perfect.

With that said, there is still a staggering amount to do in order to get the building up to shape and ready to pump out the quality of beer that we’ll be producing. Our 10bbl system is getting ordered this month, and the architect is drawing up the plans for the tap room as we speak. I’m hopeful that construction will begin in late January, which will keep things on track for an early June opening. Though that may seem like an eternity, the wait will be well worth it once you crack open the first can of a Dancing Gnome beer.

With finding a building checked off the ‘to-do’ list, I’ll be giving updates on here and social media much more frequently. So follow along and tell all your friends. This is going to be something special.

-Andrew