Caliente Pizza & Draft House Introducing Its Own Craft Beer – Hazy Dough Dazy

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 4, 2021) — For the past nine years, Caliente Pizza & Draft House has prided itself on being among the best spots to find hard-to-source craft beers in the Pittsburgh region. Next on tap? A brew that’s decidedly close to home.

Hazy Dough Dazy (5.3% abv), Caliente’s first self-brewed beer, will be on tap October 15 at all five current locations, and beer aficionados will find it at the regional restaurant’s two new locations when they open their doors. The house brew is a New England IPA brewed with two-row barley, oats and Vienna and wheat malts, bright floral, soft citrus and grapefruit tones, with notes of lychee and tropical fruit in every sip.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Nick Bogacz, Caliente’s owner and founder. “We’ve always been passionate about serving great, hard-to-source craft beers, and now we can share a beer that we’ve brewed ourselves with help from experts and friends in the industry.”

The beer is being released just as Caliente opens its sixth and seventh locations in Sewickley and Crafton in the coming weeks. Customers will get to try the authentic flavors of their beer, while also getting acclimated to Caliente’s new stores. Grand opening information on the new stores, as well as other significant developments, is coming soon.

“We’ve got a lot of big things coming in the next few months, including our 10-year anniversary in 2022,” Bogacz said, “The release of Hazy Dough Dazy is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the new businesses and new relationships with residents in the Sewickley and Crafton areas.”

Caliente invites customers to pair the beer with their award-winning pizza options, including the Mee Maw, which was named Best Pizza in America in 2019. Head Regional Chef Eric von Hansen also brought home accolades this summer with a win for best Non-Traditional Pizza, Northeast Region, at the International Pizza Expo for his Tony Montana pizza, a bison-topped pie. It will be available on a limited basis in the near future.

In addition, for the duration of football season, Caliente is teaming with former Steelers star Santonio Holmes on the MVP Pizza, with a dollar of each sale going to the Super Bowl MVP’s III and Long Foundation.


 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is an award-winning, locally owned and operated pizza restaurant known for its roster of gourmet pizzas and craft beers. Caliente is also known internationally as three-time World Pizza Champions and represents Pittsburgh on the World Pizza Champions Team. In 2019, Caliente Pizza & Draft House earned the title of Best Pizza in America.

Oskar Blues Thick Haze! New England IPA on draft at Caliente Pizza and Draft House

Matt Moninger, Caliente’s Beverage Director, sits down with Andrea Johnson, PA Rep. for Oskar Blues Brewery, to discuss Oskar Blues Thick Haze! This New England IPA will be on draft for the first time in Western PA EXCLUSIVELY at Caliente Pizza and Draft House. Learn more about Oskar Blues Brewery:

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June Hazy IPA

The summer months are here and the forecast is officially hazy at Caliente Pizza & Draft House! All month long, we’ll be paying tribute to arguably the most polarizing beer style going today: the hazy IPA. These beers have changed the craft beer industry, bringing soft, juicy, hop-forward offerings to the forefront and introducing a new style of beer that many people have fallen in love with. Brewers across the country have worked hard to push the envelope and make their own takes on this style stand out, creating a plethora of options that IPA fans are going crazy for.

All June long, the hazy IPA takes center stage in Bloomfield, Hampton, Mount Lebanon, and Aspinwall. 10 taps at each location will be pouring offerings from a number of well-known, highly-respected breweries from across the country. No matter which location you visit, you’re going to find a juicy brew with your name all over it!


Over the River and Through The Woods…

There’s something special about the way Grandma makes her pizza. And to pay homage to her culinary excellence, we are rolling out six pizzas Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone else in your family are going to drool over. Cross a river. Go through a tunnel. Go through the woods if you have to, but get to one of our stores today and experience a Grandma Pie!

Celebrating 30 Incredible Years

Happy Anniversary, Great Lakes Brewing Company! Our friends from Cleveland, Ohio are turning 30 years old this year and we can’t wait to put on our party hats and help them toast to many more. Great Lakes is responsible for some staples in the craft world, with offerings including Eliot Ness, Edmund Fitzgerald, Dortmunder Gold, and Burning River. In addition, Great Lakes rolls out some exceptional seasonal releases every year, such as Lake Erie Monster, Chill Wave, Blackout Stout, and Nosferatu.

We were with them when they turned 25 and the 2018 celebration will be no different. On Friday, June 15th, all four of our locations will be home to a Great Lakes celebration! Enjoy Great Lakes beers in bottles and on tap, meet representatives of the brewery, get your hands on some swag, and show your support for one of craft beer’s trailblazing entities.

Three Rivers 1 Lake Rye IPA

We’ve done it again. Our crew joined forces with a big-time brewery to continue producing our line of Caliente collaboration beers. This time, we made the trek to beautiful Lakewood, New York and brewed with Southern Tier Brewing Company. Lakewood is approximately 30 minutes from Erie and the Southern Tier brewery is minutes away from gorgeous Lake Chautauqua, a tremendous summer time spot you need to put on your priority list.

The beauty of Lake Chautauqua combined with the stunning pride we feel for our three rivers here in Pittsburgh, it seemed only fitting to name our new collaboration Three Rivers 1 Lake. This offering is a Rye IPA and will be making its debut at all four of our Caliente locations on Friday, June 22nd. We can’t wait to roll out our latest collaboration for you to enjoy this month!

A big congratulations to Katie Henry! Her video submission last month won her the chance to travel to Lakewood with us to help brew Three Rivers 1 Lake. And thank you to the team at Southern Tier for hosting us!