The pubs of old featured lighter eats, such as granola mixed with raw hops, until barkeeps realized that pub-goers preferred hearty beer-battered fare to accompany their beer-battered beer. Celebrate innovations in tastiness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of burgers, sandwiches, and wings at Beer Nutz Bottle Shoppe & Grille.
Beer Nutz fetes bellies with a sterling selection of superior draft beers and inventive pub fare. Excavate multicolored tortilla chips buried beneath heaps of homemade chili and salsa, a reservoir of cheddar and sour cream, and a stockpile of veggies ($9.99). Yuengling beer-battered wings are flash-fried and glazed with any of 11 flavors, such as thai chili and honey mustard ($8.99/dozen). Mouthwatering main courses, such as alfredo- or marinara-topped lobster ravioli ($14.99) and barbecue ribs ($18.99/full rack), subdue hunger pangs while inspiring beer-bottle drum rolls. The Ruination burger packs a fried egg, bacon, cheese, and onion rings between two grilled-cheese-sandwich buns, creating a flavorful indulgence that doubles as a pillow for a catnap at meal’s end ($9.99).
Beer Nutz Bottle Shoppe & Grille
Celebrated in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for its more than 600 hoppy brews, Beer Nutz Bottle Shoppe & Grille pours 35 rotating drafts to complement a menu of delicious—and sometimes intimidating—pub fare. Their featured burger, the aptly named Ruination, challenges bold visitors with its jaw-dropping combination of fried eggs, bacon, and a bun that consists of two texas-toast grilled cheese sandwiches. Lobster rolls and hefty one-pound fish sandwiches round out the menu alongside wings triple flavored by Yuengling marinades, spicy rubs, and tangy sauces. Opened on the same day the Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2009 Stanley Cup, the restaurant hosts game-watching nights as well as regular wine tastings, live music performances, and games of pin the tail on the keg.