PITTSBURG — Though a determined consumer might be able to acquire pizza and beer under one roof at a local gas station, among other places, a decidedly more elegant option for those seeking this classic combination is now available in Pittsburg.
Drop The H — a new brewpub and pizzeria named for the convention of “dropping the H” from names of cities ending in ”-burgh,” which the former city of Pittsburgh adopted in the late 19th century — is now open on East Rose Street just off of Broadway. It happens to be essentially just around the corner from the Jolly Fox Brewery at Euclid and Broadway, making it the second brewpub to open in Pittsburg in the past week.
Drop The H has hosted some pre-opening events this week, which were followed by a ribbon cutting Thursday to officially open the brewpub.
In the process of planning for Drop The H, Mark McClain — who owns the new business with his wife Cathy — was certified in the University of Vermont’s Business of Craft Beer Program.
“I was a homebrewer for decades,” McClain told the Morning Sun in July. “When I decided to take this up a notch if you will and go professional with it, I studied through the Siebel Institute in Chicago. They have an online version, so I took the concise course in brewing technology through them.”
Drop The H’s beer selection includes a pale ale, a Belgian wit, an India pale ale (IPA), and a dry Irish stout. Four more options are planned to soon be added to that list.
McClain, who in addition to brewing is a commercial pilot based out of New York, also studied there at Goodfellas Pizza School to hone his skills at the other side of his business — making pizza.
The menu at Drop The H includes 10 specialty varieties of New York-style, brick oven pizza along with a customizable option. Other than pizza, there are also salads, some appetizers, and charcuterie — a selection of meats, cheeses, fruits and crackers that comes in two varieties available at Drop The H.
“Charcuterie, you can eat that as an entree, it’s plenty of food, or you can share it for a table a table of four,” McClain said in an interview at a pre-opening event Wednesday. “It’s great either way.”
McClain said he’s been getting a “phenomenal” response so far from those who have visited Drop The H at pre-opening events this week, despite the somewhat narrow range of choices of food being served.
“We’re not going to try to be all things to all people. We want to do what we do very, very well, and focus on that,” McClain said.
Cathy McClain said opening the brewpub has been “terrifying and exciting all at the same time.”
“What was really neat toward the end was to walk in every day and you could see more of the brewpub come to life,” Cathy said, “because they just got so much done every single day, and you could see the vision finally come to actually be here.”