By: Amanda Narcisi
The beer list alone is astounding, 66 beers on tap; most were local to southwestern Pennsylvania. That was my first thought as a glanced over the menu at Pig Iron Public House. That followed with the mouthwatering food on the menu and I knew this was worth the trip to Cranberry.
We visited during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week and I ordered the Local 66 which was the collaboration beer made just for Pig Iron. Steve also enjoyed a local beer from North Country Brewing Company; Ole 29er. The taps do change at Pig Iron and the beer list is updated on the website. The neatest thing about Pig Iron is that they don't have a growler fill option on their list like most draft houses. Instead they have a Keglet; an aluminum can that can be filled with beers off the taps list. The can is then sealed and has a longer shelf life then a growler; up to 2-3 weeks. We filled ours with Belltown Brewery’s The Rapture.
We started dinner with a Stuffed Meatball appetizer. The Stuffed Meatball is lamb, beef & almond, stuffed with mozzarella, goat cheese, marinara, and herbs, served with toast. The Stuffed Meatball was flavorful and wasn’t swimming in sauce; which is perfect for me. This was a sharable so to portion is perfect for two people.
I ordered the Pig Iron Burger for dinner. The Pig Iron Burger is a large burger with white cheddar, fried egg, grilled tomato, pickled red onion, romaine and red pepper mayo. It was accompanied by a serving of fries and I also ordered a side of pierogies. Steve had the Chorizo Grilled Cheese which contained Chorizo, roasted peppers, arugula, gruyere, white cheddar, horseradish sauce, although Steve opted for no horseradish sauce. He also had a fries on the side and ordered beer mac & cheese.
Pig Iron Public House is located in Cranberry right off the 79 exit. Hours are Sunday-Wednesday 11AM-Midnight and Friday and Saturday until 2AM. Take out is available. Check out pigironpub.com for more information.