En route to Pittsburgh, we stopped last night at The Packing House in Galesburg, IL for dinner. Great food, and incredible atmosphere in the old Swift Packing House. Above is a pic from its heyday circa 1906.
We hit Pittsburgh today around 4pm. Trying to make a USCHO live broadcast, we walked down a rather rough 5th Ave to the area around the arena. The feed was a bit of a letdown, since there were approximately 5 other people in the bar, and it was hard to tell if they were hockey fans or not.
We had only one beer, ran the gauntlet back to the hotel, then took the van to Church Brew Works on Liberty. What a phenomenally cool brewery! The old church, built in 1903, was converted to a brewpub/dining hall in 1999. The beer was great, food decent, and the building was wonderfully eccentric.