*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither South Hills Power Yoga, The Brew Gentlemen, Lululemon, Fittsburgh, nor PGH Yoga Collective. I am just a Pittsburgh Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her food and fitness adventures with others. Pictures captured with an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015, I was lucky enough to attend the #BeerAndYogaBlowout event (the finale to the summer Beer + Yoga and Brunch series, hosted at The Brew Gentlemen every Sunday). Along with Becca Robertson, my Yoga Teacher Training Mentor, Hallie Stotsky lead the yoga class at the LEGENDARY Carrie Furnace (in Rankin), assisted by Stacey Vespaziani of South Hills Power Yoga, and Eva Lin Douglass of Schoolhouse Yoga.
The event was SOLD OUT- 300 yogis signed up to attend yoga, beer & brunch! Before class, I spoke to a representative from PGH Yoga Collective, bought a shirt from Fittsburgh, and placed my order for a customized Beer + Yoga tank from Lululemon! 🙂
Hallie taught the first part of class- very energetic and athletic. This was my first class with Becca; thus, I didn’t know what to expect, but dropped all expectations, and trusted her expertise (after all, she trained with the same yoga teachers and studio as me). Becca lead a very gentle second half of class (which I LOVED)! I have been gravitating more and more to gentle, restorative and yin yoga classes lately; thus, I really appreciated this class.
Once the Acro Yoga play and yoga photoshoot ended, we headed over to The Brew Gentlemen in Braddock, who hosted a beer tasting and brunch!
Included with admission to #BeerAndYogaBlowout, was a 5 ounce taster (with I thoroughly enjoyed)! I must say: The Brew Gentlemen makes one of THE best local craft beers (perhaps even the best) I have ever tried! I look forward to sampling more from this lovely brewery!
The Brewery hosted two food institutions: Second Breakfast Waffle Wagon, and Driftwood Pizza. Although I wanted both Pizza AND waffles, sometimes, one must make tough decisions in life. Nevertheless, I went with Second Breakfast, as my Sunday Brunch choice.
OMG! This Second Breakfast experience was even better than my first (at the Spring Solstice Brunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market), probably since the waffle was made fresh on site! I loved Tom’s (the owner of Second Breakfast) fresh take on the dish: instead of fried chicken, almost like a shredded chicken. The Belgian Liege Waffle was prepared and cooked to perfection! Also, I could tell that Tom used good cream and chocolate for the scoop of chocolate ice cream- one of THE best chocolate ice creams I’ve EVER had!
Well there you have it, folks: yoga, beer and brunch, all in the lovely neighborhoods of Rankin & Braddock! Mark my words- Braddock is experiencing a re-birth! Thanks to establishments like The Brew Gentlemen, Free Store, and Kevin Sousa (stay tuned for Superior Motors, his newest restaurant), Braddock will become the next hot-spot in Pittsburgh! Just watch it happen- you can say that the Friendly Fitness Foodie predicted it! 😉
Cheers to good food & health,
-Friendly Fitness Foodie