Summer is far from over with the new Mai Tai Tartshake IPA from Cinderlands and The Commoner | Food | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Summer is far from over with the new Mai Tai Tartshake IPA from Cinderlands and The Commoner

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The original recipe for a Mai Tai has five ingredients: two kinds of rum, lime juice, orange curaçao, and almond liqueur. This quintessential tiki cocktail is known for being citrusy, smoky, a bit nutty, and incredibly strong.

Now, imagine it as a beer. 

Cinderlands Beer Co. is teaming up with the lead bartender of The Commoner & Biergarten, Alex Dando, on a tropical brew. The beer, named Mai Tai Tartshake IPA, is modeled after one of the bar’s best-selling cocktails, Mai Taiger Woods is Back. 

Dando’s interpretation has Appleton rum, almond oil-washed Wray and Nephew rums, vanilla bean infused curaçao, roasted pineapple, coconut milk almond liqueur, key lime, and sea salt. Cinderlands head-brewer Paul Schneider took this recipe and added fruit purees, molasses, vanilla, and milk sugar, plus two citrusy hops, Sabro and Motueka, to bring out the coconut and lime. 

The Tartshake is based on a milkshake IPA, but instead of staying sweet and creamy, Schneider adds acidity to make it more tart. The brewer describes it as “tropical, sweet, slightly tart, and a whole lot of fun.”

Mai Tai Tartshake IPA will be launched this Thursday at the Cinderlands Warehouse in the Strip District. From there, the release party continues at the Biergarten at Hotel Monaco, at an end-of-summer bash complete with kiddie pools and beach balls. Dando is creating a variety of drinks — from cocktails to slushies —  with the Mai Tai brew for the rooftop party. 

After the official release, Mai Tai Tartshake IPA will be available in cans and on tap at Cinderlands, The Commoner, and Biergarten until it’s gone. 

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